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Professor of Philosophy
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 reason and cognition.

Teaching:

Professor Hoeltzel regularly teaches courses on Kant, nineteenth century philosophy, existentialism, and phenomenology. Occasionally he offers more specialized courses on related topics such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Foucault. In any given semester he also teaches either an introduction to philosophy or a course in ethical reasoning. Professor Hoeltzel is a recent recipient of the Carl Harter Distinguished Teacher Award, a prize awarded annually by the College of Arts and Letters in recognition of especially outstanding teaching.

Select Publications:

The Palgrave Fichte Handbook, ed. Steven Hoeltzel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), xxi + 550pp.

Transcendental Inquiry, ed. Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), xxv + 308pp.

Kant, Fichte, and the Legacy of Transcendental Idealism, ed. Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel (Lexington, 2014), xxxvii + 244pp.

“Fichte and Existentialism: Freedom and Finitude, Subjectivity and Striving,” in The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Existentialism, ed. Jon Stewart (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 77–101.

“Check and Summons (Anstoß and Aufforderung),” in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Fichte, ed. Marina F. Bykova (Bloomsbury, 2020), 353–61.

“The Three Basic Principles (drei Grundsätze),” in The Bloomsbury Handbook of Fichte, ed. Marina F. Bykova (Bloomsbury, 2020), 327–35.

“Fichte’s Account of Reason and Rational Normativity,” in The Palgrave Fichte Handbook, ed. Steven Hoeltzel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), 189–212.

“Fichte and Kant on Reason’s Final Ends and Highest Ideas,” Revista de Estudios sobre Fichte 16 (Winter 2018): http://journals.openedition.org/ref/827.

“Fichte, Transcendental Ontology, and the Ethics of Belief,” in Transcendental Inquiry, ed. Halla Kim and Steven Hoeltzel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 55–82.

“Transcendental Idealism and Theistic Commitment in Fichte,” in The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism, ed. Matthew C. Altman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 364–85.

“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.

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