Forgotten Concepts, New Theories, Classical ApproachesJune 26-28, 2024 University of Potsdam
Haus 8, Raum 0.58
Am Neuen Palais 10, 14469 Potsdam
The idea of the conference is to bring together scholars who can shed light on the philosophy of nature in the epoch between XVIII and XIX century Germany, which saw classical German philosophy, romantic Naturphilosophie as well as natural sciences all embarking upon the exploration of natural phenomena. All these philosophical movements and individual thinkers (such as Goethe and Herder) developed paradigms to think about nature and natural phenomena which offer interesting alternatives to mainstream approaches to nature.
This conference aims at exploring both the general philosophical views about nature as well as approaches to particular phenomena, tracking the relations and influence among conceptual frameworks developed by various movements of the epoch. German philosophy of nature, broadly understood, is often considered as a dead end, infected with outdated methodology and flawed views. Recently, however, numerous studies have shown it to bear original views, a much closer connection with the sciences than previously acknowledged and a sharp awareness of the conceptual issues at stakes, which bear potential for the current conversation on various topics.
The conference will investigate key notions such as “life”, “organism”, “plants” as well as concepts regarding other natural phenomena, such as “colors”, etc. from various perspectives. This requires a cross- and interdisciplinary approach that intertwines insights coming from philosophy, history of science, historically informed philosophy of science and intellectual history. So far, however, these various disciplines have by and large been working independently from each other, focusing on individual philosophical movements or thinkers. We envision this conference as a place where representatives from these disciplines can meet and share their insights on this field. We believe that such “cross-pollination” can be fruitful and stimulate new research in this field.
With Dalia Nassar, Hasok Chang, Georg Topfer, Olaf Müller, Andrew Cooper, Sebastian Rand, Friedrich Steinle, Zaida Olvera, Cécilia Bognon-Küss, Karen Koch, Anton Kabeshkin, Luca Corti.
Karen Koch (Universität Basel), Anton Kabeshkin, Luca Corti (Università degli Studi di Padova)
Jeff Wall, “Adrian Walker, artist, drawing from a specimen in a laboratory in the Department of Anatomy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver” (1992)
Daniele Lorenzini – Frantz Fanon and the Harm of Racism
Marcus Willaschek – Wäre ein ewiges Leben wünschenswert? Gedanken über den Wert von Tod und Unsterblichkeit
Cavell and Other Minds
Conversations on Aesthetics and the Arts
How is Metaphysics Possible? A Critique of Analytic Reason
Book Symposium with Nick Stang
POSTPONED — Balibar – Towards a New Foundation for Philosophical Anthropology — POSTPONED
Relation, Difference, Transindividuality
Machines of the Social
Artificial Intelligence and Social Cognition
Forgotten Concepts, New Theories, Classical Approaches
The Circulation of Capital
On the second volume of Marx's Capital