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Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy, Brown University

Daimler Fellow - Class of Spring 2017

Paul Guyer is the Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Brown University. Guyer received his PhD from Harvard University and then taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois-Chicago. Thereafter, he taught for thirty years at the University of Pennsylvania and was a visiting professor at Michigan, Princeton, and Harvard. Guyer has been president of the American Society for Aesthetics and president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former Guggenheim Fellow.


Guyer works on the history of modern philosophy, especially on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and the history of aesthetics. He has published nine books on Kant, including Kant and the Claims of Knowledge (1987), Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (2007), and Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant’s Response to Hume (2008). He is the editor of six anthologies of work on Kant, including three Cambridge Companions, and co-editor of a volume on his mentor Stanley Cavell. He is also the co-translator of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, Critique of Judgment, and Notes and Fragments, in the Cambridge Edition of Immanuel Kant, of which he is general co-editor. He also serves on numerous editorial boards, including The Kantian Review, Kant-Studien, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Guyer’s three-volume work, A History of Modern Aesthetics (Cambridge), was published in 2014, and a volume of his recent papers on Kant’s moral philosophy, Virtues of Freedom, is at press in late 2016.

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