Gerad Gentry is an Assistant Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz specializing in philosophy of mind, ethics, and aesthetics in the history of modern philosophy (esp. Kant, Hegel, Idealism, neo-Aristotelianism). Previously, he was an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellow at Humboldt University of Berlin and Potsdam, visiting Associate to Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago (2018-2021), Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lewis University (2018-2021), and recipient of the Fulbright, DAAD, and Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. His PhD was awarded August 2018.
His research in ethics focusses on forms of normativity, action theory, and the relationship between character formation and universal rights. His work in philosophy of mind engages the notion of animate form in Kant and post-Kantian theory of mind, drawing on Aristotle's notion of the soul as a kind-normative principle of life organising material wholes. His work questions the relationship between matter and form in an adequate notion of the process of actualization of thought. He is nearing completion of two monographs, one on philosophy of mind with special emphasis on Hegel, the other on philosophy and literature, which engages Nussbaum's Love's Knowledge.
He is currently teaching an undergraduate course on Aristotle's ethics and its 20th century reception in Foot, Diamond, and Nussbaum. He is also teaching a post-graduate seminar on Kant, Schelling, and Hegel's philosophy of the aesthetic conditions of experience (2023-24); after these, he will teach a post-graduate seminar on Action Theory and its Historical Roots and an undergraduate course on Post-Kantian Philosophy of Mind.