Conference: “Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic” (Leuven, 23-24 May 2019)

We are glad to give notice of the conference Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic, which will take place on May 23rd and 24th, 2019 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.


From the webpage of the conference:

The 2019 edition of the Leuven Kant Conference differs from preceding ones in two respects. First, there are no keynote speakers – all speakers are selected on the basis of blind review of their abstracts. Second, the conference is devoted to a specific topic: Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic. Kant famously claimed in a letter to Garve that he was awoken from his dogmatic slumber by his identification of the antinomy of pure reason, which he took to represent ‘the scandal of the ostensible contradiction of reason with itself’. In this sense, the Critique of Pure Reason can be said to owe its impetus to the critique of metaphysics carried out in Transcendental Dialectic, more specifically, its analysis of the ‘natural and unavoidable illusion’ that emerges in attempts to obtain a priori knowledge of the soul, the world as such, and God. However, the section was all-but ignored by many early commentators. Following in the wake of the monographs by Wood, Ameriks, and Grier, more recent studies provide valuably focused accounts of specific parts and aspects of the text. However, they often do not connect Kant’s various claims in the Dialectic and tend to ignore the systematic place of the Dialectic in Kant’s theoretical philosophy.

You can find the full program here or downloaded it as a PDF file.

Leuven Kant Conference Committee: Karin de Boer, Arnaud Pelletier, Simon Truwant.

Organizers: Henny Blomme Karin de Boer Stephen Howard.


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