Joseph Carew received his PhD from the Department of Philosophy at McGill University in 2021. His work examines models of human experience in German Idealism. More specifically, his work looks at the ways that the tradition argues that it is our rationality that makes possible our consciousness of the world around us and self-consciousness of our own actions. It does so by investigating how rationality explains the lived (i.e., phenomenological) structure of various dimensions of our experience such as perceptual content, truth, ethical norms, and political rights.
He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Hegel’s Realism: Logic, Human Life, and the Discovery of Nature, which offers a new interpretation of Hegel’s logic. It contends that the theory of human experience developed by Hegel’s logic is one that synthesizes metaphysical realism and epistemological idealism, as well as naturalism and human exceptionalism, by rethinking the space of reasons as arising from the uniquely human instinct of rationality.
Joseph also works as a translator of German and French. Most notably, he has recently published a co-translation of excerpts of Schelling’s late lectures for The Schelling Reader and is, slowly but surely, working on the first English edition and translation of Schlegel’s lectures Transcendental Philosophy.
Joseph’s work has been funded by grants from the Social Sciences Humanities Council of Canada and the European Commission. It has also won awards from the Quebec Research Fund and the Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy.
Prior to obtaining his PhD, Joseph completed MA studies in French and German through the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie. During the program, he studied at Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany), and Université Toulouse II (France).
Joseph also holds a MA in Philosophy and a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy (major) and Russian (minor) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He grew up in rural Newfoundland.
Outside of researching 19th-century German philosophy, Joseph can usually be found roasting coffee or brushing up on his Russian.