A A Email Print Share

Tom Rockmore, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

303 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6500


Hab., Habilitation a diriger des recherches, Universite de Poitiers (France), 1994
Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1974
B.A., Philosophy, Carleton College, 1963
Biography and Research

Tom Rockmore is American by birth, and French by marriage. He has studied and/or taught in the US, France, Germany, Canada, and China. He currently has a dual appointment at Duquesne University and at Peking University (Beijing).

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and a McAnulty College Distinguished Professor, Dr. Rockmore's current research interests encompass all of modern philosophy, with special emphasis on selected problems as well as figures in German idealism (Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx) and recent continental philosophy (Heidegger, Habermas, Lukacs). He is continuing to explore the epistemology of German idealism as well as the relation between philosophy and politics. His most recent work concerns a new theory of knowledge as intrinsically historical.


Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, German Idealism, Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, Marx and Marxism, Heidegger's Being and Time, Seminar: Richard Rorty

Teaching and Research Appointments

Distinguished visiting professor, Peking University, 2007-

McAnulty College Distinguished Professor, 2007-

Fulbright fellow, Beijing University, spring 2007, spring 2008

Distinguished visiting professor, Temple University, spring 2004

Professor, Duquesne University, 1990-2007

Professor and Chairman, Duquesne University, 1987-1990

Senior Research Fellow, Wesleyan University, l986-l987

Professeur invité, Université Laval, l985-l986

Associate Professor, Fordham University, 1982-1985

Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium, Universität zu Tübingen, l98l-1982

Visiting Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, l980-1981

Maître de conférences associé, Université de Nice, 1978-1979

Morse Fellowship, Universität zu Heidelberg, l975-l976

Assistant Professor, Yale University, l973-l980

Austauschstipendium, Freie Universität zu Berlin, l972-l973


Book Publications

Before and After 9/11: A Philosophical Examination of Globalization, Terror and History, New York: Continuum, 2011, 192 p
Kant and Phenomenology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010, 272 pp.

Kant and Idealism, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007, 286 pp.

In Kant's Wake: Philosophy in the Twentieth Century, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Company, 2006, 213 pp.

Hegel, Idealism and Analytic Philosophy, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005, 280 pp.

On Constructivist Epistemology, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005, 164 pp.

On Foundationalism: A Strategy for Metaphysical Realism , Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, 145 pp.

Before and After Hegel: A Historical Introduction to Hegel's Thought, Indianapolis: Hackett, 2003, rpt. With a new preface, xx + 211 pp.

Marx After Marxism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Karl Marx , Oxford: Blackwells, 2002, viii + 215 pp.

Cognition: An Introduction to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit , Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997, vii + 247 pp.

On Hegel's Epistemology and Contemporary Philosophy , Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press International, 1996, ix + 251 pp.

Heidegger and French Philosophy: Humanism, Anti-Humanism and Being , London: Routledge, 1995, xx + 250 pp.

Hegel et la tradition philosophique allemande , Bruxelles: Éditions Ousia, 1994, 198 pp.

Hegel. Avant et après , Paris: Éditions Criterion, 1992, 271 pp.

On Heidegger's Nazism and Philosophy , Berkeley: University of California Press and Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992, xi + 382 pp.; 2nd edition with a new preface, 1997, xvi + 382 pp.

Irrationalism. Lukács and the Marxist View of Reason , Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992, pp. 315.

Habermas on Historical Materialism, Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1989, xii + 202 pp.

Hegel's Circular Epistemology , Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986, xv + 202 pp.

Soviet Marxism and Alternatives , with T. Blakeley, J. Colbert and W. Gavin, Boston: Reidel, 1981, xiv + 311 pp.

Fichte, Marx and German Philosophy , Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1980, vii + 210 pp.

Translations of Published Books

Makesi zhuyi hou de makesi , translated by Yong Xuegong, Beijing: Ren min chu ban she, 2008, 333 pp.

Haidega-to Furansutetugaku (Heidegger and French Philosophy), Tokyo: Hosei University Press, 2006, 447 pp..

Heiger: si xiang lishi dao lun (Before and After Hegel: A Historical Introduction), translated by Ke Xiaogang , Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005 , 315 pp.

Heidegger und die französische Philosophie , translated by Thomas Laugstien, Lüneburg: Zu-Klampen-Verlag, 2000, 310 pp.

Heidegger no nazism to sonotetsugaku ( On Heidegger's Nazism and Philosophy ), Hokkaido: Hokkaido University Press, 1999, ix + 483 pp.

Mainte si dupa HEGEL , translated by Cecilia Tohaneanu, Bucharest: Editura Stiintifica, 1998, 230 pp.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Prima/Dopo , translated by Ignazio Volpicelli, Rome: Editore Armando Armando, 1996, 191 pp. 277.

Before and After Hegel: A Historical Introduction , Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993, xi + 211 pp.

Edited Books

After Jena: New Essays on the Later Fichte , edited, with Daniel Breazeale, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2008, xi +239 pp.

History, Historicity and Science, edited by Tom Rockmore and Joseph Margolis, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006, viii+225 pp.

Rights, Bodies and Recognition:New Essays on Fichte's Foundations of Natural Right, edited by Tom Rockmore and Daniel Breazeale, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006, xx + 255 pp.

Heidegger and Plato: Toward Dialogue , edited by Catalin Partenie and Tom Rockmore, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2005, xviii+ 234 pp.

The Philosophical Challenges of September 11, edited by Tom Rockmore, Joseph Marglis and Armen Marsoobian, Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, 218 pp.

New Essays on Fichte's Later Wissenschaftslehre , edited by Daniel Breazeale and Tom Rockmore, Evantson: Northwestern University Press, 2002, xviii + 357 pp.

New Essays in Fichte's Foundation of the Entire Doctrine of Scientific Knowledge, edited with Daniel Breazeale, Amherst: Humanity Books, 2001, pp. 257.

New Essays on Kant's Pre-Critical Writings, edited, with an introduction, Humanity Books, 2001, pp.

Interpretation in Art, Literature and Science, edited, and with an introduction, with Joseph Margolis, Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers, 2000 - republication of The Philosophy of Interpretation , pp. vi + 236.

The Philosophy of Interpretation, edited, and with an introduction, with Joseph Margolis, in Metaphilosophy , vol. 31, nos. 1/2, January 2000, pp. ii + 224 pp.

Heidegger, German Idealism and Neo-Kantianism, edited, with an introduction, Amherst: Humanity Books, 2000, 294 pp.

Metaphysics , Proceedings of the World Congress of Philosophy, volume 2, edited and with an introduction, Bowling Green: Philosophy Documentation Center, 1999, vii + 256 pp.

Transcendental Philosophy and Everyday Life, coedited, and with an introduction, with Vladimir Zeman, Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1997, vii + 192 pp.

Hegel's Lectures on the History of Philosophy, edited and with an introduction, Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1996, 732 pp.

New Perspectives on Fichte, coedited with Daniel Breazeale, Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996, xviii + 233 pp.

Antifoundationalism Old and New, edited by Tom Rockmore and Beth Singer, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992, 248 pp.

The Heidegger Case: On Philosophy and Politics, edited with Joseph Margolis, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992, xi + 437 pp.

Victor Farias, Heidegger and Nazism, edited with Joseph Margolis, Philadelphia and London: Temple University Press, 1989, xxi + 349 pp.

Lukács Today, edited, with an introduction, Boston and Dordrecht: Reidel, l988, 282 pp.

Edited Issues of Journals

Sept. 11, 2001 and Its Consequences, in Metaphilosophy, vol. 35, no. 3, April 2004- edited with Joseph Margolis.

The Philosophy of Interpretation, edited with Joseph Margolis, in Metaphilosophy, vol. 31, Nos. 1/2, January 2000.

En Hommage à Mikel Dufrenne, Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française, edited, vol. XI, no. 1, Spring 1999, 86 pp.

Philosophy Today, vol. 52, no. 3-4, fall-winter 2008, edited with Daniel Breazeale and Elizabeth Millan-Zaibert.

Forthcoming Books

Turkish translation of Before and After Kant, Ankara, directed by Ertugrul Turan - forthcoming.

Japanese translation of In Kant's Wake, Tokyo: Hosei Daigaku Shuppankyokyu - forthcoming.

Fichte, German Idealism, and Early Romanticism, edited by Tom Rockmore and Daniel Breazeale, in Fichte-Studien Supplementa Vol. 34 [ir 35] Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 2008 [or 2009].

Proceedings of the DePaul Fichte meeting, in Philosophy Today, edited by Daniel Breazeale, Elizabeth Millan-Zaibert, and Tom Rockmore - forthcoming.

In Process

After 9/11: Reconstructing Political Philosophy

Fichte en Amérique du Nord, Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale - edited and with an introduction

Epistemology and Phenomenology

Other Positions and Awards

Fellowships and Honors

Distinguished Visiting Professor in the American University in Cairo, spring 2008

Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, University of Beijing, spring 2007, spring 2008

Guest Research Professor, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2004- )

Foreign Research Fellow, National Research Foundation, South Africa (2002)

NEH challenge grant (1998)

NEH challenge grant (1996)

Humboldt-Forschungsstipendium (Köln, 1996)

Presidential Scholarship Grant (summer 1995, summer 1998)

Förderungsgesellschaft Wissenschaftliche Neuvorhaben (Berlin)

Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship (1994)

American Philosophical Society Research Grant

IREX Fellowship

ACLS Travel Grant

Forschungsstipendium der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Morse Fellowship

Austauschstipendium der Freien-Universität (Berlin)

NDEA Fellowship

Vanderbilt Fellowship

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Other Professional Activity

Academic Board, The International Xavier Tilliette Institute

Rockefeller Foundation, external evaluator

Chercheur permanent au Cicada, EA 1922, Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour

Consulting Editor, Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy , Northwestern University Press

Consulting Editor, Studies in Continental Thought , Indiana University Press

Member, Comité scientifique, Archives de philosophie

Vorstandsmitglied, Societas Hegeliana (Gesellschaft für dialektische Philosophie)

Beiratsmitglied, Internationale Hegel-Gesellschaft

Manuscript Referee, Idealistic Studies

Member, editorial board, Sovietica series at Reidel

Member, editorial board, Studies in Soviet Thought

Manuscript referee, Journal of the History of Philosophy

Manuscript referee, The Review of Politics

Manuscipt referee, International Journal of Philosophical Studies

Consultant, Idea and Reality Project (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Member of the Board, Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology

Codirector, Fichte Society of North America

Member, Editorial board, History of Philosophy Quarterly

Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Member of the board, Society for Phenomenology and Psychiatry

Member, Committee on International Cooperation, APA (1993-1995)

Member, Advisory Committee to the Program Committee, American Philosophical Association [Eastern Division] (1993-1996)

Président, Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française (1995-1997)

Editorial consultant, Journal of Philosopical Research

Member, editorial board, Kritika u xymaniz'm

Member, editorial board, Metaphilosophy

Member, Board of Consultants, The Owl of Minerva

Member, Board, Humanity Books

Membre, comité directeur, Société d'études kantiennes de langue française

External reviewer, National Research Foundation of South Africa

Manuscript referee, The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law

External reviewer, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

International Editorial Board, Philosophy of Science

Member, Editorial Board, Société américaine de philosophie française

Permanent visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing)

Consultant, Modern Western Marx Research Series, People's Publishing House (Beijing)

Manuscript referee, Journal of the History of Ideas

Member, Comitato scientifico, Quaderni di fiolsofia

Professional Organizations

American Philosophical Association

Internationale Hegel-Vereinigung

Internationale Hegel-Gesellschaft

Society for Existential Phenomenology and Psychology

Hegel Society of America

Metaphysical Society of America

Societas Hegeliana (Gesellschaft für dialektische Philosophie)

International Metaphysical Society

Society for Phenomenology and Psychiatry

Internationale J.G. Fichte-Gesellschaft

North American Fichte Society

Sartre Society of North America

Groupe d'études sartriennes

Contents and Methods Seminar (Columbia U.)

Internationale Gesellschaft "System der Philosophie"

Japanese Fichte Society [honorary member]

International Association of Aesthetics

Société d'études kantiennes de langue française

Internationale Feuerbach-Tagung