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Colin McQuillan
St. Mary's University, Texas
  1. Oaths, Promises, and Compulsory Duties: Kant’s Response to Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem.J. Colin McQuillan - 2014 - Journal of the History of Ideas 75 (4):581-604.
    This article argues that Kant's essay on enlightenment responds to Moses Mendelssohn's defense of the freedom of conscience in Jerusalem. While Mendelssohn holds that the freedom of conscience as an inalienable right, Kant argues that the use of one's reason may be constrained by oaths. Kant calls such a constrained use of reason the private use of reason. While he also defends the unconditional freedom of the public use of reason, Kant believes that one makes oneself a part of the (...)
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    Kant on the Science of Aesthetics and the Critique of Taste.J. Colin McQuillan - 2017 - Kant Yearbook 9 (1):113-132.
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    Kant on Scholarship and the Public Use of Reason.J. Colin McQuillan - 2018 - Idealistic Studies 48 (1):47-68.
    In “An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?,” Kant defines the public use of reason as “that use which someone makes of it as a scholar before the entire public of the world of readers.” Commentators rarely note Kant’s reference to “scholarship” in this passage and, when they do, they often disagree about its meaning and significance. This paper addresses those disagreements by exploring discussions of scholarship in Kant’s logic lectures as well as in later works like The Conflict (...)
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    Yirmiyahu Yovel, Kant’s Philosophical Revolution: A Short Guide to the Critique of Pure Reason Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018 Pp. X + 128 ISBN 9780681180526. [REVIEW]J. Colin McQuillan - 2019 - Kantian Review 24 (1):166-168.
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  5. Baumgarten on Sensible Perfection.J. Colin McQuillan - 2014 - Philosophica -- Revista Do Departamento de Filosofia da Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa 44.
    One of the most important concepts Baumgarten introduces in his Reflections on Poetry is the concept of sensible perfection. It is surprising that Baumgarten does not elaborate upon this concept in his Metaphysics, since it plays such an important role in the new science of aesthetics that he proposes at the end of the Reflections on Poetry and then further develops in the Aesthetics. This article considers the significance of the absence of sensible perfection from the Metaphysics and its implications (...)
     
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    Response to Jose Luis Fernandez, “Bridging the Gap of Kant’s Historical Antinomy”.J. Colin McQuillan - 2017 - Southwest Philosophy Review 33 (2):103-106.
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  7. Michel Foucault: Introduction to Kant's Anthropology. Translated by Roberto Nigro and Kate Briggs.J. Colin McQuillan - forthcoming - Continental Philosophy Review.
     
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    Philosophical Archaeology and the Historical A Priori.J. Colin McQuillan - 2016 - Symposium 20 (2):142-159.
    Most accounts of the historical a priori can be traced back to Husserlian phenomenology. Foucault’s appeals to the historical a priori are more problematic because of his hostility to this tradition. In this paper, I argue that Foucault’s diplôme thesis on Hegel, his studies of Kant’s Anthropology, his response to critics of The Order of Things, and his later work on Kant’s essay “An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?” all suggest that eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German philosophy helped to (...)
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    A Merely Logical Distinction.J. Colin McQuillan - 2016 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (2):387-405.
    Throughout his career, Immanuel Kant objects that Leibniz and Wolff make the distinction between sensible and intellectual cognition into a “merely logical” distinction. Although it is not clear that anyone in the Leibnizian-Wolffian tradition actually holds this view, Kant’s objection helps to define the “real” distinction between sensible and intellectual cognition that he defends in his inaugural dissertation in 1770. Kant raises the same objection against Leibniz and Wolff in the Critique of Pure Reason, but replaces the “real” distinction he (...)
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    Beyond the Analytic of Finitude: Kant, Heidegger, Foucault.J. Colin McQuillan - 2016 - Foucault Studies 21:184.
    The editors of the French edition of Michel Foucault's Introduction to Kant's Anthropology claim that Foucault started rereading Kant through Nietzsche in 1952 and then began rereading Kant and Nietzsche through Heidegger in 1953. This claim has not received much attention in the scholarly literature, but its significance should not be underestimated. In this article, I assess the likelihood that the editor’s claim is true and show how Foucault’s introduction to Kant’s Anthropology and his comments about Kant in The Order (...)
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    Kant's Critique of Baumgarten's Aesthetics.J. Colin McQuillan - 2015 - Idealistic Studies 45 (1).
    This article considers three objections Immanuel Kant raises against Alexander Baumgarten’s plan for a science of aesthetics at different points in his career. Although Kant’s objections appear to be contradictory, this article argues that the contradiction is the result of an anachronism in the composition of Kant’s Logic. When the contradiction is resolved, it becomes apparent that Kant’s main reason for rejecting Baumgarten’s aesthetics during the pre-critical period—the lack of a priori principles for a critique of taste—loses its force after (...)
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    Patrick R. Frierson, Kant's Empirical Psychology. Reviewed By.J. Colin McQuillan - 2015 - Philosophy in Review 35 (6):299-301.
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    The Kantian Aesthetic: From Knowledge to the Avant-Garde, by Paul Crowther.J. Colin Mcquillan - 2013 - Mind 122 (488):1075-1078.
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    GUYER, PAUL. A History of Modern Aesthetics, Volume 2: The Nineteenth Century. Cambridge University Press, 2014, Vii +478, $355.00 Cloth [for 3-Volume Set]. [REVIEW]J. Colin Mcquillan - 2017 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75 (2):199-201.
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    The Kantian Aesthetic: From Knowledge to the Avant-Garde, by Paul Crowther.: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]J. Colin Mcquillan - 2013 - Mind 122 (488):1075-1078.
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  16. Early Modern Aesthetics.J. Colin McQuillan - 2015 - Rowman & Littlefield International.
    A clear and concise account of the relationship between aesthetics and philosophy in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the development of aesthetics as a discipline in its own right.
     
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  17. Kant on Scholarship and the Public Use of Reason in Advance.J. Colin McQuillan - forthcoming - Idealistic Studies.
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  18. Reading and Misreading Kant's Dreams of a Spirit-Seer.J. Colin McQuillan - 2015 - Kant Studies Online 2015 (1).
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