C. Allen Speight

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Chair

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Hegel and German Idealism, Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy

Before coming to Boston University, Dr. Speight taught at St. Xavier University of Chicago and the University of Chicago, where he chaired the university’s Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults. He has been a Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin (2003), a Fulbright Scholar at the Hegel Archive of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1991-92), and a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, 1990). Dr. Speight has twice won the Undergraduate Philosophy Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and also received the College Honors Program Oustanding Teaching Award.

Dr. Speight’s current research interests include the philosophy of action and the ethics and aesthetics of German Idealism. His graduate level teaching has included courses on the concept of responsibility, the history of ethics and the philosophy of literature.

Recent publications include:

Hegel, Literature and the Problem of Agency (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

“The Metaphysics of Morals and Hegel’s Critique of Kantian Ethics,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 14.4 (October 1997): 379-402.

“Butler and Hegel on Forgiveness and Agency,” Southern Journal of Philosophy 43:2 (Summer 2005): 299-316.

“‘Listening to Reason’: The Role of Persuasion in Aristotle’s Account of Praise, Blame and the Voluntary,” Philosophy and Rhetoric 38:3 (2005): 213-225.

“The Beautiful Soul and the Language of Forgiveness,” in Die Metaphysik der praktischen Welt, ed. C. Jamme and A. Grossmann (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000), pp. 238-245.

“Arendt and Hegel on the Tragic Nature of Action,” Philosophy and Social Criticism 28.5 (September 2002): 523-536.

“Hegel, Jacobi and Skepticism,” Kritisches Jahrbuch der Philosophie 10 (2005): 187-197.

“Hegel and Aesthetics,” article commissioned for The New Cambridge Companion to Hegel (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

“Friedrich Schlegel,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/schlegel/