Ted Kinnaman

Ted Kinnaman

Ted Kinnaman

Associate Professor

Kant, Hume, modern philosophy.

Professor Kinnaman received his B.A from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His graduate education also included one year each at the universities of Bonn and Konstanz in Germany, the latter as a Fulbright Fellow. His research interests include early modern philosophy, especially Kant and British Empiricism, and issues related to normativity. 

Prof. Kinnaman is happy to help students interested in doing independent work in epistemology or moral theory, as well as on Kant or other figures in early modern philosophy.



Selected Publications

"Kant on Aesthetic Normativity," in Rethinking Kant, Vol. 7 (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2024).

"Why Does Kant Think Empirical Cognition Requires Systematization?," in Kant and the Court of Reason: Proceedings of the 13th International Kant Congress (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021), 329 - 36.

“The Task of the Critique of Judgment: Why Kant Needs a Transcendental Deduction of the Principle of the Purposiveness of Nature,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly LXXV, No. 2 (Spring 2001), 243 - 269.

 “Problems in Kant’s Vindication of Pure Reason,” Journal of the History of Philosophy XXXIX, No. 4 (October 2001), 559 - 580.

 “Symbolism and Cognition in General in Kant’s ‘Critique of Judgment’,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 82, No. 3 (2000), 266 - 96.

Courses Taught

PHIL303: History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL640: History of Ethical Theory

PHIL682: Philosophical Figures: Kant

PHIL682: Philosophical Figures: Hume


BA Philosophy, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1985. PhD Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1995.