William BristowWilliam Bristow

Associate Professor

Office: Curtin Hall 616
Phone: (414) 229-4719
Fax: (414) 229-5022
e-mail: bristow@uwm.edu


Ph.D. Harvard University

Research Interests:

His research focuses historically on the philosophical systems of Immanuel Kant and of the post-Kantian German idealists and on the writings of other nineteenth century philosophers. Topically or thematically, his research focuses on the nature of the self and its relation to philosophy's distinctive methods and ambitions. Current research investigates the role of self-consciousness in practical rational agency, within the context, in particular, of Kant's philosophy.

Teaching Interests:

Teaches courses in history of modern philosophy, nineteenth and twentieth century continental thought, philosophy of religion, moral and political philosophy, and on self-consciousness and self-knowledge.

Recent Publications:

Hegel and the Transformation of Philosophical Critique, Oxford University Press (2007). 258pp.

"The Scandal of Hegel's Political Philosophy," in The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism, edited by Matthew C. Altman (New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2014) pp. 704-720.

"Defining Freedom as the End of Us," in Freiheit, Hegel Krongress 2011 - Geist und Geschichte Band 1, edited by Gunnar Hinrichs and Axel Honneth (Vittorio Klostermann Verlag, 2012) pp. 371-388.

"Thinking Outside the Circle: The Place of Kierkegaard in Stern's Understanding Moral Obligation," Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 55:6 (2012): 606-621.

"Enlightenment." In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online Summer 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed).

"Self-consciousness, Normativity and Abysmal Freedom." Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 49:6 (2006): 1-26.

"Bildung and the Critique of Modern Skepticism in McDowell and Hegel." In Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism, volume 3, edited by Karl Ameriks and Jürgen Stolzenberg (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005) pp. 179-207.

"Are Kant's Categories Subjective?" Review of Metaphysics 60 (2002): 551-580.

Review: Ludwig Siep, Aktualität und Grenzen der Praktischen Philosophie Hegels: Aufsätze 1997-2009. In Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism, volume 10, (Geschichte/ History), edited by Jürgen Stolzenberg and Fred Rush, (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012), pp. 291-298.