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Professor of Philosophy
James D. Reid earned his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Chicago and is currently Professor of Philosophy at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has taught ethics and the history of philosophy at Chicago (where he won a Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching), Colorado College, the College of William and Mary, and the United States Air Force Academy.
His research is interdisciplinary, drawing from philosophical, artistic, and scientific sources, devoted to problems in axiology and the theory of meaning, and responsive to the challenges of discovering fitting ways of expressing the importance of what we care about. He has published articles and book chapters on various philosophical issues in Kant and his successors in the 19th and 20th centuries. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a collaborative translation of Heidegger’s Die Frage nach dem Ding (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). He co-edited Thoreau’s Importance for Philosophy (Fordham University Press, 2012) and is the author of Being Here Is Glorious: On Rilke, Poetry, and Philosophy (Northwestern University Press, 2015), Heidegger’s Moral Ontology (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and, with Candace R. Craig, Agency and Imagination in the Films of David Lynch: Philosophical Perspectives (forthcoming, Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield). His current projects include a monograph on the German philosophical poet Novalis, a translation of some of Novalis’s philosophical and literary writings, and a book-length interpretation of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus. He hopes in the coming years to revisit a long-standing project on freedom and nature in Kant’s Critical Philosophy.
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