2024-08-19 00:00:00

14th International Summer School in German Philosophy: The Good in German Idealism

This year’s Summer School will focus on a central issue in value theory: the good. We will explore some of the major conceptions of the good in German Idealism, starting from Kant’s conception of the highest good and its post-Kantian reception and transformation in Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. One of the guiding threads of our discussion will be how freedom as self-determination is possible in light of an ontological notion of the good. Can we reconcile the idea of the good as determining the value of an action, character, or even a whole form of life with the notion of freedom as radical self- determination? Is it possible to spell out a concept of the will as both self-positing (autonomous) and oriented towards a highest good that cannot be thought of as in any way produced by us (as individuals or historical, social collectives of any kind)?

Seminar Instructors:
Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel (Universität Bonn),
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Stang (University of Toronto),
Prof. Dr. Karl Schafer (UT Austin)

Please register by July 25 with:
Dr. Alex Englander – alexeng@uni-bonn.de

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Date: August 19-23 2024

Conference Room of the International Center for Philosophy NRW (IZPH)
Poppelsdorfer Allee 28
53115 Bonn
3rd floor (elevator available)
Center for Science and Thought
Konrad-Zuse Platz 1-3, 53227 Bonn
Entrance area not barrier-free