Owen Ware



Associate Professor



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  • PhD, University of Toronto

Before joining the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, Prof. Owen Ware held tenure-track and post-doctoral positions in the US, Canada, and Germany. His areas of focus include Kant, German Idealism and Romanticism, and South Asian philosophies. Prof. Ware also has longstanding interests in literature and literary criticism.

Author with Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, Prof. Ware has published more than thirty papers in venues such as Mind, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophers’ Imprint, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Critical Inquiry, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, and the European Journal of Philosophy.

Prof. Ware’s current projects include the metaphysics of freedom, theories of mythology, and the European reception of classical Indian thought.

His research has been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

To find out more about his work, consult Prof. Ware’s personal website.

Areas of Focus:
  • Kant
  • German Idealism and Romanticism
  • Modern intellectual history
  • South Asian philosophies
  • Mythology and symbolism
  • Literature and literary criticism
Topics of Interest:
  • Metaphysics of freedom
  • Normativity and moral justification
  • Agency and practical reason
  • Moral psychology
  • Pantheism across traditions
  • Problems of evil

For more information, see his Owen Ware’s PhilPeople profile.


Service to the Discipline

Owen Ware is an active reviewer of proposals, books, and articles for the following presses and journals:

Oxford University Press UK and NY, Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Broadview Press, Bloomsbury, Mind, Ergo, Philosophers’ Imprint, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Philosophical Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, European Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Value Inquiry, Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Papers, Kantian Review, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Grazer Philosophische Studien, Kant Studies Online, Res Philosophica, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Idealistic Studies, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Studi Kantiani, Intellectual History Review.

Selected Fellowships & Grants
  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2017-2023)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Grant (2015-2016)
  • SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2010-2011)
Selected Prizes and Awards
  • UTM Research Prize (2021)
  • Philosophers’ Annual (2014)
  • Wilfred Sellars Essay Prize (2013)
  • SSHRC Post-Doctoral Prize (2010)

Research Interests:

Kant, Post-Kantian Philosophy, German Romanticism, Comparative Philosophy


Authored Books
  • Kant on Freedom. Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
  • Kant’s Justification of Ethics. Oxford UP, 2021.
  • Fichte’s Moral Philosophy. Oxford UP, 2020.
Edited Volumes & Translations
  • Fichte’s System of Ethics: A Critical Guide, co-edited with S. Bacin. Cambridge UP, 2021.
Research Papers
  • “Kant and the Fate of Freedom: 1788–1800,” in Freedom after Kant (Bloomsbury), forthcoming.
  • “Introduction” (with Stefano Bacin), to Fichte’s System of Ethics: A Critical Guide (Cambridge UP), 2021, 1-10.
  • “Feeling, Drive, and the Lower Capacity of Desire,” in Fichte’s System of Ethics: A Critical Guide (CUP), 2021, 66-84.
  • “Fichte”s Ethical Holism,” in Practical Philosophy from Kant to Hegel (Cambridge UP), 2021, 138-156.
  • “The Second Person in Fichte and Levinas” (with Michael Morgan), Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 2020 (41:2): 1-20.
  • “Fichte’s Method of Moral Justification,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2019 (27:6): 1173-1193.
  • “Freedom Immediately after Kant,” European Journal of Philosophy, 2019 (27:4): 865-881.
  • “Fichte’s Deduction of the Moral Law,” in The Palgrave Fichte Handbook, 2019, 239-256.
  • “The Concept of Persons in Kant and Fichte,” Persons: A History (Oxford UP), 2019, 232-260.
  • “Schiller on Evil and the Emergence of Reason,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 2018 (35:4): 337-355.
  • “Fichte’s Normative Ethics: Deontological or Teleological?” Mind, 2018 (127): 565-584.
  • “Kant’s Deductions of Morality and Freedom,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2017 (47:1): 116-147.
  • “Fichte on Conscience,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2017 (95:2): 376-394.
  • “Skepticism in Kant’s Groundwork, European Journal of Philosophy, 2016 (24:2): 375-396.
  • “Agency and Evil in Fichte’s Ethics,” Philosophers” Imprint, 2015 (15:11) 1-21.
  • “Accessing the Moral Law through Feeling,” Kantian Review, 2015 (20:2) 301-311.
  • “Kant on Moral Sensibility and Moral Motivation,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2014 (52:4) 727–746. – Winner of the 2014 Philosopher’s Annual.
  • “Rethinking Kant’s Fact of Reason”, Philosophers’ Imprint, 2014 (14:31) 1-21.
  • “Forgiveness and Respect for Persons,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 2014 (51:3) 247-260.
  • “Consciousness and Personal Identity” (with Don Ainslie), Routledge Companion to 18th Century Philosophy, 2014, 245-264.
  • “Fichte”s Voluntarism,” European Journal of Philosophy, 2010 (18:1) 262-282.
  • “The Duty of Self-Knowledge,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 2009 (79:3) 671-698.
  • “Conscience and Ethical Life in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit,” Being amongst Others, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, 349-268.
  • “Love Speech,” Critical Inquiry, 2008 (34:3) 491-508.
  • “Rudolf Otto’s Idea of the Holy: A Reappraisal,” Heythrop Journal, 2007 (48:1) 48-60.
  • “Universality and Historicity: On the Sources of Religion,” Research in Phenomenology, 2006 (36:1) 238-254.
  • “Sartre and Merleau-Ponty on Intersubjectivity,” Symposium, 2006 (10:2) 503-513.
  • “Derrida and Negative Theology,” Philosophy Today, 2005 (49:2) 171-183.
  • “Derrida and Benjamin on the Concept of Messianism,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, 2004 (5:2) 99-114.
  • Heiko Puls, Sittliches Bewusstsein und kategorischer Imperativ in Kants “Grundlegung”: Ein Kommentar zum dritten Abschnitt (De Gruyter, 2016), for the Journal of the History of Philosophy, 55: 355-356.
  • Thomas E. Hill, Virtue, Rules, and Justice: Kantian Aspirations (Oxford University Press, 2012), for the British Journal of the History of Philosophy 21: 1005-1008.
  • Klas Roth and Chris W. Surprenant (eds), Kant and Education: Interpretations and Commentary (Routledge Press, 2012), for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2012.03.19).


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