• October 8-9, 2024
  • Universität Potsdam

Regulative Principles in Kant and Post-Kantian Thought

Minerva School

Regulative Principles in Kant and Post-Kantian Thought
  • July 5-6, 2024
  • Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung
  • Eberhard Lämmert Saal

The Absolute Idealism of Reception

The Absolute Idealism of Reception

“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. […]

  • June 26-28, 2024
  • University of Potsdam
  • Haus 8, Raum 0.58

Recovering Nature

Forgotten Concepts, New Theories, Classical Approaches

Recovering Nature

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 […]

  • May 23-24, 2024
  • Wissenschaftsetage Potsdam
  • Raum Schwarzschild

Machines of the Social

Artificial Intelligence and Social Cognition

Machines of the Social

If it is true that the mind is a socially distributed power, then the form of the mind seems to depend essentially on the structure of our social interaction. Against this background, the question arises as to what social structure characterizes the computing machines that increasingly determine our social life and behaviour. This question can […]

  • February 9-10, 2024
  • Universität Potsdam
  • Haus 8, Raum 0.58

Cavell and Other Minds

Conversations on Aesthetics and the Arts

Cavell and Other Minds

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”. […]

  • June 28-29, 2023
  • Volksbühne Berlin
  • Roter Salon

The Futures of Marx

In cooperation with Centre for Social Critique and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

The Futures of Marx

With Sabina Bremner, Anton Ford, Eli Friedlander, Matthias Haase, Alec Hinshelwood, Thomas Khurana, Karen Ng, Christoph Schuringa, Michael Thompson, Lea Ypi and others.

  • May 4-6, 2023
  • University of Potsdam
  • Campus am Griebnitzsee

Epistemic Injustice, Recognition Failures, and Social Movements

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 […]

  • April 20-21, 2023
  • University of Potsdam
  • Am Neuen Palais

Naturalism and Human Life

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.

  • February 15-16, 2023
  • ICI Berlin

The Politics of Beginnings

Hannah Arendt Today

The Politics of Beginnings

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 […]

  • December 18-19, 2022
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Gilman 496 (Drachlis Hall)

Teleology and History

Teleology and History

With Moran Godess-Riccitelli, Johannes Haag, Naveh Frumer, Benjamin Pollock, Thomas Khurana, Paul Franks, Gilad Nir, James Conant

  • October 20-21, 2022
  • ICI Berlin

Politics of Nature: Philosophical Perspectives on the Anthropocene

In cooperation with ICI Berlin

Politics of Nature: Philosophical Perspectives on the Anthropocene

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.

  • June 20-21, 2022
  • University of Potsdam
  • Obere Mensa, House 12

The Wickedness of Freedom

Immorality and Reason after Kant

The Wickedness of Freedom

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.