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Online Workshop: Kant and Metaphysics

University of Wuppertal, February 19, 2021

Organized by Manja Kisner and Gesa Wellmann


As Kant emphasizes in the preface to the Critique of Pure Reason, one of the chief goals of his critical project is to reach a “decision about the possibility or impossibility of a metaphysics in general.” (A xii). Although Kant’s critical attitude towards traditional metaphysics is widely acknowledged, it is much less clear what the main tenets of his own theory of metaphysics are. Our workshop aims to reopen this debate through a discussion of Karin de Boer’s newly published book Kant’s Reform of Metaphysics. The Critique of Pure Reason Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2020; Discount Flyer). 

The program includes six talks and commentaries, starting with an introductory presentation by Karin de Boer. Through the presentations and discussions, this workshop hopes to shed light on the following questions: What are the distinctive features in Kant's critical account of metaphysics? How does Kant’s metaphysics relate to early modern approaches? Is it possible to talk about a “Kantian” metaphysics, i.e. is metaphysics after the Critique possible and, if so, in which sense? 

The workshop will take place on Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, please click here