Anerkennung – der deutsche Idealismus als fortwährende Herausforderung

10 07 2011

Date: September, 5th-7th, 2012

Place: Tilburg University, Netherlands (easy to access from Schiphol

Airport Amsterdam)



Over the past two decades or so, an intensive, inspiring and fruitful

debate about ‚recognition‘ (‚Anerkennung‘) has taken place. Both

analytical and continental traditions of philosophy come together in

this debate, developing a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of

what is going on in our modern world, while at the same time integrating

and reactualizing important older philosophies, especially those of

German idealism.


Although in this debate recognition prima facie seems to be concerned

with topics of practical, especially political, philosophy, secunda

facie recognition seems to obtain such a broad significance, not only

thematically but also historically, that it evokes the question of

whether a new philosophical paradigm is at stake here: recognition turns

out to be a fundamental concept relevant not only for understanding

political issues, but for our human world as such, including notions

like subjectivity, objectivity, rationality, knowledge, personality,

sociality, identity, otherness, nature, logic, etc.


The aim of the conference is to explore, i.e. to diagnose, analyse and

evaluate, prospects and limits of recognition as a philosophical

paradigm. This exploration is lead by the question of whether the

present debate sufficiently incorporates the systematic requirements of

the philosophy of German idealism, which it has the pretense of

inheriting and reactualizing. Are there relevant fundamental aspects of

German idealism which are not or insufficiently addressed in the

contemporary debate on recognition? Recognition as a ’new paradigm‘ of

philosophy does not only depart from highly influential convictions with

regard to the philosophy of German idealism, its argumentative

potential, internal development, and limits. As a new paradigm for

philosophy claiming to actualize German idealist philosophy, it provokes

questions about the foundation of the principle of recognition itself

and its exact place within, and structural relation to, other principles

of philosophy and its corresponding philosophical disciplines, but also

questions about which philosophical method provides the best means for

thematizing recognition. Even if the significance of the principle of

recognition could be restricted to social and/or political philosophy

(which, however, is rather unusual), questions like the ones mentioned

would still have to be answered. Such questions can also be addressed in

a more historical vein: E.g. concerning the apparent preference in the

debate on recognition for Hegel’s earlier works, partly favouring his

Phänomenologie des Geistes, partly his pre-phenomenological

investigations in the Jena period, both differing significantly from

each other and from the comprehensive philosophy Hegel developed later

in his Enzyklopädie der philosophischen Wissenschaften; but also

concerning the concept of recognition in Kant and/or Fichte, their

shortcomings, etc.


In short: A discussion between contemporary philosophers and German

idealists like Kant, Fichte, and Hegel about recognition as a

fundamental principle of philosophy will give the present discourse

entirely refreshing and inspiring impulses.


Speakers include C. Bickmann (Köln), R.B. Brandom (Pittsburgh), P.

Cobben (Tilburg), M. Gabriel (Bonn), M. Heinz (Siegen), H. Ikäheimo

(Sydney), S. Josifovic (Köln), Ch. Krijnen (Tilburg/Amsterdam), J.-C.

Merle (Tours/Saarbrücken), P. Stekeler-Weithofer (Leipzig), E. Rózsa

(Debrecen), K. Vieweg (Jena), K.R. Westphal (Norwich), K.W. Zeidler (Wien)


Language: Conference languages are English and German


CfP: The graduate conference will take place in the morning of September

5th, preceding the main conference. For presentations during the

graduate conference 20-30 minutes presentations and 10-15 minutes

discussion are scheduled, depending on the number of applications. Only

PhD-students and younger Postdocs working in the field of the theme of

the conference should apply. There are no conference fees, both for the

graduate and the main conference (and of course participants of the

graduate conference are also invited to participate in the main

conference). However, expenses for travelling and lodging cannot be

refunded. Presented papers might be considered for publication in the



Pls. send your abstract (500-750 words) in English or German not later

than October, 15th 2011 to<>. Notification of selection

before December 1th.


Invited graduates are requested to hand in their full paper not later

than 2 weeks before the conference starts, in order to spread it to all



Information about transport, lodgings etc. will be published in due

time. For any other questions pls. contact the organizers Paul Cobben

(<>) or Christian Krijnen


Quelle: DGPhil




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