Join our conference “Kant and the World Today” at Johns Hopkins University

Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 2024. 

Talks and panels will explore the relevance of Kant’s philosophy for today, focusing on critical discussions of the implications of his philosophy for issues of political economy, the role of hope and despair in the face of global challenges, and Kant’s universalism and cosmopolitanism in light of questions of particularity, participation, and exclusion.

The conference is part of the North American Kant Society‘s Tercentennial celebrations and is organized by Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins), Andrew Chignell (Princeton), and Katharina Kraus (Johns Hopkins).

Free attendance: register here


Friday, March 8

4:00 pm
Welcome address, Hodson Hall 210

4:15 – 6:00 pm

Opening Keynote Lecture, Hodson Hall 210

Pauline Kleingeld (University of Groningen)
“Kant’s racism and Kant’s anti-colonialism”

Chair: Jochen Bojanowski (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

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Saturday, March 9

Panel Discussions, Gilman Hall 132

9:00 – 10:45 am
Panel 1: Kant on Political Economy

Lucy Allais (Johns Hopkins): “Kant on Markets and the Commons”

Jordan Pascoe (Manhattan College): “Kant on Labor”

Garrath Williams (Lancaster University): “A Kantian Perspective on the Business Corporation”

Chair: Tim Jankowiak (Towson University)

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Talk and Discussion with the Dramaturg

Drew Lichtenberg (Associate Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC): “The Last Chapter in the History of the World: Kleist’s Puppet, Bernhard’s Parrot, and Post-Kantian Dramaturgies in German Theater”

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch break

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Panel 2: Kant on Hope in the face of Global Challenges

Kristi Sweet (Texas A&M University): “Hope in Dark Times”

Andrew Chignell (Princeton University): “Collective Hope in the Face of Individual Futility”

Laura Papish (George Washington University): “Kant on Creative Hope When Time Has Run Out”

Chair: Mavis Biss (Loyola University Maryland)

3:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel 3: Kant on Universalism, Cosmopolitanism, Gender and Race

Helga Varden (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign): “Humanizing Kant and Kantian Philosophy: Method, Identities, and the Isms”

Stefanie Buchenau (Université Paris VIII): “Kant on the Citizen of the Earth”

Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou (University of Memphis): “Why Kant’s Thoughts on Race Matter”

Inés Valdez (Johns Hopkins): “The Limits of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism: Then and Now

Katharina Kraus (Johns Hopkins): “Kant on Human Perspectives, the Particularity of Experience, and Shared Horizons”

Chair: Claudi Brink (University of New Hampshire)

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