Workshop: Reason, Revolution and Rights (York, 8-9 December, 2018)

We are glad to give notice that the Workshop Reason, Revolution and Rights will be held at the University of York, on December 8th-9th, 2018. The workshop is organized by Reason, Right, and Revolution AHRC Research Network.


The French Revolution and the resulting declarations of the rights of man and of the citizen posed two important questions to the early post-Kantians—namely, Is a right to revolution entailed or precluded by the principles of Kantian ethics?; Do the principles of Kantian ethics entail a commitment to human rights, or might one endorse aspects of Kant’s moral theory while denying the existence of human rights? This workshop considers the attempts by the early post-Kantians to answer these questions. It also considers the early post-Kantians’ positions on race and on the rights of women and non-Europeans. Although these issues played only a peripheral role in the practical philosophy of the early post-Kantians, their treatment of them raises important questions about the critical potential of their moral and political theories.



Saturday 8th December 

09:00 – 10:15 Michael Morris:

‘The Promise and Perplexities of Human Rights: French Declarations and German Rejoinders’

10:20 – 11:35 James Clarke:

‘Erhard on Enlightenment and Revolution’

11:45 – 13:00 Mike Nance:

‘Erhard on Revolutionary Action’

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Elaine Miller:

‘What Kant’s Transcendental “Conaesthesia” might Contribute to Feminist Philosophy’

15:20 – 16:35 Jörg Noller:

‘“Freedom by or Against the Law”: Reinhold’s Critique of Kant’s Reciprocity Thesis’

16:45 – 18:00 Violetta Waibel:

‘Revolution in the Way of Thinking: Gradual Reform, but for the Senses’

19:30 Workshop Dinner

Sunday 9th December 

10:00 – 11:15 Anna C. Ezekiel:

‘Revolution and Revitalisation in the Work of Karoline von Günderrode’

11:20 – 12:35 Benjamin Crowe:

‘Jacobi on Practical Nihilism’

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:45 Jeffery Kinlaw:

‘Individuality and the Communitarian State: Reflections on Schleiermacher’s Political Philosophy’

14:50 – 16:05 Douglas Moggach:

‘Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Constitution of Freedom: Hegel’s Account in the Phenomenology’

16:10 – 17:25: Reidar Maliks:

‘Hegel and the French Revolution Revisited’

17:30 Workshop Closes


For free registration, please contact Elisabeth Thorsson:

A map to the event can be found here:

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