Dr Nabeel Hamid
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
I took my PhD (2018) from the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation titled "Being and the Good: Natural Teleology in Early Modern German Philosophy." Before that, I took MAs in Philosophy (University of British Columbia) and Applied Linguistics (Macquarie University), and a BA in Philosophy (University of Wisconsin).
Papers in progress
Below are brief descriptions of some of the papers I am currently working on or which are under review:
1. A series of papers on Wolff's cosmology, dealing with his account of corporeal substance, the distinction between power (potentia) and force (vis), and the respective roles of mechanism and teleology. These papers also aim to situate the significance of Wolff's cosmology within the distinction between general and special metaphysics as it had developed in the 17th century.
2. A source-critical paper examining the textual bases of Anneliese Maier's influential thesis that Avicenna was the key source for cognitivist accounts of final causation--the view that all final causation requires rational intellect and will--in the later medieval period. The paper compares the crucial passages (Bk VI, Ch V) in Ibn Sina's Shifa and Avicenna Latinus's Liber de philosophia prima.
3. Papers on Kant: on Kant's concept of purposiveness (Zweckmässigkeit) in the background of accounts of final causation in Wolff, Baumgarten, and Meier; on Kant's critique of physicotheology; on Kant's theory of ideas in the Appendix to the Transcendental Dialectic as an inferentialist account of concept use.
4. A paper on the development of Dilthey's hermeneutics, focused on his conception of the objects of historical inquiry in the context of materialist projects in German anthropology in the 1860s and 1870s.
1. 2022. "The Cartesian Physiology of Johann Jakob Waldschmidt." In Descartes and Medicine, edited by Fabrizio Baldassarri (Turnhout: Brepols) (forthcoming)
2. 2022. "Substance, Causation, and the Mind-Body Problem in Johann Clauberg." Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, vol. 11. (forthcoming)
3. 2021. "Efficient Cause as Paradigm? From Suárez to Clauberg." Journal of Modern Philosophy. 3 (7):1-22
4. 2021. "Law and Structure in Dilthey's Philosophy of History." British Journal for the History of Philosophy 29 (4):633-651.
5. 2020. "Domesticating Descartes, Renovating Scholasticism: Johann Clauberg and the German Reception of Cartesianism." History of Universities 30 (2):57-84.
6. 2019. "Wolff's Science of Teleology and Kant's Critique." Ergo 6 (17):489-515.
7. 2019. "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).
8. 2018. "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).
9. 2016. "Dilthey on the Unity of Science." British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (4):635-656.
10. 2015. "Hume's (Berkeleyan) Language of Representation." Hume Studies 41 (2):171-200.
Regularly taught courses:
PHIL 281: Philosophy in the Islamic World (Winter semesters)
PHIL 360: 17th Century Philosophy (Fall semesters)
PHIL 361: 18th Century Philosophy (Winter semesters)
PHIL 4xx/6xx (upper undergrad/grad seminars): recent topics have included Kant's Critique of Pure Reason; Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment; Teleology in Early Modern Philosophy