Philosophy at St Andrews

Leslie Stevenson

Honorary Reader in Logic & Metaphysics

Leslie Stevenson


Kant, Theories of Human Nature, Philosophy of Religion


Leslie Stevenson did a first degree in mathematics at the University of Oxford 1965, then a B.Phil. in philosophy 1968. He was Lecturer, then Reader in Logic & Metaphysics at the University of St. Andrews from 1968 to 2000, and is now Honorary Reader.

Selected publications


Inspirations from Kant, Oxford University Press, New York 2011

Twelve Theories of Human Nature (with two co-authors), OUP, New York, 6th edition 2012 (1st edition 1975)

Open to New Light: an introduction to Quaker spirituality in historical and philosophical context, Exeter, Imprint Academic 2012

The Many Faces of Science (with H.Byerly), Westview Press 1995, 2nd ed. 2000

Recent papers

"A NeoKantian Account of Perception", Philosophy (forthcoming)

"Kant’s Sensational Philosophy", International Kant Congress (Vienna 2018)

"Kant versus Christianity?" in Kant and the Question of Theology, ed.C.L.Firestone  (Cambridge University Press 2017)

"Intention, Action and the Human Mind", in Uncovering Facts and Values, ed. A.Kuzniar and J Odrowaz-Sypniewska (Brill/Rodopi, 2016)

"Kant and Sartre on Self-Knowledge", in Comparing Kant and Sartre, ed. S.Baiasu
(Palgrave-Macmillan 2015)

"Atonement in Theology and Literature," Philosophy and Literature 2015

"Who’s Afraid of Determinism?" Philosophy 2014

"Kant on Grace", in G.Michalson (ed.) Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason (Cambridge University Press 2014)

Selected past papers

"On What Sorts of Thing There Are", Mind 1976

"Mind, Brain and Mental Illness", Philosophy 1977

"Wittgenstein’s Transcendental Deduction and Kant’s Private Language Argument", Kant-Studien 1982

"Is Nuclear Deterrence Ethical?" Philosophy 1986

"Meaning, Assertion and Time", Australasian Journal of Philosophy 1988

"Why Believe What People Say?" Synthese 1993

"Experiences in the Cave, the Closet, and the Vat - and in Bed", Philosophy 1995

"The Chance of a Singular Event?", Philosophy 1997

“The Arms Trade and the Slave Trade", Journal of Applied Philosophy 1999

"Synthetic Unities of Experience," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2000

"Six Levels of Mentality", Philosophical Explorations 2002

"Knowledge, Belief or Faith, and Opinion", Kantian Review 2003

"Twelve Conceptions of Imagination", British Journal of Aesthetics 2003

"Freedom of Judgment in Descartes, Spinoza, Hume and Kant", British Journal for The History of Philosophy 2004

"Kant and Quakerism", in Kant and the New Philosophy of Religion, ed. C.L.Firestone & S.R.Palmquist (Indiana University Press, 2006)


The Theology of Scarecrows and other stories with a philosophical edge, published on Amazon 2014

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