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Workshop: Sources of Kantian Moral Agency

A Workshop with Prof. Patricia Kitcher

Fr, 7 June 2019, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MCE (M 210)

The topic of the workshop are the several sources of moral agency in Kant. In particular, we aim to address the psychological or anthropological as well as the non-empirical or metaphysical bases of Kantian agency.

Over the past three decades, Patricia Kitcher, the Roberta and William Campbell Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, has explored Kant‘s cognitive psychology in a series of widely influential articles and books (Kant‘s Transcendental Psychology, 1990; Kant‘s Thinker, 2011). In recent work ("Explaining Freedom in Thought and Action", "Explaining Freedom Without Explaining it Away", "Kant’s Moral Psychology in the Fact of Reason"), Prof. Kitcher has moved on to explore Kant’s moral psychology.

The Munich workshop with Patricia Kitcher intends to address the psychological, social and political sources of moral agency in Kant in the context of his wider work in anthropology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of law and political philosophy.

Speakers: Profs. Patricia Kitcher (Columbia), Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen), Oliver Sensen (Tulane), Günter Zöller (LMU), Anna Wehfosits (LMU)

Convenor: Prof. Günter Zöller (LMU)

Seating is limited. Please register at mke@lmu.de


10:00-10:10: Welcome Remarks
                       Monika Betzler (LMU Munich)

10:10-10:30: "The Psychological Sources of Agency in Kant"
                       Patricia Kitcher (Columbia)

10:30-10:50: "Kant on Free Will"
                       Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)

11:00-12:00: Discussion I

13:30-13:50: "Kant on the Possibility to Act Otherwise"
                       Oliver Sensen (Tulane)

13:50-14:10: "Impassioned Self-Deception"
                       Anna Wehofsits (LMU Munich)

14:10-14:30: "The Juridico-Political Sources of Agency in Kant"
                       Günter Zöller (LMU Munich)

14:30-16:00: Discussion II