Invitation to apply: Metaphysics or Modernity?

Sonntag, Januar 01st, 2012 11:58pm

Metaphysics or Modernity?The Philosophy Department at the University of Bamberg and the Forum Theoretische Philosophie invite graduate students from all departments to apply for the International Summer School on “Metaphysics or Modernity?”. This event, which will take place from August 6th to 17th 2012, in Bamberg, Germany, shall be an intensive think-tank for young academics who want to discuss the question whether metaphysical inquiry is still relevant in the 21st century. The participants will engage in a vivid debate under the guidance of international experts such as Richard King (University of Glasgow), Jorge Gracia (SUNY Buffalo), Barry Stroud (UC Berkeley) and Saul Kripke (CUNY). Additionally, all participants will be given the opportunity to publish an essay on the topic in an essay collection scheduled to appear with Bamberg University Press in 2013. | Read the rest of this entry …

Hans Georg Gadamer – Truth and Method

Donnerstag, Juli 01st, 2010 11:29pm

„Thinking of the circle of hermeneutics as smooth round movement might be productive, but it is also irritating, because the starting point changes every time we run through the process. Therefore it is better to speak of a spiral of hermeneutics instead.” – Every student of humanities gets to hear that or a similar sentence during his time at an introduction seminar that tries to explain the circle of hermeneutics and hermeneutics itself as a theory of understand texts. At this point one philosopher and his most important work have to be mentioned: Hans Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) and his book “Truth and Method” (1960). Hermeneutics is commonly seen as an everyday tool not only for the people who study literature but also for the historians. | Read the rest of this entry …

Immanuel Kant – Critique of Pure Reason

Freitag, Dezember 11th, 2009 11:37pm

Sometimes called the ‘Matterhorn of Philosophy’, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is one of the true classics that no student of philosophy should miss. However, in the midst of course schedules and paper deadlines, there is often not enough time to study the seminal work with all the care and diligence it deserves – which is why Kant’s first Critique far too often ends up being one of the books that one praises, but never closely reads. We want to change that. A small group of committed students will meet on January 3rd / 4th 2010 at Reichenberg Castle (close to Würzburg) for an informal reading group that will mostly focus on the ‘Transcendental Logic’, especially the chapter on the ‘Transcendental Deduction’ therein.


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