Professor of Philosophy
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Ph.D., Harvard University, 1984
Areas of Interest
Moral philosophy, in particular Kant’s practical philosophy, with additional interests in the history of moral philosophy.
Professor Reath works in the area of moral philosophy, in particular Kant’s practical philosophy, with additional interests in the history of moral philosophy. His work on Kant has focused on his moral psychology, his conception of autonomy, and the foundational arguments in the Groundwork and the Critique of Practical Reason. In 2006 he published a collection of essays on these topics, Agency and Autonomy in Kant’s Moral Theory (Oxford). He has also co-edited (with Jens Timmermann) a collection of new essays on the Critique of Practical Reason—Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason: A Critical Guide (Cambridge 2010). Current projects include attempts to understand the sense in which Kant’s Categorical Imperative is a formal principle, Kant’s account of free agency, his general conception of rational agency, and a short book on the argument of the Groundwork.
- Agency and Autonomy in Kant’s Moral Theory (Oxford university Press, 2006)—a collection of 7 previously published essays and 2 previously unpublished essays, “Autonomy of the Will as the Foundation of Morality” and “Agency and Universal Law.”
- Andrews Reath and Jens Timmermann, eds. Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- A. Reath, B. Herman & C. M. Korsgaard, eds., Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Articles (some of which are linked as a pdf):
- “Introduction to the Critique of Practical Reason”, in Kant, Critique of Practical Reason, tr. Mary J. Gregor (Cambridge University Press, 1997: vii-xxxvi; Second Edition, with revised introduction, forthcoming 2015)
- “Did Kant Hold that Rational Volition is Sub Ratione Boni?” [abstract] in Robert Johnson and Mark Timmons, eds. Reason, Value, and Respect: Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill, Jr (forthcoming, Oxford University Press)
- “The Ground of Practical Laws,” in Stefano Bacin, Alfredo Ferrarin, Claudio La Rocca, and Margit Ruffing, eds., Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense: Proceedings of the XIth International Kant Congress (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013): 585-595.
- “Formal Approaches to Kant’s Formula of Humanity” in Sorin Baiasu and Mark Timmons, eds., Kant on Practical Justification: Interpretive Essays (Oxford University Press, 2013 ): 201-228
- “Kant’s Conception of Autonomy of the Will,” in Oliver Sensen, ed. Kant on Moral Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2013): 32-52.
- “Kant’s Moral Philosophy,” in Roger Crisp, ed., The Oxford Handbook on the History of Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2012): 443-464
- “A High Plains Drifter: Remark’s on Engstrom’s The Form of Practical Knowledge,” Analytic Philosophy 53, No. 1 (March 2012): 78-87.
- “Will, Obligatory Ends, and the Completion of Practical Reason: Comments on Barbara Herman’s Moral Literacy”, Kantian Review 16, No. 1 (March 2011): 1-15.”
- “Formal Principles and the Form of a Law,” in Reath and Timmermann, eds., A Critical Guide to Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- “Contemporary Kantian Ethics,” in John Skorupski, ed., The Routledge Companion to Ethics (Routledge Press, 2010).
- “Setting Ends Through Reason,” in Simon Robertson, ed., Spheres of Reason (Oxford University Press, 2009): 199–219.
- “Autonomy, Taking One’s Choices to be Good, and Practical Law: Replies to Critics,” Philosophical Books 49, No. 2 (April 2008): 125–137.
- “Kant’s Critical Account of Freedom,” in Graham Bird, ed., A Companion to Kant (Blackwell Publishing, 2006): 275–290.
- “Value and Law in Kant’s Moral Theory,” Ethics 114, No. 3 (October 2003): 127–155.
- “Duties to Oneself and Self-Legislation,” in Mark Timmons, ed., Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals: Interpretive Essays (Oxford University Press, 2001): 349–370. Reprinted in Agency and Autonomy.
- “Legislating for a Realm of Ends: the Social Dimensions of Autonomy,” in A. Reath, B. Herman & C.M. Korsgaard, Reclaiming the History of Ethics, 1997. Reprinted in Agency and Autonomy.
- “Legislating the Moral Law,” Noûs, Vol. 28, No. 3, 1994. Reprinted in Agency and Autonomy.
- “Intelligible Character and the Reciprocity Thesis,” Inquiry, Vol. 36, 1993.
- “Hedonism, Heteronomy and Kant”s Principle of Happiness,” Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 70, No. 1, 1989. Reprinted in Agency and Autonomy.
- “Kant’s Theory of Moral Sensibility,” Kant-Studien, Vol. 80, No. 3, 1989. Reprinted in Agency and Autonomy.
- “Two Conceptions of the Highest Good in Kant,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 26, 1988.