Professor Robert Stern elected Fellow of the British Academy

Congratulations to Professor Robert Stern, Department of Philosophy, who has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding research in the humanities.

Professor Stern was elected by the British Academy, the leading voice for the humanities and social sciences, in recognition of his research into the history and ideas of key German philosophers from the 18th century onwards. His studies shine a light on the work of Immanuel Kant, and post-Kantian European philosophy, and why their ideas are still important today.

Professor Robert Stern

Widely considered as one of the most influential figures in modern philosophy, Immanuel Kant ushered in a revolution in philosophy by claiming that the world as we experience it is not simply what there is, but that it has a structure imposed on it by the human mind.

While designed to liberate philosophy from sceptical doubts, to successors like Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Kant’s work appeared to leave us trapped within our own mode of experience, and so cut off from any mind-independent world. Professor Stern has explored the ramifications of these key debates concerning how our minds relate to the world around us, and how Kant’s successors tried to make good on the revolution he had started. In doing so, Professor Stern has developed a distinctive and nuanced reading of Hegel’s response to Kant, which has helped lead to a renaissance of interest in Hegel’s ideas.

On being elected as a Fellow of the British Academy, Professor Stern said: “It is obviously a great honour to be elected to this position, and I only hope I can live up to the high standards of the rest of the fellowship. It will be invaluable to be able to interact with such an illustrious group of scholars, and I am sure it will hugely benefit my research in the future.

“I also look forward to learning more about how the British Academy plays its role as guardian of a range of key disciplines, and doing what I can to help in its efforts towards this vital goal. And as this fellowship comes in my 30th year at Sheffield, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their support of my research throughout this period – for their encouragement and for their collegiality.”

This fellowship comes in my 30th year at Sheffield, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their support of my research throughout this period – for their encouragement and for their collegiality.

Professor Robert Stern

Robert is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the prestigious fellowship in recognition of his philosophy research.

As part of the fellowship at the British Academy, Professor Stern joins a community of over 1,400 leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Current fellows include the classicist Dame Mary Beard, the historian Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill. Historic Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Mary Warnock, CS Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

Professor Robert Stern teaches and conducts research in our University’s Department of Philosophy, which is ranked second in the UK for its quality of research, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).