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Elise Frketich

Elise Frketich


Meta-philosophy and metaphysics in Kantian and post Kantian philosophy

I am currently a Research Fellow with the “Human Abilities” Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at HU Berlin (since June 2021). From August 2019 to May 2021, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Cornerstone Program at Purdue University. I obtained my Ph.D. degree in philosophy at KU Leuven in September 2019. My dissertation deals with the philosophy of cognition and language of Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757-1823). Reinhold, though largely ignored today, was a pivotal contributor to the movement from Kant to German Idealism.

My current research treats Reinhold on the powers of the human mind in the "Elementarphilosophie". The Elementarphilosophie is his first system of philosophy. In it, he restructures Kant’s critical philosophy by deriving it from a first principle according to the axiomatic-deductive method. My research project investigates the apparent incompatibility between Reinhold’s ontology of the human mind, on the one hand, and his commitment to upholding central tenets of Kant’s critical philosophy, on the other.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Research Foundation