Daniel Breazeale

Research Interests:

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).