2012 Kant Reading Party

Deadline: 15th June 2012

Conference: 30th July – 2nd August 2012

Stirling/St Andrews

Description: The fifth annual St Andrews/Stirling Kant Reading Party will be “Kant & Rousseau, on the Common Agent and Common Human Reason” and take place Monday 30th July to Thursday 2nd August 2012 at Burn House in Angus.  The focus will be on questions regarding the common or natural (pre-philosophical) agent, and her role in practical philosophy, as well as on Kant’s reception and development of Rousseau.  We will read and discuss passages from Rousseau’s “Emile” and other writings, as well as passages from Kant’s early “Remarks on the Observations of the Beautiful and the Sublime”, the “Groundwork”, and the Second Critique. A reader with some of the relevant passages will be made available previous to the event. There will also be slots for student papers and discussion (see below).

The location of the Reading Party, Burn House, is approximately one hour from St Andrews and offers excellent opportunities for hiking and other past time activities.

The participation fee will be 150 GBP for staff members, 100 GBP for students, and 50 GBP for students invited to give papers. The fee covers transportation from St Andrews to Burn House and back, as well as accommodation and full board for the Reading Party.

The number of participants is limited to 25. To secure your place on the list of participants please send an email with an informal application to Martin Sticker (ms752@st-andrews.ac.uk) as soon as possible. Please send an email even if you have been in touch with conference organizers before, and confirm your participation.

Call for papers: Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of not more than 500 words for talks related to Rousseau and Kant. Priority will be given to papers who specifically address the topic of the Reading Party. The deadline for the call for papers is the 15th of June. The abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent to Leonard Randall <lr327@st-andrews.ac.uk>.  Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end June.