Institut für Philosophie

Gareth Paterson

Research Associate and PhD Student, Emmy Noether Research Group "Practical Reasons before Kant (1720-1780)"

Neubaustraße 11, Zimmer 156
97070 Würzburg 

Tel.: 0931/31-83473


Areas of level-appropriate knowledge and additional interests

Christian Crusius; Kant; Hegel; Organicism/Systems and its relevance to mind, free-will and morality; Philosophy of mind and perception – most specifically autopoiesis as related to this. I have developing interests in aspects of metaphysics generally, philosophy of religion, religious studies, German Idealism broadly (and its religious underpinnings); aspects of classical philosophy, Leibniz, mediaeval philosophy, and moral philosophy generally.


Researcher/PhD Student (since Aug 2021)

Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.

MPhil Philosophy (2018 – Feb 2021)

University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK.

BA (hons) Humanities (Philosophy), 1st class, (2013 - 2017)

The Open University, Milton Keynes, England, UK.

BA Music Performance (1999 - 2001)

The University of the Highland and Islands (Perth College Millennium Institute), Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, U.K.


Crusius on freedom, complex systems, and external reasons (The Crusius Reading Group, Universität Würzburg, online, July 2021)

Hegel’s Organicism and his Theodicy (Postgraduate taught student seminars, University of St Andrews, 2019)

An alternative to the computational view of mind: Van Gelder’s Dynamical Systems (Postgraduate taught student seminars, University of St Andrews, 2019)

The Idea of Freedom in Kant’s Groundwork III (The Kant Colloquium, University of St Andrews, Feb 2020)

Ordo Ab Chao: Does Kant have Fractals in Mind? (Research Student’s ‘Friday Seminars’, University of St Andrews, April 2020)

The third Critique as key to the deduction of the moral law in Groundwork section III (European Epistemology Network: Cogito, Glasgow 2021. [Accepted for presentation, though the conference has been moved to 2022 due to the pandemic]). This presentation was additionally given online on the 27th October 2020 to the Edinburgh Early Modern Network for an online conference run by Edinburgh University.