The Third Immanuel Kant International Summer School

Kant on Science and Rationality

The Academia Kantiana of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University announces the Third Immanuel Kant International Summer School.

Target audience: advanced bachelor students, master students, PhD students, recent postdocs (PhD awarded not before 2017).

Dates: 22 – 28 July 2019

Kant’s transcendental philosophy has often been described as a philosophy of science or, at least, as a philosophy which is most closely related to the sciences of his times – and one in which his concept of reason plays a central role. The 2019 summer school is devoted to Kant’s views on the meanings and roles of reason for the sciences as well as its historical impact. Three aspects will take centre stage: (1) the role of “constitutive” a priori knowledge for the sciences; (2) the role of “regulative” ideas of pure reason for the sciences; (3) the definition of the different sciences, and their classification by an “architectonics of reason”.

The Summer School will focus on the analysis of central passages from Kant’s works, including publications on the natural and the human sciences as well as texts from his critical works. Furthermore, the school will also address the long-term historical impact of his philosophical thinking on the sciences.

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 give their own presentations on a research topic related to Kant’s philosophy.

School participants are selected on a competitive basis. Participation in the Summer School is free of charge. At the end of the Summer School the participants will be given a certificate confirming their participation.

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Sturm (Germany), ICREA Research Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Scientific Assistants: Dr. habil. Vadim A. Chaly (Russia) and Dr. Rudolf Meer (Austria), Senior Researchers at the Academia Kantiana, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia.

Working languages are English and Russian.

Thematic Programme of Lectures and Seminars

Open Lecture: Kant and the philosophy of science today

Lecture 1: Beginnings in cosmology: The General Natural History and Theory of the Heavens (1755)

Seminar 1: Cosmology and scientific hypotheses

Lecture 2: Philosophy’s lessons from science: Reason in logic, mathematics, and natural science

Seminar 2: A priori presuppositions of science

Lecture 3: Philosophy’s framing of science: A priori knowledge, metaphysics and natural science

Seminar 3: Ideas of reason in the sciences

Lecture 4: Reason in history and anthropology

Seminar 4: “Architectonics”, or the “art of systems” of the sciences

Location: Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad region, Russia.


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This Summer School is part of the International Summer School Rationality in Philosophy and Right, supported by the Forum Petersburger Dialog and the Russian Academic Excellence Project at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University.