The Second International Summer School 2018

The Second Immanuel Kant International Summer School

Kant’s Doctrines of Right, Law, and Freedom

Target audience: advanced bachelor students, master students, PhD students, recent postdocs (with PhD received not before 2016).

Dates: 29 July – 5 August 2018

Call for applications:

The Academia Kantiana of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University invites applications for participation in the Second Immanuel Kant International Summer School.

Kant’s Doctrine of Right retains contemporary relevance, taking an important place in recent philosophical discussions. The main exegetical problems with Kant’s Doctrine of Right concern the relations between theoretical and practical philosophy, moral and ‘legal’ obligation, and the concepts of private and public law. In public law, Kant is unique in that he combines concepts and themes from Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.

Scientific Supervisor – Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), co-editor of Kant-Studien, member of the Academia Kantiana International Research Council (IKBFU, Kaliningrad).

Scientific Assistant – Ludmila Kryshtop, PhD, associate professorat Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow.

The summer school consists of lectures, seminars, and readings. Within the framework of the summer school there will also be a scientific conference, in which participants will present their own research project on a topic related to Kant’s philosophy, and discuss the project with colleagues from different universities of Russia and the world.

School participants are selected on a competitive basis, no more than 20 people. Participation in the summer school is free of charge. Travel to the venue of the school and accommodation in Svetlogorsk is paid individually by the participants. The organizers may be able to reimburse some travel or accommodation costs (to be confirmed). The organizers kindly ask all students and young scholars interested in the costs reimbursement to apply for travel-grants at their home universities.

At the end of the summer school the participants will be given a certificate of their participation.

Working languages: English, Russian.

The goals and objectives:

  • detailed analysis of key ideas and the most difficult concepts of Kant’s philosophy of law;
  • improvement of the participants’ ability to work with primary sources;
  • expanding the scientific horizon of young scientists by immersion in the European tradition of research and teaching;
  • establishing professional relationships between young scientists.

Deadline for submission: 10 May, 2018

Results of acceptance: 20 May, 2018

Requirements for applications:

English, at least upper intermediate;

Questionnaire;

Motivation Letter (in English, 350-400 words)

Abstract on the topic of your own research project related to the philosophy of Kant (in English, 1200-1400 words including references).

Location: Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Baltic sea.

E-mail: academia@kantiana.ru

Contact person: Dr. Leonid Kornilaev

Preliminary program of the school

Program includes:

  • lectures, seminars, readings;
  • the conference of the participants of the school with the discussion of research projects.

Lectures and seminars – in English, readings – in English and Russian.

Thematic program of lectures and seminars:

Lecture 1. Freedom and moral obligation in Kant (and his predecessors)

Seminar 1. Selected passages from the Critique of Pure Reason, the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, and the Critique of Practical Reason

Lecture 2. Kant’s concept of law between natural law and historicism

Seminar 2. Selected passages from the “Introduction to the Metaphysics of Morals” in the Metaphysics of Morals

Lecture 3. The “Ulpian formulas” and the “right of (and to) freedom” in the Metaphysics of Morals

Seminar 3. Selected passages from the “Introduction to the Doctrine of Right” and the “Division of the Doctrine of right” in the Metaphysics of Morals

Lecture 4. External Mine and Yours

Seminar4. Selected passages from “Private Right” in the Metaphysics of Morals

Lecture 5. The public state and the concept of resistance

Seminar 5. Selected passages from “Public Right” in the Metaphysics of Morals and the essay Towards Perpetual Peace.