Academia Kantiana: Comparative studies in Russian and Western philosophy

The Academia Kantiana is a subunit of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University and aims at systematic research of the interaction between Russian and Western philosophical traditions. Kant’s ideas and their reception in Russia, the history of Russian neo-Kantianism and its influence on European thought, the Enlightenment project and its revival in the XXI century are the core themes of the Academy’s research program.

The Academy continues the work started by the Kant Institute and relies on a group of young philosophers who are actively gaining national and international academic prestige. The Academy has close ties with leading Russian and foreign centers of philosophy.

The Academy publishes “Kantovsky Sbornik”, a quarterly journal dedicated to research in Kantian philosophy. The journal looks back over forty years of history and is listed by the Higher Attestation Commission among Russia’s top academic periodicals. “Kantovsky Sbornik” is available online via IKBFU’s publishing house (

Research expertise of the Academy is being implemented in Masters Programs in Philosophy, conducted by IKBFU. There are new Masters and Doctoral Programs specifically dedicated to Kantian philosophy and its contemporary applications. The latter have been developed by the Academy to bring together prominent Kant scholars and an enthusiastic international student audience.

The Academy is working to plan and implement a complex project, drawing on research, education and popular “edutainment” leading up to the celebration of Kant’s 300th anniversary, which will be among the most significant events in Kaliningrad in the coming decade.

The Academy is making a strong effort to reach wider audiences, bringing discussions of philosophy to schools, libraries, art galleries and other cultural spaces. We strongly believe that our interest in the Enlightenment obliges us to this kind of voluntary work.