Saturday, June 24, 2006

3rd UKKS Graduate Conference

The 3rd UK Kant Society Graduate Conference will take place in Hertfordshire on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July. Keynote speakers are Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame), who will be talking about ‘Reality and Religion in the Development of Kant’s Ethics’, and Marcia Baron (Indiana University), whose paper is entitled ‘Overdetermined Actions, Imperfect Duties and Moral Worth’.

There will also be seven presentations by graduate students. On Thursday morning, I will be presenting a paper on the Refutation of Idealism.

Here is an abstract of my paper:
In this paper I should like to argue that the Refutation of Idealism and the Fourth Paralogism of the A-Edition are consistent and that their consistence can be explained by reference to the distinction between Objekte and Gegenstände. This account also helps to explain why Kant placed the Refutation of Idealism after the Second Postulate. I will then discuss a possible objection to this interpretation viz. that my reading of the notion of Gegenstände would make the Refutation inconsistent with transcendental idealism. I will answer this objection by examining the possibility of reconciling the existence of permanent spatial objects with transcendental idealism, arguing that the Refutation is consistent with transcendental idealism and indeed presupposes its validity.
As mentioned in a previous post, I am planning to post about this conference, but the blogging will probably be delayed.


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