Amsterdam Kant Conference 2024: Kantian Philosophy Today

June 13, 2024 - June 14, 2024
Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

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The University of Amsterdam will commemorate the 300th birth year of Immanuel Kant by organizing a conference dedicated to the question: what is the state of Kantian philosophy today? Over the last three centuries, Kant’s thought has proven to be a leading approach in various philosophical disciplines, from logic and epistemology to ethics and political philosophy. But what crucial questions in Kantian scholarship require special attention today? 

The conference will explore this question through two keynote lectures (by professors Pauline Kleingeld and Andrea Esser) and four thematic panels organized around leading scholars in these fields. The panels will each open with a 30-minute introductory lecture by the main speaker, a 15-minute Q&A, three subsequent 15-minute presentations, and a final 30-minute Q&A.

We are looking for (junior) researchers who want to give such a 15-minute presentation on work done in one of the following domains within Kantian scholarship:  

Theme 1: The Relationship Between Kant’s Ethics and Politics (Sorin Baiasu)

How do the domains of ethics and politics, as well as their highest principles, relate to or affect one another?

Theme 2: Sex, Race, Love, and Gender - Kantian Ways Forward (Helga Varden)

In what ways do the categories of sex, race, love, and gender shape Kantian thought, or how could Kantian philosophy meaningfully reflect on these categories?

Theme 3: Public Reason in Today's World (Huaping Lu-Adler)

How does the ideal of public reason manifest itself in today’s society, and what role does language play in attaining this ideal?

Theme 4: Kant’s Model of the Mind (Andrew Stephenson)

What is the nature of Kant’s model of the mind, and how does this model relate to pressing questions in metaphysics and epistemology?

We welcome abstracts (400 words maximum) outlining a question and argument on any topic related to the themes above. Please include your name & affiliation in the body of the e-mail, with no personal details in the enclosed abstract (PDF). Upon acceptance, we request a short research paper (2500 words minimum) to be submitted before May 24, 2024.

The abstract can be submitted to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2024.

The result will be communicated by February 21, 2024.

Please send any questions to [email protected].

Unfortunately, there is no budget available to compensate speakers.

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