International conference: “The young Kant. A Conference in Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Immanuel Kant’s Birth” (Evanston, 23-25 May 2024)

We are glad to give notice of the international conference The young Kant. A Conference in Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Immanuel Kant’s Birth, which will take place on May 23rd-25th, 2024, at the Northwestern University.

The event is organized by Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University) and Peter Fenves (Northwestern University), and the departments of german and philosophy; co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; the Graduate School at Northwestern; the Critical Theory Cluster; the Program of Comparative Literature; and Weinberg Wollege of Arts and Sciences.

Please find below the program of the conference, which can also be downloaded here.





Thursday, May 23

09:15-10:00 Peter Fenves (Northwestern): Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces

10:15-12:15 EARTH SCIENCES

Angelica Nuzzo (Cuny): The Question, Whether the Earth is Aging, Considered from a Physical Point of View’ — A Physical Approach to the Cosmological Question of the End?

Stefanie Buchenau (Paris): On the Causes of Earthquakes/Continued Observations on the Earthquakes


Henry Southgate (Wisconsin-Madison): Universal Natural History and the Theory of the Heavens —When Kant Dreamed of Extraterrestrials

02:45-03:45 METAPHYSICS

Kasey Hettig-Rolfe (Northwestern): New Elucidations of the First Principles of Metaphysical Cognition


James Messina (Wisconsin-Madison): The Employment in Natural Philosophy of Metaphysics Combined with Geometry (Physical Monadology)


Friday, May 24

09:30-10:30 OPTIMISM

Melissa Zinkin (Binghamton): ‘Attempt at Some Reflections on Optimism’ —Young Kant, Optimistic Kant

10:45-11:45 MORALITY

Samuel Fleischacker (Illinois Chicago): Inquiry concerning the Distinctness of the Principles of Natural Theology and Morality’— A Road Not Taken: Moral Beauty in the Early Kant

01:30-02:30 GOD

Noam Hoffer (Bar-Ilan [Israel]): The Only Possible Argument in Support of the Demonstration of the Existence of God

02:45-04:45 LOGIC

Daniel Heller-Roazen (Princeton): False Subtlety of the Four Syllogistic Figures

Naomi Fisher (Chicago – Loyola): Attempt to Introduce the Concept of Negative Magnitudes into Philosophy


Saturday, May 25

09:00-12:00 ANTHROPOLOGY

Alix Cohen (Edinburgh/Paris, Notre Dame): Observations on the Feelings of the Sublime and the Beautiful

Susan Shell (Boston): Remarks on the Observations

Michael Olson (Marquette): Essay on the Maladies of the Head


Karl Ameriks (Paris, Notre Dame): Announcement of Programme of Lectures for the Winter Semester 1765-1766

02:35-03:35 HOPES AND DREAMS

Francey Russel (Barnard): Dreams of the Spirit Seer—Happy on Humble Ground

03:40-04:40 SPACE

Daniel Sutherland (Illinois Chicago): ‘Concerning the Ultimate Ground of the Differentiation of Directions in Space’ — Reflections on Kant on Reflections




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