Jacob ("Jake") McNulty is an incoming post-doctoral fellow in the Political Economy Project at Dartmouth College for 2021-22. He is a philosopher who focuses on modern European ("Continental") philosophy and social theory of the 19th and 20th centuries. His research so far has focused on Rousseau, Hegel, Marx and the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. His first book, Hegel's Logic and Metaphysics, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Shorter pieces on Fichte, historical materialism, Cavell and modern music have appeared in such journals as the European Journal of Philosophy and the Journal for the History of Philosophy.
Before coming to Dartmouth Jake was a Bersoff Post-doctoral Fellow at New York University. He has a PhD from Columbia, an M. Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge, and an A.B. from Harvard College in Social Studies (summa cum laude). Outside of academic philosophy, he is an avid jazz guitarist and film enthusiast.
This Winter, Jacob will be teaching a new course in the Philosophy department in the Phil 16 series. Its focus will be 19th century European Social Theory, especially the writings of Hegel and Marx. The syllabus is available in advance, but here is the course description:
"This course concerns two towering figures of the nineteenth century, Hegel and Marx. Our goal is to explore their contrasting views of modern society, especially the modern market economy. We begin with Hegel's Philosophy of Right, an attempt to show that modern society promotes human freedom. We then turn to Marx's Paris Manuscripts and Capital, considering his case for the revolutionary overthrow of this society. Topics discussed along the way may include private property, individual rights, human nature, alienation, exploitation, civil society, democracy, false consciousness, and ideology critique."
Jacob lives in the Upper Valley, and is always available to meet with undergraduate students, whatever their major, area of interest or year. He is happy to advise not only those students already well into their course of study but also those just starting and unsure of where they would like to focus. The best way to reach him is by email. He has advised undergraduate theses in the past, and is happy to do so again. He can also advise students on graduate study in the US or UK, and on fellowship opportunities.