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Conference "Aspects of Reason: Justification and Explanation"

Munich, 3./4.6.2011

Venue: CAS Center for Advanced Studies, Munich, Seestraße 13

Conference host: Society "Conceptions of Reason. Justification and Critique" (cooperation of Chair II for Philosophie, LMU Munich,  Prof. Axel Hutter, and Center for Advanced Studies,  Munich - Research Fellowship Dr. Omri Boehm)

The conference aims to explore the role of justification and explanation as central aspects of rationality. These topics will be discussed in terms of selected issues in theoretical and practical philosophy. The first part of the conference (Friday, June 3) focusses on questions concerning ultimate justification in theoretical philosophy (talks by Della Rocca, Houlgate, Stange a.o.). The second part (Saturday, June 4) is dealing with the role of explanation and justification with regard to agency and practical norms (talks by Brandom, Bittner, Dancy a.o.).

Provisional schedule:

Friday, 03.06.2011

Opening Lecture

  • 09:00-10:45 h Baroness Onora O'Neill (Cambridge): Public Reason or Norms for Communicating?

Part I: Theoretical Justification and Explanation

  • 11:15-13:00 h Michael Della Rocca (Yale): t.b.a.
  • 14:30-16:15 h Mike Stange (Heidelberg): Justifying the Self-evident? Fichte on the Principle of Identity
  • 16:45-18:30 h Stephen Houlgate (Warwick): Is Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit an Essay in Transcendental Argument?

Saturday, 04.06.2011

Part II: Justification and Explanation of Action

  • 10:30-12:15 h Robert Brandom (Pittsburgh): Some Post-Davidsonian Elements of Hegel’s Theory of Agency
  • 14:00-15:45 h Rüdiger Bittner (Bielefeld): t.b.a.
  • 16:15-18:00 h Jonathan Dancy (Reading/Austin): t.b.a.
  • 18:00 h Reception

In order to participate, please register with Kristina Maschek E-Mail.

In the same week, Robert Brandom is going to lecture at the LMU Munich on "Knowing and Representing: A Reading of Hegel’s Introduction to the PHENOMENOLOGY". In this series of three Hegel lectures, Brandom is going to present new texts on the "Introduction" of Hegel's Phenomenology for the first time.
See also: Lectures