Andrew Pitel

Andrew Pitel
Teaching Fellow
Pronouns: he/him/his

Teaching Fellow, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of Philosophy, The College

I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in August 2021, and before that earned a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. My research interests are broadly in the history of theoretical philosophy from the late medieval period to the history of analytic philosophy, including especially early modern philosophy and German idealism. My dissertation was on the Kantian doctrine that we do not know things as they are in themselves, which I think of as part of a longer tradition of skepticism about the knowability of substance in medieval and early modern thought.

I am currently working on projects on the knowability of substance in Locke and Kant; on the relation between Kant’s conception of transcendental philosophy and the longer medieval tradition of transcendental thought; and on the Kantian claim that there are certain “pure concepts” we all possess simply by having the capacity for conceptual thought. I have taught philosophy here at UChicago, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in Chicago Public Schools, and am excited to work with MAPH students interested in most any area of philosophy as well as on a wide array of interdisciplinary projects. I am a member of Faculty Forward/SEIU Local 73, the contingent faculty union at the University of Chicago.