• 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.

  • July 14-15, 2022
  • University of Potsdam
  • House 11, Room 0.09 (July 14, 2021); House 09, Room 2.05 (July 15, 2021)

Andrea Kern: All and Nothing

The Life of an “I”

Andrea Kern: All and Nothing

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”.

  • July 4-5, 2022
  • University of Potsdam
  • Foyer I (0.60), House 8

Natural Histories of the Human Mind

From Kant to Benjamin

Natural Histories of the Human Mind

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.

  • 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.

  • June 15, 2022
  • University of Potsdam
  • House 9, Room 2.05

Robert Pippin: Phenomenology and Logic of Life

Heidegger and Hegel

Robert Pippin: Phenomenology and Logic of Life

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.

  • March 30-31, 2022
  • University of Potsdam
  • House 9, Room 2.05

“Dialectical Anthropology”?

Critical Theory and the Significance of Anthropology

“Dialectical 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.