J.B. Schneewind

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

Johns Hopkins University

J.B. Schneewind is a prominent scholar in the field of philosophy, focusing on the history of ethics, ethical theory, Immanuel Kant, and British empiricism. He is best known for his work in the history of modern moral philosophy. Schneewind's current work continues to focus on Kant and the history of autonomy.

Professor Schneewind is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught from 1981-2003. He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1951, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1953 and 1957, respectively. Among his many academic positions he has taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of Pittsburgh, Hunter College, Stanford University, University of Leicester, University of Helsinki, and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. He is a past president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association and past Chair of the APA Board. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation in 1967, the Mellon Foundation in 1963, and from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1992.

Professor Schneewind's first publication was Backgrounds to English Victorian Literature (1970), after which he published Sidgwick's Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy (1977). Since then he has written various articles on ethics and the history of moral thought, including essays on Locke, Montaigne, and Kant for the Cambridge Companion series. He also contributed to the Cambridge History of Eighteenth Century Philosophy. He edited a two-volume anthology, Moral Philosophy from Montaigne to Kant (1990), and followed it with a study of the moral thought of the period, The Invention of Autonomy: a History of Modern Moral Philosophy (1998). Among his edited volumes are Giving: Western Idea of Philanthropy (1996), Kant: Lectures on Ethics (1997), and Teaching New Histories of Philosophy (2005).

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