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Melissa Zinkin

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy

SUNY Binghamton

Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

(607) 777-2297


Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1999.

MA., Northwestern University, 1994.

BA., Brown University, 1990, Magna Cum Laude. Double Major: Philosophy and

Semiotics (film studies), with Honors in Philosophy.

Kant's Concept of Force. Committee: Thomas McCarthy, Arthur Fine, Peter Fenves
Areas of Specialization


Modern Philosophy

Philosophy of Art

Areas of Competence

Feminist Theory

Political Philosophy

Academic Appointments

Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, 2009-2010.

Visiting Scholar, National Taiwan University, Winter 2007.

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton (and graduate

Program in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy), 2005—present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton, 1999—2005.

Instructor, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton, 1998—1999.


I. Journal Articles

1. “Kant on Negative Magnitudes,” Kantstudien, vol. 104(1) 2013, forthcoming.
2. “Kant and The Pleasure of ‘Mere Reflection,’ ” Inquiry, vol. 55(5) 2012 433-453.
3. "Respect for the Law and the Use of Dynamical Terms in Kant's Theory of Moral

Motivation," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, vol. 88(1) 2006: 31-53.

4. Kant’s Concept of Force: Empiricist or Rationalist?” National Taiwan University

Philosophical Review, vol. 34, 2007: 176-206
5. "The Unity of a Theme: The Subject of Judgments of Taste," British Journal for the

History of Philosophy, vol. 14(3) 2006: 469-488.
6. "Habermas on Intelligibility," Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 36(3) 1998: 453-472.

II. Contributions to Edited Volumes

7. "Intensive Magnitudes and the Normativity of Taste" in Aesthetics and Cognition in

Kant's Critical Philosophy, ed. Rebecca Kukla, Cambridge University Press,

2006: 138-161.

8. "Film and the Transcendental Imagination: Kant and Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes,"

in Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts, ed. Dominic Lopes and Matthew

Kieran. London: Routledge, 2003: 245-258. Spanish Translation: "El cine y la

imaginación trascendental: Kant y The Lady Vanishes de Hitchcock." in Kant:

Defensa y Limites de la Razón eds. Wilson Herrera y Camila de Gamboa, Bogota: Ediciones Rosaristas, 2005: 350-372.

III Proceedings, etc.

9. “Kant’s Supersensible Substratum of Humanity,” Kant and Philosophy in a Cosmopolitan

Sense: Proceedings of the 11th International Kant Congress (forthcoming).

10. "Kant's Argument in the Amphiboly," in: Valerio Rohden/Ricardo Ribeiro/Guido

Antonio de Almeida, eds.: Proceedings of the Tenth International Kant Congress

Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008.

11. Kant's Precritical Concept of Force and His Refutation of Idealism," in Kant und Die

Berliner Aufklärung, eds., Volker Gerhardt, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Ralph Schumacher. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, vol. 2, 2001: 86-98.

IV. Under review

12. “Making the Ideal Real: Publicity and Morality in Kant,” Pacific Philosophy Quarterly¸

(revise and resubmit).

13. “Transcendental Reflection,” Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

V. Book Reviews

Defining Art, Creating the Canon, Paul Crowther, Oxford University Press, Mind, 118

(470):462-465, 2009.

Kant: Making Reason Intuitive, Kyriaki Goudeli, Pavlos Kontos, and Ioli Patellis (eds.),

Palgrave, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2008.

The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition, by Roger Berkowitz, Harvard

University Press, Political Theory, vol. 35(4) 2007: 536-538.

Kant's Idealism, by Philip Neujahr, Mercer University Press, International Studies in

Philosophy, vol. 35(3) 2003: 58-60.
Women, Property and Politics, by Donna Dickenson, Rutgers University Press, Ethics, vol.

109(4) 1999: 899-902.

VI. In Progress
Book Manuscript: Degree, Intensity and Force: Kant's Ontology of Value, book manuscript,

in progress.

Paper Presentations


* “What is a Critique of the Power of Judgment?” Symposium on Kant’s Critique of

Judgment, Cardozo Law School, October 25-26, 2012.
“Skepticism about Taste in Kant’s Critique of Judgment,” The American Society for

Aesthetics, Victoria, British Columbia, October, 2010, The American Philosophical Association (main program), Boston, December 2010.

“Kant’s Supersensible Substratum of Humanity,” XI International Kant Congress, Pisa,

Italy, May 2010.

*“Kant on Negative Magnitudes,” Early Modern Workshop, Princeton University, April,

*“Kant’s Kant’s Supersensible Substratum of Humanity,” The New School for Social

Research, December, 2009.
*Supersensible Substratum of Humanity,” Upstate New York Early

Modern Philosophy Workshop, Cornell University, November, 2009.

“The Moral Basis of Kant’s Formula of Public Right,” Kant: Morality and

Society, UK Kant Society Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, August

“Kant on Secrets and Lies,” APA, Pacific Division, Pasadena, CA, 2008.

“Force and Feeling: Kant’s Argument in the Amphiboly.”

Presented to: APA, Eastern Division, Main Program, Baltimore, MD, 2007; Syracuse University, 2006.

“Kant on Negative Magnitudes,North American Kant Society, Eastern Division,

Portland, ME, 2007.

"Kant's Argument in the Amphiboly," 10th International Kant Congress, São Paulo,

Brazil, 2005.

"Space and Teleological Judgment in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason," American

Society for Aesthetics, Philadelphia, 2005.

"Respect for the Law and the Use of Dynamical Terms in Kant's Theory of Moral

Motivation." Presented to: APA, Pacific Division, San Francisco, 2005; Cornell University, 2003.

"The Unity of a Theme: The Subject of The Critique of Judgment,"

Presented to: Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society, Purdue University, October, 2004; American Society For Aesthetics, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.

"Film and the Transcendental Imagination," American Philosophical Association,

Eastern Division. Philadelphia, 2002.

"Community and Intensity in Kant's Critique of Aesthetic Judgment," American Society

For Aesthetics, Philadelphia, PA, 2002.

"Can Reflection be the Source of Normativity? Kant's Failure to Make Clear the

Concepts of Reflection," Critical Theory Roundtable, Hayword, California, 2001.

"Kant's Precritical Concept of Force and the Refutation of Idealism," Berlin, Germany,

IXth International Kant Conference, 2000.

"Habermas on Intelligibility," Critical Theory Roundtable, St. Louis, MO, 1997.
*"Kant on Secrets and Lies"

Presented to: National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, March 2007; Soochow University, Taiwan, April 2007.

*“Kant’s Concept of Force: Empiricist or Rationalist?” National Taiwan University,

Taiwan, 2007.

*"Force, Self-Knowledge and the Law in Kant's Practical Philosophy"," Kant y la

Filosofía Práctica, Universidad Rosario, Bogota, Colombia, November, 2004.
*The Transcendental Deduction and the Theory of Cinema", Los Limites de la Estética

de la Representación, French Embassy, Bogota. Colombia, November, 2004.

*"Who Judges Beauty?: The Subject of Kant's Critique of Judgment," Keynote talk for

the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophy Association, Mansfield University, April,

*"The Concept of Space in Kant's Critique of Teleological Judgment," The Frederic

Garber Lecture Series, Department of Comparative Literature, SUNY

Binghamton, April, 2003.
*"The Lady Vanishes: Film and the Cultural Imagination," Keynote speaker for "Image,

Film, Text," Romance Languages Conference, SUNY Binghamton, April 2002.

*"Habermas on Intelligibility."

Presented to: University of Memphis, January,1998; University of West Virginia, February, 1998.

*"Kant's Precritical Concept of Force and his Refutation of Idealism," SUNY

Binghamton, February, 1998.

"A Woman's Right to Self-Defense," Feminist Ethics and Public Policy Conference,

Pittsburgh, PA, 1993.

Philosophy Panel Presentations


*Book Panel on Robert Clewis’ "The Kantian Sublime and the Revelation of Freedom,"

Pacific APA, Seattle, April, 2012.
*Comment on Linda Palmer, “Two Oughts of Common Sense” Colloquium on the

Critique of Judgment, Pacific APA, Seattle, April 2012.
*Comment on Alexander Rueger, “Pleasure of Taste, Moral Sentiment, and Judgment in

Kant,” 1770-1790, Invited Paper Session, Central APA, Chicago, February, 2012 .

*Speaker introduction for Allen Wood at “Deliberation, Improvisation and the Moral

Life: A Conference Honoring the Work of Barbara Herman,” Cornell University,

September, 2011.
*Comment on James Messina, "Coexistence, Community, and Communio Spatii: Kant

Contra Newton and Leibniz," Upstate New York Early Modern Philosophy

Workshop. Ithaca, November 2011.
*Comment on Jennifer Dobe; “Necessity and Contingency, Kant’s New Insight in the

Antinomy of Taste,” American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division,

Philadelphia, April, 2010.
*Comment on Wiebke Deimling, “Imaginary Works of Art and Real Emotions,”

American Society for Aesthetics, Denver, October, 2009.

*Book Panel, Angelica Nuzzo's Ideal Embodiment: Kant's Theory of Sensibility, Society for

Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, October, 2009.

*Comment on Katherine Robel, “Kant and the Demands of Taste,” American Society for

Aesthetics, Eastern Division, April, 2009.

*Comment on Pablo Muchnik, "An Alternative Proof of the Universal

Propensity to Evil," Upstate NY Early modern Workshop, Syracuse University,

March 2009.
*Chair, Symposium on Kant's Critique of Judgment, with Fred Rush, Rachel Zuckert,

Alexander Rueger, APA, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.

*"Comment on Paul Guyer, 'The Difficulty of the Sublime,'" American Society for

Aesthetics, Providence RI, October 2005.

*"Comment on John Dilworth: 'Are Films Types?' " American Society For Aesthetics,

Philadelphia, PA, 2003.

*"Introduction" to Penelope Deutscher, featured speaker at the Contemporary

Continental and Modern Philosophy Conference, Texas A&M University,

September, 2000.

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

Professional Development Award, SUNY Binghamton, $500 for travel, 2009.

Professional Development award, $1,000, highest amount awarded, SUNY Binghamton,


Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, SUNY Binghamton, 2003.

Dean's Workshop Grant for "Ethics in the History of Philosophy," SUNY Binghamton,


Professional Development award, $1,000, highest amount awarded, SUNY Binghamton,


Dean's Research Leave Award. Awarded, December, SUNY Binghamton, 2000.

Dean's Workshop grant recipient for "Interdisciplinary Film Workshop," SUNY

Binghamton, 1999 and 2000.

Affiliate, Center for the Humanities, "Science and Defining the Human," Northwestern

University 1997—1998.

Graduate Teaching Fellow, "The Meanings of the Modern," Center for the Humanities,

Northwestern University, 1996—1997.

DAAD Research Fellowship (with extension), Tübingen University, Oct. 1994 - Feb.


DAAD Goethe Institute Language Fellowship, Freiburg, summer, 1994.

University Fellowship, Northwestern University, 1991—1992.

Commencement Speaker for the Philosophy Department, Brown University, 1990.



Undergraduate Director: F2004-S2005, F2010-S2012


Search Committee, Cinema Studies 2012

Co-Director, Program in Philosophy, Literature and Criticism, SUNY Binghamton,


Faculty Member, Program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, SUNY

Binghamton, 2000—present.

Philosophy, Politics and Law Program Member, SUNY Binghamton, 2000-present.

Women's Studies Program Faculty Member, SUNY Binghamton, 2000-present.


Referee, Hypatia, 2004, Northwestern University Press, 2006, 2011, The Journal of Philosophical Research, 2006, Philosophy and Rhetoric, 2009, 2012, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 2010, British Journal for the Philosophy of History, 2011, Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2012.
Tenure review cases (confidential): 2010, 2012.
Program committee: American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division, 2010, 2011,

Graduate Conference in Aesthetics (Sponsored by the ASA), 2011.

Organized Panel on "Interdisciplinary Jobs for Philosophers" for the Central Division

APA, 2004.

Elected member of the Committee on Career Opportunities, American Philosophical

Association, 2003—2006.

Assistant Editor, The Owl of Minerva: Journal of the Hegel Society of America, Vol. 28, nos. 1

and 2, vol. 29 nos. 1 and 2, 1996—1998.

Art Mission Theater, Board Member, Binghamton, NY, 2011-present

Professional Memberships and Committees

American Philosophical Association

North American Kant Society

American Society for Aesthetics

Courses Taught


Philosophy of Art

Classics in Social and Political Philosophy

Feminism as Critique

Evil in the History of Philosophy

The Public/Private Distinction in the History of Philosophy

Descartes, Hume and Kant

The Philosophy of Science

German Philosophy from Kant to Nietzsche

The Philosophy of John Rawls


The Imagination


Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

Kant's Moral Philosophy

Kant's Critique of Judgment

Kant as Enlightenment Philosopher


Art and Morality: The Contemporary Relevance of Kant's Critique of Judgment

Dissertation Supervision:

Student Honors Thesis

Nicole Hart

John Kane

Dissertation Committee member
Sean Bustard

Meng-Shi Chen

Sean Cummings

Robert Davidson

Diane Enns

Howard Engelskirschen

Wilson Herrera

Jose Medina

Desiree Melton

Monica Muller

Feng-Wei Wu


French (fluent)

German (fluent)

Latin (basic reading knowledge)

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