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Addison Ellis

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Department of Philosophy
Brief Biography

Addison Ellis received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019. Before coming to The American University in Cairo (AUC), he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City, and a lecturer at the University of Illinois. His research is focused on Kant and post-Kantian European Philosophy (especially Heidegger). Within these areas, Ellis places particular emphasis on the study of self-consciousness and what Kant calls its ‘spontaneity.’ He is interested in how these themes figure not only in Kant’s theoretical philosophy, but also in his practical and religious thought and, more broadly, how these Kantian ideas are taken up, transformed, or rejected by the post-Kantian tradition.

Research Interest
  • Kant
  • Phenomenology
  • Self-Consciousness
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Kant and the Problem of Nothingness: A Latin American Study and Critique by Ernesto Mayz Vallenilla (book translation, Bloomsbury Press), 2024.
  • Relative Spontaneity and Reason's Self-Knowledge, Studies in Transcendental Philosophy, 2023.
  • Freedom for Losing Oneself: Lessons in Spontaneity and Temporality in Kant and Heidegger, Möglichkeit und Wirklichkeit der Freiheit: Kant und Heidegger über Freiheit, Willen, und Recht, Akademie-Verlag, 2022.
  • (2022) Self-Consciousness and the Priority Question: A Critique of the ‘Sensibility First’ Reading of Kant, Tópicos: Revista de Filosofía.
  • (2020) Kant and Rödl on the Identity of Self-Consciousness and Objectivity, Studi Kantiani
  • (2020) Self-Consciousness as Self-Limitation in Kant, Contemporary Studies in Kantian Philosophy 5.
  • (2018) The Internality of Moral Faith in Kant’s Religion. Kant Yearbook 10.
  • (2017) The Case for Absolute Spontaneity in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Con-Textos Kantianos no. 6, monographic issue on Kant in Current Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology.