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Daniel Breazeale


B.A., Philosophy, Austin Collegem 1866 Ph.D. Yale University, 1971


Professor Daniel Breazeale has been at the University of Kentucky since 1971. He specializes in German philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche, with a research focus on post-Kantian idealism and the philosophy of J. G. Fichte. Other interests include existentialism, skepticism, and social and political philosophy.  

Selected Publications:

Edited Volumes

  • Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation Reconsidered, ed. with Tom Rockmore. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016,  xiii-303 pp.
  • Fichte and Transcendental Philosophy, ed. with Tom Rockmore.  London: Palmgrave Macmillan, 2014 [actually published 2016]. X+349 pp.

Translations and Editions

  • Fichte, Foundation of the Entire Wissenschaftslehre and related writings, trans. with an introduction and notes.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, [forthcoming 2019].

Essays, Research Papers, Journal Articles, and Book Chapters

  •  “Formal vs. Material Freedom in the Jena Wissenschaftslehre.” In  Fichte’s System of Ethics: A Critical Guide, ed. Owen Ware and Stefano Bacin.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, [forthcoming 2019].
  • “Freedom and Duty: Kant/Reinhold/Fichte.” In Practical Philosophy from Kant to Hegel, ed. Gabriel Gottlieb and James Clarke. Cambridge University Press, [forthcoming 2019].
  • "In Defense of Conscience: Fichte vs. Hegel.”  Fichte-Studien 45 (2018): 109-28.
  • “Philosophy and ‘the Method of Fictions’: Maimon’s Proposal and its Critics.”  European Journal of Philosophy 26 (2018): 1-15.
  • “Fichte's Spinoza: ‘Common Standpoint,’ ‘Essential Opposition,’ and ‘Hidden Treasure.”" Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus/International Yearbook of German Idealism, ed. Sally Sedgewick and Dina Emunds. [Berlin: de Gruyter] 14 (2018): 103-38.
  • "Expanding the Wissenschaftslehre 1799-1802: Strategic Makeover or Neubau?"  In System der Vernunft – Kant und der Deutsche Idealismus: IV. Systembegriffe nach 1800 – 1809: Systeme in Bewegung, ed. Wilhelm C. Jacobs, Jürgen Stolzenberg, and Violetta L. Waibel,  pp. 31-58. Hamburg: Felix Meiner, [copyright 2011, actually published 2018].
  • “Reinhard Lauths (sehr) kurze prospektiv-polemische Geschichte der Philosophie.”  In Vergegenwärtigung der Tranzendentalphilosophie. Das philosophischen Vermächtnis Reinhard Lauths, ed. Marco Ivaldo, Hans Georg von Manz, and Ives Radrizzani, pp. 121-54.Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 2017.
  • "Fichte, Skepticism, and the ‘Agrippan Trilemma.’" Fichte-Studien 44 (2016): 1-16.
  • "The Wissenschaftslehre of 1796/99 (nova methodo)." In The Cambridge Companion to Fichte, ed. Günter Zöller. Cambridge and N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 93-138.
  • “Reinhold/Schulze/Fichte: A Re-Examination.”  In Krankheit des Zeitalters. Skeptizismus in der nachkantischen Philosophie, ed. M. Bondeli, J. Chotas, and K. Vieweg, pp. 151-79.  Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2016.
  •  “From Autonomy to Automata?  Fichte on Formal and Material Freedom and Moral Cultivation,” pp. 21-54.  In Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation Reconsidered (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2016).