Lawrence Pasternack, Professor


 

LPasternak

         

Office: 267 Murray Hall

Telephone: 405-744-9237

Email: l.pasternack@okstate.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30-12:20 pm and by appointment.

 

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • BA York University
  • MA Yale University
  • Ph.D. Boston University

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Kant
  • Ethical Theory
  • Philosophy of Religion  

BOOKS (MONOGRAPHS AND COLLECTIONS)

  • Pascal's Wager (Classic Philosophical Arguments Series). Lawrence Pasternack and Paul Bartha, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming). 
  • Immanuel Kant's Sources in Translation. Volume IV: Gottfried Achenwall's Jus Naturae, Lawrence Pasternack and Pablo Muchnik, eds., London: Bloomsbury Press (forthcoming). 
  • Immanuel Kant's Sources in Translation. Volume III: Alexander Baumgarten's Initia Philosophiae Practicae, Lawrence Pasternack and Pablo Muchnik, eds., London: Bloomsbury Press (forthcoming). 
  • Kant's Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense, London: Routledge, 2014 (272p). 
  • Immanuel Kant's Sources in Translation. Volume II: Johann August Eberhard's Vorbereitung zur natürlichen Theologie zum Gebrauch akademischer Vorlesungen, Lawrence Pasternack and Pablo Muchnik, eds. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
  • Immanuel Kant's Sources in Translation. Volume I: Georg Friedrich Meier's Auszug aus der Vernunftlehre, Lawrence Pasternack and Pablo Muchnik, eds., London: Bloomsbury Press, 2016. 
  • Immanuel Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: In Focus, London: Routledge, 2002. (280p). 

ARTICLES (RECENT AND FORTHCOMING)

  • "Restoring Kant's Conception of the Highest Good" Journal of the History of Philosophy, forthcoming. 
  • "The 'Two Experiments' of Kant's Religion: Dismantling the Conundrum" Kantian Review, 22:1 (2017), forthcoming. 
  • "Cognition, Real Possibility, and the Ens Realissimum" (co-authored with Brian Chance) in Kant's Lectures on Metaphysics: Critical Essays, Courtney Fugate, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming (invited). 
  • "From Flatt to Fichte: Early Responses to Kant's Philosophy of Religion" in Essays on Kant and his German Contemporaries, Daniel Dahlstrom, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming (invited). 
  • "A Decision Theoretic Response to the Many Gods Objection" in Pascal's Wager (Classic Philosophical Arguments Series) Lawrence Pasternack and Paul Bartha, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming. 
  • "Kant contra Deism: Divine Providence and the Highest Good" in Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment, Chris Surprenant, ed. (London: Routledge), forthcoming (invited). 
  • "Kant’s Fourfold Critique of the Ontological Argument: Containment, Prediction, and the Portents of Free Logic" in The Ontological Argument (Classic Philosophical Arguments Series), Graham Oppy, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming (invited).
  • "Kant on Faith: Religious Assent and the Limits to Knowledge" The Palgrave Kant Handbook, Matthew Altman, ed. (London: Palgrave), in press (invited)
  • "Kant's 'Appraisal' of Christianity: Biblical Interpretation and the Pure Rational System of Religion" Journal of the History of Philosophy, 53:3 (2015), 485-506.
  • "Kant on Opinion: Assent, Hypothesis, and the Norms of General Applied Logic" Kant-Studien 105:1 (2014), 41-82.
  • "Kant on Knowledge, Opinion, and the Threshold for Assent” in Rethinking Kant, Vol. 4, Oliver Thorndike, ed. (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014), 55-74.
  • "Kant’s Touchstone of Communication and the Public Use of Reason" Society & Politics: Special Issue on Truth & Certainty in the Early Modern Period 8:1 (2014), 78-91.
  • "Kant’s Philosophy of Religion" Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, July 2014 (approx. 16,000 words). 
  • "The Many Gods Objection to Pascal's Wager: A Decision Theoretic Response" Philo 15:2 (2012), 158-178.
  • "Kant on the Debt of Sin” Faith and Philosophy, 29:1 (2012), 30-52.
  • "The Development and Scope of Kantian Belief: The Highest Good, the Practical Postulates, and the Fact of Reason" Kant-Studien, 102:3 (2011), 290-315.
  • "Regulative Principles and the ‘Wise Author of Nature’" Religious Studies, 47:4 (2011), 411-429. 

RECENT AND UPCOMING TALKS

  • "Religious Assent and the Question of Theology: Making Room for Historical Faith," Concordia University, October 2015.
  • "Re-Examining Kant's Highest Good: Moral Recidivism and the Problem of Ought implies Can," University of Alberta, Ooctober 2015. 
  • Symposium on my Kant's Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University. Atlanta: April 4, 2014.
  • Symposium on my Kant's Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense, American Philosophical Association. San Diego: April 20, 2014.
  • "The Highest Good in Kant's Religion: Our Duty to Promote the Highest Good and the Problem of Ought implies Can," North American Kant Society, November 16, 2014.

SPRING 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Logic & Critical Thinking: Honor (A) - 23675 - PHIL 1313
    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm TR Classroom Building 318
  • Logic & Critical Thinking (A) - 25298 - PHIL 1313
    Web/Internet Course
  • 17th and 18th Century Philosophy (H) - 25509 - PHIL 3213
    12:30 pm - 1:45 pm TR Human Sciences 326