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Jennifer Ann Bates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 321, Office Hours: Thursday 12:30pm - 01:30pm
Phone: 412.396.6506


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1997
DAAD, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 1992-93
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, 1989
B.A., Philosophy and Literary Studies, University of Toronto, 1987

Jennifer Ann Bates is Associate Professor of Philosophy. She specializes in 19th Century German Philosophy with an emphasis on Hegel. She is author of two books: Hegel's Theory of Imagination (SUNY 2004) and Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination (SUNY 2010), as well as co-editor with Richard Wilson of the book Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2014) . Bates has published articles in philosophy journals and in literary journals. Bates has publication, research and teaching interests in Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy of Nature, Environmental Ethics, and Buddhist Philosophy. She is a Heidelberg University Alumni Ambassador.


Authored Books:

Hegel and Shakespeare on Moral Imagination (State University of New York Press, 2010). Paperback edition, July 2011.

  • "...outstanding..." - Slavoj Žižek in Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism
  • Reviews of this book in: Choice (Recommended); Hegel Bulletin; and Shakespeare Jahrbuch (forthcoming 2015)

Hegel's Theory of Imagination (State University of New York Press, 2004).

  • Hegel's Theory of Imagination has been reviewed in: The Review of Metaphysics, The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Dialogue: The Canadian Philosophical Review, The Journal of the History of Philosophy, The British Journal of Aesthetics, Philosophy in Review (Comptes rendus philosophiques), and The Journal of Speculative Philosophy.

Edited Book:

Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy. Eds. Jennifer Ann Bates and Richard Wilson. Edinburgh University Press. 2014.

Refereed Articles:

"Confusing Matters: Romeo and Juliet and Hegel's Philosophy of Nature" in "Thinking With Shakespeare" Special Edition of Memoria di Shakespeare, eds. Rosy Columbo and Nadia Fusini, March 2014.

"Hegel and the Concept of Extinction." In Philosophy Compass, Continental Series. Edited by Andrew Cutrofello. Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Barnes. 2014.

"Phenomenology and Life" (on Hegel's dialectic of "Life" in the Phenomenology of Spirit and Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra), in a special issue of the journal Criticism, on "Shakespeare and Phenomenology," edited by James Kearney and Kevin Curran, Issue 54. 3, 2012.

"An Inquiry Into The Nature of Environmentally Sound Thinking" in Environmental Ethics, Volume 25, Summer 2003. 183-197.

"Stevens, Hegel and the Palm at the End of the Mind" in The Wallace Stevens Journal. Volume 23, no. 2. Fall 1999. 152-166.

Book Chapters:

"Hamlet and Kierkegaard on Outwitting Recollection." In Shakespeare and Continental Philosophy. Eds. Jennifer Ann Bates and Richard Wilson.  (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).

"The Problem of Genius in King Lear: Hegel on the Feeling Soul and the Tragedy of Wonder," in Person, Being, and History: Essays in Honor of Kenneth L. Schmitz, editors Robert E. Wood and Michael Baur (Catholic University of America Press, 2010).

Book Chapter on and Interview with Jennifer Bates:

"Mediating Play: Analyzing Jennifer Bates's "Interplay" with Hegel, Shakespeare, and Morality" by Stephanie Zubcik, in Philosophical Apprenticeships: Essays on Contemporary Canadian Continental Philosophers, ed. Jay Lampert and Jason Robinson (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2009).

Book Reviews:

Book Review of The Accessible Hegel by Michael Allen Fox (Humanities Books 2005) in Philosophy in Review, Volume XXVII, no. 1, February 2007. 27-29.

Book Review of Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit by Kathleen Magnus (SUNY 2001) in Philosophy in Review, Volume XXII no. 5, October 2002. 341-343.

Book Review of Son of Spirit by David Farrell Krell (SUNY 1997) in Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Volume 28, no. 1, February 1998. 40-41.

Other Publications:

Abstract of Thesis in Bulletin of The Hegel Society of Great Britain, No. 36, Autumn/Winter 1997.

"Report on 'The Idea of System of Transcendental Idealism in Kant, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel' --An International Conference at Dartmouth College, August 27-30, 1995," in Bulletin of The Hegel Society of Great Britain, No 33, Spring/Summer 1996

"Tips for Teaching Assistants," in The Teaching Handbook (Toronto: University of Toronto Philosophy Department, 1995).


Graduate courses:

Seminar on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit;

Seminar on Hegel's Science of Logic;

Seminar on Hegel's Philosophy of Nature;

Hegel and Shakespeare on Imagination;

Kierkegaard's Early Works;

Kierkegaard's Later Works;

Kant's Critique of Pure Reason;

Kant's Critique of Practical Reason;

Imagination in 19th Century Continental Philosophy.

Undergraduate Courses:

Later Modern Philosophy;

Consciousness in 19th C. Thought;

Philosophy of the Environment;

Philosophical Ethics;

Philosophy of Religion;

Contemporary Continental Philosophy;

Social and Political Philosophy;

Introduction to Philosophy.

PhD Supervision

Sadra and Hegel on the Relationship Between Essence/Existence and Subject/Object. by Kamal Abdulkarim Shlbei. Completed. Defended May 2013.