I mainly focus on systematic theoretical (mainly metaphysical and epistemological) questions that stem from the Post-Kantian German philosophical tradition. Before joining the faculty at CUHK in 2016 I was a Lecturer in philosophy at Clemson University from 2014-2016. I completed my PhD in philosophy in August 2014 under Richard Dien Winfield at the University of Georgia. Before completing my PhD in philosophy I completed a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Bonn, Germany (2013-2014). At the University of Bonn I investigated Schelling’s influence on Hegel’s Doctrine of the Concept under Markus Gabriel.
Currently, I am completing a book entitled Hegel’s Foundation Free Metaphysics: the Logic of Singularity. Hegel’s Foundation Free Metaphysics focuses on one question: What is it to be a universal? I argue, through a close examination of Hegel’s Doctrine of the Concept in his Science of Logic, that Hegel’s concept of singularity is designed to solve a host of philosophical paradoxes relevant to the self-referential nature of universality. I argue that Hegel’s account of universality, particularity, and singularity offers solutions to four paradoxes of self-reference: the problem of participation, the problem of the missing difference, the problem of psychologism, and the problem of onto-theology. By adopting a metaphysical reading of Richard Dien Winfield’s foundation free epistemology, I critically engage dominant readings in contemporary Hegel scholarship, including McDowell, Brandom, and Pippin. What is more, I attempt to further contribute to the current debate concerning the status of Hegel as a metaphysician by systematically explicating Hegel’s appropriation of the ontological argument in his Doctrine of the Concept.
More generally, I am increasingly interested in Hegel’s philosophical relationship with his contemporaries, most specifically Jacobi, Hölderlin, and Schelling. In particular, I have a growing interest in Schelling and Early German Romanticism. My interest in these historical connections is a reflection of my systematic interest in questions concerning the legitimacy of the authority of Reason and the relation between Rationalism and Philosophical Mysticism, (such as Jakob Böhme and Meister Eckhart). I also have an enduring interest in Ancient Greek Philosophy, and the impact of Ancient Greek Philosophy on the tradition of German Idealism.
My other current research project concerns the influence of Hegel’s concrete universal on Ernst Cassirer, and his philosophy of culture. The current project is entitled Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Myth. This book will constitute to a series of books on Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms. (The first book in the series, Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Language, was published in November 2014 by Lexington Books.) The series focuses on the three volumes of Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms: Philosophie der Symbolischen Formen: Die Sprache (1923), Das mythische Denken (1925), and Phänomenologie der Erkenntnis (1929). Each book in the series investigates two central, albeit neglected, themes in each of Cassirer’s volumes on the philosophy of symbolic forms: (i) the autonomy of the cultural forms and (ii) the influence of G.W.F. Hegel’s philosophy (including phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, and logic) on the concept of autonomy in Die Philosophie der Symbolischen Formen. In Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Language I investigated the autonomy of language, and Hegel’s role in the development of that concept; in Ernst Cassirer and the Autonomy of Myth I intend to investigate the autonomy of myth and Hegel’s influence on Cassirer’s concept of the autonomy of myth.
- Metaphysics and Epistemology
- Kant and Post-Kantian German Philosophy (Hegel, Schelling, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Cassirer)
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Philosophy of Religion (Esp. Comparative Mysticism)
- Buddhist Philosophy (Esp. the Kyoto School)
- “The Synthetic Unity of Apperception in Hegel’s Logic of the Concept” (Idealistic Studies, Volume 45:3, Fall 2016)
- “A Review of Colin McGinn’s ‘Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained’”. (Review of Metaphysics, Issue No. 276, Summer 2016)
- “The Problem of Evil in the Speculative Mysticism of Meister Eckhart” in The Problem of Evil: New Philosophical Directions, Ed. Robert Arp and Benjamin McCraw (Lexington Books, January 2016)
- Gabriel, Markus. Why The World Does Not Exist. (Polity Press. September 2015) [Translated from German into English]
- Gabriel, Markus. (Co-Translated with Abby Rutherford), “Neutral Realism” in The Monist. (Volume 98, Issue 2, April 2015) [Translated from German into English]
- “Four Paradoxes of Self-Reference”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, (28:2, Fall 2014)
- Ernst Cassirer: The Autonomy of Language, Lexington Books (November, 2014)
- “A Review of Richard Dien Winfield’s ‘Hegel’s Science of Logic: A Critical Re-Thinking in Thirty Lectures’.” (Owl of Minerva, January 2014)
- “Motivating Transcendental Phenomenology: Husserl’s Critique of Kant”, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, (Volume 44, Issue 2, 2013)
- “Hegel’s Free Mechanism”. International Philosophical Quarterly, (Volume 53, Issue 1, 73-85, March 2013)
- Hurt, Nicole E., Moss, Gregory S., Bradley, Christen L., Camus, Melinda S., Larson, Lincoln R., Lovelace, Mathew D., Prevost, Luanna D., Riley, Nancy, Domizi, Denise, “The Facebook Effect: College Students’ Perceptions of Online Discussions in the Age of Social Networking.” International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, (Volume 6, No 2, 2012)
- “A Review of Julie Maybee’s ‘Picturing Hegel: An Illustrated Guide to Hegel’s Encyclopedia Logic’.” Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2009. (Owl of Minerva. Volume 43, Fall 2012)