Regulative Principles in Kant and Post-Kantian Thought
The Absolute Idealism of Reception
Forgotten Concepts, New Theories, Classical Approaches
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 […]
Machines of the Social
Artificial Intelligence and Social Cognition
Cavell and Other Minds
Conversations on Aesthetics and the Arts
Thinking, Socrates once taught, is “the mind’s conversation with itself”, addressing these words to a pupil in the midst of conversation. In one of Cavell’s takes on this scene, he describes the teaching of later Wittgenstein, one of his own foremost mentors, as a continuous re-staging of the lesson that “philosophy does not speak first”. […]
The Futures of Marx
In cooperation with Centre for Social Critique and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
With Sabina Bremner, Anton Ford, Eli Friedlander, Matthias Haase, Alec Hinshelwood, Thomas Khurana, Karen Ng, Christoph Schuringa, Michael Thompson, Lea Ypi and others.
Epistemic Injustice, Recognition Failures, and Social Movements
Recently, there has been increasing interest in the relation between epistemic injustice and the concept of recognition. The main idea is that practices of silencing and epistemic exclusion have consequences that go well beyond the epistemic dimension and that influence our social practices of giving respect, esteem, and love. The conference is part of the […]
Naturalism and Human Life
In recent years, there has been a wave of thoughtful and considered critical responses to scientific naturalism and more ‘liberal’ varieties of naturalism. However, the multitude of such possible avenues to tackle the issue of naturalism and the breadth of human life – as opposed to more ‘technical’ matters – appears to lack unity. This conference, therefore, aims is to bring together researchers from a number of these various camps, whose ultimate interests in the topic are geared towards critically reflecting on the deeper significance of the naturalism debate for human life itself.
The Politics of Beginnings
Hannah Arendt Today
THE POLITICS OF BEGINNINGS At a moment when many suggest that the end of an era has been reached, and when struggles against climate change, exploitation, neocolonialism, patriarchy, and racism proliferate, what role can Arendt’s account of political beginnings play in the conceptualization of a new time? Arendt has been celebrated as a key theorist […]
Teleology and History
With Moran Godess-Riccitelli, Johannes Haag, Naveh Frumer, Benjamin Pollock, Thomas Khurana, Paul Franks, Gilad Nir, James Conant
Politics of Nature: Philosophical Perspectives on the Anthropocene
In cooperation with ICI Berlin
This international conference will articulate the “Anthropocene” as a philosophical problem. It will determine the extent to which the current crisis challenges our philosophical self-conception and offer avenues for overcoming the this self-conception. More importantly, it aims to develop conceptions of a new politics of nature. With Andreas Malm, Christoph Menke, Rupert Read, Oxana Timofeeva, Slavoj Žižek, and others.
The Wickedness of Freedom
Immorality and Reason after Kant
Hardly any thought is as defining for Kantian and post-Kantian thought as the idea of the unity of freedom and law. At crucial points, however, this very same tradition argues for the counter-idea: that the reality of autonomy in the human being requires a freedom from and against the law. What is the relation between these two ideas and how can they be reconciled? With Brady Bowman, Peter Dews, Michelle Kosch, Andrews Reath, Francey Russell, and others.