The Early Reception of Kant’s Critical Philosophy
Call for Papers for a Hybrid Conference in Leuven, Belgium. Deadline: January 17, 2022
E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: www.hiw.kuleuven.be/leuvenkantconference
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Uhrzeit: 01:00 Uhr
Ende: 28.05.2022 19:00
Veranstaltende Institution: KU Leuven
Drawing on a distinction made by Kant himself, Reinhold in The Foundation of Philosophical Knowledge (1791) framed the reception of Kant’s philosophy by distinguishing between those who dogmatically accepted its ‘letter’ and independent minds, like himself, who sought to grasp its ‘spirit’. However, this influential distinction obscures the enormous variety of the positions that were adopted at the time as well as their complex interrelations. Self-proclaimed Kantians also moved beyond the letter of Kant’s text; Kant was attacked from many different directions; and those who appealed to the ‘spirit’ of Kant’s philosophy often defended widely diverging positions. Moreover, early post-Kantians may well have been indebted to Kant’s predecessors, defenders, and critics to a larger extent than is commonly acknowledged. The conference aims to foreground aspects of Kant’s early reception that tend to be overlooked by scholarship on either Kant or German idealism and, thus, to shed light on the full spectrum of responses to Kant’s critical philosophy from 1781 until his death in 1804. While we welcome contributions on any aspect of this theme, we are particularly interested in papers that question the letter-spirit distinction mentioned above and/or address underinvestigated figures, issues, and developments.
The conference will feature a combination of on-campus and online talks (1-7 pm CET). For the online talks, all participants will join a Zoom meeting.