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Nabeel Hamid

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

I work in the history of European philosophy from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, especially in the German context. My primary focus is on topics in metaphysics and philosophy of science. I am especially interested in the tension between teleological and mechanical conceptions of nature, and the various proposals in the early modern period to account for purpose and order in a world characterized by inert matter and mathematical laws. I often approach this topic in the context of efforts in early modern German universities to accommodate the new mechanical worldview in a reformed Scholastic-Aristotelian framework. Authors of particular interest to me are Johann Clauberg, G.W. Leibniz, Christian Wolff, and Immanuel Kant. I have further interests in the nineteenth century, especially in the movements toward historicism and psychologism arising from certain strands of Kantian interpretation. I also have longer-term research and teaching interests in the history of modern Islamic thought, especially in the reactions of Muslim thinkers such as Jamaluddin Afghani and Muhammad Iqbal to European modernity and to European colonialism. I took my PhD (2018) from the University of Pennsylvania.


1. "Law and Structure in Dilthey's Philosophy of History." British Journal for the History of Philosophy (forthcoming 2020).
2. "Domesticating Descartes, Renovating Scholasticism: Johann Clauberg and the German Reception of Cartesianism." In Reshaping Natural Philosophy: Tradition and Innovation in the Academic Milieu, edited by Andrea Sangiacomo, special issue of History of Universities (forthcoming 2020).
3. "Teleology and Realism in Leibniz's Philosophy of Science." In Leibniz and the Structure of Sciences, edited by Vincenzo de Risi, 271-298 (Berlin: Springer, 2019).
4. "Wolff's Science of Teleology and Kant's Critique." Ergo 6 (2019):489-515.  
5. "Kant's Antinomy of Teleology: In Defense of a Traditional Interpretation." In Proceedings of the 12th International Kant Congress, edited by Violetta Waibel and Margit Ruffing, 1641-1648 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018).
6. "Dilthey on the Unity of Science." British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2016):635-656.
7. "Hume's (Berkeleyan) Language of Representation." Hume Studies 41 (2015):171-200.

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