Robert Pippin's Website


For Video Recordings (Zoom) of two Heidegger Seminars in 2021, go to Web Video and Weblinks

Recent books:

Philosophy by Other Means: The Arts in Philosophy and Philosophy in the Arts (University of Chicago Press, 2021)

Douglas Sirk: Filmmaker and Philosopher (Bloomsbury, 2021)

Metaphysical Exile: On J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Trilogy (Oxford University Press, Spring 2021


Die Aktualität des Deutschen Idealismus

The Philosophical Hitchcock

Hegel’s Realm of Shadows: Logic as Metaphysics in Hegel’s Science of Logic

Filmed Thought: Cinema as Reflective Form

Recent Articles, Reviews, Chapters

“Les consolations de l’absolu ? À propos de L’effectif et le rationnel. Hegel et l’esprit objectif de J.-F. Kervégan,” in  La pensée et les norms. Hommage à Jean-François Kervégan, édité par Isabelle Aubert, Élodie Djordjevic, Gilles Marmasse (Paris: Editions Sorbonne, 2021).

Interview (in English) in Spanish journal about The Philosophical Hitchcock

Australian Philosophical Review: Symposium on the Work of Robert Pippin

Summary and responses by Markus Gabriel, James Kreines, Christopher Yeomans,

Reading Hegel

          On Idealism: Responses

European Journal of Philosophy Symposium on Hegel’s Realm of Shadows: Horstmann, Koch, Ng, Replies

Did Hegel Comprehend His Own Time in Thought?

A Brief Response to Adrian Johnson (forthcoming in Plí)

Idealism and Anti-Idealism in Modern European Thought

Adorno und Idealismus

(English version at:  )

Exchange with Martin Hägglund about his book, This Life

Cinematic Tone in Polanski’s Chinatown

Reason in Action: A Response to McDowell on Hegel

Figurative Philosophy in Nietzsche’s BGE  In The New Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche, ed. T. Stern

Love and Class in Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows  in Critical Inquiry, Summer, 2019

Link to discussion with Tom Gunning about Sirk; Critical Inquiry podcast:

All That Heaven Allows: Robert Pippin and Tom Gunning Discuss the Work of Douglas Sirk

Stanley Cavell – Remarks

Review of Adrian Johnston, A New German Idealism: Hegel, Zizek, and Dialectical Materialism. in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

The Dynamism of Reason in Kant and Hegel,” in Kant on Persons and Agency, ed. E. Watkins. Cambriodge 2017.

Fried on Intention” in Michael Fried and Philosophy, ed. M. Abbott, Routledge 2018

“Hegel on Painting,” in The Art of Hegel’s Aesthetics, ed. M. Squire and P. Kottman, Fink 2018.

In What Sense Is Hegel’s Philosophy of Right ‘Based’ on his Science of Logic?” in Hegel’s Political Philosophy, ed. T. Brooks and S. Stein, Oxford, 2017.

Philosophical Fiction? On J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello,” in Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J.M. Coetzee,ed. T. Mehigan and C. Moser, Camden Houyse 2017

Rorty’s Hegelianism,” in Hedgehog Review

The Given as a Logical Poblem,” in The International Yearbook of German Idealism, vol. 12 2017.

Hegel on Logic as Metaphysics,” in The Oxford Handbook to Hegel, ed. D. Moyar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)

The Many Modalities of Wirklichkeit in Hegel’s Science of Logic,” in Hegel: Une Pensée de l’Objectivité, ed. J. Seba and G. Lejeune (Éditions Kimé, 2017)

Hegel über die politische Bedeuting kollektiven Selbstbetrugs,” in Gechichte, Gesellschaft, Geltung, ed. M. Quante (Hamburg: Felix Meiner , 2016)

In What Sense Does Hegel’s Philosophy of Right Depend on The Sciennce of Logic?” in Hegel’s Political Philosopny, ed. T. Brooks and S. Stein (Oxford, 2018)

Hegel on the Political Significance of Collective Self-Deceit,” in Philosophy and the Historical Perspective, ed. M. Van Ackeren with Lee Klein, Proceedings of the British Academy (Oxford University Press, 2017)

What does J.M. Coetzee’s Novel The Childhood of Jesus have to do with the Childhood of Jesus,” in Raritan, vol. xxxvi, no. 2 (Fall 2016)

Alexander Nehamas and the Art of Living,” unpublished.

Symposium on After the BeautifulLebenswelt 7 (2015) 1-40. Commentary by Mario Farna, Francesco Campana, Francesca Iannelli, Terry Pinkard, Italo Testa, Luca Corti; Response by me

Symposium on After the Beautiful, Journal of the Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73:3 (Summer 2015). Précis, Comments by Adrian Daub, Fred Rush, and author’s response

Wisconsin Public Television Interview about Hollywood Westerns and American Myth.

Just Who Is It That We Have Become: Rorty’s HegelianismHedgehog Review, Summer 2016.

“Minds in the Dark: Cinematic Experience in the Dardemnnes’ Dans l’Obscurité,, May 2016, at

Minds in the Dark:

Reply to Critics,” in Ein Filmphilosophie-Symposium mit Robert B. Pippin, ed. Ludwig Nagl, Waldemar Zacharasiewicz, de Gruyter, 2016

“Psychology Degree Zero: On the Reprersentation of Action in the Films of the Dardenne Brothers,” Critical Inquiry 41 (Summer 2015)

On Honneth’s Interpretation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Self-Consciousness,” in Debates in Nineteenth Century Philosophy. ed. K. Gjesdal (Routledge, 2016)

Finite and Absolute Idealism: The Transcendental and the Metaphysical Hegel, in The Transcendental Turn, ed. S. Gardner and M. Grist (Oxford, 2015)

“The Significance of Self-Consciousness in Idealist Theories of Logic, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2014

Reconstructivism: On Honneth’s Hegelianism, in Philosophy and Social Criticism (Online, 5 August 2014)

Brandom on Hegel on Negation

Hegel’s Logic of Essence,” in Schelling-Studien, Bd. 1, 2013.

Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas’s Nietzsche: Life as Literature.” Nietzsche Studies,vol. 45, no. 2 (2014)

Die Logik der Negation bei Hegel,” in 200 Jahre Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik

Reason’s Form, in “The Impact of Idealism,” vol. 1 (Cambridge UP)

Doer and Deed: Responses to Acampora and Anderson,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies, vol. 44, 2 (2013)

Back to Hegel? On Slavoj Zizek’s Less than NothingMediations 26.2 (Summer 2012)

Heidegger on Nietzsche on Nihilism,” in Political Philosophy Cross-Examined, ed. Thomas Pangle and J. Harvey Lomax

Vernacular Metaphysics: On Terence Malick’s The Thin Red Line,” in Critical Inquiry 39 (Winter 2013)

Le grand imagier of George Wilson,” The European Journal of Philosophy, 21.2 (June 2013)

What is Conceptual Activity?” in Mind, Reason and Being-in-the-World, ed. Joseph Schear

Tocqueville, the Problem of Equality, and John Ford’s Stagecoach,” in Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy, ed. Ewa Atanassow and Richard Boyd

On Hegel’s Claim that Self-Consciousness is ‘Desire Itself’,” in Recognition and Social Ontology, ed. Heikki Ikäheimo and Arto Laitinen

Williams on Nietzsche on the Greeks

Links to recent work:

“Passive and Active Skepticism in Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place, in “nonsite,” an on-line journal at:

“Cinematic Irony: The Strange Case of Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar,” in nonsite, an on-line journal at

Cinematic Irony: The Strange Case of Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar

“On Oren Isenberg and Paul Grimsted,” in “nonsite,” an online journal at:

Drafts available to download:


Response to Raymond Geuss on Bernard Williams”

The following publications are available for downloading from this site. For a complete list of publications, see the cv.


INQUIRY, 2010 vol 53, No. 5. Issue on Hegel’s Practical Philosophy

Hegel on Political Philosophy and Political Actuality

Response to Critics

Public Writings

“Tea Party as Western Movie,” The Washington Post

Participants and Spectators Position paper on On the Human: a project of the National Humanities Center

Philosophy Is Its Own Time Comprehended in Thought,” Topoi (206) 25: 85-90

Natural and Normative“, Daedelus, Summer, 2009 Vol. 138, No. 3, Pages 35-43

Naive Reading,” New York Times, Oct 10, 2010


Kant’s Theory of Form. An Essay on the Critique of Pure Reason. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982) (Out of Print) (Entire book as pdf)

The Significance of Taste: Kant, Aesthetic and Reflective Judgment,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. 34:4 (1996:) 549-569

“Avoiding German Idealism: Kant and the Reflective Judgment Problem,” in Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

Dividing and Deriving in Kant’s Rechtslehre,” in Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Rechtslehre, ed. Otfried Höffe (Berlin:Akademie Verlag, 1999)

“A Mandatory Reading of Kant’s Ethics? (Critical Study of Paul Guyer’s Kant on Freedom, Love and Happiness)” – 95K (PDF)
The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 51, no.204 (July 2001)

“Kant’s Theory of Value: On Allen Wood’s Kant’s Ethical Thought” – 240K (PDF)
Inquiry, Vol. 43 (Summer 2000)

Rigorism and the ‘New Kant‘,” in Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung, vol. 1 (2001)

“Mine and Thine? The Kantian State,” Cambridge Companion to Kant and Modern Philosophy, ed. Paul Guyer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).


You Can’t Get There From Here: Transition Problems in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel (Cambridge UP, 1993)

“Hegel on Historical Meaning: For Example, the Enlightenment,” Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, no 35 (Spring/Summer 1997).

“Gadamer’s Hegel,” in The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer, ed. Robert Dostal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

“Hegel’s Ethical Rationalism,” in Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997):417-50.

“Naturalness and Mindedness: Hegel’s Compatibilism,”European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 7. no. 2 (1999)

“What is the Question for which Hegel’s Theory of Recognition is the Answer?” – 1297K (PDF)
The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 8, no. 2 (August 2000).

“What Was Abstract Art? (From the Point of View of Hegel)” – 138K (PDF)
Critical Inquiry, vol. 29, no.1 (Fall 2002)

“Recognition and Reconciliation: Actualized Agency in Hegel’s Jena Phenomenology” – in  Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus/International Yearbook of German Idealism, Vol.2, (2004)

 The Realization of Freedom: Hegel’s Practical Philosophy,” in The Cambridge Companion to German Idealism, edited by Karl Ameriks (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

“Concept and Intuition: On Distinguishability and Separability,”  in Hegel-Studien (40) 2005.

“Brandom’s Hegel” – 543K (PDF)
European Journal of Philosophy, 13:3 (2006)

The Absence of Aesthetics in Hegel’s Aesthetics,” in The Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth Century Philosophy, ed. F. Beiser. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

The ‘logic of experience’ as ‘absolute knowledge’ in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Critical Guide, ed. Dean Moyar and Michael Quante (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

The Status of Literature in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” in Inventions of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Imaginary since Romanticism, ed. Richard T. Gray, Nicholas Halmi, Gary Handwerk, Michael A. Rosenthal, and Klaus Vieweg (Seattle: University of Washingtopn Press, 2011).


Fichte’s Alleged, One-Sided, Subjective Idealism,” in The Reception of Kant’s Critical Philosophy,” ed. S. Sedgwick (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)


Irony and Affirmation in Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra,” in Nietzsche’s New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, ed. M. Gillespie and T. Strong (Chicago, 1988)

“Introduction” to Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006): viii-xxxv.

Review article, Bernard Reginster, The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche On Overcoming Nihilism, by Bernard Reginster, fPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research vol. 77, No. 1 (July 2008)

“How to Overcome Oneself: Nietzsche on Freedom” – (pdf) in Nietzsche onFreedom and Autonomy, ed. Ken Gemes and Simon May (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

“Agent and Deed in Nietzsche’s Genealogy,” in A Companion to Nietzsche, ed. Keith Ansell Pearson (Blackwell)


“Heideggerean Postmodernism and Metaphysical Politics,” The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 4, no.1 (April 1996).

“On Being Anti-Cartesian: Heidegger, Hegel, Subjectivity and Sociality,” in Idealism as Modernism: Hegelian Variations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).

“Necessary Conditions for the Possibility of What Isn’t: Heidegger on Failed Meaning, in The Persistence of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Exchange with McDowell:

“Leaving Nature Behind (On John McDowel’s Mind and World),” from The Persistence of Subjectivity(Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Postcript” in The Persistence of Subjectivity (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

John McDowell, “On Pippin’s Postscript,” The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 3.

“McDowell’s Germans: Response to ‘On Pippin’s Postscript’,” The European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 3.

Leo Strauss

The Modern World of Leo Strauss,” Political Theory, vol.20, no.3 (1992).

“The Unavailability of the Ordinary: Strauss on the Philosophical Fate of Modernity” – 111K (PDF)
Political Theory, vol. 31 No 3 (June 2003): 335-358

“Being, Time, and Politics: The Strauss-Kojève Debate,” History and Theory, vol 22, no.2, Summer 1993.



On Maisie’s Knowing Her Own Mind in A Companion to Henry James, ed. by Greg W. Zacharias (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008)

“On ‘Becoming Who One is’ (and Failing): Proust’s Problematic Selves,” in The Persistance of Subjectivity: On the Kantian Aftermath (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

The Paradoxes of Power in the Early Novels of J.M. Coetzee, ” in J.M. Coetzee and Ethics, ed. A. Leist and P. Singer (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)

Authenticity in Painting: Remarks on Michael Fried’s Art History – 131K (PDF) Critical Inquiry, vol. 31, no. 3 (2005)


Angels and Devils in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her – 76 KB (pdf) In Talk to Her, ed. A.W. Eaton (New York: Routledge, 2009)

What is a Western? Politics and Self-Knowledge in John Ford’s The Searchers, in Critical Inquiry, vol. 35 (Winter 2009)

Philosophical Film: Trapped by Oneself in Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past, in New Literary History, 41 (2010), 517-48.

“Agency and Fate in Orson Welles’s The Lady from Shanghai, in Critical Inquiry, 37 (Winter 2011), 214-44.


“Can There be Unprincipled Virtue? Comments on Nomy Arpaly” in Philosophical Explorations, vol. 10, no. 3.

Review article, Bernard Williams, In the Beginning Was the Deed, Journal of Philosophy , vol. CIV, No. 10 (October 2007)

Self-Interpreting Selves: Comments on Alexander Nehamas’s Nietzsche: Life as Literature,” forthcoming in International Studies in Philosophy.

Review of Alice CraryBeyond Moral Judgment, in Analytic Philosophy, vol. 52, no.1 (March 2011)

Review of Jean-François KervéganL’effectif et le rationalle, in International Yearbook of German Idealism, vol. 6, 2008: 328-335.