CONFERENCE: Hegel and the Unity of Science (Purdue University, 24th-25th February)

We are happy to give notice of the conference Hegel and the Unity of Science, which will be held at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) on 24th-25th February 2020 (East Faculty Lounge of the Purdue Memorial Union, PMU 240).


G.W.F. Hegel was adamant that any philosophy worthy of the name had to be systematic, and thus to do justice to the specific spheres of knowledge as well as demonstrating their unity. Only so could our knowledge become scientific, and our (natural) science become knowledge. This conference will explore different aspects of this problem from the scientific nature of philosophical thinking itself to the philosophical nature of Hegel’s reflections on natural science.


Monday, Febraury 24th, 2020

10:00 am: Elise Frketich (KU Leuven/Purdue) “Kant and Hegel on Biology and Individuation”
11:20 am: Coffee Break
11:35 am: Christian Martin (LMU Munich) “Our three attitudes towards nature”
12:55 pm: Lunch
2:25 pm: Marina Bykova (NC State) “Hegel’s concept of nature and the systematic place of his philosophy of nature”
3:45 pm: Coffee Break
4:00 pm: Andreja Novakovic (UC Berkeley) “Self-Surprise in Hegel’s Science of Logic”
5:20 pm: Coffee Break
5:35 pm: Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego) “The unity of logic as a science”
6:55 pm: Finish

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

9:00 am: Sebastian Stein (Heidelberg) “Hegel on the truth-conditions of empirical and philosophical knowledge about nature”
10:20 am: Coffee Break
10:35 am: Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer (Leipzig) “Nature, Spirit, and their Logic. Hegel‘s Encyclopedia as an order of the Sciences”
11:55 am: Lunch
1:25 pm: Ansgar Lyssy (Heidelberg) “Understanding things by using them – Causation, purpose and life in Hegel”
2:45 pm: Coffee Break
3:00 pm: Luca Corti (Padova) “Hegel, Naturalism and Cognition”
4:20 pm: Coffee Break
4:35 pm: Elvira Basevich (UMass Lowell) “What is an Anti-Racist Philosophy of Race in Kant and Hegel?”


This conference has been generously supported by the Departments of Philosophy at Purdue University, the University of Heidelberg, and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

For further information, please visit the page of the event.

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