Alix Cohen

Head of Philosophy


Before joining the University of Edinburgh as Chancellor’s Fellow in January 2014, Alix taught at the universities of York and Leeds, having previously held a Junior Research Fellowship at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Current roles at Edinburgh include Head of Philosophy.


Kant on the Human Sciences: Biology, Anthropology and History (Palgrave, 2009)

Edited volumes

Recent papers

Selected past papers

Proceedings and short pieces

  • ‘Temperament’, ‘Pathological’, Kant Lexicon, Julian Wuerth (Ed.), (CUP, forthcoming).
  • ‘La dignité’, Dictionnaire des Valeurs, J. Deonna & E. Tiffenbach (Eds.), (Paris: Ithaque, 2018).
  • ‘Le rôle des sentiments moraux dans l’éthique kantienne: Le complément nécessaire à la raison pratique’, Années Kant (Paris: Vrin), pp. 145-53, 2015.
  • ‘Kant’s Categories of Ugliness’, Kant und die Philosophie in weltbürgerlicher Absicht, Akten des XI. Kant-Kongresses 2010 (Berlin: de Gruyter), pp. 25-35, 2013.
  • Review of Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the 'Critique of Judgment', Rachel Zuckert, Metascience, 18(2): 343, 2009.
  • ‘Physiological vs. Pragmatic Anthropology: A Response to Schleiermacher’s Objection to Kant’s Anthropology’, Recht und Frieden in der Philosophie Kants, Akten des X. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses (Berlin: de Gruyter), vol. 5: 3-14, 2008.
  • ‘A Kantian Stance on Teleology in Biology’, South African Journal of Philosophy 26(2): 109-21, 2000.

Forthcoming papers

  • 'Kant on Epistemic Autonomy', Proceedings for the 13th International Kant Congress (de Gruyter).
  • ‘Biology’, The Kantian Mind, Mark Timmons and Sorin Baiasu (eds.) (Routledge).

Work in progress

  • ‘Kant on Morality and Human Nature’, Kant's Ethics in Context, Stefano Bacin and Oliver Sensen (eds.), CUP.
  • 'Kant on the Feeling of Life', The Concept of Drive in Classical German Philosophy, Manja Kisner and Jörg Noller (eds.), Palgrave.
  • 'Kant on Feeling and the Power of Judgment', Oxford Handbook of Kant, Andrew Stephenson and Anil Gomes (eds), OUP.
  • 'Kant on Epistemic Freedom and Spontaneity ', written with Yoon Choi, Kant on Freedom after Kant, Joe Saunders (ed.), Bloomsbury.
  • ‘Kant on feeling and agency: On the locus of agential self-awareness’, Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Analytic Philosophy, Jonas Held and James Conant (eds.), Palgrave.

Editorial work

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Ph.D., Philosophy, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Responsibilities & affiliations

Executive committee, British Society for the History of Philosophy

Executive committee, UK Kant Society

Founder and co-organiser of 'Kant’s Scots’, University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews

Undergraduate teaching

I have lectured on the Greats (Descartes and Kant) and taught two Honours courses, one on Kant's Critical Philosophy and one on Freedom and the Social Contract. I also have teaching interests in History of Modern Philosophy and Aesthetics.

Student consultation hours: by appointment.

Current PhD students supervised