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Jennifer K. Uleman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Jennifer Uleman has three current projects.  The newest and still most experimental is on race in general and whiteness in particular in the contemporary U.S.  She is also writing on mid-century “great books” educator and trivium advocate Sister Miriam Joseph, and is working on a set of papers on life and death and German Idealism.  Her Introduction to Kant’s Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press) was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2010.  Articles on Kant’s moral and political thought have appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Kantian Review, and the Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung; reviews, comments, and conference proceedings on art, politics, and other topics have appeared in other venues (see below for links).   She has received both research and teaching grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.  Professor Uleman has taught at Purchase since 2004, received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014, and is the 2018-2020 Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor.  

More About Me

I teach courses in the history of modern philosophy, with emphases on German Idealism and moral and political thought; in contemporary aesthetics, with emphases on epistemological and moral questions; and on method, including a course on the logic of the Trivium and a course on objectivity.  I also teach interdisciplinary courses that, like many of the courses already noted, critically take up race, class, and gender.  

Here is my CV.

Here I am talking about Nietzsche and blondness for a panel, “Complicit Freedom,” at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. (Watch it all! But I’m at 40:30-51:30, and in Q&A at 1:10:05-1:13:11.)

Here I am in a long video of the Purchase College Philosophy Society’s event, “Democracy and Its Discontents.” (Again, it’s all great – I’m at 13:15-26:00, and throughout Q&A) (Here is my PowerPoint.)

Here is a short video where I talk about my book on Kant’s moral philosophy.

Representative Courses

  • Thinking Race
  • Possession (first-year course on property and ownership generally)
  • Gender and Power
  • Methods of Reasoning (the classical trivium)
  • Kant Seminar
  • Hegel Seminar
  • Light and Truth: Film, Photography and Realism in Representation
  • Art and Morality
  • Objectivity
  • History of Philosophy II: Descartes to Kant


Refereed Journal Articles
Other Selected Publications

Exhibitions / Performances

Interpreter in Tino Sehgal’s piece, “This Progress,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Jan. 29 – Mar. 10, 2010.