Harper-Schmidt Fellows in the Humanities are Assistant Professors in the College whose primary teaching is in the Humanities Common Core, sequences of general education courses required of all undergraduates in the College. In addition, they teach at least one undergraduate course in the Department of Philosophy during the course of their appointment and they regularly participate in workshops and graduate seminars, providing significant additional intellectual resources for our philosophical community.
For more information about the Harper-Schmidt Fellowship Program and how to apply to it, see: https://fellows.uchicago.edu
The Department of Philosophy currently has four Harper-Schmidt Fellows:
Nathan received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2008. Much of his current research concerns Kant, both as a prominent figure in the history of philosophy and as a relevant guide to contemporary problems in the discipline. His dissertation, “Kant's Transcendental Deductions of the Categories,” examines Kant’s account of our relation to the world as thinkers by way of a detailed examination and comparison of the two versions of the Deduction-argument in the Critique of Pure Reason. The reading that emerges from this project is meant to get Kant right, while also suggesting a strategy for addressing a variety of current philosophical debates on topics including perceptual skepticism, the intentionality of thought, and the status of transcendental arguments. This reflects Nathan’s broader commitment to the view that the history of philosophy is itself a form of philosophical inquiry. When not pondering the starry skies above him, he enjoys the more down-to-earth pleasures of playing poker and skiing.
office: Gates-Blake 330
Office hours: Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
Philosophical Perspectives(2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12) Syllabus Autumn 2010, Syllabus Winter 2011, Syllabus Winter 2011, Syllabus Spring 2011, Syllabus Fall 2011
Modern Philosophy (Spring 2009, Temple University)
American Philosophy (Spring, 2009, Rowan University)
Jacqueline Feke received her Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science and technology from the University of Toronto. She spent 2009-2012 as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, and she will spend the summer of 2013 as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Jackie’s research examines the philosophical ideas and rhetorical practices of Greco-Roman mathematicians, including Claudius Ptolemy, Hero of Alexandria, and Theon of Alexandria. She currently is working on her book manuscript, “Ethical Mathematics: Ptolemy on the Relationships between Physics, Mathematics, and Theology.” The book takes Ptolemy’s ethical program as foundational to his other philosophical and mathematical pursuits. It presents an intellectual history of Ptolemy’s entire philosophical system—his metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics—as well as an analysis of how Ptolemy applies his philosophical ideas in his practice of the mathematical and physical sciences
office: Gates-Blake 408
office phone: 773/702-3083
office hours: Tuesdays from 2-4pm or by appointment.
Jennifer Frey received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Her research lies at the intersection of action theory, ethics, history of ethics, and theories of practical rationality.
office: Gates-Blake 333
office phone: 773/702-7992
office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 pm
Rafeeq received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2012. His research focuses on two areas of inquiry: (1) the history of modern political philosophy and (2) contemporary moral and political philosophy in the Rawlsian tradition. With respect to (1) he is particularly interested in how to understand the relation between the autonomy of individuals and the flourishing of states, especially in figures like Rousseau, Kant, and Hegel. With respect to (2) he is interested in models of community consonant with late liberalism. Here he defends the idea that a liberal political order, properly understood, demands forms of ethical engagement on the part of its citizens that extend beyond mere respect for the rights of others and toward more robust forms of solidarity. Throughout his work he is oriented by the idea that historical inquiry ought to inform contemporary reflection and vice-versa, such that the division between (1) and (2) is artificial at best.
office: Gates-Blake 327
office phone: 773/702-8562
office hours: Wednesdays 10:30-12:30