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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 philosophy, focusing especially on the pioneering post-Kantian idealism of J.G. Fichte. More generally, his work centers on questions concerning the nature of purposive intelligence and its place within the larger order of things. His research interests thus extend into phenomenology and existentialism, as well as contemporary philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind. His current work concentrates on Fichte’s metaphilosophy, Fichte’s account of the nature of reason, and Fichte’s philosophy of religion. Presently he is co-editing an anthology of original essays by eminent scholars of Kantian and post-Kantian idealism, to be published in 2014.

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).

Selected Publications:

Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, eds. Steven Hoeltzel and Halla Kim (Lexington Books, 2014).

“Kant and Fichte on the Unity of Reason,” forthcoming in Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, eds. Steven Hoeltzel and Halla Kim (Lexington Books, 2014).

“Critical Epistemology and Idealist Metaphysics in Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre (1794-1800),” in Fichte-Studien, special supplement on Fichte, German Idealism, and Early Romanticism (Rodopi, 2009), 87-106.

“Finite and Absolute Reason in (and beyond) Fichte’s System of Ethics,” in Philosophy Today 52:3-4 (Fall-Winter 2008), 257-67.

“Toward or Away from Schelling? On the Thematic Shift in Fichte’s Later Philosophy,” in After Jena: New Essays on Fichte’s Later Philosophy, ed. Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore (Northwestern University Press, 2007).

“Transcendental Conditions and the Transcendence of Conditions: Fichte and Schelling on the Foundations of Natural Right,” in Rights, Bodies, and Recognition: New Essays on Fichte’s Foundation of Natural Right, ed. Daniel Breazeale (Ashgate, 2006), 198-213.