Norms of Freedom in Kant & Hegel

April 12, 2013 - April 13, 2013
Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago

Student Center East, Room 302, 3rd Floor Conference Tower
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago 60607
United States


  • Alexander Humboldt Foundation
  • Normative Orders

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Stephen Engstrom
University of Pittsburgh
Paul Guyer
Brown University
Rahel Jaeggi
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Thomas Khurana
Frankfurt University
Christoph Menke
Frankfurt University
Terry Pinkard
Georgetown University
Dirk Setton
Goethe University of Frankfurt


Thomas Khurana
Goethe University of Frankfurt
Sally Sedgwick
University of Illinois, Chicago

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For both Kant and Hegel, a human will is fully free only if it appropriately realizes its capacity of practical rationality.  For both philosophers, becoming free requires acts of self-constitution.  But by what means is the self-constitution of a free will possible?  Kant grants that institutions such as education can serve as catalysts to activate what he refers to as our “moral compass.”  Kant does not however hold that experience or education has a part to play in shaping the compass itself.  The inner compass is a law of pure practical reason; its nature is thus not dependent upon contingent historical conditions or institutions.  In contrast, Hegel’s view seems to be that social institutions do more than merely assist the activation of practical reason’s norms or laws; they in addition play a role in the very constitution of those laws (and thus in the constitution of practical reason itself).  This conference explores Kantian and Hegelian perspectives on the constitution of human freedom.

Organizers Sally Sedgwick (UIC)   Thomas Khurana (Goethe University)

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April 11, 2013, 8:00am CST

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