International Conference: “Reason in check. Philosophy of religion as a key question in Classical German Philosophy” (Padova, 15-16 June 2022)

Conference: "Vernunft in Schack. Religionsphilosophie als Schlüsselfrage der Klassischen Deutschen Philosophie" (Padova, 15-16 May 2022)

We are very glad to announce the international conference Vernunft in Schach. Religionsphilosophie als Schlüsselfrage der Klassischen Deutschen Philosophie / Reason in check. Philosophy of religion as a key question in Classical German Philosophy.

The event will take place on June 15th-16th at the Università degli Studi di Padova (Sala delle Edicole, Palazzo del Capitanio – Piazza Capitaniato 3) and on Zoom.

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The conference is organized by Barbara Santini, Luca Illetterati, and Giulia Bernard, and is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology of the University of Padova.

Speakers will include Luca Fonnesu (Università degli Studi di Pavia), Barbara Santini (Università degli Studi di Padova), Stefan Schick (Universität Leipzig), Pierluigi Valenza (Sapienza Università Roma), Dennis Vanden Auweele (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Below you can find the presentation and the program of the conference.



“Vernunft und Freiheit bleiben unsre Losung, und unser Vereinigungspunkt die unsichtbare Kirche”

These words, that Hegel wrote to Schelling at the end of January 1795, express a shared, fundamental need within Classical German Philosophy: namely, a philosophical redetermination of the political, social and religious dimensions of humanity, after the outbreak of French Revolution and its divergent outcomes.
The aim of the international conference is to understand Philosophy of Religion in this context, and consider it as a key question implying a critical reassessment of reason and freedom. Its specific status as a middle-ground discipline between theoretical and practical is to be tackled through the lens of a historical and systematic perspective. Being the locus to discuss the relationship between finite and infinite, the concept of the absolute and of our community-oriented nature, Philosophy of Religion can bring forth paramount conceptual resources to address thinking and action at once, to elaborate new models of rationality and, through those models, to meet the challenges of epochs of crisis.
The conference, therefore, aims to create a space of confrontation, to explore the different configurations of Philosophy of Religion among the representatives of Classical German Philosophy. To this end, the conference will take place over two days and will include a keynote lecture on Kant, one on Hegel, one on Jacobi and Fichte, one on Schelling and one on Hölderlin. It will be divided into three plenary sessions; lectures will be followed by Q&A sessions. At the end of the conference there will be a roundtable session, to discuss topics of the current debates in Philosophy of Religion stemming from Classical German Philosophy.

Conference Program:

June 15th 2022, Sala delle Edicole

09.30 Welcome – Giovanni Catapano, President for the Degrees in Philosophy and Philosophical Sciences
Introduction – Luca Illetterati, Barbara Santini

Session I – Chair: Antonio Da Re (Università degli Studi di Padova)

10.00 – 11.15 Luca Fonnesu (Università degli Studi di Pavia), Kant zwischen Glauben und Religion

11.30 – 12.45 Pierluigi Valenza (Sapienza Università Roma), Das Schicksal des Christentums in der Religionsphilosophie Hegels

Session II – Chair: Gabriele Tomasi (Università degli Studi di Padova)

15.00 – 16.15 Stefan Schick (Universität Leipzig), Johannes 1,1 or Lukas 23,46? Fichte and Jacobi on the Truth of Christianity

16.30 – 17.45 Dennis Vanden Auweele (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Religiosity in Schelling, or: Being in-and-out of Christianity

June 16th 2022, Sala delle Edicole

Session III – Chair: Luca Illetterati (Università degli Studi di Padova)

09.30 – 10.45 Barbara Santini (Università degli Studi di Padova), Wie und wozu eine Religionsphilosophie? Zur Gottes- und Offenbarungsfrage im Lichte Hölderlins Provokation

11.00 – 12.45 Roundtable Religionsphilosophie im Kontext: Neue Konstellationen – Philosophy of Religion in Context: New Perspectives

12.45 – 13.00 Conclusion – Luca Illetterati, Barbara Santini


The program of the international conference is available at this link.


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