Contemporary Relevance of Hegelian Naturalism

June 19, 2019 - June 21, 2019
DUSIC, University of Parma

Room B
via D'Azeglio

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  • This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 704127


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Contemporary Relevance of Hegelian Naturalism: Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Outcomes.

International Conference, University of Parma (IT), June 19th-21st 2019

Venue: University of Parma, Via M. D’Azeglio 85

Room B

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (DUSIC)

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The conference will address interdisciplinary issues connected to a naturalistic reading of Hegelian thought, with special reference to the social sciences, neurosciences, biology and philosophy of biology. Hegel’s philosophy is in fact devoted to a revision of the transcendental philosophy by highlighting that thinking and cognition originate from the natural requisites of the subject. In this sense, his philosophy entails a novel naturalism accounting for the concrete interdependence between nature and thinking, life and mind, and enhancing our understanding of the human nature and its social outcomes. This version of naturalism not only has relevance for the contemporary philosophical debate on this category of thinking, it can also be elaborated through an interdisciplinary approach. 

What is Hegelian naturalism about, and why is it philosophically relevant? Can Hegel’s philosophy improve our understanding on topics related to different disciplines? Is a dialogue between Hegelian thinking and the previous mentioned disciplines methodologically possible?

In order to answer those questions, the conference will gather Hegelian scholars and researchers from different disciplines.

The participation to the conference is free.


Wednesday 19th

9:00 - 9:10  Welcome

9:10 - 10:10 Emmanuel Renault (Paris Nanterre) Nature and Process in Hegel

10:10 - 10:50 Daniel Herbert (Sheffield) Hegel, Naturalism and Transcendental Philosophy

10:50 - 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:20 Luca Illetterati (Padova) The Ambiguity of Nature in Hegel's Thought

12:20 - 13:00 Anton Kabeshkin (Baltimore/ Potsdam) Scientific and Manifest Images and Hegel's Philosophy of Nature

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch

15:00 - 16:00 Italo Testa (Parma) Mindedness and Embodied Cognition

16:00 - 16:40 Cyprian Gawlik, (Poznan) The Problem of Natural Language in Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit

16:40 -17:10 Break

17:10 - 18:10 Mario De Caro (Roma III) Action: from Hegel to Davidson (and Beyond)

16:00 - 16:40 Frédéric Monferrand/Jean Baptiste Vuillerod (Paris Nanterre) Nature in History. The Environmental Stake of Hegel's Philosophy of History

Thursday 20th

9:10 - 10:10 Guido Seddone (Parma/Georgetown) The Life-Shaped Mind

10:10 - 10.50 Edgar Maraguat (Valencia) Biological Functions in Hegel’s Logic

10:50 - 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:20 Sebastian Rödl (Leipzig) The Universality of the Animal

12:20 - 13:00 Filip Niklas (Warwick) Animal Differentiation as Assimilation: Exploring Hegel’s Speculative Idea of Digestion with Biology and Anatomy

13:00 -15:00 Lunch

15:00 - 16:00 Christopher Yeomans (Purdue) Animal Embodiment as a Condition of Spatial and Temporal Perspective 

18:10 - 18:50 Andrea Gambarotto (Louvain) Teleological Realism, Normative Naturalism and the Life-Mind Continuity Thesis: Theoretical Roadmaps from Hegel’s Philosophy of Biology’

16:40 - 17:10 Break

17:10 - 18:10 Alison Stone (Lancaster) Hegel, Philosophy of Nature, and Naturalism

Friday 21st

9:10 - 10:00 Heikki Ikäheimo (Sydney, UNSW) Hegel and Liberal Naturalism

10:10 - 10:50 Ana Maria Guzmán Olmos (Bonn) Hegel’s Negative Excess and The Automation of Thought

10:50 - 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 - 12:20 Arvi Särkelä (Luzerne) Negative Organicism: Adorno, Emerson and the Idea of a Disclosing Critique of Society

12:20 - 13:00 Federica Gregoratto (St. Gallen) Passion and the Nature of Freedom: from Hegel to Adorno

13:00 - 14:40 Lunch

14:40 - 15:40 Luca Corti (Padova) Hegel’s Anthropology and Naturalism

15:40 - 16:20 Ana Munte (Tübingen) Hegel’s Philosophy of Spirit - An Attempt to Avoid the Trap of Naturalism

16:20 - 16:50 Break

16:50 - 17:30 Donatien Costa (Milan/Paris Nanterre) Land and Recognition in Hegel's Jena Writings

Scientific Organization

Guido Seddone (University of Parma)

Italo Testa (University of Parma)

- This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation

programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 704127 - 

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