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My research aims to comprehend the development of epistemology and philosophy of mind beginning in the early-modern period through post-Kantian philosophy in the 20th-century. In particular, I focus on the philosophical systems of Kant and Sartre, both of whom develop distinctive views of self-consciousness in order to answer traditional & new philosophical problems. My distinctive interpretive method is to see philosophical issues through their eyes as much as possible (e.g., by reading contemporary German translations of Hume to understand how Kant might have interpreted Hume).
My philosophical intuitions in the past generally have sided with more naturalistic views, and Kant and Sartre engage me because they are two of the most prominent philosophers to have offered persuasive and systematic challenges to such views.
More specifically, I investigate how each conceives of consciousness and self-consciousness, as well as other basic modes by which the mind relates to the world, e.g., cognition, and perception, and imagination. This investigation is carried out by situating each philosopher's thought within its historical context, whether it be Descartes, Hume, and the Leibnizians or Husserl and the existentialists. With a clearer understanding of their conceptions of these things, I aim to shed light on how each philosopher tackles traditional philosophical problems.