The Notion of Living Beings in Ancient, Early Modern, Modern & Contemporary Philosophical Discussions

August 31, 2012 - September 2, 2012
University of Zürich

Raum: SOC-1-101
Rämistrasse 69
Zürich 8001


  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • Marie Gretler-Stiftung
  • Association of Non-Professorial Academic Staff, University of Zurich (VAUZ)
  • Lehrstuhl Theoretische Philosophie II, University of Zurich

Main speakers:

Klaus Corcilius
University of California, Berkeley
Dennis DesChene
Washington University in St. Louis
Ina Goy
Universität Tübingen
Ohad Nachtomy
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Sebastian Rödl
Universität Leipzig
Marianne Schark
Charité Leipzig
Christopher Shields
Oxford University
Justin Smith
Concordia University
Georg Toepfer
Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin
Markus Wild
Université de Fribourg

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The topic of this workshop is the notion of living beings in Ancient, Early Modern, Modern & Contemporary philosophical debates. The aim of the workshop is to investigate the historical and systematic development of the notion "living being". More precisely, we want to discuss the positions of Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant and Hegel and set them in relation to contemporary positions.

Organisers: Sarah Tietz and Christian Steiner

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