Kant's Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone

A Conference at the University of Leipzig, 22-24 June 2018

This conference will explore the importance of Kant’s Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone for an understanding of (1) local interpretive difficulties that arise within each of Kant’s three critiques, (2) the critical philosophy as a whole, and (3) the German-Idealist reception of Kant’s philosophy.

The conference is organized jointly by Jim Conant (Leipzig), Eli Friedlander (Tel-Aviv) and Johannes Haag (Potsdam) and Gilad Nir (Leipzig), and it is funded by the German Israeli Fund (GIF), the University of Chicago Center for German Philosophy, the Humboldt Foundation and the FAGI.


This conference will have a workshop format: the papers will be distributed in advance and participants will be expected to have read them. To get access to the password protected page on which the materials will be posted, please contact Gilad Nir at gilad.nir [at] uni-leipzig.de


Anastasia Berg (Cambridge)
Stephen Engstrom (Pittsburgh)
Paul Franks (Yale)
Eli Friedlander  (Tel-Aviv)
Wolfram Gobsch (Leipzig)
Andrea Kern (Leipzig)
Karin Nisenbaum (Colgate)
Julia Peters (Tübingen)
Lara Ostaric (Temple)


Jim Conant (Chicago/Leipzig)
Johannes Haag (Potsdam)
Jonas Held (Leipzig)
Till Hoeppner
Jean-Phillipe Narboux (Bordeaux)
Alenxandra Newton (UIUC)
Benjamin Pollock (Hebrew University)
Bojanowski, Jochen (UIUC)
Pirmin Stekeler (Leipzig)

Contact: gilad.nir [at] uni-leipzig.de

Conference Materials

The conference papers will be posted to this password protected page on June 8.

To gain access, please contact Gilad Nir, gilad.nir [at] uni-leipzig.de

Conference Program          

All sessions to take place at Alte Schlosserei, Kurt-Eisner-Strasse 66 (Hinterhaus)

June 22

10:00–10:15 Coffee

10:15–12:15 Good and evil in human nature

Speaker: Stephen Engstrom

Moderator: Johannes Haag

12:15–14:15 Lunch Break

14:15–16:15 Kant’s Gesinnung: The Fundamental Ground of Choice 

Speaker: Julia Peters

Moderator: Till Hoeppner

16:15–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:30 Kant and Schelling on radical evil 

Speaker: Lara Ostaric

Moderator: Jochen Bojanowski

June 23

10:00–10:15 Coffee

10:15–12:15 Kant and Schelling 

Speaker: Karin Nisenbaum

Moderator: Pirmin Stekeler 

12:15–14:15 Lunch Break

14:15–16:15 The Highest Good: Practical, Reflective, Religious

Speaker: Eli Friedlander

Moderator: Jean Phillipe Narboux  

16:15–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:30 Kant’s Doctrine of Radical Evil

Speaker: Wolfram Gobsch

Moderator: Sasha Newton

June 24

10:00–10:15 Coffee

10:15–12:15 On Moral Self-Improvement

Speaker: Andrea Kern

Moderator: Jim Conant

12:15–14:15 Lunch Break

14:15–16:15 Evil or Only Immature? Reconciling Freedom and Kant’s Grades of Moral Evil

Speaker: Anastasia Berg

Moderator: Jonas Held

16:15–16:30 Coffee Break

16:30–18:30 Racism, radical evil and anti-Judaism

Speakers: Paul Franks and Sarah Zager

Moderator: Benjamin Pollock  

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