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Rachel Zuckert Named Andersen Professor at Northwestern

October 31, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Rachel Zuckert, associate professor of philosophy, has been named the Arthur Andersen Teaching and Research Professor at Northwestern University.

Her interests include 18th- and 19th-century aesthetics, focusing on doctrines concerning the nature of human response to beauty and sublimity, the purpose of art criticism and the relation of beauty and taste to morality, politics and religious sensibility. Her work also concerns the German philosophical tradition contemporary with Immanuel Kant and following him. It currently focuses on the nature and limits of systematic reasoning in philosophy.

Zuckert is working on two projects growing out of her book "Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the Critique of Judgment" (Cambridge, 2007). The first concerns the implications of Kant's accounts of aesthetic value and feeling for his moral philosophy. The second concerns an alternative aesthetic theory put forth by Kant's contemporary Johann Gottfried Herder; it particularly looks at Kant's proposals concerning the differentiation among the arts (and the experience of them), the historical development of the arts and the nature of artistic expression.

Zuckert has received the American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew Mellon Fellowship for Junior Professors, the John Fisher Award from the American Society of Aesthetics, and an National Endowment for the Humanities grant to run a summer seminar on the aesthetics of the Scottish Enlightenment at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Zuckert taught at Rice and Bucknell universities before coming to Northwestern in 2006.
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