Colloquium on Kant’s Critique of Teleological Judgment
Representations of Life
Tuesday, September 27
9:30 am - 1:00 pm Farrell Room
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm Cheray 101
Dr. Mark Fisher, Penn State University. Dr. Fisher is Lecturer in Philosophy and Assistant Director of the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute. He received an M.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University. His research, focused on Kant’s treatment of central themes in theoretical philosophy from the earliest pre-Critical writings through the third Critique, has thus far produced publications on Kant’s views concerning rational theology, natural history, and biology. An example of his recent publication is “Explanatory Natural History: Generation and Classification in Kant’s Natural Philosophy,” in Understanding Purpose: Kant and the Philosophy of Biology, NAKS Studies in Philosophy.
Dr. Ina Goy, University of Tübingen, Germany. Dr. Goy is Assistant Professor and Research Fellow of Philosophy at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tübingen in 2006. Dr. Goy’s current research focuses on Kant’s philosophy of biology and the teleology of organic nature. Her recent publications in this area of her research include “Die Teleologie der organischen Natur” in Kritik der Urteilskraft, ed. Otfried Höffe, “Epigenetic Theories: Caspar Friedrich Wolff and Immanuel Kant,” and “Kant’s Theory of Biology and the Argument from Design” in Kant’s Theory of Biology, a collection of essays edited by her together with Eric Watkins and forthcoming with de Gruyter in 2012.
Dr. Thomas Teufel, Baruch College, The City University of New York. Dr. Teufel is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Associate Editor of The Philosophical Forum. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 2006. Dr. Teufel is currently working on Kant’s teleology and Kant’s notion of regulativity. His recent publications include “Kant’s Non-Teleological Conception of Purposiveness” in Kant Studien and “Wholes that Cause their Parts: Organic Self-Reproduction and the Reality of Biological Teleology” in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
Dr. Lara Ostaric, Saint Michael’s College. Dr. Ostaric is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Saint Michael’s College. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Notre Dame in 2006. Her current research focuses on Kant’s teleology and its reception in German Idealism and Early Romanticism. Her recent publications in the aforementioned area of her research include “Kant’s Account of Nature’s Systematicity and the Unity of Theoretical and Practical Reason,” Inquiry, and “Schelling’s Conception of the Organic Life” in Interpreting Schelling: Critical Essays, a collection of essays edited by her and forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Schedule of Presentations:
- 9:30-9:40 am Introduction
- 9:40-10:50 am §§ 69-71 What is the Antinomy of Teleological Judgment? (Ina Goy)
- 10:50-11:40 am §§ 72-73 Dogmatic Teleological Accounts of Nature (Lara Ostaric)
- 11:40-12:00 pm coffee break
- 12:00-12:50 pm §§ 74-75 The Divine Architect (Lara Ostaric)
- 2:30-3:40 pm §§ 76-77 The Intuitive Understanding (Thomas Teufel)
- 3:40-4:30 pm § 78 The Supersensible Ground of Nature (Mark Fisher)
- 4:30-4:50 pm coffee break
- 4:50-6:20 pm §§ 84-87 The Moral Proof of God’s Existence (Mark Fisher)
The Colloquium is sponsored by the Office of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Department of Philosophy,
and Department of Religious Studies at Saint Michael’s College.
For further information, please contact Lara Ostaric: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Annual Plato Lecture
Erotic Homecoming in Phaedo and Phaedrus -
Professor Jill Gordon, Colby College
Tuesday, October 4th at 4:30
McCarthy Recital Hall
Plato’s Phaedo depicts Socrates’ final hours before he drinks the hemlock. Its interlocutors discuss the soul and its fate after bodily death. Though not considered erotic, Phaedo shares erotic and philosophical connections to the erotic dialogue, Phaedrus. Moreover, the Phaedo makes use of Homer’ trope of homecoming from the Odyssey to depict the fate of the erotic human soul in its return home.
Everyone is welcome
Sponsored by the Philosophy and Classics Departments
and the Lecture Series Committee
Please join us at the Philosophers’ Table, an informal, student-centered venue for discussing timely and timeless philosophic issues. Come tell us what you think about the chosen topic-of-the-week, or simply listen quietly. The Table takes place in Alliot at noon, generally on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Students, watch your e-mail for updates.