Summerschool: Essences, Dispositions, and Laws in Kant

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: spagnesi@uni-trier.de
Deadline: 15.06.2022
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Trier
Datum: 22.08.2022
Uhrzeit: 10:00 Uhr
Ende: 24.08.2022 18:00
Veranstaltende Institution: Kant-Forschungsstelle Trier

1st Kant Research Centre Trier Summer School (August 22-24, 2022) and Workshop (August 25-26, 2022)


After a long time of neglect, there has been a recent rediscovery of essences in the Kantian scholarship which seems to reflect the increased interest in essences in contemporary metaphysics (e.g., Armstrong 1983, Ellis 2001, Bird 2007). However, essentialist readings of the critical Kant’s philosophy of nature come in very different flavours: One prominent example is the influential ‘essentialist’ account of laws (e.g., Watkins 2005, Kreines 2008, Stang 2016). Minimally, this account argues that, for the Critical Kant, the necessity of laws is grounded in the essences or natures of things. A closely related account is that Kant can be interpreted as a precursor of ‘dispositional essentialism’ (Massimi 2017, Messina 2017) and a more distant view has it that the essences of the properties necessitating a certain behaviour are to be conceived as dispositional (Engelhard 2018). More generally, the rehabilitation of essences and dispositions in Kant’s metaphysics has important consequences for his general theory of modality and his theory of laws of nature.

The summer school (August 22-25) aims at junior scholars, PhD students, as well as master’s students. It will be taught by two major experts in the field: James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College) and Michael Bennett McNulty (University of Minnesota).

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