Workshop 3. Theory and Practice 

Xavier University, Cincinnati, 9th-10th August 2018 

Kant’s 1793 essay “Theory and Practice” articulated, and gave further impetus to, a debate about the relationship between theory and practice. This debate centred on the following question: Can the a priori norms and principles of practical reason determine, and be translated into, concrete political practice; or is there a wide gulf between theory and practice, a gulf that can be bridged only by custom, tradition, and accumulated experience? This workshop will examine the accounts of the relationship between theory and practice offered by philosophers such as Fichte, Gentz, Möser, and Rehberg. In examining these accounts, we will consider whether they can illuminate, and be illuminated by, contemporary debates in political theory (e.g., the debate about ‘ideal’ and ‘non-ideal’ theory). See the full programme below. 

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You can listen to the talks here: 

Michael Gregory (South Carolina) “Not a Paternal but a Patriotic State: Kant and Rehberg on Rightful Dependence”

Michael Gregory: “Not a Paternal but a Patriotic State: Kant and Rehberg on Rightful Dependence” - Unknown Artist
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Gabriel Gottlieb (Xavier) “Schelling on Right and Recognition”

Gabriel Gottlieb: “Schelling on Right and Recognition” - Unknown Artist
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Elizabeth Millán (DePaul) “The Development of Social Freedom in Friedrich Schlegel’s Political Thought”

Elizabeth Millán: “The Development of Social Freedom in Friedrich Schlegel’s Political Thought” - Unknown Artist
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Michael Morris (South Florida) “Reason, Revolution, and the Organic”

Michael Morris: “Reason, Revolution, and the Organic” -
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