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CFA: “Reception, Transformation, Criticism – Hegel and Early Modern Philosophy” (Heidelberg, 23-24 October, 2020)

We are glad to announce that a call for abstracts is now open for the bilingual workshop Reception, Transformation, Criticism – Hegel and Early Modern Philosophy, which will take place at the University of Heidelberg on October 23rd-24th, 2020.

Deadline: April 12th.

Below you can find the text of the call.


Reception, Transformation, Criticism – Hegel and Early Modern Philosophy / Rezeption, Transformation, Kritik – Hegel und die Philosophie der frühen Neuzeit

Bilingual workshop, University of Heidelberg, October 23-24, 2020.

Featured speakers:
Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex)
Anton F. Koch (Heidelberg)
James Kreines (Claremont McKenna)
Christopher Yeomans (Purdue)

Organized by Sebastian Stein (Heidelberg) & Ansgar Lyssy (Heidelberg)

While Hegel’s philosophy is often read as an answer to Kant’s project of transcendental philosophy, there are good reasons to think of Hegel as building on other early modern ideas. While he discusses, transforms, adapts, and/or criticizes these from a distinctly post-Kantian perspective, he does so in a highly original and often provocative way.

This workshop is intended to discuss Hegel’s relationship to pre-Kantian thought. We are open to a great spectrum of themes and topics dealing with all aspects of Hegel’s relation to his predecessors in the Early Modern period (including Enlightenment philosophers), for example:

  • Spinoza’s ideas and Leibnizian themes in Hegel’s metaphysics;
  • Hegel’s philosophy of religion and the Enlightenment’s critique of religion;
  • the predecessors of Hegel’s philosophy of nature (Leibniz, Newton, but also Buffon, Blumenbach, Stahl etc.);
  • natural right theories from Grotius over Locke, Achenwall and Kant in Hegel;
  • Hegel’s political ideas as an answer to early modern republicanism and cosmopolitanism;
  • the philosophy of history from Vico to Hegel;

Abstracts of up to one page (or 700 words), prepared for blind review and written either in English or German can be send to until April 12th. While we are trying to secure some funding for travel and accommodation expenses, it is advisable that speakers do not plan their travels on this contingency.


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