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Michael Baur

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Law.
Brian and Kathleen MacLean Fellow, 2020-22

Collins Hall, Room 128
Fordham University
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458

Email: mbaur@fordham.edu
Phone: 718-817-3295
Academia.edu: https://fordham.academia.edu/MichaelBaur
PhilPapers.org: https://philpapers.org/s/michael%20baur

Education

  • BA, Loyola Marymount University
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • PhD University of Toronto
  • JD Harvard University

Areas of Interest

Kant and German Idealism; Continental Philosophy; Philosophy of Law

Select Publications

Books (Editor or Co-editor)

Editor, The Importance of Truth: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Washington, D.C.: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1994)

Co-editor (with John Russon), Hegel and the Tradition: Essays in Honour of H.S. Harris (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997)

Editor, Virtues and Virtue Theories: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Washington, D.C.: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1998)

Editor, Texts and Their Interpretation: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1999)

Co-editor (with Daniel O. Dahlstrom), The Emergence of German Idealism (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999)

Editor, Insight and Inference: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2000)

Editor, Philosophical Theology: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2001)

Editor, Person, Soul, and Immortality: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2002)

Editor, Philosophy at the Boundary of Reason: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2003)

Editor, Philosophy and Intercultural Understanding: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2004)

Editor, Reckoning with the Tradition: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2005)

Editor, Social Justice – Its Theory and Practice: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2006)

Co-editor, The Beatles and Philosophy: Nothing You Can Think That Can’t Be Thunk, edited by Michael Baur and Steven Baur (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2006).  The Portuguese-language version of this book was published in 2007: Os Beatles ea Filosofia: Nada que você pense que não pode ser pensado(São Paulo, Brasil: Madras Editora, Ltda., 2007).  The German language version of this book was published in 2010: Die Beatles und die Philosophie: Klüger werden mit der besten Band aller Zeiten (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2010).

Editor, Intelligence and the Philosophy of Mind: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2007)

Co-editor, The Blackwell Companion to Hegel, edited by Michael Baur and Stephen Houlgate (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2011; updated paperback edition published in 2015)

Co-editor, Person, Being, and History: Essays in Honor of Kenneth L. Schmitz, edited by Michael Baur and Robert Wood (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011)

Editor, G.W.F. Hegel: Key Concepts (London and New York: Routledge, 2014)

 

Books (Translator)

German-to-English translation of Johann Gottlieb Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right (334 pages),

edited by Frederick Neuhouser (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

 

Articles and Chapters in Books

“Ethics, Rationality, Dialectic, and Community,” The Claremont Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy 5 (1985), pp. 12-29.

“Questions Philosophers Ask,” Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy 6 (1987), pp. 21-35.

“A Conversation with Hans-Georg Gadamer,” conducted and translated by Michael Baur, Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies 8  (1990), pp. 1-13.

“A Contribution to the Gadamer-Lonergan Discussion,” Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies 8 (1990), pp. 14-23.

“On the Aim of Scientific Theories in Relating to the World: A Defence of the Semantic Account,” Dialogue 29 (1991), pp. 323-333.

“Hegel and the Overcoming of the Understanding,” The Owl of Minerva 22 (1991), pp. 141-158.  Reprinted in Hegel. Volume II: The Philosophy of Hegel, edited by David Lamb (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 1998), pp. 315-332.

Preface to and translation of Martin Heidegger’s “Phenomenological Interpretations with Respect to Aristotle,” Man and World 25 (1992), pp. 355-393.

“Hegel and Aquinas on Self-Knowledge and Historicity,” Reason in History: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, edited by Thérèse-Anne Druart (Washington, D.C.: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 1995), pp. 125-134.

“Adorno and Heidegger on Art in the Modern World,” Philosophy Today 40 (1996), pp. 357-366.

“Heidegger and Aquinas on the Self as Substance,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 70 (1996), pp. 317-337.  Reprinted in Postmodernism and Christian Philosophy, edited by Roman T. Ciapolo (Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association, 1997), pp. 38-57.

“Innocent Owners and Guilty Property,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 20 (1996), pp. 279-292.

“Winckelmann and Hegel on the Imitation of the Greeks,” in Hegel and the Tradition: Essays in Honour of H.S. Harris, edited by Michael Baur and John Russon (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), pp. 93-110.

“Sublating Kant and the Old Metaphysics: A Reading of the Transition from Being to Essence in Hegel’s Logic,” The Owl of Minerva 29 (1998), pp. 139-164.

“Die Einleitung zu ‘Sein und Zeit’ und die Frage nach der phänomenologischen Methode: Versuch einer Erklärung,” Perspektiven der Philosophie, Bd. 24 (1998), pp. 225-248.

“The Role of Skepticism in the Emergence of German Idealism,” in The Emergence of German Idealism, edited by Michael Baur and Daniel O. Dahlstrom (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999), pp. 63-91.

“Kant’s Moral Proof: Defense and Implications,” Philosophical Theology: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2001), pp. 141-161.

“Self-measure and Self-moderation in Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre,” in New Studies in Fichte’s Grundlage der gesamten Wissenschaftslehreedited by Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore (Amherst, N.Y.: Humanity Books, 2001), pp. 81-102.

“Natural Law and the Legislation of Virtue: Historicity, Positivity, and Circularity,” in Vera Lex: Journal of the International Natural Law Society  2 (2001), pp. 51-70.

“Reversing Rawls: Criteriology, Contractualism, and the Kantian Primacy of the Practical,” in Philosophy and Social Criticism 28:3 (May 2002), pp. 251-296.

“Kant, Lonergan, and Fichte on the Critique of Immediacy and the Epistemology of Constraint in Human Knowing,” in International Philosophical Quarterly. 43:1 (2003), pp. 91-112.

“Newman on the Problem of the Partiality and Unity of the Sciences,” in Philosophy and Intercultural Understanding: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, edited by Michael Baur (New York: American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2004), pp. 111-127.

“On Actualizing Public Reason,” Fordham Law Review 72:5 (April 2004), pp.2153-2175.

“Idealism” in Volume Three of  New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005), pp. 1078-1082.

“What Is Distinctive About Terrorism, and What Are the Philosophical Implications?,” in Philosophy 9/11: Thinking about the War on Terrorism, edited by Timothy Shanahan (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2005), pp. 3-21.

“In Defense of Finnis on Natural Law Legal Theory,” in Vera Lex: Journal of the International Natural Law Society 6: 1-2 (Winter 2005), pp. 35-55.

“We All Need Mirrors to Remind Us Who We Are: Inherited Meaning and Inherited Selves in Memento,” in Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take On Hollywood, edited by Kimberly Blessing and Paul Tudico (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2005), pp. 94-110.

“Incommensurable Goods, Alternative Possibilities, and the Self-Refutation of the Self-Refutation of Determinism,” in American Journal of Jurisprudence 50 (2005), pp. 165-171.

“Fichte’s Impossible Contract,” in Rights, Bodies, Recognition: New Essays on Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right, edited by Tom Rockmore and Daniel Breazeale (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 11-25.

“‘And the Time Will Come When You See We’re All One: The Beatles and Idealistic Monism,” in The Beatles and Philosophy: Nothing You Can Think That Can’t Be Thunk, edited by Michael Baur and Steven Baur (Chicago: Open Court Publishing Company, 2006), pp. 13-24.

“‘American Pie’ and the Self-critique of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” in Philosophy and the Interpretation of Popular Culture, edited by William Irwin and Jorge J.E. Gracia (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2006), pp. 255-273.

“Systematically Unsystematic Violence: On the Definition and Moral Status of Terrorism,” in The Reason of Terror: Philosophical Responses to Terrorism, edited by Kem Crimmins and Herbert De Vriese (Louvain and Dudley, MA: Peeters Publishers, 2006), pp. 3-32.

“Can Natural Law Thinking be Made Credible in our Contemporary Context?,” in Freiheit, Natur, Religion: Studien zur Sozialethik, edited by Christian Spieβ (Paderborn: Schöningh Verlag, 2010), pp. 277-297.

“Beyond Standard Legal Positivism and ‘Aggressive’ Natural Law: Some Thoughts on Judge’ O’Scannlain’s ‘Third Way’,” in Fordham Law Review, vol. 79, no. 4 (March 2011), pp. 1529-1539.

“From Kant’s Highest Good to Hegel’s Absolute Knowing,” in The Blackwell Companion to Hegel, edited by Michael Baur and Stephen Houlgate (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2011), pp. 452-473.

“Coming to Know as a Way of Coming to Be: Aristotle’s De Anima III.5,” in Person, Being, and History: Essays in Honor of Kenneth L. Schmitz, edited by Michael Baur and Robert Wood (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2011), pp. 77-102.

“The Language of Rights: Towards and Aristotelian-Thomistic Analysis,” in Philosophy and Language: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, edited by R. Edward Houser and Thomas Osborne (Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2011), 89-98.

“The Authority to Interpret, the Purpose of Universities, and the Giving of Awards, Honors, or Platforms by Catholic Universities: Some Thoughts on ‘Catholics in Political Life’,” Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, vol. 49 (2011), pp. 101-120.

“Aquinas on Law and Natural Law,” in The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas, edited by Brian Davies and Eleonore Stump (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 238-254.

“Law and Political Thought,” in Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, edited by Gregory Claeys (Thousand Oaks, CA: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2013), pp. 488-494.

“Natural Law and the Natural Environment: Pope Benedict XVI's Vision Beyond Utilitarianism and Deontology,” in Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI's Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States, edited by Jame Schaefer and Tobias Winwright (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), pp. 43-57.

“Hegel and the Classical Pragmatists: Prolegomenon to a Future Discussion,” in Richard J. Bernstein and the Pragmatic Turn in Contemporary Philosophy: Rekindling Pragmatism's Fire, edited by Judith M. Green (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 39-52.

“Introduction,” in G.W.F. Hegel: Key Concepts, edited by Michael Baur (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 1-13.

“Hegel and Hermeneutics,” Chapter Fifteen in G.W.F. Hegel: Key Concepts, edited by Michael Baur (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 208-221.

“Lonergan and Hegel on Some Aspects of Knowing,” in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 88, Issue 3 (Summer 2014), pp. 535-558.

Decalogue Five: A Short Film about Killing, Sin, and Community,” in Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue, edited by Eva Badowska and Francesca Parmeggiani (New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2016), pp. 122-139.

“Marx on Historical Materialism,” written with H.B. Acton, Gale Research Philosophy Series 1 and 2 (Internet Library Reference Database) (Detroit, MI: Gale/Cengage, 2017), 3,300 words.

 

Forthcoming Articles or Chapters in Books

“Situating Hegel: From Transcendental Philosophy to a Phenomenology of Spirit,” Chapter One in The Palgrave Hegel Handbook, edited by Marian Bykova and Kenneth R. Westphal (New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan, under contract and forthcoming 2018). 

“Winckelmann’s Greek Ideal and Kant’s Critical Philosophy,” in Kant and His German Contemporaries, edited by Daniel O. Dahlstrom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

 

Book Reviews

Review of Kinds of Being by E.J. Lowe, in The Review of Metaphysics 46 (1992), pp. 166-168.

Review of Radical Realism by Edward Pols, in The Review of Metaphysics 47 (1993), pp. 379-380.

Review of Recognition: Fichte and Hegel on the Other by Robert Williams, in The Review of Metaphysics 47 (1994), pp. 849-851.

Review of The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama, in The Review of Metaphysics 48 (1994), pp. 135-137.

Review of The Metaphysics of Being of St. Thomas Aquinas in a Historical Perspective by Leo J. Elders, in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 69 (Winter 1995), pp. 101-103.

Review of Feminism Under Fire by Ellen R. Klein, The Review of Metaphysics 50 (1996), pp. 164-165.

Review of Hegel, Literature, and the Problem of Agency by Allen Speight, in Journal of the History of Philosophy 41 (2003), pp. 134-135.

Review of Problems from Kant by James Van Cleve, in International Philosophical Quarterly 43:1 (2003), pp. 124-126.

Review of Matters of Spirit: J.G. Fichte and the Technological Imagination, by F. Scott Scribner, in the electronic journal, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews(April 18, 2012).  See http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/30359-matters-of-spirit-j-g-fichte-and-the-technological-imagination/

Review of Hegel on Political Identity: Patriotism, Nationality, and Cosmopolitanism by Lydia Moland, in the Owl of Minerva, volume 45, number 2 (2014), pp. 112-115.

Review of Self-consciousness and the Critique of the Subject: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Poststructuralists, by Simon Lumsden, in the Review of Metaphysics, vol. 69, no. 2 (December 2015), pp. 395-307.

Review of Hegel’s Introduction to the System: Encyclopaedia Phenomenology and Psychology, by Robert E. Wood, in the Review of Metaphysics, vol. 69, no. 2 (December 2015), pp. 421-423.

Review of Fichte’s Ethical Thought, by Allen W. Wood, in the electronic journal, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (Sept. 1, 2017).  See http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/fichtes-ethical-thought/

 

Non-academic Articles

“Oedipus, Achilles and O.J. ¾ Lessons from Antiquity for Our Time,” Los Angeles Times, 27 June 1994, “Metro” section, p. B-7.