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Michelle Gilmore-Grier, PhD

Professor, Philosophy

Michelle Grier, PhD, has been a member of the philosophy department since 1993. In addition to lower division introductory courses, she routinely teaches courses in the history of modern philosophy, German idealism (especially Kant), and post-Kantian (20th Century) continental philosophy.


Philosophy 272 Class Syllabus

Philosophy 472 Class Syllabus


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
M.A., University of California, San Diego




Scholarly and Creative Work

Grier’s publications to date have centered on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, especially his theoretical philosophy (the Critique of Pure Reason).  In addition to numerous articles, chapters and presentations, she is the author of Kant’s Doctrine of Transcendental Illusion (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001).  She has also been working on Kant’s theory of the sublime, and has recently begun a manuscript on Nietzsche’s Conception of Autonomy.

Teaching Interests

Grier’s teaching interests focus on topics in the history of modern philosophy, Kant, and post-Kantian continental philosophy. In this connection she has developed advanced topics courses on Kant, Hegel & Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and aesthetic theory in the modern period (the Beautiful and the Sublime). She has routinely taught in both the Preceptorial and Honors Programs, and has co-developed a team taught interdisciplinary course on “Romantic Challenges to the Enlightenment.”