Kanthropology: Kant’s Anthropology and its Legacy

CRMEP Graduate Conference 2016

19-20th May 2016
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University, London, UK.

Keynote Speakers
* Lewis Gordon (Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut)
* Stella Sandford (Professor Of Modern European Philosophy, CRMEP, Kingston University)

Deadline for Abstracts: 1 February 2016

The 2016 CRMEP Graduate Student Conference will focus on Immanuel Kant's anthropological works and their legacy. The mainstream marginalization of Kant's anthropological writings, in part due to their racist content, arguably makes philosophy ill-equipped to think some of today’s most pressing concerns, notably with regard to ableism, racism, classism and sexism in philosophical discourse. As Robert Bernasconi has observed, ignoring the Kant of the Anthropology is 'to diminish philosophy as an activity more generally.'

Foucault demonstrates, in his use of Anthropology From a Pragmatic point of View as a starting point for his foundational work The Order of Things, how Kant's anthropological works have a central role in the history of knowledge production and 'truth discourse.' Furthermore, there are philosophical convictions embedded in the anthropology that are not developed elsewhere in Kant’s work, such as an oscillation between the priority of the empirical and transcendental subject (beginning in his writings on the sublime Kant's anthropological work suggests that the transcendental subject relies on an empirical one).

While it is clear how Kant's canonical works in philosophy inform his anthropological work, it is not clear how his anthropology informs his philosophy and to what extent his anthropology is integral to the rest of his thought. The 2016 CRMEP Graduate Conference aims at reconsidering these questions and opening a critical discussion on the anthropological legacy of Kant in contemporary thought.

We invite papers from philosophy and other disciplines reacting to the following topics:

' Critical 'race' theory and the Critical Philosophy of 'race'
' The place of anthropology in Kant’s critical project
' Anthropology, psychology and Foucault
' The troubled legacy of Enlightenment philosophy with respect to its racial, colonial and gendered biases
' Kant and Human Rights Discourse
' Ontology contra anthropology
' The empirical subject vs. the transcendental subject
' Ideology and History in Kant
' The idea of the ‘canon’ in Modern European Philosophy
' Anti-humanism and/or Post-humanism.
' Existential anthropology and/or relational humanism.
' The philosophical elucidation of the struggle against everyday ableism, racism, classism and sexism.

Please send 300-word abstracts to [email protected] by 1st February 2016.

Reading Group: Dec 2015 – May 2016
The graduate conference shall be preceded by a reading group in London focusing on Kant’s anthropological writings and contemporary responses thereof. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Public lectures
A short series of public lectures on the theme shall take place in the run up to the conference. (TBA)

Further Information
email: [email protected]