B.A., M.A. (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol, Oxford); Ph.D. (Philosophy, Harvard)
Paul Franks holds the Senator Jerahmiel S. and Carole S. Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy.
He has taught at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor (1993-6), Indiana University Bloomington (1996-2000), the University of Notre Dame (2000-2004) and the University of Chicago (Spring 2003).
His research interests include: Jewish philosophy, Kant, German idealism, post-Kantian approaches within analytic and continental philosophy, transcendental arguments, metaphysics and epistemology, and the foundations of the human sciences.
He has been Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto; Brackenbury Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford; Lady Davis Graduate Research Fellow at the Hebrew University; Mrs. Giles F. Whiting Dissertation Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University; Junior Fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows; and Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.
In 2009-10, Paul Franks is a Faculty Fellow of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.
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BOOKSFranz Rosenzweig: Theological and Philosophical Writings, translated, edited, annotated and commented upon, with Michael L. Morgan, Hackett Publishing (2000)
"Jewish Philosophy after Kant: The Legacy of Salomon Maimon", in The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy, eds. Michael L. Morgan and Peter Eli Gordon, Cambridge University Press (2007)
"From Quine to Hegel: Naturalism, Anti-Realism, and Maimon's Question Quid Facti", in German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Espen Hammer, Routledge (2007)
"Serpentine Naturalism and Protean Nihilism: Transcendental Philosophy in Anthropological Post-Kantianism, German Idealism, and Neo-Kantianism", in The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, eds. Brian Leiter and Michael Rosen, Oxford University Press, 2007
"Everyday Speech and Revelatory Speech in Rosenzweig and Wittgenstein", in Philosophy Today special issue on Jewish philosophy (2006)
“What should Kantians learn from Maimon’s skepticism?”, in The Philosophy of Salomon Maimon and its Place in the Enlightenment, ed., Gideon Freudenthal, Amsterdam: Kluwer Press (2003)
“From Kant to Post-Kantian Idealism”, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume 76, 2002; “All or Nothing: Systematicity and Nihilism in Jacobi, Reinhold, and Maimon”, in The Cambridge Companion to German Idealism, ed. Karl Ameriks, Cambridge University Press (2000)
“Transcendental Arguments, Reason, and Skepticism: Contemporary Debates and the Origins of Post-Kantian Idealism”, in Transcendental Arguments: Problems and Prospects, ed. Robert Stern, Mind Association Occasional Series, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2000)