Paul Guyer

Paul Guyer

Paul Guyer () (born 1948) has been Jonathan Nelson Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Brown University since 2012.[1] He is a leading scholar of Immanuel Kant. Guyer was for many years a Professor of Philosophy and F.R.C. Murray Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served on the Graduate Groups for both Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature. Prior to moving to the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Michigan.

Guyer has written nine books on Kant and Kantian themes, and has edited and translated a number of Kant's works into English. In addition to his work on Kant, Guyer has published on many other figures in the history of philosophy, including Locke, Hume, Hegel, Schopenhauer, and others. Guyer's Kant and The Claims of Knowledge (Cambridge University Press) is widely considered to be one of the most significant works in Kant scholarship. Recent works by Guyer include Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume (Princeton University Press), and The Cambridge Companion to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (Cambridge University Press).

His other areas of specialty include the history of philosophy and aesthetics. His three-volume work "A History of Modern Aesthetics" was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2014.[2] Guyer was President of the American Society for Aesthetics in 2011–13.[3] Guyer was also President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2011-12.

Guyer graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, where he worked in the Departments of Philosophy and German; his Ph.D. was taken from Harvard University, with a dissertation directed by Stanley Cavell, who was also the director of his Undergraduate Thesis. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1999. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Princeton University Center for Human Values. He has also been a Research Prize Winner of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany.

See also


  1. ^ Leiter Reports: Guyer from Penn to Brown
  2. ^ Guyer's university page
  3. ^ Official UPenn announcement of Guyer's appointment