Kantian Foundations of Democracy

August 5, 2022 - August 6, 2022
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

Blindernveien 31
Oslo 0371


  • Research Council of Norway


Università degli Studi di Catania
University of York
University of Oslo
University of Maryland, Baltimore County


University of Oslo

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This workshop explores the legal and political philosophy of those who in the 1790s sought to develop a Kantian legal and political philosophy.

Deadline for submission of abstract is 1. February, 2022.


Recent years have seen a new interest in exploring philosophers in Kant’s context, both for their significance to Kant and in their own right. This workshop explores the legal and political philosophy of those who in the 1790s sought to develop a Kantian legal and political philosophy. These “Kantians” include, but are not limited to, Johann Benjamin Erhard, Salomon Maimon, Karl Heinrich Heydenreich, Johann Adam Bergk, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Johann Heinrich Tieftrunk, Johann Anselm Feuerbach, Ludwig Heinrich Jakob, Elise Reimarus, Theodor Schmalz, Friedrich Schlegel, and the early Johann Gottlieb Fichte. The workshop explores their views of what we today call democracy, but which at the time was often called republicanism, i.e. the legal and political principles for a constitution establishing equality, freedom, political rights, popular sovereignty, and the rule of law. The workshop welcomes abstracts for papers on these philosophers as well as papers on their relation to Kant. It is also possible to submit abstracts for papers on Kant if connected to his followers.

The workshop will take place at the University of Oslo, August 5 and 6, 2022.

Confirmed speakers

Luigi Caranti (Università di Catania)
James Clarke (University of York)
Michael Nance (University of Maryland)

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Abstracts should be limited to 500 words. Submission deadline 1. February, 2022. Please submit title and abstract in this online form: 


Notification of acceptance by February 14, 2022. The workshop is planned as a physical event but we may evaluate whether to enable participation by zoom. The workshop is the first annual workshop of the project Kantian Foundations of Democracy, please find more information here:


The project covers costs for travel and accommodation. We welcome abstracts from established scholars, early career researchers, and PhD students. Feel free to take contact if you have questions about possible topics for papers. There may be an option for papers to be included in a journal issue or an edited volume following the workshop. Questions can be directed to [email protected]

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