Robert B. Pippin

Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College.

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Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College

Robert Pippin works primarily on the modern German philosophical tradition, with a concentration on Kant and Hegel. In addition he has published on issues in theories of modernity, political philosophy, theories of self-consciousness, the nature of conceptual change, and the problem of freedom. He has a number of interdisciplinary interests, especially those that involve the relation between philosophy and literature and has published a book on Henry James and articles on Proust, modern art, and contemporary film. He is currently finishing a book on Hegel’s practical philosophy, and is at work on a book about political psychology in American film.

Selected Publications

  • Kant's Theory of Form: An Essay on the `Critique of Pure Reason' (1982); 
  • Hegel's Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness (1989);
  • Modernism as a Philosophical Problem: On the Dissatisfactions of European High Culture (1991);
  • Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (1997);
  • Henry James and Modern Moral Life (2000);
  • The Persistance of Subjectivity (2005); 
  • Die Verwirklichung der Freiheit (2005);
  • Nietzsche, moraliste français: La conception Nietzscheenne d'une philosophie psychologique (2006);
  • "What Is the Question For Which Hegel's 'Theory of Recognition' is the Answer?" European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 8 no. 2 (2000); 
  • "What Was Abstract Art? (From the Point of View of Hegel)," Critical Inquiry vol. 29, No.1 (2002);
  • "Authenticity in Painting: On Michael Fried's Art History," Critical Inquiry, vol. 31, no. 3 (2005);
  • "Brandom's Hegel," European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 13, no. 3 (2006).
  • Hegel’s Practical Philosophy: Rational Agency as Ethical Life (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • Hollywood Westerns and American Myth: The Importance of Howard Hawks and John Ford for Political Philosophy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)
  • Nietzsche, Psychology, First Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010) 
  • Hegel on Self-Consciousness. Desire and Death in the Phenomenology of Spirit (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011)
  • Fatalism in American Film Noir: Some Cinematic Philosophy (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012) 

Courses Taught

  • Heidegger: Being and Time
  • Hegel: Philosophy of Right
  • Kant: Critique of Pure Reason
  • Henry James
  • Nietzsche: Modernity and Melancholia
  • The Philosophy of Visual Modernism
  • Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Hegel's Science of Logic
  • Introduction to Heidegger
  • Nietzsche's Critique of Morality
  • Issues in Perception and Action
  • American Film Noir