Samuel J.M.																 Kahn

Samuel J.M. Kahn

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Undergraduate Mentor
Department: Latino Studies, Philosophy
(317) 274-8890
CA 331A



Ph.D., Stanford University, 2012;

Fulbright Scholar, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 2008-09;

B.A., Philosophy, & B.S.E., Bioengineering, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2005.



Frequently taught courses: Introduction to Philosophy (P110); Ethics (P120); Social & Political Philosophy (P323/P543); Philosophy of Immanuel Kant (P418/P525).



Markus Herz Prize, 2011.

Geballe Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center, 2011.

Elizabeth F. Flower Essay Prize, 2005.




Kant, Ought Implies Can, the Principle of Alternate Possibilities, and Happiness. 2018. Lexington Books.

A Problem Based Introduction to Philosophy. 2014. Kendal Hunt.


Kant’s Post-1800 Disavowal of the Highest Good Argument for the Existence of God. Forthcoming. Kant Yearbook.

Kant and the Duty to Promote One’s Own Happiness. Forthcoming. Inquiry.

Positive Duties, Maxim Realism, and the Deliberative Field. 2017. Philosophical Inquiry 41.4: 2–34.

Kant’s Original Attractive Force. Forthcoming. In Walter de Gruyter (ed.), Nature and Freedom, Proceedings of the XII International Kant Congress.

Reassessing the Foundations of Korsgaard’s Approach to Ethics. 2017. Dialegesthai.

Reconsidering the Donohue-Levitt Hypothesis. 2016. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90:583–620.

Is the Final Chapter of the Metaphysics of Morals also the Final Chapter of the Practical Postulates? 2015. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 89: 309–332.

A Kantian Responds to Santayana. 2015. Socrates 3: 66–79.

Kant’s Theory of Conscience. 2015. In Pablo Muchnik and Oliver Thorndike (eds.), Rethinking Kant: Volume IV. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 135–156.

Can Positive Duties be Derived from Kant’s Formula of Universal Law? 2014. Kantian Review 19: 93–108.

A Kantian Take on Fallible Principles and Fallible Judgments. 2014. American Dialectic 4: 1–27.

Freedom, Morality, and the Propensity to Evil. 2014. Kantian Studies Online 65–90.

Defending the Possible Consent Interpretation from Actual Objections. 2014. Journal of Early Modern Studies 3: 88–100.

The Interconnection between Willing and Believing for Kant’s and Kantian Ethics. 2014. International Philosophical Quarterly 54: 143–157.

The Guise of the Objectively Good. 2013. Journal of Value Inquiry 47: 87–99.

Reconsidering RGV, AA 06: 26n and the Meaning of ‘Humanity’. 2013. In Margit Ruffing, Claudio La Rocca, Alfredo Ferrarin, and Stefano Bacin (eds.), Kant und Die Philosophie in Weltburgerlicher Absicht: Akten des Xi, Kant-Kongresses 2010, De Gruyter, 307–316.

A Reply to Bencivenga, “Consequences in Kantian Ethics”. 2013. American Dialectic 1: 285–288.

Book Reviews

Kant and the Foundations of Morality, by Halla Kim. Forthcoming. British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

How to Treat Persons, by Samuel Kerstein. 2014. Kantian Review 19: 319-323.

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

Kant, Kantian Ethics, Modern Philosophy, Social/Political Philosophy


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