Philosophical Controversies and Preisfragen: Shaping the Enlightenment between Wolff and Kant, 18-19 May, 2017

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International conference IRH-ICUB, University of Bucharest and New Europe College

18-19 May, 2017

Venue: New Europe College, Plantelor Str. 21, Bucharest

Convenor: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest)

Confirmed speakers:

Paola Basso (University of Bucharest)
Karin de Boer (University of Leuven)
Vlad Dolghi (University of Bucharest)
Daniel Dumouchel (Université de Montréal)
Corey Dyck (University of Western Ontario)
Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (University of Venice)
Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University)
Sophie Grapotte (IHRIM ENS Lyon)
Christian Leduc (Université de Montréal)
Alessandro Nannini (University of Jena)
Elena Partene (ENS Paris)
Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest)
Andrea Reichenberger (University of Paderborn)

Description: The conference examines the impact of a series of key debates on the development of German Enlightenment philosophy from Wolff to Kant. It discusses the ways in which these controversies both responded to problems inherited from the seventeenth century and contributed to the formation of a distinctive German philosophical discourse. Special attention is paid to the ‘speculative philosophy class’ of the Berlin Academy, which through its prize essay contests both substantially enhanced the significance of ongoing controversies and initiated new debates, often taking its cue from the philosophical positions of Leibniz, Wolff, the British empiricists, Newton, and Kant. The conference papers cover both theoretical approaches to the art of debating and specific debates in the fields of metaphysics, the philosophy of science, psychology, aesthetics, and epistemology. They will address the following questions: What was the debates’ impact on eighteenth-century German philosophy? What role did the enlightened public play in these controversies? In the end, did the controversies leave the key questions open or succeeded in reaching some agreement? To what extent was the German Enlightenment driven by antagonism – in particular, can we detect a shift from agonistic arguments in the first half of the century to a more conciliatory debate mood in the second half?

The conference is organized within the framework of the research project Philosophy between Mathematical Method and Experiment: the Berlin Academy (1746-1764), funded by UEFISCDI-CNCS (PN-RU-TE-II 2014-4-2522).


Thursday, 18 May

Chair: Karin de Boer (Leuven)
10.00-10.10 Welcome: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest)
10.10-11.00 Ursula Goldenbaum (Atlanta): The Public Scandal about the Jugement of the Berlin Academy concerning a Leibniz Letter
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.20 Corey Dyck (London, Canada): The Leibniz/Clarke Correspondence and Wolff’s Turn to Ontology
12.20-13.10 Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Venice): Incompatible Immortalities: Debates on the Afterlife in the Wolffian Age
13.10-14.30 Lunch

Chair: Corey Dyck (London, Canada)
14.30-15.20 Andrea Reichenberger (Paderborn): The Concept of Inertia from Newton to Kant
15.20-16.10 Christian Leduc (Montreal): Kant on Mechanism in the 1750s
16.10-16.40 Coffee
16.40-17.30 Vlad Dolghi (Bucharest): Maupertuis on the Laws of Nature
17.30-18.20 Alessandro Nannini (Jena): Imperium non tyrannis. The Controversy on Sensibility at the Origins of Modern Aesthetics

Friday, 19 May

Chair: Ursula Goldenbaum (Atlanta)
10.00-10.50 Daniel Dumouchel (Montreal): En amont du concours de 1777: Sulzer sur la connaissance et le sentiment
10.50-11.20 Coffee
11.20-12.10 Paola Basso (Bucharest): Geometry and Theology: The Climax of the Battle for the “Primacy of Certainty” during the Preisfrage for 1763
12.10-13.00 Karin de Boer (Leuven): Kant’s Inquiries into a New Touchstone for Metaphysical Truths
13.00-14.30 Lunch

Chair: Christian Leduc (Montreal)
14.30-15.20 Elena Partene (Paris): La crise de la métaphysique et la critique du paradigme logico-mathématique
15.20-16.10 Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest): Metaphysics in the Kantian Age: Progress or Decline?
16.10-16.40 Coffee
16.40-17.30 Sophie Grapotte (Lyon): Le suprasensible dans la réponse de Kant à la Preisfrage pour l’année 1791
17.30-17.45 Concluding remarks