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Dr. Steven Hoeltzel

hoeltzsh@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Office: Cleveland 216

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.

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, ed. Matthew C. Altman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 364-85.

“Non-Epistemic Justification and Practical Postulation in Fichte,” in Fichte and Transcendental Philosophy, ed. Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 293-313.

Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, co-edited with Halla Kim (Lexington Books, 2014).

“The Unity of Reason in Kant and Fichte,” in Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, ed. Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel (Lexington Books, 2014), 129-52.

“Introduction: Some Post-Kantian Problems,” in Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, ed. Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel (Lexington Books, 2014), xx-xxxvii.

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

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