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Workshop 4. Reason, Revolution and Rights 

University of York, UK. 8th-9th December 2018 

The French Revolution and the resulting declarations of the rights of man and of the citizen posed two important questions to the early post-Kantians—namely, Is a right to revolution entailed or precluded by the principles of Kantian ethics?; Do the principles of Kantian ethics entail a commitment to human rights, or might one endorse aspects of Kant’s moral theory while denying the existence of human rights? This workshop considers the attempts by the early post-Kantians to answer these questions. It also considers the early post-Kantians’ positions on race and on the rights of women and non-Europeans. Although these issues played only a peripheral role in the practical philosophy of the early post-Kantians, their treatment of them raises important questions about the critical potential of their moral and political theories.




Saturday 8th December 

09:00 – 10:15 Michael Morris:

‘The Promise and Perplexities of Human Rights: French Declarations and German Rejoinders’

10:20 – 11:35 James Clarke:

‘Erhard on Enlightenment and Revolution’

11:45 – 13:00 Mike Nance:

‘Erhard on Revolutionary Action’

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Elaine Miller:

‘What Kant’s Transcendental “Conaesthesia” might Contribute to Feminist Philosophy’

15:20 – 16:35 Jörg Noller:

'“Freedom by or Against the Law”: Reinhold’s Critique of Kant’s Reciprocity Thesis’

16:45 – 18:00 Violetta Waibel:

‘Revolution in the Way of Thinking: Gradual Reform, but for the Senses’

19:30 Workshop Dinner 


Sunday 9th December 

10:00 – 11:15 Anna C. Ezekiel:

‘Revolution and Revitalisation in the Work of Karoline von Günderrode’

11:20 – 12:35 Benjamin Crowe:

‘Jacobi on Practical Nihilism’

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:45 Jeffery Kinlaw:

‘Individuality and the Communitarian State: Reflections on Schleiermacher’s Political Philosophy’

14:50 – 16:05 Douglas Moggach:

‘Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Constitution of Freedom: Hegel’s Account in the Phenomenology’

16:10 – 17:25: Reidar Maliks:

‘Hegel and the French Revolution Revisited’

17:30 Workshop Closes


For free registration, please contact Elisabeth Thorsson: 



Download a copy of the programme here and our poster here

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