Regulative Principles in Kant and Post-Kantian Thought
The Circulation of Capital
On the second volume of Marx's Capital
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
How is Metaphysics Possible? A Critique of Analytic Reason
Book Symposium with Nick Stang
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”. […]
Marcus Willaschek – Wäre ein ewiges Leben wünschenswert? Gedanken über den Wert von Tod und Unsterblichkeit
Daniele Lorenzini – Frantz Fanon and the Harm of Racism
POSTPONED — Balibar – Towards a New Foundation for Philosophical Anthropology — POSTPONED
Relation, Difference, Transindividuality
DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE LECTURES AND THE WORKSHOP PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER 9-11, 2023 HAD TO BE POSTPONED. The new dates are April 18-20, 2024. FINES HOMINIS LECTURE “TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION FOR PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY”, to be held ad University of Potsdam Philosophical Anthropology, sometimes confused with a theoretical humanism both by its supporters and […]
Andrew Norris — On the First Person: Kierkegaard/Cavell
Sabina Vaccarino Bremner – Marxian Alienation as Hypostasization
In her lecture, Bremner shows that the paradigm form of alienation for Marx is not the alienation of labor, but a radicalized form of conceptual abstraction that serves, on Marx’s analysis in Capital, as a transcendental condition of possibility for the capitalist economic form. She analyzes Marx’s critique of this condition by comparing it to Rousseau’s […]
THE CULMINATION: HEIDEGGER, GERMAN IDEALISM, AND THE FATE OF PHILOSOPHY
Book Symposium on Robert Pippin's New Book
Heidegger claimed that Western philosophy ended, failed even, in the German Idealist tradition. In The Culmination, Robert B. Pippin explores the ramifications of this charge through a masterful survey of Western philosophy, especially Heidegger’s critiques of Hegel and Kant. Pippin argues that Heidegger’s basic concern was to determine sources of meaning for human life, particularly those that had been obscured by Western philosophy’s attention to reason. The Culmination offers a new interpretation of Heidegger, German Idealism, and the fate of Western rationalism. At our book symposium, we will critically discuss Pippin’s forthcoming book.
Terry Pinkard: Life, Logic, Practice – The Remnants of Naturalized Left-Hegelianism
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.
Zhang Shuangli: HEGELIAN MARXISM OR MARXIST HEGELIANISM? RETHINKING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MARX AND HEGEL
In her CPKP talk, Zhang Shuangli will explore the interrelation of Hegelian Marxism and Marxist Hegelianism. Regarding “Hegelian Marxism”, she will start from the reconstruction of Georg Lukacs’ articulation of Hegelian Marxism in History and Class Consciousness, and then investigate as to how this framework has been differently adapted by German critical theorists (especially Horkheimer, […]
Recognition of the Will of the Person: Workshop with Wayne Martin
The Effectivity of Knowledge: Workshop with Frieder Vogelmann
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 Truth of the Matter
If material is understood as an aesthetic category, it designates the material which is subject to aesthetic transformation. The category of material determines what works of art are made of. Since modernism, however, the question of what is suitable as artistic material and what qualifies it as such has itself become the subject of negotiation […]
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 […]
Anton Ford: The Question What to Do?
CPKP Talk by our Senior Humboldt Fellow Anton Ford (University of Chicago), followed by a wine reception.
Teleology and History
With Moran Godess-Riccitelli, Johannes Haag, Naveh Frumer, Benjamin Pollock, Thomas Khurana, Paul Franks, Gilad Nir, James Conant
Revolution and Liberation: Gunnar Hindrichs und Christoph Menke in Conversation
We live in a time of past revolutions and failed attempts at liberation. At the same time – or precisely because of this – the concepts of liberation and revolution retain a political potential for our present. But how exactly are we to understand the relationship between revolution and liberation? Can true liberation be realized […]
Theory of Liberation
Workshop with Christoph Menke
In this workshop we will discuss Christoph Menke’s highly anticipated new book with him. On Menke’s account, freedom and domination are indissolubly intertwined, and liberation is not the prehistory of freedom, but freedom’s mode of actualization. This is illustrated by two exemplary liberation narratives: the Exodus narrative from Genesis 2 and the story of Walter White in the television series Breaking Bad.
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.
Andrea Kern: All and Nothing
The Life of an “I”
The FINES HOMINIS LECTURE 2022 will be held by Prof. Andrea Kern (Leipzig). The lecture addresses the question what it means to lead the life of an “I”. Following Hegel, it develops a conception of a self-conscious form of life according to which the reality of such a form of life is at stake in every moment of thinking. This is what it means that the concept of the human being is not the concept of something finite, but of something “absolute”.
Natural Histories of the Human Mind
From Kant to Benjamin
What does it mean to argue that the human mind can only be understood on the basis of its natural history? It is a common notion that the project of such a natural history aims at a reductive explanation of the human mind. The workshop investigates Kant and the post-Kantian tradition in order to explore a different notion of natural history. With Sabina Bremner, Andrew Cooper, Illit Ferber, Eli Friedlander, Johannes Haag, Matthias Haase, Th. Khurana, Daniele Lorenzini, 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.
Robert Pippin: Phenomenology and Logic of Life
Heidegger and Hegel
What is at stake in the contrast between a phenomenological approach to the living being and a “logical” approach? In this lecture, Robert Pippin will defend Heidegger’s claim that Hegel leaves unexplained the original availability of the living/nonliving distinction in human experience.
Critical Theory and the Significance of Anthropology
What is the significance of philosophical anthropology for Frankfurt School Critical Theory? The workshop discusses the ways in which Critical Theory critiques the project of Philosophical Anthropology and yet may rely on an implicit alternative notion of anthropology.