Bogazici University (Istanbul): May 23rd-26th 2012
In this conference we will be interested in papers that discuss the role of ideals in any or all areas of Kant's work. The conference will be run as a workshop with a maximum of five talks in a day, with plenty of time for discussion.
Amongst the questions that might be discussed at this conference are: What is the relationship between Kant's understanding of theoretical ideals and practical ideals? How do moral and political ideals inform practice and application in Kant's work? Is the good will and ideal? How does the centrality of ideals in Kant's work fit together with the ought-implies-can principle? What is going on in the Ideal of Pure Reason? What is the relationship between ideals and ideas? What is the relationship between moral ideals and aesthetic ideals? How do Kantian ideals integrate or relate ideas of pure reason with the material of experience? What is the relationship, if any, between the notion of an ideal and the ideal (as opposed to the real). Does an understanding of the role and nature of ideals in Kant throw any light on what Kant means by idealism, or are these two notions totally quite distinct?
Abstract (which should be one page or less) should be sent to Lucas Thorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20th 2012. Applicants will be informed whether their paper has been selected to be given at the conference by March 1st 2012.
Paul Guyer (Upenn): "Reason as Idea and as Ideal in Groundwork III"
Kenneth Westphal (UEA): "Freedom and Universal Causal Determinism: Constitutive Premise or Explanatory Ideal?"
Jens Timmermann (St Andrews): "Autonomy and Ends-in-themselves"
Kate Moran (Brandeis): "Between Knowing and Hoping: Kant on the Highest Good."
Jennifer Uleman (SUNY-Purchase): "What We Think About When We Think About Ideals"
Lucas Thorpe (BoÄaziÃ§i): "Ideals and the Ought-implies-can Principle"
Oliver Thorndike (John Hopkins): "Kant's gap in the system of critical philosophy."
Martin Sticker (St Andrews): "Is the common man the ideal moral agent? Kant on common moral capacities, and the method of practical inquiry"
Stijn Van Impe (Ghent): "Kant's 'Black Swan': Perfect Moral Friendship"