Lawrence Pasternack, Professor


 

LPasternak

         

Office: 267 Murray Hall

Telephone: 405-744-9237

Email: l.pasternack@okstate.edu

Fall 2017 Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 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).
  • 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.
  • Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense (Routledge Philosophy Guidebook Series) London: Routledge, 2014 (272p).
  • Immanuel Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: In Focus, London: Routledge, 2002. (280p).

RECENT ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • “Baumgarten and Kant on Rational Theology: Deism, Theism and the role of Analogy” in Kant's Lectures on Metaphysics: Critical Essays, Courtney Fugate, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming (invited).
  • “The Wager as Decision under Ignorance: Decision-Theoretic Responses 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’s Fourfold Critique of the Ontological Argument: Containment, Predication, and the Wisdom of Free Logic” in The Ontological Argument (Classic Philosophical Arguments Series) Graham Oppy, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming (invited).
  • “Rational Faith and the Pantheism Controversy: Kant's "Orientation" Essay and the Evolution of his Moral Argument” (co-authored with Brian Chance) in Essays on Kant and his German Contemporaries, Daniel Dahlstrom, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming (invited).
  • “Kant on Faith: Religious Assent and the Limits to Knowledge” in The Palgrave Kant Handbook, Matthew Altman, ed. (London: Palgrave, 2017), 962-986.
  • Hume's Principle and Kant's Pure Rational System of Religion: Divine Aid, Moral Hope, and the Highest Good” in Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment, Chris Surprenant, ed. (London: Routledge, 2017), 159-180.
  • “Religious Assent and the Question of Theology: Making Room for Historical Faith” in Kant and the Question of Theology, Chris Firestone and Nathan Jacobs, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2017), 99-118.
  • “Restoring Kant's Conception of the Highest Good” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 55:3 (2017), 435-468.
  • “The ‘Two Experiments’ of Kant’s Religion: Dismantling the Conundrum” Kantian Review, 22:1 (2017), 107-131.
  • “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 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.

RECENT AND UPCOMING TALKS

  • Author-Meets-Critics session on Steven Palmquist’s Baring all in Reason’s Light: Kant’s Critique of Mysticism, Pacific APA, April 2017.
  • “On the Two Experiments of Kant’s Religion: Dismantling the Conundrum” Kant-Gesellschaft, University of Mainz, December 2016 (invited).
  • “Religious Assent and the Question of Theology: Making Room for Historical Faith,” Concordia University, Philosophy of Religion Speaker Series, October 2015 (invited).
  • “Re-Examining the Theological Interpretation of Kant's Highest Good” University of Alberta Philosophy Colloquium, October 2015 (invited).
  • “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 2014 (invited).
  • Book Symposium presentation on Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense, Pacific APA, April 2014 (invited).
  • Book Symposium presentation on Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason: an Interpretation and Defense, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, April 2014 (invited).

SUMMER 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Logic and Critical Thinking (A) PHIL 1313.41397 WEB June 12-August 4

FALL 2017 CLASS SCHEDULE

Logic and Critical Thinking (A) PHIL 1313

  • 66421 WEB

Ethical Theory (H) PHIL 3413

  • 64719 TR 2:00 pm-3:15 pm CLB 219

Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL 5510

  • 68382 TR 3:30 pm-4:45 pm MUR 239