We are pleased to announce that a call for papers has been opened for the fourth International Congress of the Latin American Fichte Society (ALEF). The event will be held in Buenos Aires from 14th to 16th September, under the title of “Fichte en el Laberinto del Idealismo”.
Although the Doctrine of Science can be characterized as “idealism”, such a characterization would be for his author, Fichte, insufficient. Indeed, concerning his philosophy and the systems of his contemporaries, Fichte never speaks of “idealism” without giving any specification, but always adds some precision: transcendent, dogmatic, critical, critical-transcendental, practical, quantitative, qualitative. In the particular case of the Doctrine of Science, Fichte’s idealism appears in combination with a certain kind of realism and, put in the words of Fichte, with the spirit of “well-understood Kantianism”.
Within the Fichtean universe the term idealism becomes thus a misnomer. The idealist field, far from being a transparent background for the philosopher, is shown with all cruelty as a labyrinth of meanings in constant hegemonic struggle. As it is known, Fichte takes advantage of this plurivocity for distinguishing his own idealism from other modern philosophical positions such as Kant, Spinoza, Berkeley, Descartes, Maimon, Reinhold, Jacobi and Schelling. In the ongoing confrontation between the doctrine of science and its “enemies”, Fichte’s doctrine of science wants to be considered as the idealism that really enables man to emerge victorious from this tangled philosophical labyrinth.
The Fourth International Congress ALEF invites to investigate Fichte’s conception of idealism, paying special attention to the points of continuity and rupture with Kant and the differences and similarities between Fichte and other representatives of idealism. It is therefore an invitation to think and rethink Fichte’s place and function within the movement usually known as German idealism as well as to develop a critical eye upon the reception of the Doctrine of Science in the light of both the historiographical evidence published on recent years and the development of contemporary philosophy.
Günther Zöller (Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München)
Tom Rockmore (Peking University)
Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel (University of Ottawa)
Ives Radrizzani (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)
José Luis Villacañas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Christoph Asmuth (Technische Universität Berlin)
Diogo Ferrer (Universidade de Coimbra)
Virginia López Domínguez
Deadline for submitting abstracts (max. 250 words): 1 March 2016.
Accepted languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, French and Italian.