Conference: “The Transcendental: Past, Present and Future” (Norwich, December 12-13, 2015)

We are pleased to announce the conference on “The Transcendental: Past, Present and Future”, which will be held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, on December 12-13, 2015.


The theme of this conference is the nature and scope of transcendental claims and arguments. A transcendental argument is any argument of the form that x is a necessary condition for the possibility of y, that is, x is an enabling condition of y. Transcendental arguments come in different versions: ontological, epistemological, phenomenological, etc. Recent years have seen a revival of interest in the nature, problems, and prospects of transcendental claims in relation to a variety of philosophical discussions.

The central aim of this conference is to reassess the place of the transcendental in current philosophical discussions by exploring three focal points: (1) examining the origin of transcendental arguments in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. (2) Are there satisfactory responses available against the criticisms that have been raised against transcendental arguments in epistemology? (3) What other applications of the transcendental are possible, outside of epistemological contexts, i.e., phenomenology?

The conference is sponsored by the Aristotelian Society, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Mind Association, the Society for Women in Philosophy, the University of East Anglia (HUM Graduate School).

Conference Programme

12 December 2015

10.00-10.15 Registration and welcome

10.15-11.30 Robert Stern: “Silencing the Sceptic? Can the Appeal to Transcendental Conditions for Thought, Speech or Action Settle Sceptical Concerns?”

11.45-12.45 Paul Giladi: “New Directions for Transcendental Claims”

14.00-15.15 Jessica Leech: “A Transcendental Argument for the Principle of Possibility”

15.30-16.30 Henny Blomme: “Do Transcendental Arguments Originate in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason?”

16.30-17.45 Julia Jansen: “Husserl’s Method: Transcendental Philosophy Without Transcendental Arguments”


13 December 2015

9.15-10.30 Christian Skirke: “Subject-Directed Reflection: Transcendental, Radical, Critical”

10.45-11.45 Anthony Fernandez: “A Truly Genetic Phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty on Transcendental Contingency”

11.45-13.00 Dennis Schulting: “Kant on Truth and Such Transcendental Matters”

14.00-15.00 Dustin McWherter: “Transcendental Arguments, Transcendental Idealism, and the Synthetic a Priori”

15.15-16.30 Oskari Kuusela: “The Transformation of the Transcendental”

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