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Brady Bowman

Brady Bowman

Associate Professor of Philosophy
204 Sparks Building


B.A. St. John’s College (Annapolis MD), 1990
M.A. Freie Universität Berlin, (Germany), 1998
Ph.D. Freie Universität Berlin, (Germany), 2001

Professional Bio

I began my career in Germany. After receiving a first degree in philosophy and modern German literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, I went on to earn my doctorate in philosophy at the same institution, defending my dissertation in 2001. From 2000–2007 I was part of a DFG-funded collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich “Ereignis Weimar-Jena: Kultur um 1800”) at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena. I joined the Penn State faculty in 2007. My area of specialization is classical German philosophy — mostly Hegel, but I have also published on the period’s other major figures (especially Jacobi and Schelling) as well as some of its minor ones. Relevant early modern authors (Descartes, Spinoza) are also a focus of interest. Current projects include a study of Hegel’s lectures on the science of logic (1817–1831) and a new translation of Fichte’s Guide to the Blessed Life. I am vice-president of the International Hegel Society and co-editor (with Birgit Sandkaulen) of the journal Hegel-Studien.

Areas of Specialization

  • Classical German philosophy
  • History of modern and 19th century philosophy

Recent Courses

  • The Concept of Recognition in Classical German Philosophy and Some Contemporary Thought
  • The Philosophy of F.W.J. Schelling
  • The Philosophy of Spinoza
  • Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Moral Epistemology
  • Modern Philosophy (Bacon to Kant)
  • Introduction to Theories of Knowledge

Selected Publications

  • Hegel and the Metaphysics of Absolute Negativity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • “Jacobi on Mind and Intuitive Certainty,” in Alexander Hampton (ed.), Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi and the End of the Enlightenment: Religion, Philosophy, and Reason at the Crux of Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
  • “The Vocation of Philosophy: Hegel on ‘Speculative’ Science and the Human Good,” in Anne Pollok, Courtney D. Fugate (eds.), The Human Vocation in German Philosophy: Critical Essays and 18th Century Sources. Bloomsbury Studies in Early German Philosophy, Vol. 1 (London: Bloomsbury, 2023), 295–316.
  • “The World Soul in German Idealism: Organic Life, Human Freedom, and the Unity of Nature,” in James Wilberding (ed.), The World-Soul: The History of a Concept (in the series “Oxford Philosophical Concepts”), Oxford University Press, 2021. 258–83.
  • “Die Wirklichkeit des Wahren. Gewissheit und Glauben bei Jacobi und Kant“, in Birgit Sandkaulen, Walter Jaeschke (eds.), Jacobi und Kant, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2021. 25–43.
  • “Schelling on Eternal Choice and the Temporal Order of Nature,” in Anthony Bruno (ed.), Freedom, Nature, and Systematicity: Essays on F.W.J. Schelling (Oxford University Press, 2020), 115–37.
  • “Spontaneität, Geschöpflichkeit, Unendlichkeit. Zu den Vorbedingungen des Cogito in Descartes’ Meditationen”, in Oliver Koch, Johannes-Georg Schülein (eds.), Subjekt und Person. Beiträge zu einem Schlüsselproblem der klassischen deutschen Philosophie (= Hegel-Studien, Beiheft 68 [2019]), 41–61.
  • “Hegel on Socrates and the Historical Advent of Moral Self-Consciousness,” in Christopher Moore (ed.), The Brill Companion to the Reception of Socrates (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 748–790.
  • On the Relation of Hegel’s Science of Logic to the Phenomenology of Spirit in the Version of 1807: An Overview (German: Zum Verhältnis von Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik zur Phänomenologie des Geistes in der Gestalt von 1807: Ein Überblick). In Michael Quante, Nadine Mooren (Eds.), Kommentar zu Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik (Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 2018), 1–42.
  • “Force, Existence, and the Transcendence of the Good in Schelling’s Weltalter (1815),” in Sally Sedgwick, Dina Emunds (eds.), Internationales Jahrbuch für Deutschen Idealismus, vol. 14 (2018): 265–293
  • “Autonomy, Negativity, and the Challenge of Spinozism in Hegel’s Science of Logic”, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (1) [2018]: 101–126.
  • “Ideality and Self-Determination in Hegel’s Logic of Being”, in Dean Moyar (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Hegel (Oxford University Press, 2017), 219–241.
  • “Labor, Publicity, and Bureaucracy: The Modernity of Hegel’s Civic Humanism,” in Hegel-Studien 47 [2014]: 41–73.
  • “Acosmism, Radical Finitude, and Divine Love in Mendelssohn, Schelling, and Hegel,” in The Owl of Minerva, 45(1–2) [2014]: 61–83.
  • “Spinozist Pantheism and the Truth of ‘Sense Certainty’. What the Eleusinian Mysteries have to tell us about Hegel’s Phenomenology”, in Journal for the History of Philosophy 50 (1): 85–110. [Recipient of the Journal of the History of Philosophy Article Prize 2012]
  • “A Conceptualist Reply to Hanna’s Kantian Non-Conceptualism”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19 (3): 417–446. Reprinted in Dietmar Heidemann (ed.), Kant and Non-Conceptual Content (Oxford: Routledge 2012)
Brady Bowman
Brady Bowman