Michael Stevenson - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Michael Stevenson

Core Faculty, Office Hours Program Head

Michael Stevenson received his BA in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University, having begun his post-graduate study at Cornell University. He has taught at Columbia University as a Core Lecturer, and at Barnard College and Hunter College, City University of New York. He specializes in the German philosophical tradition, particularly Kant, German Idealism, Phenomenology and Existentialism. He can be reached at michael@thebrooklyninstitute.com.


Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Philosophy, Phenomenology, and the Body

Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (In-Person)

Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit

Fichte: Freedom, Philosophy, and the Self

On the Heights of Despair: an Introduction to E.M. Cioran

On the Heights of Despair: an Introduction to E.M. Cioran (In-Person)

Heidegger: Truth, Technology, and Poetry (In-Person)

Kant’s Practical Philosophy: Reason, Morality, and Freedom

Jean Paul Sartre: Being and Nothingness

Philosophy of History

Heidegger/Arendt: Philosophy, Influence, and Being

Introduction to Kierkegaard: Existentialism, Faith, and Death (In-Person)

Friedrich Nietzsche: Truth and Morality (In-Person)

Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy in the Face of the Other

Schelling: Nature, Philosophy, and Existence

Making Meaning: an Introduction to Hermeneutics

Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: Philosophy, Fact, and Silence

Lived Experience: an Introduction to Phenomenology

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology: a Critical Introduction

David Hume: Empiricism, Skepticism, and Enlightenment (In-Person)

The Young Hegelians: Society, Alienation, and Critique

Heidegger: Being and Time

The Worst of All Possible Worlds: an Introduction to Schopenhauer

The Counter-Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Critique of Reason

Flux and Metaphysics: an Introduction to Process Philosophy

The Pittsburgh Hegelians: Hegel’s Unlikely American Renaissance

What is Analytic Philosophy?

Truth and Beauty: Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

Introduction to Aristotle: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Order of Nature

Origins of German Romanticism

Kant’s Practical Philosophy: Reason, Morality, and Freedom (Thursday Section)

Rousseau: Reason, Desire, and Inequality

Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations (Monday Section)

Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

Introduction to Plato

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (Thursday Section)

Philosophy of Mind: Thinking and Consciousness

Understanding Hegel: Origins of German Idealism

The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: Ethics and Moral Philosophy

Nature and Freedom: an Introduction to American Transcendentalism

French Existentialism: Beauvoir and Sartre

Descartes and the Origins of Modern Philosophy

The Philosophy of American Pragmatism: an Introduction

Philosophical Skepticism: Doubt, Evidence, Justified Belief

Kant’s Critical Philosophy

Philosophical Pessimism

Foundations of Modern Philosophy

Introduction to Kierkegaard: Existentialism, Faith, and Death

Politics of the City: Plato’s Republic

Hope and Despair in Philosophy

Hegel and German Idealism

Rousseau: Inequality and Democracy

Kant’s Critical Philosophy