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Franz Knappik

  • E-mailFranz.Knappik@uib.no
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I have research interests both in the history of philosophy and in contemporary analytic philosophy. 

My historical research focuses on Classical German Philosophy. I am interested in all aspects of the work of authors like Kant, Fichte and Hegel, and have published on topics that include Kant’s moral psychology, Hegel’s metaphysics, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy and political philosophy, and Fichte’s epistemology. 

My systematic interests are mainly in the philosophy of mind. They include self-knowledge, cognitive phenomenology, inner speech, pathologies of self-awareness and Bayesian models of the mind.

Fall 2016

FIL230/FIL231/FIL232/FIL240/FIL310/FIL330 Introduction to German Idealism

Work in progress

"The persistence of racism"

"Hegel and social kinds"

"Knowledge of action with and without phenomenology of action"

"The phenomenology of conscious reasoning" (with Ole Koksvik)

Recent journal articles

"An Erring Conscience is an Absurdity: The Later Kant on Certainty, Moral Judgment and the Infallibility of Conscience" (with Erasmus Mayr), forthcoming in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

"What is wrong with blind necessity? Schelling's critique of Spinoza's necessitarianism in the Freedom Essay", Journal of the History of Philosophy 57:1 (2019), 129-157

"Kant, Schopenhauer und Fichte über unser Wissen von unseren körperlichen Handlungen" ("Kant, Schopenhauer and Fichte on our knowledge of our bodily actions"), in: Fichte-Studien 45 (2018)

"Hegel and arguments for natural kind essentialism", Hegel Bulletin, first view, 2018

"Bayes and the first person. Inner speech, consciousness of thoughts and probabilistic inference", Synthese, online first, 2017, 1-28

"And yet he is a monist. Comments on James Kreines, 'Reason in the world'", Hegel Bulletin, online first, 2016, 1-17

"Hegel's essentialism. Natural kinds and the metaphysics of explanation in Hegel's theory of 'the Concept'", European Journal of Philosophy 24 (2016), 760-787

"Hegel on consciousness, self-consciousness and idealism", International Yearbook of German Idealism 11 (2013) (appeared in 2016) 

"Self-knowledge about attitudes: rationalism meets interpretation", Philosophical Explorations 18/2 (2015), 183-198

"Hegel's modal argument against Spinozism. An interpretation of the chapter 'Actuality' in Hegel's Science of Logic", Hegel Bulletin 36/1 (2015), 53-79



Im Reich der Freiheit. Hegels Theorie autonomer Vernunft (In the realm of freedom. Hegel's theory of autonomous reason), Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2013


Other publications (selection)

"Sellars on Self-Knowledge", in Anke Breunig & Stefan Brandt (eds.), Sellars and Twentieth-Century Philosophy, London: Routledge, forthcoming

„'Gegenwärtige prosaische Zustände': Hegels melancholische Ästhetik und Schillers politische Eschatologie", in Thomas Oehl & Artur Kok (eds.), Objektiver und absoluter Geist nach Hegel. Kunst, Religion und Philosophie innerhalb und außerhalb von Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Leiden: Brill, 2018, 504-526

"From Brandom's semantics to Hegel's politics: Institutional preconditions of trust", to appear in an edited volume on Brandom's "A spirit of trust", ed. Gilles Bouche, London: Routledge

Review of Jörg Noller, Die Bestimmung des Willens, forthcoming in Hegel-Studien

Review of Vincent Descombes, Puzzling Identities, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2016.06.22

Review of Christopher Yeomans, The Expansion of Autonomy. Hegel's Pluralistic Philosophy of Action, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2015.08.36 

Articles "Geist"; "Gemüt", in: Georg Mohr / Jürgen Stolzenberg / Marcus Willaschek (eds.), Kant-Lexikon, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2015

Review of Ariberto Acerbi, Il sistema di Fichte, Philosophisches Jahrbuch 122 (2015), 537-539

"Hegel über Vorstellung und repräsentationalen Gehalt" ("Hegel on representation and representational content"), in: Kazimir Drilo / Axel Hutter (eds.), Spekulation und Vorstellung in Hegels enzyklopädischem System, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2015, 85-118 

"Normativität, Autonomie und das Wissen des Akteurs von seinen Handlungen in Hegels Kritik des Gewissens" ("Normativity, autonomy and the agent's knowledge of his actions in Hegel's critique of conscience"), in: Simon Bunke/Katerina Mihaylova/Antonio Roselli (eds.), Gewissen zwischen Gefühl und Vernunft. Neue Perspektiven auf das 18. Jahrhundert, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann 2015

"Metaphysik der Kontingenz. Kierkegaards anti-nezessitarische und anti-hegelianische Modaltheorie im 'Zwischenspiel' der Philosophischen Brocken" ("Metaphysics of contingency. Kierkegaard's anti-necessitarian and anti-Hegelian theory of modality in the 'Interlude' of Philosophical Fragments"), in: Axel Hutter / Anders Moe Rasmussen (eds.), Kierkegaard im Kontext des Deutschen Idealismus, Berlin / New York: De Gruyter 2014, 151-202

Review of Sally Sedgwick, Hegel's Critique of Kant. From Dichotomy to Identity, European Journal of Philosophy 21 (2013), e4-e9

"Gewissen und Gewissenhaftigkeit beim späten Kant" ("Conscience and conscientiousness in the late Kant") (with Erasmus Mayr), in: Akten des XI. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses 2010, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2013, 329-342 

"Scruton and Wittgenstein on expression in music", in: Nick Zangwill / Andy Hamilton (eds.), Scruton's Aesthetics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2012, 62-83

Journal articles
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2019. What is Wrong with Blind Necessity? Schelling’s Critique of Spinoza’s Necessitarianism in the Freedom Essay. Journal of the history of philosophy. 57: 129-157. doi: 10.1353/hph.2019.0005
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich; Mayr, Erasmus. 2019. "An erring conscience is an absurdity": The later kant on certainty, moral judgment and the infallibility of conscience. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. 101: 92-134. doi: 10.1515/agph-2019-1004
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2017. [Anmeldelse av:] Jörg Noller: Die Bestimmung des Willens. Hegel-Studien. 50: 198-201.
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2017. Bayes and the first person: consciousness of thoughts, inner speech and probabilistic inference. Synthese. 1-28. doi: 10.1007/s11229-017-1321-3
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2016. Hegel's essentialism. Natural kinds and the metaphysics of explanation in Hegel's theory of 'the Concept'. European Journal of Philosophy. 28 pages. doi: 10.1111/ejop.12129
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2016. And yet he is a monist. Comments on James Kreines, 'Reason in the world'. Hegel Bulletin. 17 pages. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/hgl.2016.30
Book sections
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2018. Kant, Schopenhauer und Fichte über unser Wissen von unseren körperlichen Handlungen. Kapittel (ikke nummerert), pages 200-220. In:
    • d'Alfonso, Matteo Vincenzo. 2018. Mit Fichte philosophieren. Perspektiven seiner Philosophie nach 200 Jahren. Brill Academic Publishers. 409 pages. ISBN: 978-90-04-36313-7.
  • Knappik, Franz Ulrich. 2018. „Gegenwärtige prosaische Zustände“. Hegels melancholische Ästhetik und Schillers politische Eschatologie. Kapittel (ikke nummerert), pages 504-526. In:
    • Oehl, Thomas; Kok, Arthur. 2018. Objektiver und absoluter Geist nach Hegel. Kunst, Religion und Philosophie innerhalb und außerhalb von Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Brill Academic Publishers. 934 pages. ISBN: 978-90-04-36318-2.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

since August 2016: Associate Professor, University of Bergen

2015-2016: Postdoc, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris (host: Elisabeth Pacherie, funded by DAAD)

2011-2015: Fixed-term lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Humboldt University, Berlin (Chair for Classical German Philosophy, Tobias Rosefeldt)

2009-2011: Fixed-term lecturer (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (Chair for Philosophy II, Axel Hutter)

2009: research stay, University of Pittsburgh (host: Robert Brandom)

2006-2011: PhD, Ludwig Maximilians University (supervisor: Axel Hutter); major: philosophy, minor: Italian philology

2004: visiting student, University of Pavia

2003-2004:  visiting student, Oxford University

2000-2006: M.A., Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; major: philosophy, minors: musicology, Greek philology


Services to the profession: 

Referee for Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Hegel Bulletin, Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy. 

Panel member, Academy of Finland, 2015 and 2016.