• Paul Kottman

    Associate Professor and Chair of Liberal Studies

    Office Location:

    80 Fifth Avenue


    Paul Kottman is the author of Love as Human Freedom (Stanford University Press, 2017); Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009); A Politics of the Scene (Stanford University Press, 2008). He is also the editor of The Art of Hegel's Aesthetics: Hegelian Philosophy and the Perspectives of Art History (Fink, 2017); The Insistence of Art: Aesthetic Philosophy After Early Modernity (Fordham, 2017); and Philosophers on Shakespeare (Stanford University Press, 2009). Paul edits the book series, Square One: First-Order Questions in the Humanities (Stanford University Press).

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2000, University of California at Berkeley

    Recent Publications:

    Books and Edited Volumes

    Love as Human Freedom, Stanford University Press, 2017.

    Disinheriting the Globe: Tragic Conditions in Shakespeare, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

    A Politics of the Scene, Stanford University Press, 2008.

    Philosophers on Shakespeare, editor, Stanford University Press, 2009.

    Selected Articles and Book Chapters

    "What is Shakespearean Tragedy?" in Michael Neill and David Schalkwyk (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy, Oxford University Press, 2016.

    "Duel," in Early Modern Theatricality, Oxford University Press, 2014

    "Why think about Shakespearean Tragedy Today?" in Claire McEachern (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

    "Defying the Stars: Tragic Love as the Struggle for Freedom in Romeo and Juliet," Shaksepeare Quarterly Vol. 63(1), 2012.

    "No Greater Powers than we can Contradict," Criticism (Special Issue on Shakespeare and Phenomenology), Vol. 54(3), 2012.

    "Novus Ordo Saeclarum: Hannah Arendt on Revolutionary Spirit, in Graham Hammill and Julia Lupton (eds.) Political Theology in Early Modernity, University of Chicago Press, 2012.

    "Slipping on Banana Peels, Tumbling into Wells: Philosophy and Comedy," Diacritics, Vol. 38(4), 2008.

    Professor Kottman's reviews and additional articles can be found at The Los Angeles Review of BooksConstellations, and other publications. Please visit his personal website.

    Research Interests:

    Shakespeare; Philosophy; Literary Theory

    Awards And Honors:

    • Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Cologne/Universität zu Köln
    • Solmsen Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Humanities
    • Andrew Mellon Fellowship, UC Berkeley

    Current Courses:

    The Making of the Modern World

    The Making of the Modern World

    Independent Study

    Shakespeare & Mod Philosophy

    Independent Study

    Verona: Shakespeare

    Verona: Language & Literature

    Ind Senior Project

    Hegel's Aesthetics

    Independent Study

    Ind Senior Project