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The Absolute Idealism of Reception

July 5-6, 2024 Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung
Eberhard Lämmert Saal

Pariser Str. 1, 10719 Berlin

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“Reception is artistic, production bureaucratic.”

(Rainald Goetz, “Absolute Idealism”)

Contemporary thought has seen a remarkable renaissance of “absolute idealism.” While absolute idealism was considered for many years as an obscure and misguided philosophical attitude of the past, marked by exaggerated self-confidence and an empty form self-complacency, it has become again a term of affirmative self-identification. Authors that identify as absolute idealists suggest it defines a superior standpoint that allows us to overcome the endless battles between realism and idealism and finally get the relation of mind and world, self-knowledge and knowledge of nature right.

In developing this stance, the focus of the discussion has clearly been on the importance of the boundless spontaneity, activity, and productivity of the mind. At this conference, we want to explore the idea that this may yield a misguided notion of absolute idealism, nothing more than a hyperbolic form of subjective idealism. Absolute idealism, if there is such a thing, can only become available to us by developing a deeper conception of the mind’s receptivity and its exposure to exteriority and alterity. If there is to be absolute idealism, that is, it must be one of receptivity. 

There are many ways to conceive of this receptivity and many ways to approach its significance, from German Idealism and Romanticism to Phenomenology and Critical Theory, from Metaphysics and Epistemology to Aesthetics and Social Philosophy. The conference aims to bring together a variety of these approaches to raise the open question as to whether exploring its receptive side allows us to develop a deeper, more convincing  form of absolute idealism, or rather forces us to go beyond absolute idealism after all. 

Program

July 5, 2024

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Eberhard Lämmert Saal

  • 10:00-10:15 – Thomas Khurana: Absoluter Idealismus der Rezeption: Eine Einleitung
  • 10:15-11:30 – Lara Ostaric: Spontaneity and Receptivity in Schelling’s and Schopenhauer’s Conception of Creative Agency
  • 11:45-13:00 – Alexey Weißmüller: „Das absolut-Concrete, die Nacht des Selbst“: Bemerkungen zu Hegel und dem Schacht
  • 13:00-14:30 – Lunch Break
  • 14:30-15:45 – Birgit Sandkaulen: Die absolute Reflexion und ihre Kritik in drei Modellen
    Birgit Sandkaulen
  • 16:00 – 18:00 – Ästhetischer Idealismus und ästhetischer Materialismus
    Ein Gespräch mit Christoph Menke und David Wellbery, moderiert von Thomas Khurana; auf Grundlage von zwei Texten:
  • Wellbery, Goethes »Iphigenie auf Tauris«. Ein Beitrag zur morphologischen Hermeneutik
  • Menke, Die Freiheit des Denkens. Kritik des Idealismus

July 6, 2024

Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Eberhard Lämmert Saal

  • 10:00-11.15 – Patrick Eiden-Offe:
    Wenn von länger schon vergessenen Gegenständen phasenweise eine neue Faszination ausgeht: Erinnerung an den Hegel-Marxismus
  • 11:30-12:45 – Stefani Engelstein: Excitability, Love, and the Fortuity of Flaws in the Absolute around 1800
  • 13:00-14:30 – Lunch Break
  • 14:30-15:45 – Eli Friedlander: Receptivity at the Heart of Language. Benjamin’s Idealism
  • 16:15-17:30 – Sebastian Rödl: Passive Passivität

Participants

Patrick Eiden-Offe, Stefanie Engelstein, Eli Friedlander, Markus Gante, Thomas Khurana, Christoph Menke, Karen Ng, Andrew Norris, Lara Ostaric, Birgit Sandkaulen, Isabel Sickenberger, Sarah Ratzlaff, Sebastian Rödl, Katrin Trüstedt, David Wellbery, Alexey Weißmüller, and others.

Registration

To get access to the two texts we’ll be discussing in the evening session of July 5, 2024, please write to info@cpkp.net.

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Rainald Goetz at his Mosse Lectures 2012, © Niels Leiser