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Kant Week 2018

Gode Idealister

Kant-gruppen ved Aarhus Universitet afholder den årlige Kant-uge i begyndelsen af maj måned.
  • Fredag den 4. og lørdag den 5. maj fra kl. 10-16.30 er der masterclass med Jens Timmerman fra University of St. Andrews, der vil tale om ‘Kant’s Theory of Sympathy’.
  • Mandag den 7. maj kl. 10 giver Jens Timmermann en åben gæsteforelæsning om ‘Kant and the Supposed Right to Lie’.
  • Mandag den 7. maj fra kl. 13.15-16.40 og tirsdag den 8. maj fra kl. 10-16.40 løber en international workshop om Kant etik med oplæg ved danske og udenlandske Kant-tolkere af stablen.
Se det fulde program for Kant-ugen (her og den tilknyttede workshop (her) med information om tidspunkter, lokaler mm.
Grüss Gott
Generalsekretærens Sekretær
Carsten Fogh Nielsen

Rethink Reformation

Næste uge løber konferencen Rethink Reformation af stablen på Aarhus Universitet. På konferencen er der adskillige foredrag og sessioner, som bør være af interesse for kredsens medlemmer.

Det fulde program for konferencen kan ses her (pdf-format).

Tilmelding til konferencen foregår her. Priser mm fremgår af tilmeldingshjemmesiden.

In-Between Konference

Den 10.-12. oktober 2016 afholder Protestantismenetværket i samarbejde med Afdeling for in-between-konference-plakat-page-001Filosofi og Idéhistorie, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet, en stor international konference med deltagelse af kendte forskere fra såvel ind- som udland.

Som man kan se af plakaten så har konferencen titlen In-Between. The Protestant Heritage of Existential Thought.

Oplægsholderne er: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University); Hartmut Rosa (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena); George Pattison (University of Glasgow); Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool); Dorthe Jørgensen (AU); Anders Moe Rasmussen (AU); Guido Kreis (AU); Hans Hauge (AU); Carsten Pallesen (KU) og Uffe Østergaard (CBS).

Download den flotte konferenceplakat i pdf-format her.
Læs mere om konferencen her.
Se konference-programmet her.
Gratis tilmelding her.

Konference – Das Problem des Anfangs

Fra torsdag den 18. februar til lørdag den 20. februar afholder Internationales Forschungsnetwerk Transzendentalphilosophie / Deutscher Idealismus sit årsmøde på Syddansk Universitet i Odense. Arrangørerne er Jesper Rasmussen (Odense) og Christoph Asmuth (Berlin). Årsmødet har titlen Das Problem des Anfangs/The Problem of the Beginning.

Årsmødet burde være af interesse for Kredsens medlemmer. Det fulde program kan ses her eller kan downloades i pdf-format her.

Eventuelle spørgsmål kan rettes til Jesper Rasmussen (der forøvrigt kommer i Kredsen og taler om Fichte senere dette semester).

Oplæg til Dansk Filosofisk Selskabs Årsmøde

Dansk Filosofisk Selskabs Årsmøde 2016 løber af stablen på Københavns Universitet Amager fredag den 4. og lørdag den 5. marts. Som sædvanligt vil der være en idealismesession, hvor folk med interesse for (den tyske) idealisme kan præsentere papers og diskutere med hinanden. Tovholder for årets session er Anders Moe Rasmussen.

Der er deadline for tilmelding af oplæg til årsmødet mandag den 1. februar. Man kan tilmelde sit oplæg her. Just do it!

CfP: Das Problem des Anfangs

I 2016 er SDU vært for årsmødet i det Internationalen Forschungsnetzwerk Transzendentalphilosophie/Deutscher Idealismus (www.a-priori.eu).

Årsmødet finder sted den 18.-20. februar 2016 under temaet “Das Problem des Anfangs” (http://www.a-priori.eu/data/709).

Forskningsnetværket modtager gerne passende bidrag fra alle interesserede på tysk eller engelsk. Se det fulde CfP her (pdf-fil).

For yderligere oplysninger kan man evt. kontakte Jesper Lundsfryd Rasmussen.

Call for papers: *Normativity and German Idealism

Normativity and German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives
26th May 2015
Department of Philosophy University of Sussex

 

The aim of the conference is to examine whether resources drawn from the German Idealist tradition help address important questions about the nature of normativity. As recent work by Christine Korsgaard and Robert Brandom shows this is a fertile territory.

We construe the topic of normativity broadly to include epistemology and theories of meaning, moral and political philosophy, aesthetics, and theories of practical reasoning and action.

We would especially welcome submissions addressing anything from the following non-exhaustive list topics:

  • how we justify to ourselves and to others what is good to do or to believe
  • what are norms and what are reasons
  • modalities of normativity
  • how reasons guide beliefs, actions, values
  • reasons and Reason
  • how does it mean to think of oneself as a rational being
  • normativity and freedom

Please send a 500-700 word anonymised abstract with author details on a separate attachment to normativity.germanidealism@gmail.com
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 13 February 2015

The organisers wish to thank the Hegel Society of Great Britain and the UK Kant Society for their generous support. Without them this event would not have been possible.

Attendance to the conference is free of charge but registration is required- to register please email normativity.germanidealism@gmail.com
putting ‘registration’ in the subject field and your name in the body of the message.

Informal inquiries: Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex) K.Deligiorgi@sussex.ac.uk
See too: http://southnorm.wordpress.com/
Organising committee: Sorin Baiasu (Keele and Vienna), Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex), Manuel Dries (Open University), Andrew Huddleston (London), Edward Kanterian (Kent), Joseph Schear (Oxford)

Dr Katerina Deligiorgi
Arts A 27
Department of Philosophy
School of History, Art History, and Philosophy
University of Sussex
www.sussex.ac.uk/philosophy/people/peoplelists/person/198873

CfA: The Idea of Purposiveness in Kant and German Idealism

Call for Abstracts

THE IDEA OF PURPOSIVENESS IN KANT AND GERMAN IDEALISM

November  28–29, 2014
University of Leuven

Invited speakers:
Stefan Bird-Pollan (University of Kentucky)
James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College)
Gertrudis Van de Vijver (University of Ghent)
Lea Ypi (London School of Economics)

Whereas Descartes, Spinoza and their followers discarded the Aristotelian idea of purposiveness, Kant realized that a purely mechanistic account of the world failed to satisfy the demands of pure reason. Reintroducing the
idea of purposiveness in modern philosophy, he again granted thought the capacity to conceive of a manifold as an organized whole, albeit not without qualifying the idea of purposiveness as merely subjective.

Kant’s various discussions of purposiveness in the Critique of Judgment and other texts have been the subject of much debate. However, much less attention has been paid to the impact of the idea of purposiveness on the development of German Idealism.

In this regard, three elements of Kant’s thought seem to be particularly relevant. First, the idea of purposiveness allowed Kant, in the Critique of Judgment, to conceive of the various parts of his critical philosophy as a unity. Second, this idea can be said to inform his conception of moral self-determination in the Critique of Practical Reason. Third, the idea of purposiveness seems to underlie the account of the human faculties in the Critique of Pure Reason as well as Kant’s conception of a system of pure reason in this work. There is no doubt that Fichte, Schelling and Hegel developed their philosophical systems by drawing on one or more of these elements. It is less clear, however, how exactly they appropriated and modified Kant’s views.

Addressing Kant’s critical philosophy as a whole rather than the third Critique alone, the conference aims to investigate Kant’s multi-faceted conception of purposiveness and, on that basis, trace its further development and transformation in German Idealism.

The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (about 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to purposiveness2014@kuleuven.be

Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. Name, paper title, institutional position, affiliation and email address should be included in the body of the email.

Submission deadline: August 28, 2014

Notification of acceptance by September 10, 2014.

Please note that the organizers will not be able to provide funding for travel or accommodation.

Organizers: Karin de Boer (Leuven), Gesa Wellmann (Leuven), Henning Tegtmeyer (Leuven), Geert van Eekert (Antwerp), and Gertrudis Van de Vijver (Ghent).

University of Leuven
Institute of Philosophy
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
3000 Leuven
BELGIUM

Kredsens 10-års jubilæumsseminar

Gode idealister

Så foreligger der et program for Idealismekredsens store 10-års jubilæums seminar. Seminaret har overskriften Kant, Idealism and Freedom og løber af stablen torsdag den 22. maj fra kl. 09.00 til kl. 17.30 i Nobelsalen, bygn. 1485, lokale 123, Nobelparken, Aarhus Universitet. Se plakaten for seminaret her.

09.00-09.15: Anders Moe Rasmussen: Opening remarks

09.15-10.15: Robert Stern: Round Kant or Through Him? William James and Kant on Free Will


10.30-11.30: Jakob Lautrup: Kant’s Ethical Idealism

11.45-12.45: Frode Kjosavik: “Freedom of Thought” – Kant on the Spontaneity of Cognition

12.45-14.00: Lunch break

14.00-15.00: Camilla Serck-Hanssen: Kant and The Liberating Potential of Rhetoric

15.00-16.00: Esther Oluffa Pedersen: Kant’s Assessment of Culture in the Critique of Judgment

16.00-16.30: Coffee break

16.30-17.30: Steen Brock: Philosophy of Culture as Metaphysics – Considerations on Ernst Cassirer´s Philosophy

Deltagelse i seminaret er gratis, men tilmelding til arrangementet er påkrævet. Man tilmelder sig her, og deadline for tilmelding er 8. maj, 2014.

Seminaret er organiseret af Kredsens Godfather, lektor, cand.theol. Anders Moe Rasmussen og Generalsekretærens Sekretær postd.doc Carsten Fogh Nielsen i samarbejde med Forskningsprogrammet for Filosofi og Idehistorie.

 

Samlet program med abstracts.

Konferencer med mere i det nye år

Gode Idealister

Julen og nytåret nærmer sig, og det kan derfor være på sin plads at se (ikke tilbage men derimod) frem mod det nye år. Der er nemlig allerede nu annonceret en række spændende konferencer mm., som burde være af interesse for Kredsens medlemmer. Nedenfor følger en kort oversigt over nogle af de mest spændende arrangementer

I 2014 er det 200 år siden, at Johann Gottlieb Fichte døde. I den anledning afholder Lehrstuhl für Klassische Deutsche Philosophie der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin i samarbejde med det internationale Fichte-selskab en international konference: Mit Fichte philosophieren. Perspektiven seiner Philosophie heute (Berlin 1814/2014). Konferencen løber af stablen i Berlin den 29.-31. januar 2014, og der er gode navne på programmet, bl.a. Darwall, Franks, Sandkaulen, Zöller og Hühn. Det er gratis at deltage, men man skal tilmelde på forhånd. Læs mere om konferencen her.

Den 7.-8. marts 2013 afholder Dansk Filosofisk Selskabs sit årsmøde. Denne gang er filosofferne på Aalborg Universitet, der arrangerer. Det overordnede tema for årsmødet er Kultur og Socialitet. Hovedtalerne er Alenka Zupančič (The Scientific Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenien) og Angelika Krebs (Universität Basel, Departement Philosophie und Medienwissenschaft). Som sædvanligt vil der på årsmødet være en lang række sessioner med forskellige filosofiske temaer. Generalsekretærens sekretær er således tovholder på en session om tysk idealisme, så skulle der blandt Kredsens medlemmer være nogen, der føler trang til at præsentere et oplæg er her en oplagt mulighed. Tilmeld oplæg til årsmødet og læs mere om programmet, hovedtalerne og de forskellige sessioner her. Man kan også altid skrive til mig og spørge om selve idealisme-sessionen.

Den 23.-26. april afholdes den tredivte Internationale Hegel-kongres. Det er i Wien, temaet er Hegel’s response to Kant og programmet ser flot ud. De to første oplægsholdere er således Kredsens gamle venner Robert Pippin og Stephen Houlgate, og derefter kører det derudaf med foredrag og sessioner i tre dage. Læs mere om kongressen her.

På Warwick University i England afholdes der den 30. maj 2014 en konference om Schelling med overskriften Evil, Freedom and Time: A Conference om Schelling’s Freedom essay and Ages of the World. Der er deadline på indkaldelse af abstracts til konferencen den 24. januar 2014, så hvis man har noget om Friheds-skriftet eller Weltalter-fragmenterne liggende i skrivebordsskuffen, så er det nu det skal graves frem. Læs mere om konferencen og indsendelse af abstracts her.

Endelig skal man jo ikke glemme Kredsens egne arrangementer, der i næste semester ikke blot inkluderer en række kredsmøder om Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft, men også et 10-års jubilæumssymposium den 22. maj, hvor folk fra nær og fjern vil tale om Kant og den tyske idealisme.

Grüss Gott, god jul og godt nytår

Generalsekretærens sekretær

Carsten

Hegel Society of Great Britain Conference 2013

HSGB ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013

HEGEL’S LOGIC

September 2-3 2013, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Speakers:
John Burbidge: ‘Hegel’s Logic as Metaphysics’
Stephen Houlgate: ‘Hegel and Quantity’
Friedericke Schick: ‘Freedom and Necessity: The Transition to the Logic of the Concept’
Angelica Nuzzo: ‘The Meaning of Logical Advancement in Hegel’s Logic’
Robert Pippin: ‘Logic and Metaphysics: Hegel’s Realm of Shadows’
Christopher Yeomans: ‘Hegel’s Response to Metaphysical Problems: Solution vs Therapy’

For further details and registration see:
http://hegel-society.org.uk/conferences/2013

Registration deadline: 1st August 2013
The website also contains information on graduate bursaries that are available to cover the costs of meals

Hegel Society of Great Britain Conference 2012

“Themes in Hegel”

September 4, 2012 to September 5, 2012
At Magdalene College, Cambridge

Please note that the registration deadline is 1st August 2012.

Tuesday 4th September
1.00-1.30 Conference registration
1.30-3.00 Robert Hanna (Colorado), “Kant, Hegel, and the Fate of Non-Conceptual Content”
3.30-5.00 Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex), “Philosophical Retellings of the Fall: Kant, Hegel and the Good”
5.30-7.00 Allen Speight (Boston), “Artisans, Artists and Hegel’s History of the Philosophy of Art”

Wednesday 5th September
9.30-11.00 Paul Franks (Yale), “‘Immediately Before the Gates of Salvation’: Phrenology, the Jewish People, and Resistance to Sublation in Hegel’s Phenomenology”
11.30-1.00 Fred Rush (Notre Dame), “Hegel’s ‘Evil’”
2.00-3.30 Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston), “The Self Before Self-Consciousness”

Registration form (PDF) / Word DOC NB If you pay for the conference using PayPal, please also ensure that you complete a registration form detailing your requirements and send to the conference organizer, so that we have a record of these.

And please note that the number of rooms at the non-ensuite rate is very limited, so if you want one of these, please contact the conference organizer to check for availability before making your booking.

For more information visit http://hegel-society.org.uk/conferences/2012

NNGI Konference – Stockholm den 3-4 juni

Questioning Grounds
Contemporary Readings of German Idealism

3-4 June, 2011
Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

Organized by the Nordic Network for German Idealism (NNGI)
in collaboration with
The Department of Philosophy at the School of Culture and Communication, Södertörn University
and the project
“Loss of Ground as Common Ground”

Speakers:
Miguel de Beistegui
Karin de Boer
Ludger Hagedorn
Susanna Lindberg
Michael Marder
Peter Trawny
Sven-Olov Wallenstein

For more information please e-mail krystof.kasprzak@sh.se with the subject title: NNGI 2011

Program will be uploadet soon.

Call for Abstracts – NNGI PhD Workshop

Call for Papers

The sixth international conference of the Nordic Network for German Idealism (NNGI), entitled German Idealism Today, will be held October 31st – November 2nd 2011 at Aarhus University, Denmark. 12 internationally renowned scholars (Marcus Gabriel, Sebastian Gardner, Arne Grøn, Rolf-Peter Horstmann, Stephen Houlgate, Axel Hutter, Terry Pinkard, Robert Pippin, Sebastian Rödl, Camilla Serck-Hansen, Günther Zöller and Alenka Zupančič) will be speaking on the philosophers and ideas of the German Idealist tradition.

The conference will also include a PhD workshop intended to stimulate interest in German Idealism among younger scholars and give post-graduate students the opportunity to present their research to a scholarly audience. NNGI thus invites post-graduate students working on topics within the German Idealist tradition to submit an abstract of 200-250 words to the NNGI board. NNGI will accept up to 18 papers.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1, 2011. Announcement of the board’s decision will be made no later than July 1, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted to associate professor Anders Moe Rasmussen, Department of Philosophy, Aarhus University, at the following e-mail address: filamr@hum.au.dk

The abstract should be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt format. Please include the following information in your submission:

(1) Title of paper
(2) 200-250 word abstract
(3) Author’s name
(4) Author’s institutional affiliation
(5) Author’s email address

The abstracts and the papers can be in either German or English. The papers should take no more than 30 minutes to present including discussion and questions.

Please note that NNGI will provide reimbursement for travel and accommodation for all participating students up to a maximum of 5,000 DKK (about 650€). NNGI will also offer assistance with booking accommodation in Aarhus for the duration of the conference.

The conference is sponsored by The Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, Aarhus University and Nordforsk.

For more information about NNGI go to www.nngi.org

NNGI Sixth International Conference

Conference-announcement
Nordic Network for German Idealism
Sixth international conference

German Idealism Today

October 31st – November 2nd 2011
Aarhus University, Denmark

Speakers:
Markus Gabriel (Universität Bonn)
Sebastian Gardner (University College London)
Arne Grøn (University of Copenhagen)
Rolf-Peter Horstmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Stephen Houlgate (University of Warwick)
Axel Hutter (Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München)
Terry Pinkard (Georgetown University)
Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
Sebastian Rödl (Universität Basel)
Camilla Serck-Hanssen (University of Oslo)
Günter Zöller (Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München)
Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana)

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University and Nordforsk. The conference is aimed at philosophers and other scholars with a philosophical background interested in German Idealist thought. The conference includes a PhD workshop: see the call for papers here.

Further information will be posted in the near future.

Conference: 21st century Idealism

21st Century Idealism

University of Dundee
April 1, 2011 – April 2, 2011

What is the importance of idealist philosophy in the 21st Century?


Last year’s conference at the University of Dundee’s Department of Philosophy explored the contemporary debate between theories of materialism and realism with regard to the project of the recommencement of metaphysics in the continental tradition. This year’s conference will explore the relevance of a perspective which served as a silent partner in last year’s debate: idealism.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speakers will be:

Iain Hamilton Grant (University of the West of England) author of Philosophies of Nature after Schelling and Idealism: A Philosophical Introduction with Jeremy Dunham and Sean Watson.
Markus Gabriel (University of Bonn) author of numerous monographs on idealism but most recently Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism with Slavoj Žižek and the forthcoming Transcendental Ontology in German Idealism: Schelling and Hegel.
Beth Lord (University of Dundee) author of Kant and Spinozism: Transcendental Idealism and Immanence from Jacobi to Deleuze and Spinoza’s Ethics.

For more details please contact Michael Burns (m.burns@dundee.ac.uk) or see the conference website.

Follow this conference on Twitter – @c21idealism, discussion hashtag #21i.

Call for Papers: In the Aftermath of German Idealism

In the Aftermath of German Idealism
May 14-15, Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Recht als Kolleg”, Bonn

Keynote speakers:

Markus Gabriel, Universität Bonn, author of Der Mensch im Mythos and Transcendental Ontology (forthcoming by Continuum)
Jean-Christophe Goddard, Université de Toulouse le Mirail, author of  La philosophie fichtéenne de la vie: Le transcendantal et le pathologique
Arnaud François, Université de Toulouse le Mirail, author of Bergson, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche: Volonté et réalité
Sean McGrath, Memorial University of Newfoundland, author of The Dark Ground of Spirit: Schelling and the Unconscious (forthcoming by Routledge)
Devin Shaw, Zane University of Ottawa, author of Freedom and Nature in Schelling’s Philosophy of Art

It is with pleasure we invite you to participate at the following *trilingual* conference, sponsored by EuroPhilosophie (www.europhilosophie.eu) and organized by l’Amicale des étudiants EuroPhilosophie.

Since the philosophical upheaval caused by Kant’s transcendental philosophy, the status of what would later be called “German Idealism” has been anything but clear. On the one hand, the efforts of the major representatives of post-Kantianism only intensified the intrinsic ambiguity of the founding gesture of the tradition. Instead of simply interpreting or expanding Kant, yet all the while attempting to radicalize his original breakthrough, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel developed surprisingly different and opposing systems. On the other hand, the 19th- and 20th-century reception of Hegelianism would have another decisive effect, which would in its own way obfuscate the signification of German Idealism by drastically altering our perception of the tradition as a whole. Not only was Hegel thought to be the culmination of the operative logic of German idealism, which would for a long time prevent us from understanding the works of Fichte and Schelling in and of themselves, but there was also a primordial urge to immanently rethink Hegelian dialectics from the standpoint of historical finitude while being faithful to its fundamentalinsights, arguing for the implicit and irreducible potential still lurking in this movement.

However, the history of German idealism did not in any way end there. In the 20th century we have seen seen a countless number of virulent attacks against “traditional” metaphysics arise as different philosophical schools demanded us to give up “dead” and “outdated” notions like system and totality, German Idealism often being seen the as the epitome of excessive, unbridled reason.

Yet, in the face of these so-called “devastating” critiques, classical German philosophy has not been sentenced to death and banished to the abyssal forgetfulness of a forever lost past. Not only has there been an intense increase of secondary literature in the past decades, but a multitude of contemporary philosophers are returning to this moment in order to develop their own thought.

The status of German Idealism remains more ambiguous and uncertain than ever: even two centuries after its emergence, we find ourselves – still or again –  in the aftermath of German Idealism and feel its effects deep within the internal pulsations of philosophy itself. Therefore, the goal of this conference is to open up an space within which one approach the reception of German Idealism and address its philosophical heritage. The unifying theme will be the following constellation of questions: Why do we constantly go back to German Idealism and cannot simply rid ourselves one and for all of its fundamental concepts? What could German Idealism teach us today? Are there still non-cultivated resources lurking within the thought of Kant, Fichte, Hegel and Schelling? Are we only able to unearth these resources today by passing through their internal and external critiques? Should we take the risk and plunge headfirst into the tradition in attempting to reactualize it?

Please send a short abstract (200-400 words) for a 20-30 minute presentation to be given in English, French or German to Joseph Carew (jstephencarew@gmail.com) *and* Daniel Pucciarelli (arelli@gmail.com) by the 15th of April.

Proposed topics are (*but in no way limited to*):
– The immediate reception of German Idealism (Jacobi, Reinhold, Schulze, Maïmon, Marx, the Schellingian, Feuerbachian, Kierkegaardian, Schopenhauerian or Marxist critique of Hegel)
– The tole of concepts such as “finitude,” “system,” “totality,” “liberty” or “subjectivity” in German Idealism and its reception
– The category of contingence in Schellingian and Hegelian dialectics
– Contemporary rereadings of Hegel (Frankfurt School, Butler, Jameson, Malabou, Nancy, Pippin, Žižek)
– The current resurgence of Schelling (Grant, Gabriel)
– The appropriation of Hegel by representatives of analytical philosophy searching for a new grounding for epistemology (McDowell and Brandom)
– Critique of the notion of history and post-Hegelian philosophies of history
– Contemporary usage of German Idealism in practical philosophy
– Critiques of German Idealism from within different philosophical movements (phenomenology, Heidegger, Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze – and so on unto infinity)
– New interpretations of Kant, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel

NNGI konference i Oslo – 10-11 december, 2010

German Idealism and Its Critics

Nordic Network for German Idealism (NNGI)
in collaboration with
The Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
University of Oslo

December 10 – 11, 2010
University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Auditorium 2


SPEAKERS:
Marcia Cavalcante (Södertörn University College)
Taylor Carman (Barnard College)
Lore Hühn (University of Freiburg)
Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo)
Michelle Kosch (Cornell University)
Marius Mjaaland (University of Oslo)
Jon Stewart (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen)

Registration is required for participation: Please send an e-mail to caseha@ifikk.uio.no with the subject title: NNGI 2010.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 10, 2010

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome

10:15 – 11:30 Michelle Kosch: Fichte (and Wilhelm) on Practical Reasoning

I have elsewhere argued that Fichte, rather than Kant or Hegel, should be taken to be the main model behind Kierkegaard’s characterization of the ethical standpoint in Either/Or II. Here I offer a detailed account of one of the main reasons for thinking that: the distinctiveness of Fichte’s account of practical reasoning, coupled with the correspondence of key features of the account of practical reasoning implicit in Either/Or II to the Fichtean account.

11:45 – 13:00 Lore Hühn: Vom Zweifel zur Verzweiflung. Kierkegaards Kritik an der Philosophie Fichtes und Hegels

Zweifel steht ein für das cartesianische Prinzip der Erkenntnissicherung, welches in seiner daseinsanalytischen Verschärfung von Fichte wie von Hegel als Verzweiflung ausgelegt wird. Kierkegaard ist der Kritiker dieser idealistischen Tradition, insofern er die existenzielle Bedeutung der Verzweiflung von jeder theoretischen Form des Zweifels abgrenzt.

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Marius Timmann Mjaaland: Kierkegaard’s Destruction of Hegel

There is an obvious influence from Hegel and German Idealism on Kierkegaard’s definition of Spirit in The Sickness unto Death. He describes a self-reflective relationship of opposites that could only be completed in a Third, i.e. the synthesis. Moreover, the key to achieve such a synthesis is found in consciousness of oneself by penetrating all aspects of thought, passion, and action. Yet still, the entire book sets out to prove that Hegel and the Hegelians are wrong: their effort to achieve self-consciousness through speculation is futile and produces simulacra and caricatures rather than dis-covering the truth of human existence. Although he applies many features from Hegel’s philosophy, e.g. the distinction between Schein and Sein and a phenomenology of Spirit, I will argue that this is the work where Kierkegaard most systematically rejects Hegel. I see it as an effort of destruction in the Heideggerian sense, thus exploring a philosophical impulse from Luther: Kierkegaard displays the basic error of Hegel’s idealism while trying to discern an alternative, critical concept of Spirit. That concept is approached from the reverse side (Kehrseite), through a detailed phenomenological analysis of the split of despair within the Spirit, thereby insisting on the open wound of negativity as a guiding methodological principle.

16.00-17.30 Marcia Cavalcante Schuback: Tragedy and evil – between Schelling and Kierkegaard

The purpose of this presentation is to investigate how Schelling’s and Kierkegaard’s views on the modern meaning of tragedy can contribute to an understanding of the question of evil, such as developed by both thinkers. Rather than a discussion about the difference of Scheling’s and Kiekergaard’s systems of philosophy, the text will discuss the necessity of rethinking tragedy and the tragic understanding of difference in order to reconsider the question of evil.

17.30-20.00 Reception


SATURDAY DECEMBER 11, 2010

10:15 – 11:30 Taylor Carman: Kierkegaard and the Limits of Ethical Reflection

What is the substance of Kierkegaard’s critique of the ethical standpoint? Michelle Kosch has argued that the critique takes aim at the ethics of autonomy, which misrepresents the nature of agency by denying our freedom to do evil. I argue that Kierkegaard’s concept of the ethical is wider and that his criticism of it cuts deeper. The ethical is, for Kierkegaard, not just Kantian ethics, but any generally applicable system of action-guiding norms or principles. No such system can by itself make sense of the irreducible goodness of ethically unjustiable acts of faith, that is, acts based on commitments of passionate trust. Acts of faith, like acts of desperation, can violate ethical norms and yet still be good. In short, the ethical standpoint fails to appreciate the seriousness of the question, What shall I do? as distinct from the question, What should I do?

11:45 – 13:00 Jon Stewart: Kierkegaard and Hegel on Faith and Knowledge

One of Kierkegaard’s main objections to Hegel’s philosophy is that it misunderstands the nature of religion by placing it on a par with various forms of scholarship and knowing. Through his pseudonymous authors, Kierkegaard stubbornly insists that faith is fundamentally different from knowledge. How would Hegel respond to Kierkegaard’s objection? I wish to argue that Hegel would find Kierkegaard’s conception of faith to be a pure formalism with no determinate content. For this reason, it cannot be properly designated as Christian faith since it has no content by which it can be distinguished from the faith of other religions.

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Alastair Hannay: Saving Kierkegaard’s Analysis of Despair

Kierkegaard’s positing and ordering of the two main forms of despair in The Sickness unto Death depend on the notion of a power, identified as God, in which the self is ‘grounded’. The text says that, without this notion, there would be only one form of despair: not wanting to be oneself; but with it there is also a second form: wanting to be, or asserting, one’s own self, something the text describes as ‘defiance’. However, the text has it that defiance is also the ‘form’ of the despair that is not wanting to be oneself. Some commentators see this as dictated by the religious ‘premise’ prefixed to Kierkegaard’s works, thereby obscuring their relevance for a post-metaphysical age that they also anticipate. Michael Theunissen has claimed that Kierkegaard’s insights, and even intentions, are better represented in a reordering of the two main forms of despair, priority being given to the despair of not wanting to be oneself. I suggest that, containing as they do a teleology inherited from German Idealism, Kierkegaard’s insights and intentions are accurately represented in the order that he himself adopts. Whether this is to confine him, on the one hand, to either the metaphysical past or an unfashionably non-secular present, or on the other hand to present him as a still potent challenge in a post-metaphysical age, will depend partly on what sense we can find, and find acceptable, in characterizing an unwillingness to be oneself as a case of defiance as well as of despair.

15:30 Closing remarks

Hegelkonference i Oxford

The Many Colours of Hegelianism:
Hegel’s Philosophy and its Reception in an International Context

4-5 June, 2010

New College, Oxford

Keynote speakers
Professor Robert Stern (Sheffield), Professor Ludwig Siep (Münster)

Supported by the Department of Politics and International Relations, the Faculty of Philosophy, New College, and Trinity College, the conference will bring together scholars who work on Hegel’s thought and its reception in different cultural contexts.

While Hegel’s philosophy itself is an ongoing object of study in philosophy departments all over the world, his influence on the history of ideas, apart from the obvious influence on Marxism, has been less in focus. The political, social, and intellectual landscapes of different countries have influenced the ways in which thinkers have taken up Hegel’s philosophy, and influenced the choice of the aspects of his philosophy that were turned into different forms of “Hegelianism”.

In focusing on four cultural-geographic areas—the Anglo-American world, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Romantic countries, and the German-speaking countries and Scandinavia—the reception and further development of Hegel’s philosophy in different parts of the world will be considered in comparative perspective. We hope to bring out a common theme, or themes,
that unite Hegelianism in such different shapes as, for example, British Idealism, Russian mysticism and Kojève’s master-slave dialectics. A further focus will be on what Hegelianism means today, both in the academic field and in a wider cultural context.

Convenors: Robert Harris, New College; Lisa Herzog, New College; Sebastian Stein, St Hugh’s College.

Registration: http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/research/conferences/

Advance registration is required and a registration fee of £20 for two days (student rate £10 for two days) will be payable. Registration will close at noon on Saturday 1 May. Please note that you will be informed by email when your place is confirmed. Please do not send payment until you
have received this email to confirm your place. Thank you.

Please note that the registration fee includes the cost of tea and coffee provided during morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is not included in the registration fee.

NNGI-Konference i München

Gestalten des Geistes
Kierkegaard im Kontext des deutschen Idealismus

Nordic Network for German Idealism (NNGI)
Department of Philosophy, Aarhus University
Lehrstuhl für Philosophie II, LMU München

26. – 27. Mai 2010
Tagungsort: Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung
Südliches Schlossrondell 23, 80638 München

Mittwoch, 26-05-2010

13.00-13.30: Begrüßung

13.30-15.00: Assistant Professor Kristin Gjesdal (Philosophy Department, Temple University, Philadelphia): “Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard on Individuality, Aestheticism and Bildung

15.00-15.30: Kaffeepause

15.30-17.00: Prof. Dr. Jan Rohls, Fakultät für Evangelische Theologie, Universität München: “Kierkegaards Geistbegriff im Kontext des Idealismus

17.00-17.30: Kaffeepause

17.30-19.00: Professor Arne Grøn (Theologische Fakultät, Universität Kopenhagen): “Gestalten der Verzweiflung als Gestalten des Geistes: Kierkegaards Krankheit zum Tode im Kontext einer Phänomenologie des Geistes

Abendessen (Siemensstiftung)

Donnerstag, 27-05-2010

9.00-10.30: Assistant Professor Henrik Jøker Bjerre (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Aarhus): “Kierkegaard´s Voice: The Surplus of Writing as an Obstruction to Systematic Philosophy

10.30-11.00: Kaffeepause

11.00-12.30: Dr. Omri Boehm, Department of Philosophy, Yale University, derzeit Research Fellow am Lehrstuhl für Philosophie II in München: “Reason, Faith and Disobedience: The Binding of Isaac and the Function of the Biblical Text in Kierkegaard and Kant

12.30-13.30: Mittagessen (Siemensstiftung)

13.30-15.00: Prof. Dr. Axel Hutter, Fakultät für Philosophie, Universität München: “Negativismus

15.00-15.30: Kaffeepause

15.30-17.00: Associate Professor Anders Moe Rasmussen (Institut für Philosophie, Universität Aarhus): “Glaube und Offenbarung: Kierkegaard zwischen Jacobi und Schelling

17.00-17.30: Kaffeepause

17.30-19.00: Associate Professor Jon Stewart (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Universität Kopenhagen): “Kierkegaard und Hegel: Die Frage von Glauben und Wissen