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FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference - Grounding the Space of Reasons. The Question of First Principles in German Idealism and Today

NaWuKo SchwabJunior Researcher Conference

"Grounding the Space of Reasons"

June 14-16, 2018

When Jun 14, 2018 12:00 AM to
Jun 16, 2018 12:00 AM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, seminar room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97353
Attendees Anmeldung erforderlich / Registration required
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The conference Grounding the Space of Reasons revives the question of an ultimate ground and first principle of reason as put forward in early Classical German philosophy. This question, which emerged as a key desideratum for a system of knowledge around 1800, still presents a challenge to contemporary appropriations of idealism: How can the space of reasons itself be justified? Does autonomous reason need such grounding at all?

The conference attempts to bridge the so-called continental and analytical approaches to German idealism. The fruitful renaissance that German idealism has experienced in Anglophone philosophy in recent decades is testimony to the lively debate regarding the autonomy and limits of the logical space. Contemporary approaches emphasize the self-determination of reason and argue that its normativity is irreducible to non-normative grounds. This overall tendency leaves open the question as to whether the autonomy of reason itself requires an ultimate justification.

It is precisely this question that marks the initial impetus of classical German philosophy: Fichte, Schelling, and even young Hegel share the assumption that the unity of reason may only be obtained if it is justified by a single first principle. Despite this, the systematic difficulties of this post-Kantian project lead to a pluralization of approaches in their respective works and finally to a critique of the idea of the first principle itself. However, a wider reception of these historical debates in contemporary appropriations of post-Kantian philosophy is still pending.

In addressing these questions, the conference Grounding the Space of Reasons focuses on the tension between the immanent normativity of logical space and the demand for an ultimate justification. The conference brings together renowned scholars and young researchers from different traditions in order to develop new perspectives on this topic in a creative environment.





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