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Matthew Altman


Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Faculty Information

Matthew Altman earned his BA from Albion College in 1994 (with a double major in philosophy and English) and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2001. He joined the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department at CWU in 2003.

Dr. Altman’s research is primarily on German philosophy, especially the theoretical and practical philosophies of Kant and Fichte. In addition to numerous articles, he has published five books: two single-authored books (A Companion to Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” [2008] and Kant and Applied Ethics [2011]), one coauthored book (The Fractured Self in Freud and German Philosophy [2013]), and two edited volumes (The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism [2014] and The Palgrave Kant Handbook [2017]). Dr. Altman is also series editor for The Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism.

In addition, Dr. Altman teaches several courses in applied ethics and the philosophy of law, and he has published articles on such topics as capital punishment, same-sex marriage, mandatory ultrasound laws, the use of torture on terrorist suspects, and the Syrian civil war. Currently his research is focused on the theory of punishment.

Dr. Altman was named the University Distinguished Professor of Research in 2015 and has received several other awards for teaching, research, and service. In fall 2015, he was elected to a six-year term on the Board of Commissioners for Public Hospital District 1.








Kant, Applied Ethics, Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
















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