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Jon Stewart

Visiting Scholar 2017-2018

Residency Dates: September 1, 2017 – January 14, 2018


Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is a specialist in 19th and 20th Century continental philosophy. Stewart earned his PhD in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University, in Budapest. He is a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is the founder and general editor of the multi-volume series, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources (Ashgate and Routledge), and the co-editor of the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook and the Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series (De Gruyter).

He is interested in the ways in which new information about the different cultures of the world in the 18th and 19th centuries impacted ways of thinking in Europe during this period. During his research visit at CES, Stewart is examining Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Lectures on the Philosophy of History, specifically his accounts of non-European cultures. His goal is to understand Hegel’s basic concept of “subjective freedom” and apply it to the issues of our own day, such as globalization, Eurocentrism, multiculturalism, and diversity.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Radcliffe Fellow 2016-17, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University


  • The Unity of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: A Systematic Interpretation, Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press 2000 (Northwestern University SPEP Studies in Historical Philosophy). xv + 556 pp. (re-issue, paperback, 2011.)
  • Kierkegaard’s Relations to Hegel Reconsidered, New York: Cambridge University Press 2003 (Modern European Philosophy). xix + 695 pp. (re-issue, paperback, 2007.)
  • A History of Hegelianism in Golden Age Denmark, Tome I, The Heiberg Period: 1824-1836, Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel 2007 (Danish Golden Age Studies, vol. 3). xxi + 629 pp.
  • A History of Hegelianism in Golden Age Denmark, Tome II, The Martensen Period: 1837-1842, Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel 2007 (Danish Golden Age Studies, vol. 3). xx + 775pp.
  • Idealism and Existentialism: Hegel and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century European Philosophy, New York and London: Continuum International Publishing 2010 (Continuum Studies in Philosophy). xv + 282pp. (re-issue, paperback, 2012.)
  • The Unity of Content and Form in Philosophical Writing: The Perils of Conformity, London, New Delhi, New York and Sydney: Bloomsbury 2013 (Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy). ix + 217.
  • The Cultural Crisis of the Danish Golden Age: Heiberg, Martensen and Kierkegaard, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press 2015 (Danish Golden Age Studies, vol. 9). xxii + 337pp.
  • Søren Kierkegaard: Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015. xvii + 210 pp.

Research Project

Hegel’s Theory of Subjective Freedom and the Challenges of Globalization and Multiculturalism for the European Union


Philosophy, History of Ideas

Areas of Expertise

  • Hegel and German Idealism
  • Post-Hegelian Continental Philosophy
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Religion

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2016-2017 Fellow, Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2008-2009 Fellow, Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study
  • 1994-1995 Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2007 Foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
  • 2000 Inger Sjöberg Translation Prize from the American-Scandinavian Foundation