Dr. Thomas Land

Dr. Thomas Land
Assistant Professor
Office: CLE B331

History: Heidelberg, Germany (BA equivalent); University of Chicago (PhD).

Thomas joined the department in 2018. Before coming to UVic, Thomas taught at Ryerson University in Toronto and, prior to that, was a postdoc at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Interests: Kant, German idealism, early modern philosophy, analytic Kantianism, epistemology, philosophy of mind, action theory.

Thomas’s current research concerns various aspects of Kant’s theoretical philosophy. In particular, he is interested in the role of concepts in Kant’s theory of perception, his thesis that self-consciousness is fundamental to rationality, and the idea that there may be certain concepts that a thinker possesses simply in virtue of being a thinker.

Thomas has published papers in journals such as the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Journal for the History of Philosophy, Philosophical Topics, and Kantian Review, as well as a number of edited collections.

Sample of publications:

“No Other Use than in Judgment? Kant on Concepts and Sensible Synthesis,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (2015), 461-484 

“Nonconceptualist Readings of Kant and the Transcendental Deduction,” Kantian Review 20.1 (2015), 25-51 

“Spatial Representation, Magnitude, and the Two Stems of Cognition,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (2014), 524-550

“Intuition and Judgment,” in: Claudio La Rocca et al. (eds.), Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan Sense, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013, 221-231

“Kantian Conceptualism,” in: Günther Abel and James Conant (eds.), Rethinking Epistemology, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011, 197-239

 “Kant’s Spontaneity Thesis,” Philosophical Topics: Analytic Kantianism, vol. 34 (2006), 189-220 (appeared 2008)