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 James Kreines








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Department of Philosophy,
Claremont McKenna College

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Claremont, CA 91711
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Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College.

Yale University. 2001- 2007. Assistant Professor.


Post-Kantian European Philosophy and Kant


Metaphysics, Early Modern and Ancient Philosophy



Reason in the World: Hegel's Metaphysics and its Philosophical Appeal. Oxford University Press, June 2o15.

Co-Edited Volume

Hegel on Philosophy in History. 2016, Cambridge University Press. Edited by James Kreines and Rachel Zuckert. Essays, dedicated to Robert Pippin, by Karl Ameriks, Jay Bernstein , Axel Honneth, Rolf Peter Horstmann, Jonathan Lear, John McDowell, Christoph Menke, Terry Pinkard, Paul Redding, Sally Sedgwick, Ludwig Siep, Robert Stern, and Slavoj Žižek.


Kant’s Restrictive Inflationism: The Laws of Nature and the Critical Philosophy. Forthcoming in The Monist 100(3). 

"The Limits Of Metatheory And The Interpretation Of Hegel’s System." Forthcoming in Verifiche.

The Metaphysics of Reason and Hegel's Logic. A Book Symposium on Kreines' Reason in the World. With Bowman, Pinkard and Tolley. Hegel-Studien 50. 2017.  

Metaphysical Grounding and Things in Themselves: on Allais' Manifest Reality. European Journal of Philosophy, 24:1 2016: 253–266.

"Fundamentality without Metaphysical Monism: Replies to Knappik and Stern on Reason in the World."  Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. 2016.

“The Idea and the Absolute Idea in Hegel's Science of Logic”. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Hegel.

"Kant and Hegel on Teleology and Life from the Perspective of Debates about Free Will" The Freedom of Life, Freiheit und Gesetz III, ed. Thomas Khurana. 2013.

"Learning From Hegel What Philosophy is All About: For the Metaphysics of Reason; Against the Priority of Meaning." Verifiche - Rivista di Scienze Umane, 2012.

“Kant on the Laws of Nature and the Limitation of our Knowledge.” European Journal of Philosophy. (2009)

“Hegel: Metaphysics without Pre-Critical Monism.” Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain. (2008): 48-70.

“The Logic of Life: Hegel’s Philosophical Defense of Teleological Explanation in Biology.” The Cambridge Companion to Hegel, second edition, edited by F. Beiser. (2008): 344-377.

“Between The Bounds of Experience and Divine Intuition: Kant’s Epistemic Limits and Hegel’s Ambitions.” Inquiry 50:3 (2007): 306-334.

"Hegel’s Metaphysics: Changing the Debate.” Philosophy Compass. 1:5 (2006): 466-480.

“The Inexplicability of Kant's Naturzweck: Kant on Teleology, Explanation and Biology.” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 87:3 (2005): 270-311.

“Hegel’s Critique of Pure Mechanism and the Philosophical Appeal of the Logic Project.” European Journal of Philosophy 12:1 (2004): 38-74.

Articles in Progress

"Spinoza on God and the Finite, the Philosophical Force of Hegel’s Criticisms, and the Influence of Jacobi"

"Hegel's Response to Kant's Antinomies"

"Hegel's Philosophy is no Metatheory"

"Systematicity and Defense of Reason in the World: Reply to Bowman, Pinkard, and Tolley"

“The New Kant: Arguing Against Rationalist Readings.”

“What We Cannot Know, and our Rational but Unquenchable Desire to Know It: Things in Themselves from the Perspective of Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic”

“Kant’s Restrictive Inflationism: The Laws of Nature and the Critical Philosophy”

Book Reviews

Robert Stern. Hegelian Metaphysics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. In the Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain 66 (2012): 117-121.

Ludwig Siep. Der Weg der Phänomenologie des Geistes. Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism. Volume 2, 2004, pp. 366–373, 8 pages.

Dieter Henrich. Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism. The Philosophical Review 115:1 2005, 112-115, 4 pages.


"Spinoza on God and the Finite, the Philosophical Force of Hegel’s Criticisms, and the Influence of Jacobi", workshop, Konstanz.

"Hegel's Response to Kant's Antinomies", Disunity of Reason conference, Freie Universität Berlin.

"Hegel's Philosophy is no Metatheory", Hegel's Philosophy as Meta-Theory conference, Verona, Italy.  

 “Kant’s Restrictive Inflationism: The Laws of Nature and the Critical Philosophy”,  Seminar discussion, Humboldt University, Berlin.

Author meets critics on my Reason in the World. Central APA, March 2016.

“Unmanifest Reality: On Allais on the Metaphysics of Kant’s Things in Themselves”, Buchsymposium on Allais’ Manifest Reality. Humboldt Universität, Berlin, June 2015.

"The New Kant" Universität Tübingen, June 2015.

“The Dialectic of Kant and Hegel” University of California, Riverside, March 2015.

Buchsymposium am Lehrstuhl für Klassische Deutsche Philosophie, Humboldt Universität, November 11, 2014, 10:30-3:30
James Kreines, "Reason in the World.
Hegel's Metaphysics and its Philosophical Appeal" 
Precis, and responses to papers on the book by Robert Stern, Sheffield University, and Franz Knappik, Humboldt University

Hegel’s Metaphysical Project: Neither Scientifically Outdated, Nor Vulnerable to Antirealist Critiques“. October 28th, 2014 at the University of Padua.

Kolloquium presentation of my paper, Lehrstuhl für Klassische Deutsche Philosophie, Humboldt Universität, November 13, 2014: “The New Kant: Against Reading the Critical Philosophy as Rationalist Metaphysics"

Author meets critics: Freedom and Reflection: Hegel and the Logic of Agency, Yeomans; critics Quante and Kreines at 2013 Pacific APA.  

Hegel on the Laws of Nature and the Metaphysics of Reason in the World. Università degli Studi di Padova Scuola di Dottorato di Ricerca in Filosofia. Lunedì 16 maggio 2011, h. 15. 30 – il Prof. James Kreines.

Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought. /i>Author (Redding) meets critics (Brandom and Kreines) at the 2009 Pacific APA.

“Kant on the Laws of Nature and the Limitations of our Knowledge.” Presented at the Pacific Study Group of the North American Kant Society, UCLA, 2007.

“Hegel: Metaphysics without Pre-Critical Monism.” Hegel Society of Great Britain conference on the Phenomenology, commemorating 200 years since first publication. St Edmund Hall, Oxford, 2007.

“Between Human Experience and Divine Intuition: Hegel’s Response to Kant’s Limitation of Our Knowledge”

·         Cornell University, 2006

·         Central APA 2006.

·         Claremont McKenna College, 2007

·         University of California, Irvine 2007

·         University of Kansas, 2007

“The Philosophical Appeal of Hegel’s Metaphysical Idealism” Pacific APA 2005.

“Hegel’s Metaphysics and His Response to Kant” Central APA 2005.

“The Problem of Action in Hegel’s Logic: Hegel’s Argument Against Deflationary Anti-Dualism in Philosophy of Mind and Action.”

·         University of Toronto, February 2003

·         Symposium paper at Pacific APA 2004. Commentators: Allen Wood and Willem deVries.

“Accounting for the Inexplicability of the Naturzweck: Kant on Teleology, Biology and Explanation.” North American Kant Society Group Meeting. Pacific APA 2003.  

“Hegel’s Critique of Pure Mechanism.” German Idealism Society Group Meeting, Pacific APA 2003.

Comment on “Hegel’s Account of Conscience.” American Catholic Philosophical Association, November 2002.

“Know Thyself: Hegel’s Theory of Spirit” University of Chicago, April 2002.

“Hegel's Approach to Mind and Action.”

·         Yale University, February 2001

·         University of California at Riverside, January 2001.

·         Rice University, January 2001

·         California State University, Los Angeles, February 2001.

“Heidegger and Hegel on Historicity and Truth: Does History Matter to Philosophy, and If So, Why?” (Why Neither Hegel nor Heidegger Accept Relativist Historicism). Comment paper at invited session, Pacific APA 1995.


University of Chicago. PhD. 2001.

Princeton University. B.A. 1986-1990.        


2009-10: American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Fellowship

2004-5: Morse Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University

2000-01: Ames Fund, Department of Philosophy Fellowship, University of Chicago

1996: Fundamentals Exam passed “with distinction,” Committee on Social Thought

1996-98: Bradely Foundation Fellowship, University of Chicago

1992-96: Earheart Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Studies, University of Chicago