The Metaphysics of Secondary Qualities

April 8, 2024 - April 9, 2024
Humboldt-University, Berlin



Humboldt University, Berlin

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Workshop of the DFG Emmy-Noether Project ‘A Sensible World’
The Metaphysics of Secondary Qualities
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 8-9 April 2024  

This workshop aims to explore the topic of the metaphysics of secondary qualities, both historically and theoretically. It will ask questions about the existence and nature of sensory qualities: Do colors, sounds, etc. really exist? Are they dependent on us, or are they mind-independent elements of the world around us? Are they primitive qualities? Are they relations, dispositions, or still something else? These questions were very much debated in late modern German-speaking philosophy and the discussions that found place there anticipate in several respects contemporary debates in analytic philosophy. The workshop will evaluate the theoretical relevance of these historical discussions by gathering scholars working on Kant and post-Kantian philosophy, phenomenology, and contemporary analytic philosophy.    


Monday, 8 April 2024
14:15-15:45 Johannes Haag (University of Potsdam)
Kant über objektive Empfindungen
16:00-17:30 Riccardo Martinelli (University of Trieste)
Sounds as Objects. The Reversed Intentionality of Hearing

Tuesday, 9 April 2024
9:15-10:45 Lina de Boer (HU Berlin)
Primary and Secondary Qualities in Scheler’s ‘Erkenntnis und Arbeit’
11:00-12:30 Hamid Taieb (HU Berlin)
Conrad-Martius and Stein on Sensory Qualities
[Lunch break]
14:15-15:45 Twan Stiekel (HU Berlin)
P.F. Linke on Primary and Secondary Qualities
16:00-17:30 Maren Wehrle (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 
The Sound of Silence. Or How to Speak about the Normality and Objectivity of Secondary Qualities

: Room 2249a, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Attendance: For registration, please write to [email protected]
Organiser: Hamid Taieb ([email protected])
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