Peter G. Thielke

Robert C. Denison Professor of Philosophy; On leave for the 2024-2025 academic year
With Pomona Since: 2001
  • Expertise


    Peter Thielke is a scholar of the history of philosophy, with an emphasis on Kant and German Idealism, as well as the rationalist and empiricist traditions leading up to Kant. He also has a research interest in epistemology and aesthetics.

    Research Interests

    History of Modern Philosophy

    • German Idealism
    • Kant
    • Epistemology
    • Aesthetics

    Areas of Expertise


    • Kant
    • Philosophy
    • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Work


    "Getting Maimon's Goad," Journal of the History of Philosophy, 39, January 2001

    "Discursivity and Causality: Maimon's Challenge to the Second Analogy," Kant-Studien, 2001

    “Intuition and Diversity: Kant and Maimon on Space and Time,” in Gideon Freudenthal, ed., Salomon Maimon: Rational Dogmatist, Empirical Skeptic, pp. 89-124 (Kluwer, 2003)

    “Hume, Kant, and the Sea of Illusion,” Hume Studies, pp. 63-88 (April 2003)

    “Fate and the Fortune of the Categories: Kant on the Schematization and Usurpation of Concepts” Inquiry 49:5 (October 2006), 438-68.

    “Apostate Rationalism and Maimon’s Hume” Journal of the History of Philosophy 46:4 (October 2008). 591-618.

    “Who’s Who from Kant to Hegel" I &II Philosophy Compass (Spring 2010).

  • Education


    University of California, San Diego

    Master of Arts
    University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Arts
    Stanford University

    Recent Courses Taught

    • History of Aesthetics
    • History of Modern Philosophy
    • Kant
    • Problems of Philosophy
    • Topics in History of Modern Philosophy
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar