Alix Cohen



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, and a Visiting Fellowship with the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of Neuchâtel.

Current roles at Edinburgh include Deputy Head of Philosophy. Previous roles include Head of Philosophy, Deputy Head of Philosophy, Director of Postgraduate Teaching, and Tutor Coordinator.


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).
  • ‘Kant on Morality and Human Nature’, Kant's Ethics in Context, Stefano Bacin and Oliver Sensen (eds.), CUP.
  • 'Feeling and Life in Kant’s account of the beautiful and the sublime', written with Yoon Choi, The Concept of Drive in Classical German Philosophy, Manja Kisner and Jörg Noller (eds.), Palgrave.

Work in progress

  • '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.

Recent talks

  • A Kantian Defense of Epistemic Autonomy, Cologne Knowledge Router, Cologne Center for Contemporary Epistemology and the Kantian Tradition, March 2021.
  • Kant on Feeling, Self-Awareness and Agency, Conference on Kant on the Self, Princeton University, February 2021.
  • Kant on Pleasure, Judgment and Common Sense, Panel on Cognitive Emotions in Kant, North American Kant Society, Central APA, February 2021.
  • Kant on Epistemic Pleasure and Judgment, Conference on Pleasure, University of New South Wales, December 2019.
  • Kant on the Feeling of Life, International conference on The Concept of Drive in Classical German Philosophy: Between Biology, Anthropology, and Metaphysics, University of Munich, October 2019.

Editorial work

Link to my academia page:



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

Responsibilities & affiliations

Executive committee, British Society for the History of Philosophy

Member of the Advisory Board, UK Kant Society

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

Member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy

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