SUMMER SCHOOL: 4th Immanuel Kant International Summer School (Kaliningrad, 24-30 August 2020)

We are happy to give notice of the 4th Immanuel Kant International Summer School, which this year will be devoted to Kant on the Normativity of Laws: Logic, Natural Science, Ethics. The summer school will be held at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Svetlogorsk (Kaliningrad region, Russia) on 24th-30th August 2020.

The deadline for the submission is: 5th April 2020.


Target audience: advanced bachelor students, master students, PhD students, recent postdocs (with PhD received not before 2017).

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Konstantin Pollok(University of Mainz, Germany)

Scientific Assistants: Prof. Dr. Vadim A. Chaly (Academia Kantiana, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad) and Dr. Rudolf Meer (University of Graz, Austria)

The Academia Kantiana of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University invites applications for participation in the Forth Immanuel Kant International Summer School.

In his critical philosophy Kant argues that the central principles guiding our mind have a peculiar status. They are neither analytic nor a posteriori but rather synthetic a priori. But how can we distinguish between valid and invalid principles that share that status? Moreover, according to Kant, some of these synthetic a priori principles are the normative basis for the validity of our judgments about the world, on one hand, and our volitions, on the other. How does Kant justify his controversial claims about synthetic principles a priori–from the principles of the understanding, to the categorical imperative, to civil rights in a state? The task of the 2020 summer school will be to explore and evaluate Kant’s account of the normativity of those laws and principles. The guiding thread of our lectures and seminars will be marked by the following related questions: (1) how does Kant argue for (deduce) their binding force, or validity, and (2) is there a middle ground between realism and constructivism with respect to Kant’s idea of our reason’s self-legislation?

The summer school will focus on the analysis of central passages from Kant’s works (and a few others), including but not limited to the Critique of Pure Reason, the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science, the Critique of Practical Reason, and his essay on Perpetual Peace.

The summer school consists of lectures, seminars, and readings. Within the framework of the summer school there will also be a scientific conference, in which participants will give their own presentations on a research topic related to Kant’s philosophy, and discuss it with colleagues from different universities of Russia and the world.

School participants are selected on a competitive basis, no more than 20 people. Participation in the summer school is free of charge. Accommodation in Svetlogorsk and daily meal will be paid by our sponsor – the Forum “Petersburger Dialog”.


Thematic program of lectures and seminars:

Lecture 1: Kant’s Revolutionary Account of Normativity

Seminar 1: Kant on Synthetic Judgments A Priori

Lecture 2: Kant’s Transcendental Hylomorphism

Seminar 2: Kant on Logical Normativity

Lecture 3: Self-Legislation and the Laws of Nature

Seminar 3: Kant on the Lawfulness of Natural Laws

Lecture 4: Self-Legislation and the Moral Law

Seminar 4: The Homo Phenomenon-Noumenon Distinction and the Lawfulness of Practical Laws

Lecture 5: Kant and the Natural Right Tradition

Seminar 5: Natural Right and Kant’s Perpetual Peace


Deadline for submission: 5th April 2020

Results of acceptance: 13th April 2020

Location: Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Baltic sea.

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Nina A. Dmitrieva

Requirements for applications


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