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Pascal Brixel

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Chicago, 2020

I am a moral and political philosopher. My work is primarily about freedom, work, and capitalism. Currently, I am developing a theory of freedom based on the idea that free activity must be intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated. I approach these topics in part through an engagement with various historical figures, including Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, and especially Marx.



  • “The Unity of Marx’s Concept of Alienated Labor,” The Philosophical Review (forthcoming)
  • “The Difficulty of Making Good Work Available to All,” Journal of Applied Philosophy (2023)
  • “Freedom, Desire, and Necessity: Autonomous Activity as Activity for Its Own Sake,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 24, no. 3 (2023): pp. 434–465