Juan Carlos González

(current as of February 2024)


Areas of Specialization and Competence


AOS: Modern European & Latin American Philosophy (16th - 20th century)

AOC: Aesthetics, Social & Political Philosophy (incl. Philosophy of Race and Latinx Philosophy), Ancient Greek Philosophy


Education


Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), present
  • Dissertation title: “Beyond Mechanism: Rethinking Kant’s Philosophy of Nature with the Critique of the Power of Judgment
  • Committee: Clinton Tolley (chair), Eric Watkins, Monte Johnson, Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins University), Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University), Page DuBois (UCSD Department of Literature)

M.A., Philosophy, The New School for Social Research (NSSR), 2017
  • Thesis title: “Intuiting the Incomprehensible: The Case for Kantian Nonconceptualism”, defended for a high pass
  • Committee: Zed Adams, Clinton Tolley

B.A. with honors in English Literature, minor in Philosophy, Xavier University, 2014


Publications


González, Juan Carlos (Forthcoming). “La revolución kantiana de Antonio Caso”, in Los argumentos filosóficos fundamentales de las transformaciones de México. Mexico City, MX: Universidad Panamericana.

González, Juan Carlos (2023). “A Revised Existentialist Look at the Americans.” Inter-American Journal of Philosophy 14 (2):36-51. Recipient of the 2023 Inter-American Philosophy Award.


Research Articles in Progress


An article on Kant’s philosophy of nature, under review

An article on Kantian themes in early 20th century Mexican aesthetics and politics, under review

“From organisms to God: A non-mechanistic reading of the Methodology of the Critique of the Teleological Power of Judgment

“Did Kant Care About Aristotle? On §§72-73 of the Critique of the Power of Judgment

“Beyond positivism and anti-positivism: José Martí on unity, autonomy, race, and education”

"Inter-American perspectives on the US Latinx: Martí, Locke, and Uranga"

(For more info about my ongoing research check out my
Research
page.)



Awards & Honors

(For essay prizes, I include a brief description of the prize, the title of the paper that received the award, and, when available, a link to an official announcement.)

Nominated to serve on the APA Graduate Student Council, Fall 2023

Oga Po'geh Prize, June 2023
  • Description: Awarded to the best paper on Latinx and/or Native American indigenous art practice and cultural thought submitted to the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Society for Aesthetics
  • Paper Title: “On Kant, Vasconcelos, and the role of aesthetics in 20th century Mexican politics”
  • Website: ASA's Press Release Announcing the Award 

Center for Philosophical Studies Best Graduate Essay Prize Award, May 2023
  • Description: Awarded to the best graduate student essays presented at the 39th Annual Rocky Mountain Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics
  • Paper Title: “On Kant, Vasconcelos, and the role of aesthetics in 20th century Mexican politics”

Irene H. Chayes Travel Grant, American Society for Aesthetics, May 2023

The Inter-American Philosophy Award, March 2023
  • Description: The Committee on Inter-American Relations presents the Inter-American Philosophy Award to the best submitted paper concerning Latin American, Latino/a, or indigenous philosophies across the Americas that is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.
  • Paper Title: “A revised existentialist look at the Americans (or what Simone de Beauvoir should have learned from the Mexistentialists)”
  • Website: https://american-philosophy.org/awards/the-inter-american-philosophy-award/

UC San Diego Center for Hellenistic Studies Translation Scholarship, Winter 2023

GPSA Travel Grant Award, UCSD, Winter 2023

Summer Graduate Teaching Scholar, UCSD, Summer 2022

The Arts and Humanities Dean’s Travel Award, UCSD, Summer 2018

Philosophy Department Travel Grant, UCSD, Summer 2018

Competitive Travel Stipend, The 8th International Summer School in German Philosophy, Universität Bonn, Summer 2018

Provost’s Scholarship, NSSR, Fall 2014 – Spring 2016

Wentersdorf Award for Excellence in the Study of Shakespeare, Xavier University, May 2014



Selected Talks


Upcoming Talks 

On Kant’s philosophy of nature and its post-Kantian reception (title tbd), International Kant-Congress, Bonn, Germany, September 2024

“Beyond positivism and anti-positivism: José Martí on unity, autonomy, race, and education,” 2024 Latinx Philosophy Conference, New York City, NY, April 2024

“Inter-American perspectives on the US Latinx: Martí, Locke, and Uranga,” 2024 Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Boston, MA, March 2024

“Schiller in Mexico,” APA Central Division Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2024

Past Talks

“Walking the path of taste: How Kant's aesthetics shapes early 20th century Mexican politics,” Colby College, Waterville, ME, February 2024 (invited talk)

“Beyond positivism and anti-positivism: José Martí on unity, autonomy, race, and education,” UCSD FiloMex Lab, December 2023

"Did Kant Care About Aristotle? On Sections 72-73 of the Critique of the Power of Judgment," History of Philosophy Roundtable, UCSD, November 2023

“On Kant, Vasconcelos, and the role of aesthetics in 20th century Mexican politics,” Rocky Mountain Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Santa Fe, NM, July 2023

“Kant’s doctrine of the organism and the threat of organic materialism”, Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Conference, Palo Alto, CA, April 2023

“Leaving room for life: Kant and the inorganicism challenge,”  APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2023 (invited talk)

 “A revised existentialist look at the Americans (or what Simone de Beauvoir could have learned from the Mexistentialists),” The 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of
American Philosophy, Denver, CO, March 2023

“A revised existentialist look at the Americans (or what Simone de Beauvoir could have learned
from the Mexistentialists),” UCSD FiloMex Lab, January 2023

“How Kant’s definition of purposiveness explodes his concept of the concept”, History of Philosophy Roundtable, UCSD, Fall 2022

“On Kantian themes in the philosophy of Antonio Caso,” UCSD FiloMex Lab, Winter 2022

“Hilos kantianos en la filosofía de Antonio Caso,” Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, Fall 2021

“Kant’s conception of life,” History of Philosophy Roundtable, UCSD, Spring 2021

“Kant on psychology,” Kant Roundtable, UCSD, Spring 2020

“Places and Space: A (Re)Reading of the First Metaphysical Exposition of the Concept of Space”, UCSD Graduate Student Conference, April 2018

“Cognitive Impenetrability and the Nonconceptual Contents of Perception”, Louisiana State University’s Graduate Student Conference, April 2016

Response to Professor Stephen R. Grimm’s “The Ethics of Understanding”, New York City’s Wittgenstein Workshop, April 2016


Teaching Experience


Instructor, UCSD Philosophy, Summer 2022 and Winter 2024

Adjunct Professor, Grossmont College, Spring 2022 and Spring 2023

Teaching Assistant, UCSD Philosophy, 2017 -

Teaching Assistant, UCSD Revelle Humanities Writing Program, 2019-2020

(For a full list of courses taught, some of my syllabuses, and teaching evals, check out my
Teaching
page.)


Service


ession chair for “On Politics,” the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Boston, MA, March 2024

Graduate peer mentor, UCSD Philosophy, 2021-24

Interim Organizer, UCSD Mexican Philosophy Lab, Fall 2023

Session Chair, Pacific APA 2023

Anonymous Reviewer, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing

Organizer and reviewer, UCSD Modern Philosophy Conference, Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Advisory board and admissions committee, Summer Program for Women in Philosophy, UCSD, 2017 - 2019

Organizer, Student-Led PhD Application Workshop, NSSR, Fall 2016   


Languages


Spanish: fluent

German: reading

Ancient Greek: reading

French: reading


Translations


Aspe Armella, Virginia. 2021. "The Renaissance Reception of Nahua Paideia in the Writings of Bernardino de Sahagún: An Aesthetic Approach to Religion" Religions 12, no. 12: 1070.
Translated from Spanish to English

“Riendo, Llorando, Ira, Euthumia, Melancolía, y la anécdota Demócrito y Heráclito“, a talk presented by Monte R. Johnson
Translated from English to Spanish, awarded UC San Diego Center for Hellenistic Studies Translation Scholarship

Aspe Armella, Virginia. Aristotle and New Spain [Tentative Title]. Forthcoming with Routledge Press.
Original monograph: Aspe Armella, Virginia. Aristóteles y Nueva España. Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, México. 2018. 453 págs.
Translated from Spanish to English

In Divergent Scholasticism: Interpreting Nature, Society, and Philosophy in Early Modern Europe and the Americas, eds. Abel Aravena Zamora & Nicola Polloni. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group (forthcoming):
  • “José de Acosta’s Epistemological Revision of Scholasticism” by Francisco Castilla Urbano
  • “Towards a philosophy of 16th century New Spain: Voyages, colleges, libraries, and the case of Alonzo de la Veracruz” by Virginia Aspe Armella
  • “Heavenly Bodies and American Enlightenment: The Case of Manuel Antonio Talavera" by Abel Aravena Zamora and Francisco Cordero Morales
Translated from Spanish to English


Professional Affiliations


American Philosophical Association

American Society for Aesthetics

Karl Jaspers Society of North America

North American Kant Society

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy


Certifications


HyFlex Training, Grossmont College Winter-Spring 2023

Distanced Teaching Certification, Grossmont College, granted Spring 2022

College Teaching Training, UCSD Teaching + Learning Commons, granted Spring 2022

Diversity in Online Teaching, UCSD, granted Spring 2020

Humanities Pedagogy Seminar, UCSD Revelle Writing Program, Fall 2018



To request a list of professional references or a formatted PDF version of my CV, please email me at jcg050@ucsd.edu.