Philosophy Blog

Posted on February 16th, 2024 in Announcements, Faculty by Sydney Bielefeld

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Samuel Kahn as the new Chair of the Philosophy Department at the IU School of Liberal Arts. With a rich academic background, extensive teaching experience, and a prolific research portfolio, Samuel Kahn brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our department.

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Academic Background

Samuel Kahn completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Stanford University in 2012, after which he served as a Fulbright Scholar at Philipps-Universität Marburg in 2008-09. His commitment to interdisciplinary learning is evident in his undergraduate education, where he earned both a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.

Teaching Experience

Throughout his academic career, Samuel Kahn has been deeply engaged in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. He has frequently taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, and Philosophy of Immanuel Kant. His dedication to teaching is reflected in his innovative approaches and his ability to inspire students to think critically about complex philosophical concepts.


Dr.Kahn is a prolific scholar with numerous publications in esteemed journals and presses. His book, “Kant’s Theory of Conscience,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2021, is a testament to his expertise in Kantian philosophy. Additionally, his articles explore a wide range of topics, from Kantian ethics to contemporary moral dilemmas, showcasing his interdisciplinary approach and deep understanding of philosophical discourse.

Awards and Recognition

Samuel has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Wilfrid Sellars Prize, the Liberal Arts Student Council Award, and the Markus Herz Prize, among others. These accolades underscore his significant contributions to the field of philosophy and his impact on philosophical scholarship.

Academic Interests

Dr. Kahn’s academic interests span a broad range of topics, including Kantian Ethics, Modern Philosophy, and Social/Political Philosophy. His research delves into the complexities of moral reasoning and the implications of Kant’s philosophy in contemporary ethical debates.

As the new Chair of the Philosophy Department, Samuel Kahn is poised to lead our department with vision, dedication, and a commitment to academic excellence. We look forward to the exciting initiatives and advancements that Samuel Kahn will bring to our community, fostering a vibrant intellectual environment for students and faculty alike. Please join us in welcoming Associate Professor Samuel Kahn to his new role!