Past Events

Oct 19, 2018
4-6 P.M.

The After-life of Phenomenology Workshop

Speaker: Sally Sedgwick (UIC)

Title: An Argument for Geist’s Historical Nature

Northwestern University
Kresge Hall 3-438
Oct 4, 2018
5 – 7 P.M.
 The After-life of Phenomenology Workshop:

Speaker: James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College)

Title: Absolute Idealism and the Metaphysical Definitions of God: Hegel on Aristotle and Spinoza

*It is the same talk that is delivered at U of Chicago on Oct 2.*

Northwestern University
Kresge 4-410
Oct 2, 2018
5 – 6:30 P.M.
German Philosophy Workshop

Speaker: James Kreines
(Claremont McKenna College)
Title: Absolute Idealism and the Metaphysical Definitions of God: Hegel on Aristotle and Spinoza
University of Chicago
Forster 505

May 11, 2018

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 Workshop: Molly Flynn (Assumption College), “The Intentionality of the Modern Concept of the State: A Husserlian Investigation”

Northwestern University

Kresge Hall 3-438

March 16, 2018

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

German Philosophy Workshop: German Aesthetics

Mark Alznauer (Northwestern), “Aesthetic Theodicy in Wordsworth and Hegel”; commentator: Miguel Gualdrón (DePaul)

Andrew Cutrofello (Loyola), “How are synthetic a priori judgments possible in poetry?”; commentator: Hao Liang (Northwestern)

Heidi Schlipphacke (UIC), “Kinship and Aesthetic Depth: The Tableau Vivant in Goethe’s Elective Affinities (Die Wahlverwandtschaften)”; commentator: Eliza Little (University of Chicago)

DePaul University

October 17, 2017

4 p.m.



Book discussion of Fred Rush, Irony and Idealism: Rereading Schlegel, Hegel, and Kierkegaard (OUP 2016) Participants: Mark Alznauer (Northwestern), Elizabeth Millàn (DePaul), and Robert Pippin (University of Chicago), with response by Fred Rush (University of Notre Dame). Trienens Forum (Kresge 1515), Northwestern University
May 12, 2017 Prof. Alexander Schmidt (Friedrich Schiller University): “Rights of Man Redefined: Fichte’s Legal Positivism as Response to the Crisis of Natural Law”

Ripton Room

Scott Hall

Northwestern University

April 10, 2017 Prof. John Richardson (NYU) Northwestern University

March 31, 2017

German philosophy workshop on Kant’s theoretical philosophy:

Yoon Choi (Marquette University): “Kant and the Spontaneity of the Understanding”

Avery Goldman (DePaul University): “Kant on Leibniz: Disentangling the Principle of Sufficient Reason from the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles

Jacqueline Mariña (Purdue University): “The Second Analogy and the Motion of the Subject”

Daniel Sutherland (UIC): “Kant on Pure and Applied Mathematics”

Dorothy Day Room

Richardson Library

DePaul University

February 17, 2017

Prof. Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto): “Walter Benjamin and Revolutionary Inheritance”

Loyola University Chicago

Cuneo 217

November 29, 2016

3:30 p.m.

Prof. Catalina González (Universidad de los Andes): Workshop on Odo Marquard

Northwestern University

Crowe 4-130

September, 26, 2016

4 p.m.

Prof. Michelle Kosch (Cornell University): “Fichte and Blumenbach on the Bildungstrieb.”


Philosophy Seminar Room, 14th Floor, University Hall

April 15, 2016
9 a.m. – 6 p.m

 Annual German Philosophy Workshop:

Title:”German Philosophical Aesthetics”

Speakers: Robert Pippin (University of Chicago), Howard Pollack-Milgate (DePauw University), and Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern University).

DePaul University
Dorothy Day room (room 400) in the Richardson Library

February 19, 2016

4:30 p.m

Prof. Dr. Anton Koch (University of Heidelberg, Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago), Kant’s Transcendental Deduction


Institute for the Humanities Stevenson Hall (Basement)

Oct. 23, 2015 Paul Guyer (Brown University), “The Twofold Morality of Kantian Recht”

Northwestern University

102 University Hall

Sept. 15, 2015, 2 – 4 p.m.
Workshop with Stefan Schick (University of Regensburg): “Spirit of the Ages and Reason in History: Herder, Hegel, and Jacobi”

University of Illinois at Chicago

Library of the Philosophy Department, 14th Floor, University Hall

May 28-30 2015

Kant’s Moral Philosophy Workshop with Melissa Merritt (The University of New South Wales)

Northwestern University

April 24 2015, 4PM Paul Katsafanas (Boston University)Title:”Fugitive Pleasure and the Meaningful Life: Nietzsche on Nihilism and Higher Values.”

Location: Northwestern University

102 University Hall

March 20 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

Workshop on German Romanticism

speakers: María Acosta (DePaul); Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame); Guy Elgat (Northwestern University, School of the Art Institute); Elizabeth Millán (DePaul)

DePaul University,

Richardson Library, Dorothy Day Room 400

November 5th, 2014, 4PM Lisa Shabel (The Ohio State University) Loyola University
October 30, 2014 Karin de Boer (University of Leuven) Loyola University

October 17

2014, 11 a.m.

Workshop discussion with Professor Jay Bernstein (New School for Social Research) for graduate students.

Sponsored by the Critical Theory Cluster and the After-life of Phenomenology workshop at Northwestern

Seminar room, Crowe 1-140

Northwestern University

October 17

2014, 3 p.m.

Jay Bernstein (New School of Social Research)

Title: “Arendt’s Dilemma: On the Necessity and Emptiness of Conscience”

University Hall 318

Northwestern University


October 16 2014, 4 p.m

Jay Bernstein (New School of Social Research)

Title: “Nature — Reason — Suffering: Adorno on the Moral Necessity of Modernism”

Sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Hagstrum Room – University Hall 201

Northwestern University

April 23rd, 4-6PM, 2014

Paul Redding (University of Sydney)

Title: “The Role of Formal Logic in Hegel’s Science of Logic”

University of illinois at Chicago

Stevenson Hall (basement)


March 7th, 2014

German Philosophy Workshop on the theme: “Hegel”

Speakers: Hank Southgate (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Bill Bristow (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Ardis Collins (Loyola University), and Kevin Thompson (DePaul University).

 Haggerty Museum of Art

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

February 4th. 2014 Stephen Engstrom (University of Pittsburgh): “Reflection on Reflection in Hume and Kant”

University of Illinois at Chicago

Stevenson Hall (basement)

November 15th, 2013

Book Discussion of Sally Sedgwick, Hegel’s Critique of Kant.

Participants: Sebastian Rand (Georgia State University), William Bristow (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Sally Sedgwick (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities at University of Illinois at Chicago


University of Illinois at Chicago

October 18th, 2013, 4:00-6:00

Charles Bambach (university of Texas, Dallas):

 “Ethical Dwelling: Heidegger’s Heraclitean Critique of Ethics in’The Letter of Humanism'”

DePaul University

Lincoln Park Campus

Room 400 (Dorothy Day Room) of the Richardson Library

October 14th,2013

Barbara Montero (CUNY):

Workshop on 19th Century Philosophy of Mind

Northwestern University
September 13th, 2013, 4PM

Dieter Sturma (University of Bonn):

“What is German Idealism?”

DePaul University

Richardson Library, room 400 (Dorothy Day Room).

May 10th, 2013

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Karl Ameriks

“History, Idealism, and Schelling”

DePaul University

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
Dorothy Day Room, 400

April 12-13, 2013

Conference: “Norms of Freedom in Kant and Hegel”

For the full program click HERE

For the event’s flyer, click HERE

University of Illinois at Chicago

For further information and registration, please visit:

Or contact:

Sally Sedgwick (UIC):

Thomas Khurana(Frankfurt):

This conference is made possible by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

April 11th, 2013, 1:00PM- 4:00PM

Dan Breazeale (University of Kentucky)

Lecture Title: “Fichte: Against Nature”

DePaul University

2352 N. Clifton
Suite 150, Room 33, Department of Philosophy Conference Room

This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of Professor’s Millán’s seminar on German Romanticism.

For additional information please contact Elizabeth Millán (

March 19th, 4PM

Frederick Neuhouser:

“Nietzsche on Illness and Its Promise”.

Northwestern University

University Hall, Rm 122 1897 Sheridan Road

March 15th, 5PM Luigi Caranti: “Two faces of Republicanism: Kant and Rousseau”

Northwestern University

Kresge Hall, Room 2-345 1880 Campus Drive

March 8th, 2013,

11:30-5:30 PM

Issues in Phenomenology

Speakers: Hanne Jacobs (Loyola University): “On Becoming One’s Own Person. Husserl on Personhood and Intersubjectivity”

Sebastian Luft (Marquette University): “Speculative Thoughts on a Phenomenology of Attention: Husserl and Goethe”

Frédéric Seyler (DePaul University): “Radical Phenomenology and Fichtean Phenomenology”

DePaul Art Museum

935 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614

See complete program HERE

See map HERE (the museum is listed under Buildings)

February 1st, 2013, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

A book discussion on Avery Goldman’s Kant and the Subject of Critique: On the Regulative Role of the Psychological Idea (Indiana University Press)

Speakers: Ian Blecher (Art Institute); Andrew Cutrofello (Loyola); Pierre Keller (University of California, Riverside); Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern); with response by Avery Goldman.

DePaul University
John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
Dorothy Day Room 400
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact person: Kevin Thompson

January 31st, 2013

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Pierre Keller, University of California, Riverside: “Kant’s World-Concept of Philosophy and the Very Idea of a Phenomenological Philosophy”

DePaul University
John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
Dorothy Day Room 400
Chicago, IL 60614

Contact person: Rachel Zuckert (

November 30th, 2012

Günter Zöller, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, München: “The Virtuous Republic. Rousseau and Kant on the Relation Between Civil and Moral Religion.”

Northwestern University

4 P.M. (reception to follow)


October 12th, 10:30-12:130 2012
Sally Sedgwick (UIC): “Freedom and Necessity in Hegel’s Philosophy of History”

University of Chicago

Practical Philosophy Workshop

November 29th, 1:00-7:00 p.m.
“Newer Research in German Philosophy: Innocence, Cognition and Interest, Transcendental Idealism, Civil Religion – Workshop”

Haggerty Museum of Art

Marquette University, Department of Philosophy

For more information, please consult this flier

July 9-13,       2012
Master Class by Robert Pippin (University of Chicago) on “Post-Kantian Idealism”.
For further information visit this link.
April 5, 2012

Christoph Menke:

“The ‘Different Form’ of Domination: Toward a Critique of the Social Critique of Law”

Northwestern University
February 10, 2012

Aesthetics and German Philosophy Conference (sponsored by the
American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

Pippin: “After the Beautiful: Hegel and the Philosophy of Visual Modernism”

Wellbery: “The Concept of Artistic Medium in Idealist Aesthetics”

Ameriks: “Stages of the Aesthetic, from Kant to Nietzsche”

Millan-Zaibert: “Aesthetics and the Opening of the European Mind:
Alexander von Humboldt’s Views of America”

University of Illinois
September 30th , 2011
Frederick Neuhouser: “Hegel on Life, Freedom, and Social Pathology”
Depaul University
Sunday, September 25, 2011, 10:00-2:30
Workshop on Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics

UIC Campus, Student Center East , Room 329

For further Information click Here

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kant’s philosophy of math (UIC).

(In honor of the
retirement of Bill Hart.)

Michael Friedman

Charles Parsons

University of Illinois
April 29th, 4PM, 2011

Lecture: Lanier Anderson.

Title: “Difficult Birth: The Emergence of Kant’s Synthetic-Analytic DIstinction”

Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago, Philosophy Department Seminar Room , University Hall, 14th floor.


May 3, 2010, 4:00-6:00 p.m

Steven Crowell, “Heidegger on Practical Reasoning: Morality and Agency”

Albert Pick Hall, Room 022, 5828 South University Avenue,
University of Chicago

April 21, 2010, 4:00 pm Helga Varden, “The Priority of Rightful Care to Virtuous Care: A Kantian Critique of the Care Tradition” 4th floor, Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, Loyola University (Lake Shore campus); see map
February 23, 2010, 3:00-5:00 pm Emmanuel Faye, public workshop open to interested graduate students and faculty: “Heidegger and the Nazi Movement in the Interpretations of Hannah Arendt, Eric Voegelin and Aurel Kolnai” University of Notre Dame, 339 O’Shaughnessy Hall
February 22, 2010, 4:00 pm Emmanuel Faye, “National Socialism in Philosophy: Being, History, Technology and Extermination in Heidegger’s Work” Reception to follow University of Notre Dame, Auditorium of the Eck Visitor’s Center
November 13th, 2009
3:00 pm
Michael Rosen, “Freedom in German Idealism” Notre Dame
220 Malloy Hall
October 28th, 2009
4:00 pm
Michael Forster (title of talk TBA) Notre Dame
October 9th, 2009
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Rolf-Peter Horstmann, “The Metaphysics of the Self: Hegel’s Metaphysical Conception of Self-Consciousness”

Northwestern University
Kresge Hall 2-345

September 14th, 2009 Rachel Zuckert (title of talk TBA) UIC, University Hall,
14th floor
March 20th, 2009

Workshop in German Philosophy

Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)
Ardis Collins (Loyola University)
Karl Ameriks (University of Notre Dame)

Papers available under Secure Link

University of Illinois Chicago

The Institute for the Humanities
Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan, MC 206
On the EAST side of the UIC campus