Limiting Concepts in Kant and German Idealism

A Conference at the University of Potsdam, 1–2 July 2019

In his critical philosophy Kant makes ample use of limiting concepts. What is the methodological function of these concepts? Are they functioning as “mere negations which affect a quantity so far as it is not absolutely complete” (Schranke) or do they “presuppose a space existing outside of a certain definite place and enclosing it” (Grenze; Prol. §57 [4:352])? Many of Kant’s limiting concepts were taken up and transformed in German Idealism. The aim of this conference is to examine the many ways in which the themes of limiting concepts and concepts of limitation were addressed by Kant and the German Idealism tradition. Contributors will consider how these philosophers took up issues such as limit, boundary, limitation, finitude, end in their own thinking and used them in the various fields of philosophy.




Roy AMIR (Hebrew University/Potsdam)

Bianca ANCILLOTTI (Leipzig)

Dina EMUNDTS (FU Berlin)

Eckart FÖRSTER (Johns Hopkins)


Florian GANZINGER (Leipzig)


Johannes HAAG (Potsdam)

Till HOEPPNER (Potsdam/Chicago)

Noam HOFFER (Bar-Ilan)

Manja KISNER (München)

Christian MARTIN (Leipzig)

Julia PETERS (Tübingen/Columbia)

Francey RUSSELL (Chicago/Yale)

Program (click for PDF)



University of Potsdam
Institute of Philosophy


1-2 July 2019



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