Alan Kim






Assistant Professor

Ph.D. McGill University, 2001
B.A. Haverford College 

Harriman Hall 
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750

Alan Kim received his BA from Haverford College, and received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 2001. He works in both German and ancient Greek philosophy, focusing especially on Phenomenology, neo-Kantianism, and Plato. From 1998 to 2000 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Heidelberg, where he studied both philosophy and classics. He comes to Stony Brook University having taught at Dartmouth, Colgate, Hamilton, and Memphis. His ancient research interests include Plato’s theory of forms, the structure of dialectic, and Socratic ethics. His research in German thought deals with Heidegger, neo-Kantianism, and Phenomenology.

His book, Plato in Germany: Kant – Natorp – Heidegger (Academia Verlag) appeared in 2010. He has published articles in Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Phronesis, Idealistic Studies, Internationale Zeitschrift für Philosophie, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Psychology, the Southern Journal for Philosophy, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of PhilosophyHe has recently published a chapter in New Approaches to Neo-Kantianism on "Neo-Kantian Ideas of History" (Cambridge, 2015). His new article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, on the German philosopher and psychologist, Johann Friedrich Herbart, can be read at <>. He is currently editing the Companion to German Platonism (Brill) and working on his new book, Selves in Dialogue: A Socratic Ethics of Authenticity and Autonomy.

His current teaching interests include Plato’s metaphysics and epistemology; Aristotle’s philosophy of nature and psychology; and comparative classical Greek and Chinese moral thought.


Upcoming Events

Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

September 15th, 4 pm

Terry Pinkard
"Hegel's History of Metaphysics"



September 29th, 4 pm

Georgia Warnke, University of California, Riverside
"Historical Understanding and the 'Blemish of Extraordinary Moral Legacies'"



October 12th, 4 pm

Klaus Vieweg, Jena University
"The Concept of Action in Hegel's Practical Philosophy and Aesthetics"


Dissertation Defense

October 13th, 11 am

Miles Hentrup
"Once Again from the Beginning: On the Relationship of Skepticism and Philosophy in Hegel's System"



October 25th, 5 pm

Adam Cureton, University of Tennessee
"Offensive Beneficence"




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