ONLINE WORKSHOP: Kant and Metaphysics (Wuppertal, 19 February, 2021)

LEUVEN SEMINAR: Karin de Boer, Kant’s Reform of Metaphysics: The Critique of Pure Reason Reconsidered (29 October, 2020)

We are pleased to give notice of the online workshop Kant and Metaphysics, organized by Manja Kisner and Gesa Wellmann at the University of Wuppertal on February 19th, 2021.


As Kant emphasizes in the preface to the Critique of Pure Reason, one of the chief goals of his critical project is to reach a “decision about the possibility or impossibility of a metaphysics in general.” (A xii). Although Kant’s critical attitude towards traditional metaphysics is widely acknowledged, it is much less clear what the main tenets of his own theory of metaphysics are. Our workshop aims to reopen this debate through a discussion of Karin de Boer’s newly published book Kant’s Reform of Metaphysics. The Critique of Pure Reason Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

The program includes six talks and commentaries, starting with an introductory presentation by Karin de Boer. Through the presentations and discussions, this workshop hopes to shed light on the following questions: What are the distinctive features in Kant’s critical account of metaphysics? How does Kant’s metaphysics relate to early modern approaches? Is it possible to talk about a “Kantian” metaphysics, i.e. is metaphysics after the Critique possible and, if so, in which sense?

The workshop will be held on Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, please click here.


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