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Aarhus Kant Week 2019

13 - 16 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 Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University).

About Rachel Zuckert


Rachel Zuckert is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University (Evanston/Illinois) and the president of the North American Kant Society. She is a leading and internationally recognized scholar on Kant, Kant’s eighteenth-century contemporaries (especially Herder) and post-Kantian nineteenth-century philosophy. Her book Kant on Beauty and Biology (Cambridge University Press, 2007), by now already a classic, for the first time seriously discussed the question of the unity of the seemingly diverse parts of Kant’s Critique of Judgment, covering aesthetics and beauty as well as teleology and organic nature. Her most recent book, Herder’s Naturalist Aesthetics, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2019. She is currently working on a collection of essays treating various topics in eighteenth-century Scottish aesthetics.


Attendance of the events of the Kant Week is free of charge.

No registration is required for the public lecture and the workshop.

However, registration for the Master Class is mandatory. Please register by sending an e-mail with your name and affiliation to kantweek2019@gmail.com.

Public Lecture: Attempting to Exit the Human Perspective

A Priori Experimentation in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)


13 May 2019, 14:30 – 16:30

Aarhus University, Conference Centre, Studenterhus, Meeting Room 2


All are welcome.

Master Class: Kant on Reflective Judgment


with Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)


14 May 2019, 10:00 – 16:30

Aarhus University, Conference Centre, Studenterhus


Kant’s Critique of Judgment comprises two uneasily connected main parts: one on aesthetics and beauty, the other on biology and organisms. The biology part focuses on teleological judgments of organisms, the aesthetics part on pure judgments of taste. The common theme in both is what Kant calls reflective judgment. It is the unifying principle of beautiful nature and organic nature, and of Kant’s critical philosophy more generally.


All are welcome. Registration is required. Please send your name and affiliation to: kantweek2019@gmail.com

International Graduate Workshop: Reflection and Reflective Judgment in Kant


Organized by Lars Lodberg (Aarhus University)


15 May 2019, 9:30-17:00

Aarhus University, Building 1441-210


16 May 2019, 9:30-17:00

Aarhus University, Conference Centre, Studenterhus, Meeting Room 1


Keynote speakers:

  • Fiona Hughes (University of Essex)
  • Esther Oluffa Pedersen (Roskilde University)
  • Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University)


Workshop programme here.

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).