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Pascal Brixel

Pascal Brixel

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy and Religion
Office: 208 Hardin
Phone: 864-656-2001

Ph.D., University of Chicago; M.A., Tufts University; B.A., University of Oxford

Curriculum Vitae


I am a moral and political philosopher. My work is primarily about freedom, work, and capitalism. Currently, I am developing a theory of freedom based on the idea that free activity must be intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated. I approach these topics in part through an engagement with various historical figures, including Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and especially Marx.

My paper "Freedom, Desire, and Necessity: Autonomous Activity for Its Own Sake" is forthcoming in the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. Drafts of three other papers currently under review or under revision are available from me on request: a paper about coercion and incentivization, a paper about Marx's concept of alienated labor, and a paper about meaningful work and economic democracy.

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