Michael Walschots

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Philosophy

Johannes Gutenberg University

Mainz, Germany


I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, where I'm part of the project: 'Rethinking Enlightenment: The Reception of John Locke in Germany.'

Before coming to Mainz I was a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Prior to that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow on the DFG-funded project 'Practical Reasons Before Kant (1720-1780)', hosted by the University of Würzburg and Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg. In the past I have also been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and from 2016 to 2018 I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. 

I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada in 2016.

I work primarily in the history of modern philosophy, especially during the eighteenth century. My primary interest is the moral philosophy of this period and a number of my publications have sought to better understand Kant’s ethics by placing him in dialogue with his eighteenth-century contemporaries and predecessors. More generally speaking, I have broad interests in meta-ethics, moral psychology, and practical reasoning.

When I’m not reading and writing about philosophy I’m either cooking, baking, or going on adventures with my wife and son. 

On this site you’ll find information about my Books, Research, Publications, Teaching, as well as a copy of my CV .

You can also find me on PhilPapers, Academia.edu, and Google Scholar, but this site will always contain the most up-to-date information about my research and teaching.

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Kant's Critique of Practical Reason: Background Source Materials

2024, Cambridge University Press

'The Rationality of Love: Benevolence and Complacence in Kant and Hutcheson'

now published (open access) at Ergo.

'Incentives of the Mind: Kant and Baumgarten on the Impelling Causes of Desire' 

now published (open access) at Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.

'Why we should recover the philosophy of Christian Wolff'

at Aeon.

Upcoming Talks:

April 27–28, 2024

'Kant and the British Moralists'

NYC Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy, Fordham University

May 2, 2024

'Locke and Popular Philosophy: Feder, Tittel, and the Rejection of a priori Cognition'

Leuven Seminar in Classical German Philosophy (online)

Sep. 8–13, 2024

 'Contradiction and the Will: Kant’s Formula of Universal Law in Context

14th International Kant Kongress, University of Bonn, Germany

Recent Talks:

Jan. 17, 2024

'Johanna Charlotte Unzer (1725–82): Metaphysics for Women'

Women in Intellectual History Seminar Series, International Society for Intellectual History (Online)

Feb. 16, 2024

'Kant on Moral Impossibility'

Modality in Kant's Practical Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 

March 14, 2025

'Moral Philosophy from Wolff to Kant'

Department Colloquium, University of Oslo, Norway