Richard Velkley, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1978

Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy


111 Newcomb Hall

(504) 862-3391

Academic Interests:

  • European philosophy since Kant
  • Political philosophy
  • Phenomenology, Existentialism, Metaphysics
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Early Modern philosophy


  • Freedom and the End of Reason: On the Moral Foundation of Kant's Critical Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 1989, reprint 2014).
  • Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question (University of Chicago Press, 2002).
  • Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy: On Original Forgetting (University of Chicago Press, 2011, reprint 2014; Chinese translation, 2016; French translation, forthcoming).

Books Edited:

  • Leo Strauss on Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).
  • The Unity of Reason: Essays on Kant's Philosophy by Dieter Henrich (Harvard University Press, 1994).
  • Freedom and the Human Person. Studies in Philosophy and the History of Philosophy, vol. 48 (Catholic University of America Press, 2007).
  • Kant's 'Observations' and 'Remarks': A Critical Guide, edited by Susan Shell and Richard Velkley (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • The Linguistic Dimension of Kant's Thought: Historical and Critical Essays, edited by Frank Schalow and Richard Velkley (Northwestern University Press, 2014).

Selected Articles:

  • “Culture and the Limits of Practical Reason in Kant’s Religion,” in Kant’s ‘Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason’: A Critical Guide, ed. G. Michalson (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • “Transcending Nature, Unifying Reason: On Kant’s Debt to Rousseau,” in Kant on Moral Autonomy, ed. O. Sensen, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 89-106.
  • "The Measure of the Possible: Imagination in Rousseau’s Philosophical Pedagogy,” in The Challenge of Rousseau, eds. E. Grace and C. Kelly, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 217-29.
  • “Educating through Perplexity: Kant and the German Enlightenment,” in Kant and Education, ed. K. Roth and C. Surprenant (Routledge Publishing, 2012), pp. 69-80.
  • “Infinite Personality and Finite Custom: Hegel, Socrates’ Daimon and the Modern State,” in Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens without States, eds. K. Habib and L. Trepanier, (University of Kentucky Press, 2011), pp. 139-60.
  • “Heidegger, Strauss und der Nationalsozialismus,” in Heidegger und der Nationalsozialismus—Interpretationen. Heidegger-Jahrbuch, vol. 5, eds. A.. Denker and H. Zaborowski (Verlag Alber, 2009)

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