Brandon C. Look

University Research Professor

and Chair


Department of Philosophy

University of Kentucky

1415 Patterson Office Tower

Lexington, KY 40506-0027


Tel: 859-257-1862



Research    Teaching




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Research Profile


My research focuses on the history of modern philosophy, especially on the metaphysics, epistemology and natural philosophy of Leibniz and Kant.  Work on Leibniz has resulted in three books: Leibniz and 'Vinculum Substantiale', The Leibniz-Des Bosses Correspondence, a critical edition and translation (with Donald Rutherford), and The Continuum Companion to Leibniz. At the moment, I am engaged in a larger project, examining Kant's Auseinandersetzung with the philosophy of Leibniz and the Leibnizian tradition.  I am editing a collection of essays on this subject, Leibniz and Kant, which is under contract with Oxford University Press, and I am writing a monograph, Leibniz, Kant and the Possibility of Metaphysics, which details Kant's critical reaction to Leibniz's philosophy.  In addition, I am co-editing (with Fred Beiser) the Oxford Handbook to Eighteenth-Century German Philosophy.  I am also working on (and have taught graduate seminars on) a constellation of issues in contemporary metaphysics that have evident early modern roots: the nature of substance (or the nature of material constitution), the metaphysics of modality, the nature of causation, and the a priori.  I also have active interests in the history and philosophy of science, contemporary epistemology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and logic.


In addition to teaching at the University of Kentucky, I have also taught courses at the University of Chicago and the Universitšt Bielefeld.


My work has been supported by the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung.  For the 2011-12 academic year, I was in Princeton as the Hans Kohn Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study.  And for the 2012-13 academic, I was awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


I was the recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences' Outstanding Teaching Award for 2006-07.  In Spring 2011 I was named University Research Professor.  I now serve as Chair of the Department of Philosophy. 







Some of the courses that I have taught.





University of Kentucky Department of Philosophy