Kaliningrad, May 4-5, 2018
The current situation in the sciences is worldwide characterized by a fast-paced development of innovative technologies such as genetic engineering, biomedical technologies, artificial intelligence, and robotics. With them is combined the vision of improving the living conditions of human beings. The latter is hindered by global problems such as man-caused climate change, the destruction of the environment, problems of information security, increasing social inequality, as well as the great political and social problems associated with the current major migration movements. These are challenges that political action will have to face in the future with increasing urgency. However, these challenges are also related to the ethical principles and values established in modernity and to the questions of whether and in which way they can be applied under these conditions as guidelines for political action on a global scale as well as for the conduct of personal life.
The solution of the issues thereby involved require an interdisciplinary research approach that includes medicine, law, political philosophy, information science, and the natural sciences. The tradition of the European Enlightenment has elaborated concepts that are not only relevant to contemporary ethics in the sciences, but that has also built bridges between the discourse of the advanced sciences and human self-understanding. The philosophy of Immanuel Kant plays a key role here.
With the participation of representatives from various disciplines, this workshop will address the actuality of the concepts established during the European Enlightenment, and particularly in Kant’s philosophy, in order to seek solutions to the contemporary global challenges, and it shall discuss the criteria that are relevant to the justification of political action as well as to personal self-understanding under these conditions.
David Bakhurst (Kinston, Ontario, Canada), Valentin Balanovskiy (Kaliningrad, Russia), Valentin Bazhanov (Uljyanovsk, Russia), Vadim Chaly (Kaliningrad, Russia), Irina Griftsova (Moscow, Russia), Leonard Kalininnikov (Kaliningrad, Russia), Sergey Lugovoy (Kaliningrad, Russia), Leonid Kornilaev (Kaliningrad, Russia), Aleksey Krouglov (Moscow, Russia), Janina Loh (Wienna, Austria), Christoph Rehmann-Sutter (Lübeck, Germany), Anatoly Pushkarsky (Kaliningrad, Russia), Pärttyli Rinne (Kaliningrad, Russia), Galina Sorina (Moscow, Russia), Martin Sticker (Dublin, Ireland), Jürgen Stolzenberg (Halle, Germany), Thomas Sturm (Barcelona, Spain), Frederic Tremblay (Sofia, Bulgaria / Kaliningrad, Russia), Andrey Zilber (Kaliningrad, Russia)
Academia Kantiana (Chairperson – Nina A. Dmitrieva), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia)
This international workshop is supported by RFBR (no. 18-011-20018 г) and by the Russian Academic Excellence Project at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University.