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 was 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. I am interested in experiential Humanities, that is, in ways of engaging texts and methods traditional to the Humanities in embodied, experimental, personal, and otherwise playful ways.
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.
- 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
- History of Philosophy II: Descartes to Kant
- An Introduction to Kant’s Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Refereed Journal Articles
- “No King and No Torture: Kant and Suicide and Law,” Kantian Review 21:1, March 2016, 77-100.
- “External Freedom in Kant’s Rechtslehre: Political, Metaphysical,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 68:3, May 2004, 578-601.
- “On Kant, Infanticide, and Finding Oneself in a State of Nature,” Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung, 54:2, April-June 2000, 173-195.
Other Selected Publications
- “Desiring to Understand” (on the phenomenology and reality of reason), Artforum online, August 16, 2018.
- “Balloons, an Innocence, and Its End: Some Whiteness at the NYC Women’s March, January 20, 2018,” Medium, February 1, 2018, and hosted on The Racial Imaginary Institute Whiteness Issue.
- “How Would You Regard a Friend? On Suicide and the Moral Demands of Friendship,” Nature and Freedom/Natur und Freiheit/Nature et Liberté: Proceedings of the XII. International Kant Congress (De Gruyter, 2018), forthcoming.
- “Kant and Moral Motivation: The Value of Free Rational Willing,” in Moral Motivation (Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series), ed. Iakovos Vasiliou (Oxford University Press, 2016), 202-226.
- “What to Study at College and Why,” op-ed in LoHud Journal News, Sep. 16, 2015.
- “Everyday Noumena: The Fact and Significance of Ordinary Intelligible Objects,” Kant und die Philosophie in weltbürgerlicher Absicht: Akten des XI. Kant-Kongresses 2010 [Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense: Proceedings of the 11th International Kant Congress, 2010], ed. S. Bacin, A. Ferrarin, C. La Rocca, and M. Ruffing (De Gruyter, 2014), 2, 799-807.
- “Tino Sehgal: A Collaborator Recalls,” ArtReview, 60, Summer 2012, 84–87.
- “Occupy Philosophy!” Possible Futures, Jan. 25, 2012.
- “The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants: Thinking Occupy Wall Street,” Possible Futures, Jan. 25, 2012.
- “Dispatch from Occupy Wall Street,” The Feminist Wire, Oct. 17, 2011.
- “Guilt, Love, and What We Want: Comments on Anita Superson’s, ‘Privilege, Immorality, and Responsibility for Attending to the “Facts about Humanity,”’” Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy, 2:1, January 2006.
- “Bush creating climate of intimidation,” op-ed in The Journal News, Oct. 2, 2004.
- Book review: Categorical Principles of Law: A Counterpoint to Modernity, by Otfried Höffe, Mind, 113:450 (April 2004), 357-60.
- Book review: The Philosophy of the Young Kant: The Precritical Project, by Martin Schönfeld, Florida Philosophical Review, 2:1 (Summer 2002), 41-45.
- “Kant on the Right to Property and the Value of External Freedom,” Proceedings of the Eighth International Kant Congress, Memphis 1995, vol. II. (Marquette University Press, 1995), 549-555.
- with James S. Uleman (father), “Unintended thought and non-conscious inferences exist”(invited commentary on J. R. Searle, “Consciousness, explanatory inversion, and cognitive science”), Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 13:4 (December, 1990), 627-628.
Exhibitions / Performances
Interpreter in Tino Sehgal’s piece, “This Progress,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Jan. 29 – Mar. 10, 2010.