New faculty member joins Philosophy

Dr. Chad Kautzer joined the Lehigh Philosophy faculty this fall. He was hired after an international search for a specialist in Philosophy of Economics from a normative political and social perspective, with competence in either 19th Century Philosophy or Continental Philosophy. Dr. Kautzer received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2008 from Stony Brook University and was awarded tenure at UC Denver in 2015. Last year he was a Visiting Research Scholar in the Philosophy Department at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has twice held fellowships at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat in Germany. His specialization areas are Critical Theory; Philosophy of Law and Right; Social and Political Philosophy; Race and Gender Theory; Marxism; and Hegel. He has also published a number of papers on topics that are central to normative philosophy of economics.

Dr. Kautzer is the author of Radical Philosophy: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of Pragmatisim, Nation, and Race: Community in the Age of Empire (Indiana University Press, 2009), as well as two dozen articles, book chapters, book reviews, and translations on a wide variety of topics. He is currently at work on a book on Hegel and an edited volume on environmental ethics.  He has maintained a very active presence at professional conferences, workshops, etc., giving nearly three dozen papers at national and international venues.

Professor Kautzer is also an outstanding teacher. He has taught at Stony Brook, the University of Colorado, Boulder (in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), and UC Denver, and has twice received important teaching awards as well as an award for his outstanding advising.  He has taught a wide range of courses, engaging students in addressing an array of contemporary moral, social, and political problems concerning, for example, race, gender, the environment, and capitalism. While at UC Denver he was the director of the Social Justice Minor at UCD, for which he handled curricular matters and the recruitment and advising of students, developed public programming and community internships and service-learning opportunities for students, and raised $25,000 for an endowed Social Justice Minor Scholarship Fund.

This semester Dr. Kautzer is teaching a College Seminar on the Philosophy of Race and a 100-level course on Capitalism and the Philosophy of Economics.

The Lehigh Philosophy faculty is delighted to welcome Dr. Kautzer to the department!