Garrett Bredeson
Instructor • Director of Undergraduate Studies

Hellems 164B

TR 9:30-11:30am; and by appointment

I’m an instructor in the Philosophy Department here at CU. I received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Lawrence University in 2003, an M.A. in Philosophy from UW-Milwaukee in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2014. As that summary of my education already suggests, I actually originally got into philosophy from the study of religion, specifically, the religions of South and East Asia, and although my present research would appear to be far removed from this, it still informs my understanding and teaching of philosophy today. In particular, I think that tackling philosophical problems with rigor depends crucially on developing an appreciation not only for the true breadth of solutions that have been offered for them, but also for the diverse contexts of significance through which these problems have emerged. For my part, I’ve found that the best way to come around to such an appreciation is by engaging broadly with the history of philosophy. That’s the area I primarily work in now.
I regularly teach introductory-level courses, and I’ve recently taught History of Modern Philosophy, as well as upper-level courses on the thought of Kant and Marx. If you’re interested in how I set up my classes, send me a line, and I’ll be happy to send a recent syllabus to you.
Most of my research is concentrated in the classical German philosophical tradition stretching from Kant—at the end of the eighteenth century—to the emergence of phenomenology at the beginning of the twentieth. Currently, I’m working primarily on two projects: (1) a unified interpretation of the function and significance of Kant’s notion of judgment across his critical works, and (2) a reconstruction of the methodological debates in the early years of the phenomenological movement, especially as they pertain to the relationship between the phenomenologists and their Neokantian interlocutors.
For more information see my CV here.