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The University of Amsterdam will commemorate the 300th birth year of Immanuel Kant by organizing a conference dedicated to the question: what is the state of Kantian philosophy today? Location: Herengracht 470, Amsterdam | Hosted by the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam In cooperation with Duitsland Instituut & Goethe-Institut Amsterdam
Event details of Amsterdam Kant Conference 2024: Kantian Philosophy Today
Start date
13 June 2024
End date
14 June 2024

Over the last three centuries, Kant’s thought has proven to be a leading approach in various philosophical disciplines, from logic and epistemology to ethics and political philosophy. But what crucial questions in Kantian scholarship require special attention today? 

The conference will explore this question through two keynote lectures and four thematic panels organized around leading scholars in these fields. The panels will each open with a 30-minute introductory lecture by the main speaker, a 15-minute Q&A, three subsequent 15-minute presentations, and a final 30-minute Q&A.


  • Pauline Kleingeld (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
  • Andrea Marlen Esser (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena)
  • Sorin Baiasu (University of Keele)
  • Helga Varden (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown University)
  • Andrew Stephenson (University of Southampton)


  • Carina Pape (Universität Hildesheim)
  • Sebastian Orlander (University of Keele)
  • Mario Schärli (Princeton University)
  • Leon van Rijsbergen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
  • Stefano Pinzan & Roberto Mordacci (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
  • Hein van den Berg (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Facundo Rodriguez (University of Cambridge)
  • Nicholas Vrousalis (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
  • Marijana Vujosevic (Universiteit Leiden / Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
  • Vinicius Carvalho (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
  • Garrath Williams (Lancaster University)
  • Tijn Smits (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Registration is free but required.

Lunch, coffee, and tea are provided.

The event is in-person only.

The full, updated program can at all times be viewed at: https://publuu.com/flip-book/455643/1041415

Please register through the following form: https://forms.office.com/e/Qee0QaNvyg

Organizing committee

  • Beate Roessler
  • Thomas Nys
  • Tijn Smits (contact person)
  • Silene Gambino
  • Anna Beerends

We look forward to meeting you in Amsterdam.

Please send any questions to t.m.smits@uva.nl.


Thursday, June 13

09:30-10:00 Coffee

10:00-12:00 Panel: Kant’s Account of the Human Mind

  • Andrew Stephenson (University of Southampton)
  • Mario Schärli (Princeton University): “Kant on Possibilia”
  • Tijn Smits (University of Amsterdam): “Cognition and Knowledge: From Theoretical to Practical”
  • Hein van den Berg (University of Amsterdam): “Kant and Present-Day Psychiatry”

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Panel: The Relationship Between Kant’s Ethics and Politics

  • Sorin Baiasu (University of Keele)
  • Garrath Williams (Lancaster University): “How the Groundwork Lays the Ground for Right”
  • Sebastian Orlander (University of Keele): “What Does it Take to Achieve Perpetual Peace?”
  • Vinicius Carvalho (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen): “Freedom, Rationality, and the Proper-Self”

Public philosophy event
Please register separately!: https://www.goethe.de/ins/nl/nl/ver.cfm?event_id=25698125

15:30-16:00 Coffee

16:00-17:30 Keynote: Racism, Kant and Us: The Limits of Critical Thinking by Andrea Marlen Esser (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena)
Commentator: Reza Mosayebi (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

17:30-18:00 Closing

20:00-22:00 Decolonizing Kant

  • Pauline Kleingeld (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
  • Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown University)
  • Reza Mosayebi (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Andrea Marlen Esser (Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena)

Friday, June 14

09:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-12:00 Lecture & Presentations

Panel: Public Reason in Today’s WorldHuaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown University)

  • Leon van Rijsbergen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), “Kantian Moral Universalism in Context”
  • Marijana Vujosevic (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Leiden University), “The Kantian Duty to Oneself as Self-Judge and its Primacy”
  • Nicholas Vrousalis (Erasmus University Rotterdam), “Why Kant is Sooner Socialist than (Toronto) Liberal”

12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Lecture & Presentations

Panel: Sex, Race, Love, and Gender – Kantian Ways Forward
Helga Varden (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

  • Stefano Pinzan (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele): “Critical Care and Active Respect”
  • Facundo Rodriguez (University of Cambridge): “Between Bodies: Kant on Sex, Marriage and Consent”
  • Carina Pape (Universität Hildesheim): “Aufgeklärt?! Kant’s Pedagogical Thoughts on Sex, Gender, and aiEducation”

15:30-16:00 Coffee

Keynote: Three Arguments for Kantian Ethics by Pauline Kleingeld (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Response: Christian Krijnen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

17:30-18:00 Closing

The panels each open with a 30-minute lecture by the main speaker, followed by a
15-minute Q&A, three subsequent 15-minute presentations, and lastly a final 30-
minute Q&A.
The keynote lectures are 45 minutes each, followed by 15 minutes of commentary
and a 30-minute Q&A.