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2016 UK Kant Society Annual Conference: Kant, Normativity, and Naturalism Event

5 - 6 September 2016
University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please email Becky Holdorph at .

Event details

How should we understand normativity and its relation to the natural world? Is it true that the scientific representation of nature ultimately has no room for normative phenomena? How, if at all, can such phenomena be ‘naturalized’? Do they need to be? The dominant terms in which these problems continue to be framed owe an enormous debt to Kant. This conference aims to explore the problem of normativity and naturalism in Kant’s own work, to probe Kant’s legacy in shaping current approaches to the problem, and to envision afresh the contribution his thought may yet make. The conference welcomes papers on all themes related to Kant’s philosophy, and in particular hopes to foster debate on the above.


Keynote Speakers

Hannah Ginsborg (University of California, Berkeley)

Marcus Willaschek (Goethe-Universität)

Contact Information

For further information, please email Becky Holdorph ( or the UKKS Conference Convenors, Sasha Mudd ( and Lucas Thorpe (


The conference is open for registration until 21 August 2016. To register, please visit the University of Southampton online store here


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the British Academy Newton-Celibi Trust. This conference is organized in association with the British Academy funded project ‘Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government’.



Provisional Schedule

Each session will feature three papers running in concurrent strands. 

Day 1: Monday, 5 September 2016

9:00 Registration, Coffee and Tea

10:00 Session 1

'Humanizing Feeling and Desire: The Rational Structures of Emotion' (Janelle Dewitt, Indiana University)

'Kant on Rules, Normativity, and Nature: A Blow or a Gift to the Naturalist?’ (Jim O’Shea, University College Dublin)

‘Is Organic Matter Natural? Norm and Nature in Kant’s Account of Teleology’ (Pavel Reichl, University of Essex)

11:00 Session 2

‘Kantian Emotions, Imperfect Duties, and the Cultivation of Character’ (Paula Satne, University of Durham)

‘Judgement, Logic and the Shape of Experience: Kant’s In-house Naturalism’ (Paul Abela, Acadia University)

‘Kant on Intuitive Understanding and Things in Themselves’ (Reed Winegar, Fordham University)

12:00 Coffee and Tea

12:15 Session 3

‘Both the Law and The Good: Rethinking the Ground of Kant's Ethics’ (Sasha Mudd, University of Southampton)

‘Two Unlikely Allies: Kant and Anscombe on Self-Thought’ (Eylem Özaltun, Koc University)

‘Synthesis and the Unity of the Pure Intuition of Time’ (Hope Sample, Ohio State University)

13:10 Lunch

14:00 Session 4

‘Kant’s “Newtonian” Transformation in Moral Philosophy’ (Nataliya Palatnik, Harvard University)

‘Kant’s Legal Metaphor and the Tradition of Ancient Skepticism’ (Bianca Ancillotti, Humboldt University)

‘The Necessity of Necessity’ (Jessica Leach, University of Sheffield)

15:00 Session 5

‘Weakness and Resoluteness of Will’ (Taylan Susam, Boğaziçi Univeristy)

‘A Kantian Approach to the Modal Status of Empirical Laws’ (Saniye Vatansever, Bilkent University)

‘“Order of Nature” and Idealism in Kant’s Transcendental Deduction’ (Marialena Karampatsou, Humboldt University)

16:00 Coffee and Tea

16:15 Keynote

'Freedom as a Postulate' -- Marcus Wassaschek, Goethe-Universität

19:00 Conference Dinner (preregistration required)


Day 2: Tuesday, 6 September 2016

9:00 Tea and Coffee

9:30 Session 1

‘Rawls and Kant’s Alleged Moral Naturalism’ (Ryan Wines, Bernadottegymnasiet)

‘Kant’s Rationalist Solution to Berkeley’s Empiricist Puzzle’ (Andrew Stephenson, Humboldt University)

‘Kant and Crusius on Causal Activity’ (Michael Oberst, Humboldt University)

10:30 Session 2

‘Was Kant Ever a Moral Sentimentalist? The Limits of the Impact of Sentimentalism on Kant’s Moral Philosophy’ (Stefano Bacin, Università San Raffaele)

‘Kant’s Transcendental Deduction, Non-Conceptualism, and the Fitness-for-Purpose Objection’ (Robert Watt, Oxford University)

‘A Task Set to Humanity: Disjunctive Community and the Ends of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism’ (Jakob Huber, London School of Economics)

11:30 Tea and Coffee

12:00 Keynote

'Why Must We Presuppose the Systematicity of Nature?' -- Hannah Ginsborg, University of California at Berkeley

13:30 Lunch

14:30 Session 3


‘Kant and Consequentialism in Context: the Reviews of H.A. Pistorius’ (Michael Walschots, St. Andrews University)

‘Was Kant a Defeatist about Biology?’ (Andrew Cooper, University of Bonn)

‘Moved to Obey: The Penal Law as a Rational Requirement’ (Marie Newhouse, University of Surrey)

15:30 Session 4

‘Impulses, Inclinations and Maxims: A Kantian Alternative to Belief-Desire Psychology’ (Lucas Thorpe, Boğaziçi University)

‘A Normative Theory of Science: Kant and the Principle of Systematicity’ (Katharina Kraus, University of Freiburg)

‘Kant’s Case against Heterosexual Marriage’ (Martin Sticker, University of Göttingen)

16:30 Tea and coffee

16:45 Session 5

‘Kant on Friendship’ (Xintong Wei, St. Andrews University)

‘Kant's Deduction of the Sublime’ (Thomas Moore, Brown University)

‘We Don’t Need no Noumena? Rational Self-cultivation in Kant’ (Louise Chapman, Kings College London)










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