First Workshop

 

Kant and the Lawfulness of Nature

27-28 June 2013

University of Edinburgh – School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences – Dugald Steward Building – Room 7.01

The theme of this year-1 workshop is Kant’s view on the lawfulness of nature, and in particular the role of both the faculty of understanding with its constitutive principles and the faculty of reason and the faculty of reflective judgment with the regulative principles.

The plan is to run this as a rather informal, truly workshop-style event.


Programme

Thursday 27th June

1:00-2:00pm

Informal lunch

2:00-3:30pm

Eric Watkins (UCSD): What is, for Kant, a law of nature?  (Video)Commentator: Angela Breitenbach (University of Cambridge)

3:30-3:45pm

Coffee break

3:45-5:15pm

Peter McLaughlin (University of Heidelberg): Regulative principles and empirical laws  (Video)Commentator: Catherine Wilson (University of York)

5:15-6:45pm 

Michael Friedman (Stanford): Natural laws and natural necessity  (Video)Commentator: Marius Stan (Boston College)

 

Friday 28th June

9:30-11:00am

Konstantin Pollok (University of South Carolina): The understanding prescribes laws to nature’ – Spontaneity, legislation, and Kant’s transcendental hylomorphismCommentator: Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)

11:00-11:15am

Coffee break

11:15am-12:45pm

Andrew Chignell (Cornell): Modality, the Laws, and a Coherence Constraint on Knowledge  (Video)
Commentator: Alix Cohen (University of York)