CFP: “UK Kant Society Annual Conference 2019: Problems of Kant’s Philosophy” (Bristol, 11-12 August 2019)

We are glad to inform that a call for papers is now open for the Annual Conference of the UK Kant Society

The conference will take place at the University of Bristol, on August 11th and 12th. The event is organised by Dr Martin Sticker and Dr Joe Saunders.

The deadline for the submission of papers is April 1st, 2019

Below you can find more information about the call and the list of confirmed speakers



This year’s UK Kant Society Conference invites philosophers to address textual or systematic problems with Kant’s or Kantian philosophy. We are interested in new takes on old problems, the raising of unnoticed issues, but also defences of Kant against these problems. The conference seeks to attract not only Kant scholars but also speakers who will discuss the broader implications of Kant and Kantians’ work. It aims to bring together research into the various aspects of Kant’s and Kantian philosophy, including critical discussion of its viability and potency for various current philosophical issues.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Alix Cohen (University of Edinburgh)
Prof. Jens Timmermann (University of St Andrews)
Prof. Kate Moran (Brandeis University)

We welcome submissions from any topic relating to problems in Kant’s and Kantian philosophy, but please see below for some suggested topics:

o The plausibility and systematic potency of central elements of Kant’s theoretical philosophy:
• Kant’s account of freedom and nature
• Transcendental Idealism
• The idea that reason stands in need of a Critique
• The relation of Kant’s theoretical philosophy to non-Euclidian geometry, quantum physics or dialetheism
• Kant and AI
• Epistemic responsibility, the ethics of belief, and epistemic norms.
o The plausibility and systematic potency of central elements of Kant’s practical philosophy:
• The suitability of rational standards, such as universalizability, as supreme principles of morality
• The role of motivation for moral worth and moral evaluation
• The nature and role of maxims
• The problem of rigorism and overdemandingness
• Lying and truthfulness
• Kant’s and Kantian applied ethics in areas such as climate ethics, issues of global poverty and medical ethics.
• Kant’s and Kantian political philosophy and theories of justice.
• Economic and other inequality
• Kant and Kantians on citizenship and refugees
• Kant and populism
o The plausibility and systematic potency of central elements of Kant’s aesthetics, philosophy of the (living) nature, anthropology and philosophy of history:
• Judgement as mediating between the abstract and concrete and the theoretical and practical use of reason.
• Kant’s racism, sexism and his take on colonialism.
• Kant and feminism
• Kant’s account of aesthetic normativity
• The role of fine art in Kant’s Third Critique
o Criticisms of Kant and Kantians from other thinkers, such as Hegel, Sartre, Anscombe, Foot, Wolf, Parfit.

Please submit proposals of no more than 800 words to by April 1st, 2019. Please upload submissions as a pdf attachment and ensure submissions are anonymous. In addition, please complete this form (submissions will not be considered unless this is completed).
We aim to notify applicants of reviewers’ decisions by May 31st, 2019.

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