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Aarhus Kant Week 2017

8-12 May

About the Aarhus Kant Week

The Aarhus Kant Week wants to encourage a lively and controversial discussion of the most important themes from one of the major philosophers of modern times. At issue is a reassessment of the Kantian model of critical thinking. For the Aarhus Kant Week, an internationally acknowledged philosopher and Kant researcher is invited to present and discuss their recent work in Kantian philosophy. The events of the week include a master class, a public lecture, and an international workshop on core topics from Kant. This year’s guest lecturer is Professor James Conant (University of Chicago).


About James Conant

James Conant is Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago. He works broadly in philosophy and has published articles in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, German Idealism, and History of Analytic Philosophy, among other areas, and on a wide range of philosophers, including Kant, Emerson, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Josiah Royce, William James, Frege, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Putnam, Cavell, Rorty, and McDowell, among others.

Master Class: Why Kant is not a Kantian - James Conant (University of Chicago)

8-9 May 2017
The Lake Side Lecture Theatres (Søauditorierne)

The course seeks to show how a proper understanding of the structure of the B Deduction—the philosophical lynchpin of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason—reveals its aim to be one of making sense of our capacities for sensibility and understanding in the light of each other: each is shown to depend on its relation to the other to be the sort of faculty that it is in a finite rational being.

All are welcome. Graduate students and young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate. Registration is required. Please send your name and university affiliation to: KantWeek2017@gmail.com




Public Lecture: Kant's Critique of the Layer-Cake Conception of the Mind - James Conant (University of Chicago)

10 May 2017, 11:15-13:00
The Lake Side Lecture Theatres (Søauditorierne), Jeppe Vontilius Auditoriet (1252-310)

All are welcome.



International Workshop: Transcendental Idealism and Scepticism – New Perspectives

11-12 May 2017,
The Lake Side Lecture Theatres (Søauditorierne)

In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant established a groundbreaking new position which he called “Transcendental Idealism”. One of the main aims of the transcendental arguments contained in the Critique is a successful refutation of modern forms of scepticism. The international workshop wants to shed light on transcendental idealism and its anti-sceptical potential from new perspectives.


  • James Conant (University of Chicago)
  • Carsten Fogh Nielsen (Aarhus University)
  • Anil Gomes (Oxford)
  • Dietmar Heidemann (University of Luxembourg)
  • Guido Kreis (Aarhus University)
  • Lars Lodberg (Aarhus University)
  • Jacob Lautrup Kristensen (University of Oslo)
  • Jessica Leech (King’s College, London)
  • Camilla Serck-Hansen (University of Oslo)
  • Andrew Stephenson (Aarhus University)

See programme of the workshop

All are welcome. No registration required.



The events of the Aarhus Kant Week are organised by the Kant Research Project at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas.


The Kant Research Project and the events of the Kant Week are generously funded by Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (AUFF)