Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 6.15pm

Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ5

Prof. Robert Pippin (University of Chicago)

Reason’s Form

CV
Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books on German idealism, including Kant’s Theory of Form; Hegel’s Idealism: The Satisfactions of Self-Consciousness; and Modernism as a Philosophical Problem. His latest books are The Persistence of Subjectivity (Cambridge 2007), Hegel’s Practical Philosophy (Cambridge 2008), Nietzsche, Psychology and First Philosophy (Chicago 2010), and Hollywood Westerns and American Myth (Yale 2010). An expanded version of his 2009 Spinosa lectures, Hegel on Self-Consciousness: Desire and Death in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, will be published this fall. He is a winner of the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Abstract

Kant’s theory of moral obligation is at the same time a theory of autonomy. According to Kant, true autonomy requires an agent’s subjection to the “form of pure practical reason”, and this subjection involves an unconditional obligation to obey what such a “form”, also famously called the Categorical Imperative, demands. Critics have long argued that such a subjection bears little relation to our moral experience, and that it leads to a rigoristic and empty, formalist morality. I argue here that everything depends on how we understand what Kant means by the “form” of pure practical reason, and I attempt to explain Kantian formality by attention to how he understands the notion in his theoretical philosophy. The result is a picture of Kantian morality not as subject to these traditional objections.


Headlines

„Noch einmal: Zum Verhältnis von Moralität und Sittlichkeit" - Vortrag von Jürgen Habermas. Skript und Video zum Abruf verfügbar

Die Meldung zum Vortrag finden Sie hier...

Weitere Informationen (Vortragsskript und Video) zum Vortrag „Noch einmal: Zum Verhältnis von Moralität und Sittlichkeit" von Jürgen Habermas am 19. Juni 2019 an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main finden Sie hier...

"The History of Postmetaphysical Philosophy and the Future of Democracy" - Konferenz zu Ehren von Jürgen Habermas

Am 20. und 21. Juni fand am Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" die Konferenz "The History of Postmetaphysical Philosophy and the Future of Democracy" statt.
Die Meldung zur Konferenz finden Sie hier...
Das Programm und weitere Informationen finden Sie hier...

Upcoming Events

16. Juli 2019, 20.15 Uhr

"Talking About a Revolution" : Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger und Prof. Dr. Christoph Burchard: Verzerrt das Kino die KI? Ein Gespräch über Privatheit, IT-Vertrauen und Repräsentation anhand von The Circle. Mehr...

17. Juli 2019, 18.15 Uhr

Ringvorlesung "Demokratie in der Krise? Bruch, Regression und Resilienz": Prof. Philip Manow: Demokratisierung der Demokratie, Entdemokratisierung der Demokratie. Mehr...

-----------------------------------------

Latest Media

Noch einmal: Moralität und Sittlichkeit

Jürgen Habermas
Öffentlicher Vortrag an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Die andere Seite des Kinos: Chantal Akermans De l’autre côté

Martin Seel
Lecture and Film "Die Erfinderin der Formen. Das Kino von Chantal Akerman"

New full-text Publications

Kettemann, Matthias; Kleinwächter, Wolfgang; Senges, Max (2018):

The Time is Right for Europe to Take the Lead in Global Internet Governance. Normative Orders Working Paper 02/2018. More...

Kettemann, Matthias (2019):

Die normative Ordnung der Cyber-Sicherheit: zum Potenzial von Cyber-Sicherheitsnormen. Normative Orders Working Paper 01/2019. More...