Archive for marts 2011

Reminder: Semestrets tredje kredsmøde

Tid: Tirsdag den 29. marts, kl. 19-22,

Sted: Mødelokale 1. Studenternes Hus (Stakladen), Aarhus Universitet

Oplægsholder: Ejvind Hansen

Tekstmateriale: Die Positivität der christlichen Religion, G.W.F. Hegel Werke I, p.166-217

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 ( 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 ( 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 ( *and* Daniel Pucciarelli ( 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

Reminder: Semestrets andet kredsmøde

Tid: Tirsdag den 8. marts, kl. 19-22

Sted: Mødelokale 1. Studenternes Hus (Stakladen), Aarhus Universitet

Oplægsholder: Henrik Klindt Jensen

Tekstmateriale: Die Positivität der christlichen Religion, G.W.F. Hegel Werke I, p. 104-166