Recent books:


Die Aktualität des Deutschen Idealismus

The Philosophical Hitchcock

Hegel's Realm of Shadows: Logic as Metaphysics in Hegel's Science of Logic (Chicago, November 2018)

Recent Articles, Reviews, Chapters

Review of Adrian Johnston, A New German Idealism: Hegel, Zizek, and Dialectical Materialism. in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, at

"The Dynamism of Reason in Kant amnd Hegel," in Kant on Persons and Agency, ed. E. Watkins. Cambriodge 2017.

"Fried on Intention" in Michael Fried and Philosophy, ed. M. Abbott, Routledge 2018

"Hegel on Painting," in The Art of Hegel's Aesthetics, ed. M. Squire and P. Kottman, Fink 2018.

"In What Sense Does Hegel's Philosophy of Right 'Based' on his Science of Logic?" in Hegel's Political Phiulosophy, ed. T. Brooks and S. Stein, Oxford, 2017.

"Philosophical Fiction? On J.M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello," in Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J.M. Coetzee,ed. T. Mehigan and C. Moser, Camden Houyse 2017

"Rorty's Hegelianism," in Hedgehog Review

"The Given as a Logical Poblem," in The International Yearbook of German Idealism, vol. 12 2017.

"Hegel on Logic as Metaphysics," in The Oxford Handbook to Hegel, ed. D. Moyar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)

"The Many Modalities of Wirklichkeit in Hegel's Science of Logic," in Hegel: Une Pensée de l'Objectivité, ed. J. Seba and G. Lejeune (Éditions Kimé, 2017)

"Hegel über die politische Bedeuting kollektiven Selbstbetrugs," in Gechichte, Gesellschaft, Geltung, ed. M. Quante (Hamburg: Felix Meiner , 2016)

"In What Sense Does Hegel's Philosophy of Right Depend on The Sciennce of Logic?" in Hegel's Political Philosopny, ed. T. Brooks and S. Stein (Oxford, 2018)

"Hegel on the Political Significance of Collective Self-Deceit,” in Philosophy and the Historical Perspective, ed. M. Van Ackeren with Lee Klein, Proceedings of the British Academy (Oxford University Press, 2017)

"What does J.M. Coetzee's Novel The Childhood of Jesus have to do with the Childhood of Jesus," in Raritan, vol. xxxvi, no. 2 (Fall 2016)

"Alexander Nehamas and the Art of Living," unpublished.

Symposium on After the Beautiful, Lebenswelt 7 (2015) 1-40. Commentary by Mario Farna, Francesco Campana, Francesca Iannelli, Terry Pinkard, Italo Testa, Luca Corti; Response by me

Symposium on After the Beautiful, Journal of the Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73:3 (Summer 2015). Précis, Comments by Adrian Daub, Fred Rush, and author's response

Wisconsin Public Television Interview about Hollywood Westerns and American Myth.

Just Who Is It That We Have Become: Rorty's Hegelianism, Hedgehog Review, Summer 2016.

"Minds in the Dark: Cinematic Experience in the Dardemnnes' Dans l'Obscurité,, May 2016, at

"Reply to Critics," in Ein Filmphilosophie-Symposium mit Robert B. Pippin, ed. Ludwig Nagl, Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, de Gruyter, 2016

"Psychology Degree Zero: On the Reprersentation of Action in the Films of the Dardenne Brothers," Critical Inquiry 41 (Summer 2015)

"On Honneth's Interpretation of Hegel's Phenomenology of Self-Consciousness," in Debates in Nineteenth Century Philosophy. ed. K. Gjesdal (Routledge, 2016)

Finite and Absolute Idealism: The Transcendental and the Metaphysical Hegel, in The Transcendental Turn, ed. S. Gardner and M. Grist (Oxford, 2015)

"The Significance of Self-Consciousness in Idealist Theories of Logic," in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2014

Reconstructivism: On Honneth's Hegelianism, in Philosophy and Social Criticism (Online, 5 August 2014)

"Brandom on Hegel on Negation"

"Hegel's Logic of Essence," in Schelling-Studien, Bd. 1, 2013.

"Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas's Nietzsche: Life as Literature." Nietzsche Studies,vol. 45, no. 2 (2014)

"Die Logik der Negation bei Hegel," in 200 Jahre Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik

Reason's Form, in "The Impact of Idealism," vol. 1 (Cambridge UP)

"Doer and Deed: Responses to Acampora and Anderson," Journal of Nietzsche Studies, vol. 44, 2 (2013)

"Back to Hegel? On Slavoj Zizek's Less than Nothing, Mediations 26.2 (Summer 2012)

"Heidegger on Nietzsche on Nihilism," in Political Philosophy Cross-Examined, ed. Thomas Pangle and J. Harvey Lomax

"Vernacular Metaphysics: On Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line," in Critical Inquiry 39 (Winter 2013)

"Le grand imagier of George Wilson," The European Journal of Philosophy, 21.2 (June 2013)

"What is Conceptual Activity?" in Mind, Reason and Being-in-the-World, ed. Joseph Schear

"Tocqueville, the Problem of Equality, and John Ford's Stagecoach," in Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy, ed. Ewa Atanassow and Richard Boyd

"On Hegel's Claim that Self-Consciousness is 'Desire Itself'," in Recognition and Social Ontology, ed. Heikki Ikäheimo and Arto Laitinen

"Williams on Nietzsche on the Greeks"

Links to recent work:

"Passive and Active Skepticism in Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place, in "nonsite," an on-line journal at:

"Cinematic Irony: The Strange Case of Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar," in nonsite, an on-line journal at

"On Oren Isenberg and Paul Grimsted," in "nonsite," an online journal at:

Drafts available to download:


"Response to Raymond Geuss on Bernard Williams"

The following publications are available for downloading from this site. For a complete list of publications, see the cv.


INQUIRY, 2010 vol 53, No. 5. Issue on Hegel's Practical Philosophy

"Hegel on Political Philosophy and Political Actuality"

"Response to Critics"

Public Writings

"Tea Party as Western Movie," The Washington Post

"Participants and Spectators" Position paper on On the Human: a project of the National Humanities Center

"Philosophy Is Its Own Time Comprehended in Thought," Topoi (206) 25: 85-90

"Natural and Normative", Daedelus, Summer, 2009 Vol. 138, No. 3, Pages 35-43

"Naive Reading," New York Times, Oct 10, 2010


Kant's Theory of Form. An Essay on the Critique of Pure Reason. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982) (Out of Print) (Entire book as pdf)

"The Significance of Taste: Kant, Aesthetic and Reflective Judgment," Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 34:4 (1996:) 549-569

"Avoiding German Idealism: Kant and the Reflective Judgment Problem," in Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

"Dividing and Deriving in Kant's Rechtslehre," in Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Rechtslehre, ed. Otfried Höffe (Berlin:Akademie Verlag, 1999)

"A Mandatory Reading of Kant's Ethics? (Critical Study of Paul Guyer's Kant on Freedom, Love and Happiness)" - 95K (PDF)
The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 51, no.204 (July 2001)

"Kant’s Theory of Value: On Allen Wood’s Kant’s Ethical Thought" - 240K (PDF)
Inquiry, Vol. 43 (Summer 2000)

"Rigorism and the 'New Kant'," in Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung, vol. 1 (2001)

“Mine and Thine? The Kantian State,” Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy, ed. Paul Guyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).


"You Can't Get There From Here: Transition Problems in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit," in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel (Cambridge UP, 1993)

"Hegel on Historical Meaning: For Example, the Enlightenment," Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, no 35 (Spring/Summer 1997).

"Gadamer's Hegel," in The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer, ed. Robert Dostal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

"Hegel's Ethical Rationalism," in Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997):417-50.

"Naturalness and Mindedness: Hegel's Compatibilism,"European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 7. no. 2 (1999)

"What is the Question for which Hegel's Theory of Recognition is the Answer?" - 1297K (PDF)
The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 8, no. 2 (August 2000).

"What Was Abstract Art? (From the Point of View of Hegel)" - 138K (PDF)
Critical Inquiry, vol. 29, no.1 (Fall 2002)

"Recognition and Reconciliation: Actualized Agency in Hegel's Jena Phenomenology" - in  Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus/International Yearbook of German Idealism, Vol.2, (2004)

" The Realization of Freedom: Hegel's Practical Philosophy," in The Cambridge Companion to German Idealism, edited by Karl Ameriks (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

“Concept and Intuition: On Distinguishability and Separability,”  in Hegel-Studien (40) 2005.

"Brandom’s Hegel" - 543K (PDF)
European Journal of Philosophy, 13:3 (2006)

"The Absence of Aesthetics in Hegel's Aesthetics," in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth Century Philosophy, ed. F. Beiser. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

"The 'logic of experience' as 'absolute knowledge' in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit," in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide, ed. Dean Moyar and Michael Quante (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

"The Status of Literature in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit," in Inventions of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Imaginary since Romanticism, ed. Richard T. Gray, Nicholas Halmi, Gary Handwerk, Michael A. Rosenthal, and Klaus Vieweg (Seattle: University of Washingtopn Press, 2011).


"Fichte's Alleged, One-Sided, Subjective Idealism," in The Reception of Kant's Critical Philosophy," ed. S. Sedgwick (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)


"Irony and Affirmation in Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra," in Nietzsche's New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, ed. M. Gillespie and T. Strong (Chicago, 1988)

"Introduction" to Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006): viii-xxxv.

Review article, Bernard Reginster, The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche On Overcoming Nihilism, by Bernard Reginster, fPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research vol. 77, No. 1 (July 2008)

"How to Overcome Oneself: Nietzsche on Freedom" - (pdf) in Nietzsche onFreedom and Autonomy, ed. Ken Gemes and Simon May (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

"Agent and Deed in Nietzsche's Genealogy," in A Companion to Nietzsche, ed. Keith Ansell Pearson (Blackwell)


"Heideggerean Postmodernism and Metaphysical Politics," The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 4, no.1 (April 1996). 

"On Being Anti-Cartesian: Heidegger, Hegel, Subjectivity and Sociality," in Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

"Necessary Conditions for the Possibility of What Isn't: Heidegger on Failed Meaning, in The Persistence of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Exchange with McDowell:

"Leaving Nature Behind (On John McDowel's Mind and World)," from The Persistence of Subjectivity (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

"Postcript" in The Persistence of Subjectivity (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

John McDowell, "On Pippin's Postscript," The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 3.

“McDowell’s Germans: Response to ‘On Pippin’s Postscript’,The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 3.

Leo Strauss

"The Modern World of Leo Strauss," Political Theory, vol.20, no.3 (1992).

"The Unavailability of the Ordinary: Strauss on the Philosophical Fate of Modernity" - 111K (PDF)
Political Theory, vol. 31 No 3 (June 2003): 335-358

"Being, Time, and Politics: The Strauss-Kojčve Debate," History and Theory, vol 22, no.2, Summer 1993.



On Maisie's Knowing Her Own Mind in A Companion to Henry James, ed. by Greg W. Zacharias (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)

"On 'Becoming Who One is' (and Failing): Proust's Problematic Selves," in The Persistance of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

"The Paradoxes of Power in the Early Novels of J.M. Coetzee, " in J.M. Coetzee and Ethics, ed. A. Leist and P. Singer (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)

Authenticity in Painting: Remarks on Michael Fried’s Art History - 131K (PDF) Critical Inquiry, vol. 31, no. 3 (2005)


Angels and Devils in Almodóvar's Talk to Her - 76 KB (pdf) In Talk to Her, ed. A.W. Eaton (New York: Routledge, 2009)

"What is a Western? Politics and Self-Knowledge in John Ford's The Searchers, in Critical Inquiry, vol. 35 (Winter 2009)

Philosophical Film: Trapped by Oneself in Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past, in New Literary History, 41 (2010), 517-48.

“Agency and Fate in Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai, in Critical Inquiry, 37 (Winter 2011), 214-44.


"Can There be Unprincipled Virtue? Comments on Nomy Arpaly" in Philosophical Explorations, vol. 10, no. 3.

Review article, Bernard Williams, In the Beginning Was the Deed, Journal of Philosophy , vol. CIV, No. 10 (October 2007)

"Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas's Nietzsche: Life as Literature," forthcoming in International Studies in Philosophy.

Review of Alice Crary, Beyond Moral Judgment, in Analytic Philosophy, vol. 52, no.1 (March 2011)

Review of Jean-François Kervégan, L'effectif et le rationalle, in International Yearbook of German Idealism, vol. 6, 2008: 328-335.