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Dr. Steven Hoeltzel

hoeltzsh@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Office: Cleveland 216
Fax: (540) 568-8072

Education:

B.A. Michigan State University
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Research:

Professor Hoeltzel specializes in Kant and post-Kantian idealism; thematically, his work centers on questions concerning the nature of purposive intelligence and the basis and status of associated rational, ethical, and existential optima. His research interests thus extend into existentialism and phenomenology as well as contemporary philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. His current work concerns the metaphilosophical presuppositions and ontological implications of transcendental models of knowledge, Fichte’s idealism especially. Presently he is co-editing an anthology of original essays by eminent scholars of Kantian and post-Kantian idealism, to be published in late 2014 or early 2015.

Teaching:

Professor Hoeltzel regularly teaches upper-level courses on Kant, Existentialism, and Nineteenth Century Philosophy and Theology, and occasionally offers more specialized courses on related authors and topics (including, for example, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault). Most semesters he teaches Introduction to Philosophy as well.

Select Publications:

“Transcendental Idealism and Theistic Commitment in Fichte.” In The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism, edited by Matthew C. Altman. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming, late 2014?).

“Non-Epistemic Justification and Practical Postulation in Fichte.” In Fichte and Transcendental Philosophy, edited by Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming, late 2014?).

Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism. Co-edited with Halla Kim. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming, late 2014?).

“The Unity of Reason in Kant and Fichte.” In Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, edited by Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming, late 2014?).

“Introduction: Some Post-Kantian Problems.” In Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, edited by Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (forthcoming, late 2014?).

“Critical Epistemology and Idealist Metaphysics in Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre (1794-1800).” In Fichte, German Idealism, and Early Romanticism (Fichte-Studien Supplementa, Band 24). Edited by Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore, 87-106. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.

“Finite and Absolute Reason in (and beyond) Fichte’s System of Ethics.” Philosophy Today 52, no. 3-4 (2008): 257-67.