Ph.D., Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, 2006
Kristi Sweet’s research interests are principally in the work of Immanuel Kant, with emphasis on his practical philosophy, aesthetics, and his conception of philosophical system. Her first monograph was a systematic approach to Kant’s practical philosophy, encompassing the range of Kant’s considerations of duty, the moral law, virtue, the state, religion, and history, Kant on Practical Life: From Duty to History (Cambridge University Press, 2013). She has also published essays on Kant’s ethics, political theory, and aesthetics in venues such as the Kantian Review, Epoché: a journal for the history of philosophy, and Idealistic Studies. She has contributed to edited volumes on Kant’s work: Kant and the Feeling of Life (SUNY, forthcoming), Kant and the Faculty of Feeling (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and the Aesthetics, History, Politics, and Religion volume in the Kant and German Contemporaries series (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Her most recent work develops a comprehensive reading of the Critique of Judgment from the perspective of judgment’s mediating role between freedom and nature.
She holds an honorary appointment as a Senior Researcher in the College of Fellows at Western Sydney University, and has been invited to give the Eugenio Donato Lectures in the Comparative Literature Department at the University at Buffalo. She has been a Visiting Teacher for a Summer Course at the University of Tilburg, a Fellow at Emory University’s Institute for the History of Philosophy, and her work has been supported by Texas A&M’s Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Sweet and is currently serving as the Director of the 2021 Collegium Phaenomenologicum.
Her interest in Kant and the history of philosophy takes shape in support of and promotion of these areas more widely in the discipline. Sweet is the co-founder and Executive Co-Director of the History of Philosophy Society; convener of the Southern study group of the North American Kant Society; she serves on the board of the International Hermeneutics Symposium and has organized numerous conferences, symposia, and conference panels. She has been invited to the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics and the History of Philosophy series at Edinburgh University Press. Sweet’s interest in the Humanities and its importance has led to developing the Humanistic Inquiries Initiative as part of the Public Facing Humanities program through the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M.
- Immanuel Kant – particularly his Practical Philosophy, Aesthetics, and interest in System
- The History of Philosophy – with special emphasis on the Enlightenment, the post-Kantian German Tradition, and Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
- Social and Political Theory
Fall 2021 Course Schedule
- Phil 410.500 – Classical Philosophy, 2:20-3:35 Tues., Thurs. YMCA 115
- Phil 661.600 – Seminar in History of Philosophy, 6:00-9:00 Tues. YMCA 401
T 12:30-2:30 PM