Right and Virtue: Kant and Early Modern German Philosophy

August 3, 2022 - August 4, 2022
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK), University of Oslo

Blindernveien 31
Oslo 0371

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The workshop explores the relationship between ethics and political philosophy, considering their separation in the Kantian tradition in its relation to the pre-Kantian prototype.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 March 2022.


For decades, Kant scholars have debated over the relationship between right and virtue, or political philosophy and ethics in contemporary parlance. The debate has resulted in yet unresolved three positions: (1) right has priority over virtue; (2) virtue has priority over right; and (3) they are independent of each other. The workshop seeks to shed a fresh light on this debate by combining two methodologies: a detailed analysis of Kant’s and Kantian philosophy; and the history of early modern German philosophy. The early modern German philosophers include, but are not limited to, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), Christian Thomasius (1655–1728), Christian Wolff (1679–1754), Christian August Crusius (1715–75), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714–62), and Moses Mendelssohn (1729–86). In this context, the workshop explores the resources of Kantian and early modern German philosophy to scrutinize issues in contemporary practical philosophy, which arise from the tension between ethics and political philosophy. 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 that solely draw on Kant, provided that they adhere to the main theme of the workshop.

This workshop will take place at the University of Oslo on 3 and 4 August 2022 (both in person and online).

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Abstracts should be limited to 500 words. Please submit the title and abstract by 1 March 2022 via this online form.


Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 March 2022. The workshop is a part of the project DEKANT, which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101027095. To learn more about this project, please find further information here.


A travel bursary of up to NOK 5,000 (roughly €500) will be available to selected speakers if they wish to participate in the workshop in person. We welcome abstracts from established scholars, early career researchers, and PhD students. Feel free to ask 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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