Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Paul Guyer

Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy
At the Cogut Institute Humanities Initiative Scholar


Paul Guyer came to Brown in 2012 as the inaugural Jonathan Nelson Professor of Humanities and Philosophy. His interests include all areas of the philosophy of Kant, modern philosophy more generally, and the history of aesthetics. He is the author of Kant and the Claims of Taste (Harvard University Press, 1979), Kant and the Claims of Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 1987), Kant (Routledge, 2006), Knowledge, Reason, and Taste: Kant's Response to Hume (Princeton University Press, 2008), and a three-volume History of Modern Aesthetics (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is the co-translator of the Critique of Pure Reason, the Critique of the Power of Judgment, and Kant's Notes and Fragments, all in the Cambridge Edition of Immanuel Kant, of which he is General Co-Editor. He edited six anthologies of work on Kant, including three Cambridge Companions, and co-edited a volume on the work of his teacher Stanley Cavell. He serves on numerous editorial boards, including those of The Kantian ReviewKant-Studien, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Guyer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1974 and taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois-Chicago before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Florence R. C. Murray Professor in the Humanities.