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Patrick R. Leland

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Patrick R. Leland
Patrick R. Leland

I specialize in the history of early and late modern European philosophy. Within this period, I focus on Kant’s theoretical philosophy and related issues in German philosophy from Leibniz to Frege. Topically, my research in this area focuses on issues in the philosophy of mind and language, including the semantics of mental content, the nature of consciousness, self-reference, self-knowledge, and the nature of assertion.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Classes Taught

  • History of Modern European Philosophy (Descartes through Kant)
  • History of 19th Century Philosophy 
  • Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason" 
  • Epistemology
  • Lying, Misleading, and the Ethics of Assertion
  • Nietzsche and Contemporary Metaethics

Areas of Expertise

Early and Late Modern Philosophy, Kant, 18th and 19th century German Philosophy