Guest Seminars & Lectures

Upcoming Guest Seminars and Lectures

Wintersemester 2018

Self, and Self-Consciousness, in Action, and in Others.

Lucy O’Brien (UCL)

Dates
Mondays: Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10
Thursdays: Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13

Times
Mondays: 13:15 – 16:00
Thursdays: 11:15 – 14:00

Location: GWZ-building, Beethovenstrasse 15, Room 3215

This course will introduce students to elements of Lucy O‘Brien‘s work in two areas: it will, first, look at the relation between what we want to say about agents, their awareness of themselves, and their actions. This will involve looking at some relatively recent papers: ‚Ambulo Ergo Sum‘ and ‚Actions as Prime‘. A new paper ‚I, myself, move‘, looking very directly at the relation between our account of agents and our account of actions, will also be presented. The course will involve, as background reading, papers by John Campbell, Chris Peacocke, Tim Williamson, Helen Steward and others. The second part of the course will consider the nature of interpersonal self-consciousness and social emotions and social value. We will look an already published piece on ‚Ordinary Self-Consciousness‘, as well as current work on shameful self consciousness, and on shame and social value. Again this will involve back ground reading, with work by Sartre, Taylor, Velleman, Frederickson and Roberts, and others.

If you would like to participate in this seminar, please contact dawa.ometto [at] uni-leipzig.de

Sommersemester 2019

Die Realität des Denkens: Vom Logischen über die Natur zur Sprache

Christian Martin (München)

Intensiv Seminar

5. April – 17. Mai

Das Reale – der Inbegriff dessen, was kein Gedanke ist – lässt sich philosophisch nicht dadurch erkennen, dass man es geradehin, somit aber gleichsam erfahrungsmäßig, betrachtet, sondern nur vermittelt über eine Untersuchung der Gedanken als solcher. 

Der „linguistic turn“ besteht im Nachweis, dass die logische Form an Ausdruck gekoppelt ist. Im Seminar betrachten wir zunächst, an die Fregekritik Wittgensteins und Irad Kimhis anschließend, eine Begründung des linguistic turn. Beiden entgegen soll dann gezeigt werden, dass sich von der Einsicht, dass die logische Form Ausdruck – eine reale Gestalt – erfordert, nicht unmittelbar zu einer philosophischen Betrachtung der Sprache übergehen lässt. Dem hat eine philosophische Untersuchung des Realen – des materiellen Raum-Zeit-Kontinuums – voranzugehen, das Ausdrücke als solche voraussetzen. 

Wir werden im Seminar daher Grundzüge einer apriorischen Naturphilosophie diskutieren, die den realen Raum als notwendiges Komplement des logischen erweist. So soll zugleich einsichtig werden, dass Denken eine Aktivität ist, die Verkörperung erfordert. Anschließend befassen wir uns mit dem Nachweis, dass die erste Stufe des Denkens, die eigentümliche logische Formen mit sich bringt, notwendig vorsprachlich ist: Wir alle beginnen als infantile Denker, bevor wir zu diskursiven Denkern werden. – Abschließend befassen wir uns mit dem Sachverhalt, dass sich die logischen Formen desjenigen Denkens, das im Gebrauch der Sprache besteht, nur angemessen verstehen lassen, wenn dieses als Transformation vorsprachlichen Denkens aufgefasst wird. 

Seminarplan

Block
5. April & 6. April
10:00 – 13:00 & 14:30 – 17:30

Wöchentlich
Freitags
12., 19., 26., April, 2., 10., 17., Mai
10:00-13:00

Wintersemester 2019

Revisionist and non-revisionist conceptions of philosophy in the analytic tradition

Martin Gustafsson (Åbo)

Intensiv Seminar

November-December, 2019

More details TBA

Past Guest Seminars and Lectures

Winter Semester 2018/19

Cora Diamond (UVA)

Intensive Seminar
October  12–13, 19–20 & 26–27, 2018

For more details on the seminar, including a syllabus, click here.

The seminar has been recorded, and the recordings may be found here (password protected folder).

If you would like to access the seminar recordings, please contact gilad.nir [at] uni-leipzig.de

Summer Semester 2018

Martin Stone (Cardozo Law School)

Intensive Seminar
July 2–13, 2018

Recent years have seen an awakening of interest in Kant’s political philosophy. This seminar will afford an opportunity to engage in close reading and analysis of the primary text on which Kant’s political philsosophy is based, “The Doctrine of Right,” the first part of his Metaphysics of Morals. Guided by Kant’s principle that systemic unity is the mark of true philosophy, we will work to see if we can make sense of the text in these terms, focusing mainly on three of its major interconnected themes: Kant’s idea of freedom-as-independence, his account of private property (and other acquired) rights, and his account of political authority and its proper mandate. Although our primary focus will be on the text itself, we will consider a few secondary readings which bring out some of the controversies to which these themes have recently given rise. Finally, toward the end of the seminar, we will consider substantial excerpts from two contemporary elaborations of Kant’s ideas in the area of legal theory:  Ernest Weinrib’s seminal The Idea of Private Law and Arthur Ripstein’s more recent Private Wrongs.

If you would like to participate in this seminar, please contact dawa.ometto [at] uni-leipzig.de

Time, Dates and Place

The seminar meets at the following locations and dates, between 14:00 – 17:00:

Monday July 2 (GWZ 2215)
Wednesday July 4 (GZW 2116)
Friday July 6 (GZW 2116)
Monday July 9 (GWZ 2116)
Wednesday July 11 (GWZ 2116)
Friday July 13 (GWZ 2116)

 

A Spirit of Trust IV

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

Vorlesungsreihe FAGI-Humboldt Lectures
June 4–7, 2018

Fortsetzung der
Vorlesungsreihe zu Hegels Phänomenologie des Geistes
vom WiSe 2015/16, SoSe 2016 und SoSe 2017

Robert Brandom erklärt, was wir heute noch von Hegel lernen können. In seiner bald erscheinenden systematischen Interpretation der hegelschen Phänomenologie des Geistes bringt Brandom Hegel in einen fruchtbaren Dialog mit aktueller Handlungstheorie, Metaphysik, Sozialontologie und Sprachphilosophie. Brandom zeigt unter anderem, wie Hegel schon lange vor Wittgenstein nicht nur das grundlegende Problem des Regelfolgens klar gesehen hat, sondern auch eine Lösung vorschlägt, die auf der sozialen Natur von Normen beruht. Über etwa zwei Jahre hinweg wird Brandom sein gesamtes Manuskript in dieser Vorlesungsreihe – mit jeweils einigen Vorlesungen – vorstellen und mit Zuhörern diskutieren.

Die Vorlesungsreihe wird durch Brandoms Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis der Humboldt Stiftung möglich gemacht und findet unter der Schirmherrschaft des Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism statt.

Die Vorlesungsreihe begann im Dezember 2015. Die bereits gehaltenen Vorträge vom Teil I, II und III können Sie auf der Seite des Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism (s.u.) nachhören.Graduate Summer Co

Teil IV – Hegel on Agency

Montag, 04.06.2018, 17-19
Lecture 1:  “Some Post-Davidsonian Elements of Hegel’s Theory of Agency”
Venue: Vortragssaal der Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6, 04107 Leipzig, Erdgeschoss

Dienstag, 05.06.2018, 17-19
Lecture 2:  “Agency, Intention, and the Expressive Determination of Content”
Venue: Vortragssaal der Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6, 04017 Leipzig, Erdgeschoss

Donnerstag, 07.06.2017, 17-19
Lecture 3:  “Heroism and Magnanimity: The Post-Modern Form of Self-Conscious Agency”
Venue: Vortragssaal der Bibliotheca Albertina, Beethovenstraße 6, 04107 Leipzig, Erdgeschoss

A Spirit of Trust – Hegel on Agency

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

Graduate Summer Course / FAGI-Humboldt
June 5 & 7, 2018

Robert Brandom is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He did groundbreaking work in semantics, the philosophy of mind, and epistemology. Much of his work is inspired by Hegel and he is currently writing a book on Hegel.

The Course accompanies Brandom’s three lectures on the reason chapter of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Accordingly, the course will focus on Brandom’s reading of Hegel. Topics will include: What makes something an intentional doing? What does thinking about practical reasoning add to Hegel’s account of conceptual content?  How does Hegel think that the heroic conception of agency can be re-achieved in a post-modern form of practical self-consciousness structured by Vernunft instead of Verstand?

05.06.2018, 9-13
N.N.
Venue: Seminarraum am Institut für Philosophie, GWZ 2116, Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig (Haus 2, 1. Etage)

07.06.2017, 9-13
N.N.
Venue: Seminarraum am Institut für Philosophie, GWZ 2116, Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig (Haus 2, 1. Etage)

Registration
If you wish to attend please contact: Andrea Busch (busch[at]uni-leipzig.de).
The number of places available is limited.

Winter Semester 2017

Barry Stroud (UC Berkley)

Guest LectureMetaphysical Aspiration
December 11, 2017, 16:00
Vortragssaal Bibliotheca Albertina,
Beethovenstrasse 6, Leipzig

Irad Kimhi (University of Chicago)

Intensive Seminar: The Human (syn/categorematic) Condition
Friday, Oct. 13 10 am – 12 pm GWZ 2115 / 2 pm – 7 pm GWZ 2316
Saturday, Oct. 14 2 pm – 7 pm GWZ 2116
Weekly sessions: Fridays: Oct. 20, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1 – 10 am – 1 pm GWZ 2115

Summer Semester 2017

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

Lecture Series: A Spirit of Trust – Part III – Norms, Self-Consciousness, and Recognition

30.05.2017, 17-19 – Video Recording
The Structure of Desire and Recognition: Self-Consciousness and Self-Constitution
Handout for Lecture 1

31.05.2017, 17-19 – Video Recording
From Subordination, through Autonomy, to Mutual Recognition: Stages in the History of the Metaphysics of Normativity
Handout for Lecture 2

01.06.2017, 17-19 – Video Recording
The Fine Structure of Recognition
Handout for Lecture 3

02.06.2017, 17-19 – Video Recording
The Allegory of Mastery: Semantic and Pragmatic Lessons
Handout for Lecture 4

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

Graduate Summer Course: A Spirit of Trust – Part III: Norms, Self-Consciousness, and Recognition

Summer Semester 2016

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

Lecture Series: A Spirit of Trust – Part II: Mediating the Immediate: The Consciousness Chapters of the Phenomenology

June 27, 2016
Immediacy, Generality, and Recollection
Handout for Lecture 1        Video Recording

June 28, 2016
Understanding the Object/Property Structure in Terms of Negation
Handout for Lecture 2        Video Recording

June 29, 2016
‘Force’ and Understanding—From Object to Concept
Handout for Lecture 3        Video Recording

June 30, 2016
Infinity, Conceptual Idealism, and the Transition to Self-Consciousness
Handout for Lecture 4        Video Recording

Summer Semester 2015

Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

Lecture Series: A Spirit of Trust – Part I: Knowing and Representing Reading (between the lines of) Hegel’s Introduction to the Phenomenology

Einführung

December 14, 2015  – Video Recording 
Conceptual Realism and the Semantic Possibility of Knowledge

December 15, 2015  – Video Recording
Representation and the Experience of Error: A Functionalist Approach to the Distinction between Appearance and Reality

December 16, 2015  – Video Recording
Following the Path of Despair to a Bacchanalian Revel: The Emergence of the Second, True, Object