Rethinking Modern Philosophy: Origins, Connections, and Traditions

Rethinking Modern Philosophy

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14th-15th June 2015
Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER



Adi Efal (Universität zu Köln)
Massimo Ferrari (University of Turin)
Catherine Legg (University of Waikato)
Alexander Klein (California State University)
Christopher Macleod (Lancaster University)
Dean Moyar (John Hopkins University)
Trevor Pearce (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Robert Stern and Neil Williams (University of Sheffield)
Daniel Whistler (University of Liverpool)
Kenneth Winkler (Yale University)

The nineteenth-century was one of the most creative and revolutionary periods in the history of modern philosophy. The work of the idealists, pragmatists, positivists, and spiritualists in Europe and America was conceptually rich and theoretically ground-breaking, and it set the foundation for the formation of the analytic and continental strands of philosophy, as we understand them today. This is why contemporary philosophers are beginning to recognize that these traditions still offer an enormously varied and rich set of untapped resources for contemporary arguments and concepts. Nevertheless, the standard historical narratives have focused on a relatively limited number of figures and have often treated these dominant traditions as having developed in complete isolation.

This workshop aims to bring together philosophers from a wide variety of backgrounds who are working on modern philosophy in order [1] to explore the historical links and divergences between these philosophical schools; [2] to investigate how these traditions developed in reaction to their early modern predecessors; [3] to examine the work of under-researched figures and debates within these traditions; and, [4] to ask how historical research on the history of modern philosophy might inspire us to think differently about contemporary problems. Therefore, although the focus of the workshop is on traditions that flourished during the nineteenth-century, we will also examine the development of these traditions throughout the twentieth-century, and assess their continued importance in the twenty-first.

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