Self-Consciousness and Objectivity – A Conference with Sebastian Rödl

A Conference at the University of Chicago, October 5th to 7th 2018


About the Conference:

In his latest book, Self-Consciousness and Objectivity, Sebastian Rödl undermines a foundational dogma of contemporary philosophy: that knowledge, in order to be objective, must be knowledge of something that is as it is, independent of being known to be so. He revives the thought—as ancient as philosophy but largely forgotten today—that knowledge, precisely on account of being objective, is self-knowledge: knowledge knowing itself.

At the conference, this difficult but promising thought will be examined and discussed by eight distinguished invited speakers. In the ninth and final session, Sebastian Rödl will respond to the papers presented.


The recordings of the talks and discussions can be found here. The papers can be found here. The password for the recordings is the same as for the papers.


October 5th to 7th, 2018


University of Chicago
Franke Institute for the Humanities

1100 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637



Conference Program:

Friday, 5 October 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Idealism, Subjects and Science – Comments on Sebastian Rödl’s Self-Consciousness and Objectivity
Patricia Kitcher (Columbia)

Moderator: Jonathan Lear (Chicago)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Am I Anonymous?
Martijn Wallage (Leipzig)

Moderator: Matt Boyle (Chicago)

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Philosophy as the Articulation of Judgment
Adrian Haddock (Stirling)

Moderator: Jonas Held (Leipzig)

Saturday, 6 October 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Self-knowledge and Knowledge of Nature: On the Speculative Character of their Identity
Thomas Khurana (Essex)

Moderator: Jason Bridges (Chicago)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Not So Simple Powers
Jesse Mulder (Utrecht)

Moderator: Alexandra Newton (Urbana-Champaign)

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Linguistic Turn Away From Absolute Idealism
Irad Kimhi (Chicago)

Moderator: James Conant (Chicago)

Sunday, 7 October 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wolfram Gobsch (Leipzig)

Moderator: Julia Peters (Tübingen)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Persons and Knowledge
Glenda Satne (University of Wollongong)

Moderator: Anastasia Berg (Cambridge)

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Reply to Discussants by Sebastian Rödl

Moderator: Matthias Haase (Chicago)

The conference is not ‘read-ahead’. Each session consists of a one-hour presentation and then one hour of discussion. However, for those interested, the papers where the author agreed to make them available beforehand can be found here.

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