Thomas Pendlebury's principal research interests are in the theoretical and practical philosophy of Kant and its connection to early modern European philosophy and post-Kantian German idealism. He is especially concerned with the character of Kant's positive projects in the critical period, the expression of the constitution and prosecution of these projects by the expository structure of his critical works, and the conception of philosophy which these works exemplify. His teaching interests extend to the history of western philosophy in general.
Pendlebury joined the Department in July 2023. From 2021 to 2023 he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University.
PHIL 26000 History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
A survey of the thought of some of the most important figures of the period from the fall of Rome to the Scottish Enlightenment. The course will begin with an examination of the medieval hylomorphism of Aquinas and Ockham and then consider its rejection and transformation in the early modern period. Three distinct early modern approaches to philosophy will be discussed in relation to their medieval antecedents: the method of doubt, the principle of sufficient reason, and empiricism. Figures covered may include Ockham, Aquinas, Descartes, Avicenna, Princess Elizabeth, Émilie du Châtelet, Spinoza, Leibniz, Abelard, Berkeley, Hume, and al-Ghazali.
Completion of the general education requirement in humanities required; PHIL 25000 recommended.
PHIL 57502 Finite Knowledge in the Critique of Pure Reason
A consideration of the positive part of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as the reflective investigation of the human capacity for empirical knowledge and as the advancement, under the title of transcendental idealism, of a conception of metaphysics as the science of the object of that capacity as such, with attention to alternative interpretive possibilities. (IV)
PHIL 28202/38202 Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit
A study of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and its topics, including knowledge, self-consciousness, desire, culture, morality, religion, art, and the character of phenomenological investigation. (B) (IV)