Fulbright Year: 2013-2014
Proposal Type: Research Grant
Field of Study: Philosophy
Proposal Title: Schelling’s Influence on Hegel’s Logic of Self-Predication
Degree: PhD in Philosophy
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
German philosophers F.W.J. Schelling and G.W.F. Hegel are household names in the world of Gregory Moss.
A PhD candidate in philosophy, Gregory’s Fulbright year will find him (along with his wife and young daughter) in Bonn, Germany, developing an independent research program at the University of Bonn, studying how Schelling’s early work influenced Hegel’s famed “The Science of Logic.”
“Hegel and Schelling worked closely together for a few years in (the German city of) Jena at the beginning of the 19th century,” says Gregory, who for the last two years has taught philosophy classes at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. “Scholars have plausibly argued that Schelling’s philosophy of nature was influential in the development of Hegel’s philosophical method.
“I am interested in investigating to what extent Schelling’s Jena period influenced what later became his Doctrine of the Concept. Though scholars have merely hinted at a connection between Schelling and Hegel’s Doctrine of the Concept, I wish to embark on a systematic study of their connection.”
Gregory—who received a UGA Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and earned the Wilcox Award as the most outstanding German major in 2007—was invited to Germany by Dr. Markus Gabriel, professor of philosophy at Rheinische Frederich-Wilhelms Universitat Bonn and co-founder of the North American Schelling Society.
“Not only does Dr. Gabriel share my research interests, but he also understands the intimate connections between German Idealism and ancient Greek philosophy, a central component to my research methodology,” Gregory, who recently had a paper on Hegel accepted to the International Philosophical Quarterly, says.
Influenced by Socrates and his maxim that “only the examined life is worth living,” Gregory says that upon his return from Bonn, he’ll defend his dissertation, present his research conclusions at a host of conferences (including the Hegel Society of America, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the North American Schelling Society), and will seek a tenure-track position in philosophy—with an emphasis on classical German philosophy—in the United States.
“Having been inspired by great teachers, I learned to provide a classroom environment in which students can develop the capacity to adopt the examined life themselves,” he says.
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