• Ph.D., Emory University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., Loyola University-Chicago


  • Senior Seminar
  • Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
  • Moral Theory
  • Late Modern Philosophy
  • Early modern Philosophy
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Ethics
  • Self

Research Interests

  • Modern philosophy
  • Development of the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant
  • Legacy of Kantian philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries


J. Colin McQuillan received his B.A. in history and philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2002 and an MA in philosophy from Boston College in 2004. Before receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University in 2010, Colin was a visiting scholar at the Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg in 2006-2007.

His research concerns the history of modern philosophy, especially the German enlightenment, the development of the critical philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and the legacy of Kantian philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the co-editor of the Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics and the author of numerous articles and reviews.

Learn more about J. Colin McQuillan:


Review of Paul Guyer, A History of Modern Aesthetics, Volume 2: The Nineteenth Century (Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Forthcoming).

“Beyond the Analytic of Finitude: Kant, Heidegger, Foucault” (Foucault Studies 21, 2016)

Immanuel Kant: The Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason (Northwestern University Press, 2016)

“A Merely Logical Distinction: Kant’s Objection to Leibniz and Wolff” (Epoché, 2015)

Early Modern Aesthetics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

Review of Patrick Frierson, Kant’s Empirical Psychology (Philosophy in Review 35.6, 2015)

“Reading and Misreading Kant’s Dreams of a Spirit-Seer” (Kant Studies Online, 2015)

“Kant’s Critique of Baumgarten’s Aesthetics” (Idealistic Studies, 2015)

“Baumgarten on Sensible Perfection” (Philosophica 44, 2014)

Review of Alexander Baumgarten, Metaphysics (Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 37.4, 2014)

Review of Moses Mendelssohn, Morning Hours and Moses Mendelssohn, Last Writings (Philosophy in Review 34.5, 2014)

“Oaths, Promises, and Compulsory Duties: Kant’s Response to Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem” (Journal of the History of Ideas 75.4, 2014)

Review of Sean Gaston, The Concept of World from Kant to Derrida (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014)

Review of Paul Crowther, The Kantian Aesthetic: From Knowledge to the Avant-Garde (Mind 488, 2014)

Review of Frederick Beiser, The German Historicist Tradition (Studies in Social and Political Thought 20, 2013)

Review of Gary Banham, Dennis Schulting, and Nigel Helms, The Continuum Companion to Kant (Kantian Review 18.1, 2013)

Review of Michel Foucault, Introduction to Kant’s Anthropology (Continental Philosophy Review 45.4, 2012)

Review of Hans-Ulrich Lessing, Rudolf Makkreel, and Riccardo Pozzo, Recent Contributions to Dilthey’s Philosophy of the Human Sciences (Journal of the History of Philosophy 50.4, 2012)

“Agamben’s Fictions” (Philosophy Compass 7.6, 2012)

The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics, Co-Edited with Joseph Tanke (Bloomsbury, 2012)

“German Idealism” (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2012)

“Beyond the Limits of Reason: Kant, Critique, and Enlightenment” (Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, 2012)

Review of Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Beautiful and the Sublime and Other Writings (Philosophy in Review 31.6, 2011)

Review of Alison Stone, The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2011)

“The Intelligence of Sense: Ranciere’s Aesthetics” (Symposium 15.2, 2011)

Review of Alan Kim, Plato in Germany: Kant, Natorp, Heidegger (Journal of the History of Philosophy 49.3, 2011)

“The History of a Distinction: Sensible and Intellectual Cognition from Baumgarten to Kant” (Rethinking Kant: Volume III, 2011)

“The Real State of Emergency: Agamben on Benjamin and Schmitt” (Studies in Social and Political Thought 18, 2010)

“Philosophical Archaeology in Kant, Foucault, and Agamben” (Parrhesia 10, 2010)

“Transcendental Philosophy and Critical Philosophy in Kant and Foucault: Response to Colin Koopman” (Foucault Studies 9, 2010)

Review of Alix Cohen, Kant and the Human Sciences (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2010)

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