International Conference: “Idea of Good. Die Idee des Guten bei Kant und Hegel” (Ljubljana, 17-19 May, 2022)

International Conference: "Idea of Good. Die Idee des Guten bei Kant und Hegel" (Ljubljana, 17-19 May, 2022) 1

We are glad to give notice of the International Conference: Idea of Good. Die Idee des Guten bei Kant und Hegel that will take place in Ljubljana (Goethe Institut Ljubljana, Mirje 12, Conference Room) on May 17th-19th, 2022.

The conference is jointly organized by Zdravko Kobe (Univerza v Ljubljani) and Sebastian Rödl (Universität Leipzig).

Below you can find the general presentation and the program of the event.


Die Idee des Guten bei Kant und Hegel

In Kant, morality stands for a special kind of obligation that binds finite rational beings simply in virtue of their being rational. His idea of autonomy, his insistence that the good is irreducible to the pleasant or the useful, even his second Copernican Turn declaring that the concept of the good must conform to the moral law, not the other way around – they can all be understood as a corollary of his peculiar association of moral obligation with the unity of reason. However, when he descends to the level of action, Kant struggles to produce a specific determination of his idea of the good or explain convincingly how a moral subject is capable of evil deeds. Hegel for his part attributed this problem to the fact that Kant relied on an abstract, formal, impoverished und ultimately flawed view on reason. To maintain Kant’s philosophical legacy, he found himself bound to formulate a much richer conception of reason, in which thinking and willing, singular and universal, subject and substance were integrated into a free, self-determining realisation of the concept. Nothing less is required, Hegel thought, to grasp the idea of good adequately.

The goal of the workshop is to articulate the idea of good in the conceptual field between Kant and Hegel and to determine its implications for contemporary philosophy, theology and jurisprudence.


May 17 (9:00–13:30)

9:00 – 10:00 Sebastian Rödl, The Idea of the Good: Life, Justice, Love
10:00 – 11:00 Florian Gazinger, Moral Law and Ethical Love: Hegel on the Formalism of Moral Conscience
11:30-12:30 Martin Hergouth, Hegel’s Intervention in Kantian Ethical Framework: The Problem of Multiple Subjects
12:30-13:30 Giulia La Rocca, Hegel and the Right of Evil

May 18 (9:00–13:30)

9:00 – 10:00 Zdravko Kobe, Individuality of Reason: The Logical Place of the Evil in Kant and Hegel
10:00 – 11:00 Michael Frey, The Opacity of the Good
11:30 – 12:30 Bojana Jovićević, The Rationality of Evil: Towards an Immanent Reconstruction of Hegel’s Theory of Evil
12:30 – 13:30 Armando Manchisi, What We Talk About When We Talk About Good? On the Structural Role of the Practical Idea in Hegel’s Logic

May 19 (9:00–12:30)

9:00 – 10:00 Anna Lenna Weyand, Marx on Alienation and the Good
10:00 – 11:00 Marcus Quent, Catastrophe and Totality: The Idea of Humanity in the Nuclear Threat
11:30 – 12:30 Goran Vranešević, The Drive for the Good World to Come: Hegel’s Conceptualisation of Beginnings end End

For more information please visit the website of the event.


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