Dr. Sumangali (Suma) Rajiva



Ph.D (Toronto)

Office: AA 3107
Phone: (709) 864-8307
Email: srajiva@mun.ca

Areas of Specialization:

  • Kant
  • Early Modern philosophy, especially Descartes to Hume

Bio: Suma Rajiva specializes in Kant and early modern philosophy (Descartes to Hume) with interests in ancient philosophy, nineteenth century philosophy, especially German Idealism and Marxism, and philosophical themes in literature. She has published articles on Kant’s epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics in Kant-Studien, The Kant Yearbook, AE: Canadian Aesthetics Journal, Proceedings of the International Kant Congress and other venues. (see recent publications below) She is currently working on a book manuscript linking Kant’s epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of life, Kant’s Concept of Reflecting Judgment: Rationality, Subjectivity, and Analogical Synthesis. Other research interests include Descartes, Hume, Leibniz, Locke, Plato, and Spinoza. She has recently become interested in moral and ethical themes in literature, in Homer, Greek and Roman tragedy, mediaeval German epic, and German literature generally, especially the 18th and 19th centuries. She has taught courses on Descartes, Hume, Kant, Plato, and history of ancient philosophy, as well as seminars (undergraduate and graduate) on Leibniz, Spinoza, and Kant and has supervised theses on Descartes, Hume, and Kant. (see below)

Recent Publications:

Fortcoming 2016. “Metaphysics and Morals: Mechanism and Life in Kant’s What is Enlightenment?” Proceedings of the Twelfth International Kant Congress in Berlin, 2015. (held every 5 years)

2015 “Solus Secedo and Sapere Aude: Cartesian Meditation as Kantian Enlightenment.” In Kant and Enlightenment, (based on conference, Memorial University, 2014) eds. Scott Johnston and JoÑ‘l Madore. Con-Textos Kantianos International Journal of Philosophy. N.o 2, November 2015, pp. 261-279

2009 “Safely Satisfying Reason: The Metaphysics of Design in Kant’s Teleology” The Kant Yearbook, Vol. 2009, 173-196

2008 “Art, Nature, and ‘Greenberg’s Kant’” AE: Canadian Aesthetics, Journal Vol. 14, Summer/Fall 2008, pp.1-18 <http://www.uqtr.ca/AE/Vol_14/modernism/Rajiva.htm>

2006 “Is Hypothetical Reason a Precursor to Reflective Judgment?” Kant Studien, Vol. 97, March 2006 pp. 114-126

Graduate Committees and Supervision

PhD Supervisory Committee Member

2014-present Vahid Jafarzadehdarzi, Area: Hegel, German idealism

2014-present Gil Shalev, Area: Early modern philosophy, Descartes, mediaeval philosophy, philosophy of religion

M.A. Thesis supervision

Currently Ali Karbalaei Mahdi, area: Kant’s ethical philosophy

Currently Ashkan Parchizadeh, area: early modern philosophy

Currently Sarah Messer, topic: Philosophical Implications of Kant’s Geography

2013 Vahid Jafarzadehdarzi, Life and Teleology in Kant

2010 Gil Shalev, Cartesian Certainty: God and The Cogito

2009 Harold Duggan, Kantian Intuition in the Critique of Pure Reason

2007 Elizabeth Graham, The Continuity of the Role of Freedom in Kant’s Ethics

2007 Elizabeth Doyle, Shadow-Boxing: Humean Selves and Moral Judgement

2004 Jason Breen, The Secret Education of a Wise Sovereign: Towards Kant’s Idea of Perpetual Peace