Kant on the Self

20 - 21  FEBRUARY 2021

HOSTED BY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

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FEBRUARY 20-21 2021

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ABOUT THE EVENT /

In Kant’s philosophy, one finds some of the most canonical discussions concerning the nature of the self, many of which remain influential today. Contemporary views on personal identity, for example, often reference Kant’s criticism of the traditional rationalist view that the mind is a substance which remains numerically identical over time. Cognitive psychologists draw inspiration from Kant’s conception of the self as the transcendental unity of apperception in the Transcendental Deduction of the first Critique. Ethicists often revisit Kant’s claims on the relation between agency, duty, and unified, rational selves in the second Critique.

 

This, compounded with a recent renewed interest in the history of philosophy of mind in the Early Modern and Modern periods, provides fertile ground for conversation. In this conference, we bring together scholars working on Kant’s theories regarding the self, personal identity, the “I”, the subject of cognition, the subject of ethical evaluation, the self as a spontaneous agent, and other similar topics. Our aim is to create a dialogue which would both bring in fresh ideas for interpreting historical texts and supply valuable context and depth to contemporary debates.

Given the current COVID-19 epidemic, we've recently decided to host the conference online. The conference is open to all. To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP above.

We've also invited commentators-at-large -- specialists in the topics of the conference who have graciously agreed to lend their expertise to our discussions. You can find them listed below.

SCHEDULE /

You can find the schedule in a pdf file

HERE

 

You can find a list of the abstracts in a pdf file HERE

HANDOUTS /

You can find the handouts for the talks in a password-protected Dropbox folder

HERE

 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS /

Andrew Brook (Carleton),

Yoon Choi (Marquette),

Pirachula Chulanon (Chicago),

Alix Cohen (Edinburgh),

Patricia Kitcher (Columbia),

Katharina Kraus (Notre Dame),

Béatrice Longuenesse (NYU),

Colin McLear (Nebraska, Lincoln),

Kate Moran (Brandeis),

Catherine Smith (Iona),

Hyoung Sung Kim (Stanford),

Bas Tonissen (UC San Diego).

COMMENTATORS-AT-LARGE /

James Messina (Wisconsin-Madison),

Tobias Rosefeldt (Humboldt),

Thomas Land (Ryerson),

Jessica Tizzard (Connecticut).

Questions? Contact: ans AT princeton DOT edu