Conference: “Leuven Kant Conference” (Leuven, 28-30 May 2020)

We are glad to announce that the Leuven Kant Conference will go online. An adapted version of the conference will be organised by using the video conferencing tool Zoom. The event will take place on May 28th-30st 2020.

Registration is free but obligatory. The deadline for registration is May 15th.

Organisers: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven, Arnaud Pelletier (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Simon Truwant (KU Leuven), Henny Blomme (KU Leuven), Stephen Howard (KU Leuven), Luciano Perulli (KU Leuven), Pierpaolo Betti (KU Leuven)

Below you can find the general presentation of the conference, the list of the keynote speakers and the programme of the event.


“The light dove, cleaving the air in its free flight, and feeling its resistance, might imagine that its flight would be even easier in empty space.” (CPR, A5/B8).

While the current crisis deeply affects our society in many ways, it need not entail the impossibility of the social and intellectual exchanges that academic conferences provide. In order to create, at this difficult time, a platform where Kant scholars can share their ideas, receive support and feedback, and create new bonds, we decided to organize an adapted version of the conference by using the video conferencing tool Zoom.

Apart from the three keynote speakers, the 21 researchers who were originally selected will present papers on various aspects of Kant’s philosophy. The papers have been assigned to seven panels, each of which will last 90 minutes. The papers (3000-4000 words) will be circulated in advance among the participants in a specific panel. In each case, a short introduction by the presenter will be followed by questions and discusion. For this reason, all participants are expected to have prepared questions on the texts. Each panel will consist of a maximum of 20 participants.

In order to allow as many people as possible to participate, the conference will take place between 14.00 – 19.00 CET (Thursday – Friday) and 12.30 – 19.30 CET (Saturday).

Keynote speakers

Katerina Deligiorgi (University of Sussex, UK)

Patricia Kauark-Leite (Federal University of Minas Gerais, BR)

John Zammito (Rice University, USA) ​​​​​​



14:00 – 15:30 Panel 1: Issues in Political Philosophy

Chair: Henny Blomme (KU Leuven)

14:00 – 14:30  Paola Romero (King’s College London), What it Takes to Will Together: A Sketch of Kant’s Account of Public Legislation

14:30 – 15:00 Christoph Kiem (Universität Leipzig), The Categorical Imperative and the Right to Coercion

15:00 – 15:30 Stefano Lo Re (University of St Andrews), Kant on Moderation in Defence of Rights

16:00 – 17:30 Panel 2: Kant and his German Predecessors

Chair: Arnaud Pelletier (ULB)

16:00 – 16:30 Pierpaolo Betti (KU Leuven), Kant’s Mature Non-Physical Monadology

16:30 – 17:00 Lorenzo Sala (Goethe Universität Frankfurt), The Correspondence between the Categories and the Forms of Judgement Explained in Light of its Historical Roots

17:00 – 17:30 Caleb Reidy (University of Pittsburgh), Transcendental Idealism and Cognitive Finitude

18:00 – 19:00 Keynote 1

Chair: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)

John Zammito (Rice University), A Kuhnian Reconstruction of Kant’s Impact on the Discipline of Philosophy

Respondent: Henny Blomme (KU Leuven)



14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: The Moral Law

Chair: Simon Truwant (KU Leuven)

14:00 – 14:30 Daniele Mezzadri (United Arab Emirates University), Kant on the Nature of Logical (and Moral) Laws

14:30 – 15:00 Luciano Perulli (KU Leuven), The Moral Law and the Highest Good: Kant on Deduction and A Priori Practical Synthesis

15:00 – 15:30 Francesco Mariani (Università di Roma La Sapienza), The Moral Law and Gravity: The “Unknowable Ground” in Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason and the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science

16:00 – 17:30 Panel 4: Natural Theology

Chair: Pierpaolo Betti (KU Leuven)

16:00 – 16:30 Dino Jakušić (University of Warwick), Kant, Wolff and the Object of Metaphysics: Why is Kant’s Proof called Ontological?

16:30 – 17:00 Ignacio Garay (Universidad Austral / Universidad de Navarra), Crusius and the Pre-Critical Kant on the Principle of Determining Reason and the Ontological Argument

17:00 – 17:30 Pavel Reichl (Newcastle University), Kant’s Response to Hume on the Argument from Design

18:00 – 19:00 Keynote 2

Chair: Simon Truwant (KU Leuven)

Katerina Deligiorgi (University of Sussex), Modality and Freedom

Respondent: Michael Olson (Marquette University)



12:00 – 13:30 Keynote 3

Chair: Stephen Howard (KU Leuven)

Patricia Kauark-Leite (Federal University of Minas Gerais – Brasil), The Role of Creative Imagination in Kant’s Theory of Science

Respondent: Jennifer Mensch (Western Sydney University)

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 5: Issues in the Critique of Pure Reason

Chair: Stephen Howard (KU Leuven)

14:00 – 14:30 Jonas Held (Universität Leipzig), Kant on Judgment and Belief

14:30 – 15:00 Eylem Özaltun (Koç University), Kant and the First Person: Does the “I”of I think refer?

15:00 – 15:30 Karin de Boer (KU Leuven), Does the Critique of Pure Reason Amount to A Science?

16:00 – 17:30 Panel 6: Issues in Ethics / Political Philosophy

Chair: Luciano Perulli (KU Leuven)

16:00 – 16:30 Achim Vesper (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Kant’s Mixed Metaethics in the Groundwork

16:30 – 17:00 Robert J. Hartman (Stockholm University), Moral Luck in Kant’s Moral Philosophy

17:00 – 17:30 Michael Gregory (University of Groningen), Kant’s Hylomorphic Concept of Right and the Necessity of the State

18:00 – 19:30 Panel 7: Miscellaneous

Chair: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)

18:00 – 18:30 Pirachula Chulanon (University of Chicago), Kant on the Analogy between Mind and Matter

18:30 – 19:00 Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Kant on Atheism as Schwärmerei

19:00 – 19:30 Kristi Sweet (Texas A&M University), Kant and the Excess of Nature: On Genius and Aesthetic Ideas

For more information, please visit the website of the event.


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