Rudolf A. Makkreel

Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus

Department of Philosophy

Office: 561 S. Kilgo Circle

Phone: 404.727.6577

Fax: 404.712.9425


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Department of Philosophy

Emory University
561 S. Kilgo Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322


  • PhD, Columbia University, 1966


German philosophy since Kant with special emphasis on hermeneutics, aesthetics, epistemology, and philosophy of history.

Selected Publications

Author of Dilthey, Philosopher of the Human Studies (Princeton 1975, 1992); Imagination and Interpretation in Kant: The Hermeneutical Import of the "Critique of Judgment" (Chicago, 1990, 1994); Orientation and Judgment in Hermeneutics (Chicago, 2015).

Co-Editor of a multi-volume translation of Dilthey's Selected Works with Princeton UP (Volume 1: Introduction to the Human Sciences, Volume 2: Understanding the Human World, Volume 3: The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences, Volume 4: Hermeneutics and the Study of History, Volume 5: Poetry and Experience) and of Dilthey and Phenomenology (University Press of America, 1987); The Ethics of History (Northwestern, 2004). Neo-Kantianism in Contemporary Philosophy (Indiana, 2010); Recent Contributions to Dilthey's Philosophy of the Human Sciences (fromann-holzboog, 2011). 

Fellowships and Honors

Journal of the History of Philosophy, Book Review Editor (1981-83), Editor (1983-98), President of Board of Directors (1998-present); Pulitzer Prize Nomination, DAAD Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Heilbrun Fellow; Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Thyssen Foundation, and Volkswagen Foundation.

Current Work

A Heilbrun Fellowship is supporting a new book project that explores how Kant’s epistemology can integrate the informal ways we assimilate information with the formal ways we acquire cognition. This is partly based on the way Kant attempts to relate prejudices to judgments, but also considers how Kant assesses cognitive meaning claims in relation to his ideal of knowledge as what can be justified as being true. I am also working on the 6th volume of the Dilthey Selected Works edition. 

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