The Concept of Drive in Classical German Philosophy: Between Biology, Anthropology, and Metaphysics

October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019
LMU Munich

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
München 80539


  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation


Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

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The concept of drive plays a crucial role in Classical German Philosophy for the foundation of theoretical as well as practical philosophy. Moreover, the concept of drive becomes essential in this period not only for philosophy, but also for other areas such as biology, anthropology, and psychology. As such, this concept facilitates new ways to describe nature and to define humans not only as merely natural, but also as cultural and moral beings that possess freedom. In this way, the idealist concept of drive brings together various philosophical traditions such as empiricism, rationalism, and the Enlightenment. The focus of the conference is thus both historical and systematic. Its aim is to portray, reconstruct and discuss the development of the concept of drive from Kant and Herder to Fichte, Schelling and Hegel for the first time. 

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October 5, 2019, 11:00pm CET

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