CFP: Theory and Practice: Practical Philosophy from Kant to Hegel (An AHRC Research Network)

Submission deadline: March 25, 2018

Conference date(s):
August 10, 2018 - August 11, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Xavier University
Cincinnati, United States


Kant’s 1793 essay “On the common saying: that may be correct in theory, but it is of no use in practice” articulated, and gave further impetus to, a debate about the relationship between theory and practice. This debate centered on the following question: Can the a priori norms and principles of practical reason determine, and be translated into, concrete political practice; or is there a wide gulf between theory and practice, a gulf that can be bridged only by custom, tradition, and accumulated experience? This workshop will examine the accounts of the relationship between theory and practice offered by German philosophers writing between Kant and Hegel. We are especially interested in papers that focus on lesser-known figures such as Gentz, Möser, Rehberg, and the German Romantics, among others. We are also interested in papers focused on well-known figures such as Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. Papers may also consider whether these historical debates can help illuminate, or be illuminated by, contemporary debates in political philosophy (e.g., the debate about ‘ideal’ and ‘non-ideal’ theory).

Confirmed speakers include: Daniel Breazeale (University of Kentucky), Benjamin Crowe (Boston University), Rafeeq Hasan (Amherst College), Michael Morris (University of South Florida), and Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University). 

Submissions should include the author’s name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and email address, and should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 750 words.

Submission deadline for abstracts: March 25, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by April 9. Submissions should be sent to:

The workshop is part of the international research network “Reason, Right, and Revolution: Practical Philosophy Between Kant and Hegel.” The network is  funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and is organized by James Clarke (University of York, UK) and Gabriel Gottlieb (Xavier University, USA).

With the support of the AHRC, selected papers will receive funding toward travel and hotel accommodation.

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