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Conference: “The Aristotelian God and German Idealism: The Absolute as Actuality, Activity, or Thought” (Berlin, 12th July 2018)

We are happy to announce that the conference The Aristotelian God and German Idealism: The Absolute as Actuality, Activity, or Thought will take place at Humboldt University (Berlin) on 12th July 2018.

Below the description and full program of the conference.



The German idealists had a great interest in Aristotle’s Metaphysics. In this conference, speakers will explore the German idealists’ ways of pursuing philosophical questions they found in Aristotle. For example, is there an argument from the claim that thought is self-referential to the conclusion that thought must be pure activity? Are there other arguments for the conclusion that there must be an absolute or a God that is an unmoved mover or pure actuality? Should we conclude from Aristotelian considerations either that a kind of thought—thought thinking itself—is absolute? Or rather that there are limitations of thought?




9.00: Welcome

9.10: Zaida Olvera (UAEM / UNAM), Metaphysics and Biology. Hegel’s Account of Actuality Through Aristotle’s Theory of Generation
Comment by Karin Nisenbaum (Colgate University)

11.20: James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College), The Absolute as Self-Determining Thought: The Use of Aristotle’s Metaphysics in Hegel’s Arguments
Comment by Jake McNulty (Columbia University)

14.40: Brady Bowman (Penn State University), Act, Movement, End: Aristotelian Theology in Schelling’s Weltalter
Comment by Johannes-Georg Schülein (Ruhr Universität Bochum)

17.00 Marcela García  (UMSNH / UNAM), Schelling’s Critical Reading of Aristotelian Metaphysics 
Comment by Jeanne Allard (McGill University)


Registration: Everyone is welcome to attend. Please register by sending an email to aristoteliangod@gmail.com

Organization: Marcela García and James Kreines

Venue: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Raum 2249a

The conference takes place with support from the Chair for Classical German Philosophy, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Download the conference poster here.

Conference: "The Aristotelian God and German Idealism: The Absolute as Actuality, Activity, or Thought" (Berlin, 12th July 2018)

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