Michael Bennett McNulty

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My chief research program aims to systematize and to explain Immanuel Kant's views on the inexact sciences — chemistry, psychology, anthropology, and biology — by contextualizing his views with respect to the science of his day. More generally, I am interested in theoretical philosophy and its interplay with mathematics and natural science during the early modern and early analytic periods. In the classroom, I aim to create inclusive learning environments in which students actively practice and develop skills of critical reasoning, argumentation, and writing.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, 2014.
  • B.A.: Philosophy and Mathematics, Macalester College, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Immanuel Kant
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic
  • Early Modern Philosophy
Courses Taught
  • PHIL 1201: Critical Reasoning
  • PHIL 1912: Sports, Reason, and Society
  • PHIL 3005W: General History of Western Philosophy, Modern Period
  • PHIL 3601: Scientific Thought
  • PHIL 4055: Kant
  • PHIL 4320: Kant's Practical Philosophy
  • PHIL 5601: History of Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 8090: Seminar in History of Modern Philosophy: Kant's Philosophy of Science
  • Continuity of Change in Kant's Dynamics: McNulty, Michael Bennett, Springer, Synthese, 196 1595–1622, 2019. Link
  • Chemical Dissolution and Kant’s Critical Theory of Nature: McNulty, Michael Bennett, De Gruyter, Kant-Studien, 109 537–55, 2018. Link
  • Kant on Empirical Psychology and Experimentation: McNulty, Michael Bennett, De Gruyter, Natur und Freiheit: Akten des XII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, 2707-2714, 2018. Link
  • Margaret Cavendish on the Order and Infinitude of Nature: McNulty, Michael Bennett, University of Illinois Press, History of Philosophy Quarterly, 35 219-239, 2018. Link
  • Review of Massimi, Michela and Angela Breitenbach (eds.). Kant and the Laws of Nature: McNulty, Michael Bennett, Cambridge University Press, Kantian Review, 23 338–43, 2018. Link
  • Review of Thorndike, Oliver. Kant’s Transition Project and Late Philosophy: Connecting the Opus postumum and Metaphysics of Morals: McNulty, Michael Bennett, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2018. Link
  • From General to Special Metaphysics of Nature: McNulty, Michael Bennett, Marius Stan, Palgrave Macmillan, The Palgrave Kant Handbook, 493–511, 2017. Link
  • What is Chemistry, for Kant?: McNulty, Michael Bennett, De Gruyter, Kant Yearbook, 9 85–112, 2017. Link
  • Chemistry in Kant's Opus Postumum: McNulty, Michael Bennett, University of Chicago Press, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, 6 64-95, 2016. Link
  • Mathematical Depth. McNulty, Michael Bennett, Michael Ernst, Jeremy Heis, Penelope Maddy, James Owen Weatherall, Oxford University Press, Co-Editor, 2015. Link
  • Rehabilitating the Regulative Use of Reason: Kant on Empirical and Chemical Laws: McNulty, Michael Bennett, Elsevier, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 54 1-10, 2015. Link
  • Kant on Chemistry and the Application of Mathematics in Natural Science: McNulty, Michael Bennett, Cambridge University Press, Kantian Review, 19 393-418, 2014. Link
  • Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, September 1st, 2019 - August 31st, 2020