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Richard Aquila

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My Ph.D. is from Northwestern University and I joined the department in the fall of 1974.

Research Interests

Mostly on Kant's philosophy of mind and knowledge, Schopenhauer, and Sartre's theory of consciousness. Somewhat less focus on various themes in Descartes and Locke

Recent, representative publications

  • The World as Will and Presentation, translation of Arthur Schopenhauer, Die Welt as Wille und Vorstellung, vol. 2 (Longman, in progress).

  • The World as Will and Presentation, translation of Arthur Schopenhauer, Die Welt as Wille und Vorstellung, vol. 1 (New York:  Longman, 2007).

  • "The Singularity and the Unity of Transcendental Consciousness in Kant," History of European Ideas, 30 (2004), 349-76.

  • "Hans Vaihinger and Some Recent Intentionalist Readings of Kant," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 41 (2003) 231-50.

  • "Infinitude, Whole-Part Priority, and the Ambiguity of Kantian 'Space' and 'Time,'" Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung: Akten des IX. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2001), vol. 2, 99-109.

  • "Unity of Apperception and the Division of Labour in the Transcendental Analytic," Kantian Review, 1 (1998), 17-52.

  • "Sartre's Other and the Field of Consciousness: A Husserlian Reading," European Journal of Philosophy, 6 (1998), 253-76.

Recent, representative presentations

  • “Projecting and Rejecting the World: The Transcendental Philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer,” University of Alabama in Huntsville, March 5, 2007.

  • "Paul Abela's Kant's Empirical Realism": "Author Meets Critics" session, North American Kant Society (meeting with American Philosophical Association), Philadelphia, December 29, 2002.

  • "Infinitude, Whole-Part Priority, and the Ambiguity of Kantian 'Space' and 'Time,'" Ninth International Kant Congress, Berlin, March, 2000.

  • "Critical Remarks on Béatrice Longuenesse's Kant and the Capacity to Judge" (tr. Charles T. Wolfe [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998]), invited presentation in "Author Meets Critics" session, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Berkeley, April 2, 1999.

  • "Sartre's Look and the Phenomenology of the Field of Consciousness," Keynote Address, Conference in the annual series, Philosophical Collaborations, Southern Illinois University, March 20, 1998; another version of the same delivered at the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Washington, DC, December 29, 1998.

  • "Identity and Reflection: Comments on Brook's and McRobert's 'Hidden Riches in Kant's Attack on the Amphiboly,'" commentary in Invited Session, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Pittsburgh, April 24, 1997.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate courses in An Introduction to Philosophy, A Survey of 17th and 18th Century Philosophy, and Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche (or some combination thereof)

Graduate courses in Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz (or some combination thereof), Locke, Berkeley, Hume (or some combination thereof), Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, and Husserl and Sartre

Professional/Community Interests

  • Member, Program Committee, American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division), 2000-2002.
  • Member, Advisory Board, North American Kant Society, 2000 - ongoing.
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Philosophical Explorations, 1997 - 2005.
  • Co-editor, Kantian Review, 1997 - ongoing.
Richard Aquila

Contact Information

Richard Aquila
Professor, Associate Department Head & Director of Graduate Studies
804 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0480

Phone: 865-974-7199
Fax: 865-974-3509

Email: raquila@utk.edu