Articles and Chapters

  1. Michael J. Olson, “The Bildungstrieb and Spontaneous Generation,” in Nicolaas Rupke and Gerhard Lauer, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach’s Bildungstrieb (1789): “What is Life” in Science, Philosophy, and Politics around 1800 (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
  2. Michael J. Olson, “The Chemistry of Skin Color,” Goethe Yearbook, vol. 31 (forthcoming).
  3. Michael J. Olson, “Kant on the Feeling of Health,” in Jennifer Mensch (ed.), Kant and the Feeling of Life: From the Beautiful to the Good in Kant’s Critique of Judgment (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, forthcoming).
  4. Michael. J. Olson, “Scientific Metaphysics and Metaphysical Science: The Demand for Systematicity in Kant’s Transition Project,” in Toby Lovat and Robb Dunphy (eds.), Metaphysics as a Science in Classical German Philosophy (London: Routledge).
  5. Michael J. Olson, “Early Modern Theories of the Senses,” in D. Jalabeanu and C.T. Wolfe (eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences (Springer, 2020), DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20797-9_895-1.
  6. Michael J. Olson, “Early Modern Conceptions of Embodiment,” in D. Jalabeanu and C.T. Wolfe (eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences (Springer, 2020), DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_592-1.
  7. Michael J. Olson and Jean-Philippe Deranty, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Digital Distribution,” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 24, no. 5 (2019), 104-123.
  8. Michael J. Olson, “Kant and the Unity of the Activity of Thinking,” in Violetta L. Waibel and Margit Ruffing (eds.), Akten des 12. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses: Natur und Freiheit (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2019), vol. 2, 1099–1108.
  9. Michael. J. Olson, On the Significance of the Copernican Revolution: Transcendental Philosophy and the Object of Metaphysics,” Con-Textos Kantianos, no. 7 (2018), 89-127.
  10. Michael J. Olson, “Literature in the German Science of the Soul: Johann Gottlob Krüger’s Träume,History of European Ideas, vol. 44, no. 5 (2018), 528–542.
  11. Michael J. Olson, Kant on Anatomy and the Status of the Life Sciences,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 58 (2016), 77–84.
  12. Michael J. Olson, “The Camera Obscura and the Soul: On a Tension between the Mechanics of Sensation and the Metaphysics of the Soul,” Intellectual History Review, vol. 25, no. 3 (2015), 279–291. (Reprinted in Anik Waldow (ed.), Sensibility in the Early Modern Era: From Living Machines to Affective Morality [New York: Routledge, 2016], 25–37.)
  13. Michael J. Olson, “A Materialist Transcendental: On the Ontology of Logics of Worlds,Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 18, no. 2 (2013), 143–159.
  14. Michael J. Olson, “Transcendental Arguments, Axiomatic Truth, and the Difficulty of Overcoming Idealism,” in John Mullarkey and Anthony Paul Smith (eds.), Laruelle and Non-Philosophy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012), 169–190.
  15. Michael J. Olson, “Critical Idealism and Transcendental Materialism: A Speculative Analysis of the Second Paralogism,Cosmos and History, vol. 7, no. 1 (2011), 49–61.
  16. Michael J. Olson, “The Intuition of Simultaneity: Zugleichsein and the Constitution of Extensive Magnitudes,” Kant-Studien, vol. 101, no. 4 (December 2010), 429–444.
  17. Michael J. Olson, “Philosophy, Non-Philosophy, and the Axiomatization of Matter,” Philosophy Today, vol. 53, SPEP Supplement (December 2009), 257–262.
  18. Michael J. Olson, “Kant, Deleuze and Guattari, and the Metaphysics of Objects,” in Edward Willatt and Matt Lee (eds.), Thinking Between Deleuze and Kant (London: Continuum, 2009), 151–170.


  1. Michael J. Olson, Review of Catherine Wilson, Kant & the Naturalistic Turn of 18th Century Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2022), Annals of Science (2023).
  2. Michael J. Olson, “The Metaphysics of the Epigenesis of Reason: on Jennifer Mensch’s Kant’s Organicism,” Philosophy Today, vol. 61, no. 3 (2017), 793–799.
  3. Michael J. Olson, Review of Colin McQuillan, Immanuel Kant: On the Very Idea of a Critique of Pure Reason (Northwestern University Press, 2016), Critique (2016).
  4. Michael J. Olson, Review of Nicholas Jolley, Locke’s Touchy Subjects: Materialism and Immortality (Oxford University Press, 2015), Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 94, no. 4 (2016), 838–839.