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Chad Kautzer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: Chad Kautzer
Phone: (303) 556-6275
Fax: (303) 556-8100
Office hours: T/R 12:00-1:30 pm or by appt.​
Areas of Expertise:
Critical Theory; Philosophy of Law and Right; Social and Political Philosophy; Race and Gender Theory

Education & Degrees

2008            Ph.D. in Philosophy, Stony Brook University

2006-2007    Transatlantic Collegium of Philosophy Fellow, Johann Wolfgang                                       Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany

2004-2005    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow, Johann                                           Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany

1998            B.A. in Philosophy and German, University of Wisconsin-Madison


My research interests fall within social and political philosophy and the history of philosophy generally, and within Frankfurt School critical theory, critical race and feminist theory, and the philosophy of law and right more specifically. My historical interests include: (1) modern theories of subjective right, personality, and private property, particularly as they relate to modern political sovereignty, theories of jurisdiction, and European colonialism; and (2) German Idealism (from Kant to Hegel). Both inform my interests in methodologies of critique and contemporary theories of social justice, race and gender, and philosophies of globalization and cosmopolitanism.

Two of my long-term projects consider the conceptual origins of modern subjective right in the colonization of the Americas, and Hegel’s philosophy of history and European colonialism. The latter is presently taking shape as a book manuscript, Hegel and the Colonial World: Right, Jurisdiction, and Ethical Life. I’m also currently working on an edited volume, Environmental Ethics and Property Right, as well as translating the work of contemporary German critical theorists.

I currently serve as Director of the CLAS Social Justice Minor and was the 2010 recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award in the UCD College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the 2012 Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award at the University of Colorado Denver.

Select Publications

Radical Philosophy: An Introduction (Paradigm Publishers), under contract.

Pragmatism, Nation, and Race: Community in the Age of Empire (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2009), co-edited with Eduardo Mendieta.

“Self-Defensive Subjectivity: The Diagnosis of a Social Pathology,” forthcoming in Philosophy & Social Criticism

“Kant, Perpetual Peace, and the Colonial Origins of Modern Subjectivity,” Peace Studies Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 2 (March 2013): 58-67.

Review of Rebecca Comay, Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 25:4 (2012), 425-428.

 “Class, Crisis, and the City: An Interview with David Harvey.” Radical Philosophy Review, 11:2 (2008): 53-60. Turkish Translation in Sınıf İlişkileri Sureti Soldurulmuş Bir Resim mi? [On the Relevance of Class Relations], edited by Nedim Süalp, Zeynep Tül Süalp, and Aslı Günes (Istanbul: Bağlam, 2011). 118-128.

Interview with Angela Y. Davis: “Resistance, Language, and Law,” in Angela Y. Davis, Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, Empire (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005), 105-132.

Translation of Walter Benjamin, “Fragment 74: Capitalism as Religion,” in Eduardo Mendieta, ed. Religion as Critique: The Frankfurt School's Critique of Religion (New York: Routledge, 2005), 259-262.

Courses Taught

PHIL 1020: Ethics and Society

PHIL 3500: Ideology and Culture: Race and Gender

PHIL 4000: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy

PHIL 4260: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 4770: Hegel

PHIL 4795: Marx and Marxism

PHIL 4812: Race, Class, and Gender: Critical Theories of the Social Contract

PHIL 5013: Philosophical Problems in the Social Sciences: Western Marxism and the                     Frankfurt School