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Angela Breitenbach

Portrait of Arif AhmedAngela Breitenbach is a University Lecturer and a Fellow in Philosophy at King’s College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on Kant, the history of modern philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and aesthetics.

Angela joined the Faculty in 2012. Before that she was a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and a Junior Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She completed her doctorate at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a thesis on Kant’s philosophy of nature for which she received a Humboldt Prize.

From May 2013 to April 2015 Angela holds a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, awarded for a project on beauty in science that investigates questions at the intersection of aesthetics and the philosophy of science.

Angela is a Network Partner of the Leverhulme Trust International Network on ‘Kant and the laws of nature: Lessons from the physical and biological sciences of the 18th Century’.

Selected Publications

A CV with full list of publications is available here.


  • Die Analogie von Vernunft und Natur: Eine Umweltphilosophie nach Kant, Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2009 Abstract

Edited Journal Issues

Laws of Nature, Special issue of The Monist, advisory editor (with Michela Massimi), publication date: July 2017 – Call for papers


  • ‘Biological Purposiveness and Analogical Reflection', in I. Goy and E. Watkins (eds.), Kant’s Theory of Biology, Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter (forthcoming 2014) Preprint
  • ‘Beauty in Proofs: Kant on Aesthetics in Mathematics’, European Journal of Philosophy (early view, DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12021)  Preprint  –  Published version
  • ‘Aesthetics in Science: A Kantian Proposal’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 113: 83-100 Published version
  • ‘Kant on Causal Knowledge: Causality, Mechanism and Reflective Judgment’, in K. Allen and T. Stoneham (eds.), Causation and Modern Philosophy, London: Routledge, 2011, 201-219 Preprint
  • ‘Teleology in Biology: A Kantian Approach’, Kant Yearbook, 1 (2009), 31-56 Published version
  • ‘Umweltethik nach Kant: Ein analogisches Verständnis vom Wert der Natur’, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 57 (2009), 377-395 Published version
  • ‘Two Views on Nature: A Solution to Kant’s Antinomy of Mechanism and Teleology’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 16 (2008), 351-369 Published version
  • ‘Mechanical Explanation of Nature and its Limits in Kant’s Critique of Judgment’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science, 37 (2006), 694-711 Published version

Contact Details

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Postal address: King’s College, Cambridge CB2 1ST