Sally Sedgwick

Sally Sedgwick is an American philosopher. She is a professor of philosophy at Boston University, and was previously the LAS Distinguished Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Sally Sedgwick
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolKantian, Hegelianism, Historicism
Main interests
Hegel, Kant, Ethics, Epistemology

Education and careerEdit

Sedgwick earned her BA in Philosophy from University of California, Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. in 1985, in philosophy from University of Chicago under the direction of Manley Thompson. She taught philosophy at Dartmouth College from 1985 until 2003, when she moved to the University of Illinois, Chicago.[1] In January 2019, she joined the department at Boston University.[2]

Philosophical workEdit

Sedgwick is best known for her work on Kant, Hegel, and especially the relation between the two philosophers. The result of her analysis of this relation was published in a very well-received[3][4] monograph, Hegel's Critique of Kant: From Dichotomy to Identity. Sedgwick argues that Hegel criticized Kant for his ambitions to give an account of human cognition in terms of necessary and non-historical categories. She is now working on the details of Hegel's philosophy of history and its relation to his theory of knowledge and ethics.[5]

Sedgwick has been awarded various grants by the NEH, ACLS, DAAD, Fulbright, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.[6] She has been a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, University of Bonn, University of Bern, and Universität Luzern. In 2009, Sedgwick was appointed the president of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association.


  • Hegel's Critique of Kant: From Dichotomy to Identity (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • McDowell's Hegelianism (European Journal of Philosophy, 1997).[7]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ ENR // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame (April 2013). "Hegel's Critique of Kant: From Dichotomy to Identity".
  4. ^ "absolute idealism - Critique".
  5. ^ "The Mystery of G. W. F. Hegel - Tableau".
  6. ^ Extracted from her CV
  7. ^ Sedgwick, Sally (1997-04-01). "McDowell's Hegelianism". European Journal of Philosophy. 5 (1): 21–38. doi:10.1111/1468-0378.00025. ISSN 1468-0378.

External linksEdit