Final Conference


Kant, the Laws of the Life Sciences and the Lawfulness of Nature

25th-26th June 2014

University of Edinburgh – 3.10-3.11 Dugald Stewart Building

This conference will explore Kant’s conception of laws in the life sciences.

To register please contact Jamie Collin by the 10th of June.

Programme with links to abstracts:

Thursday 25th June
9:00–9:45 Registration and welcome
9:45–11:00 Michael Friedman (Stanford) Kant’s Conception of Causal Law, its Place in the Critical System, and its Legacy
11:00–11:15 Coffee break
11:15–12:30 Lisa Shabel (OSU) Kant on the Mathematical Principles of Pure Understanding
12:30–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:15 Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge) The Lawfulness of the Contingent
15:15–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:45 Peter McLaughlin (Heidelberg) The Purposive Unity of Things
16:45–17:00 Coffee break
17:00–18:15 Catherine Wilson (York and CUNY) The Building Forces of Nature and Kant’s Teleology of the Living
Friday 26th June
9:45–11:00 Eric Watkins (UCSD) Kant on Laws
11:00–11:15 Coffee break
11:15–12:30 Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame) Universality, Necessity, and Law in General
12:30–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:15 Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern) Empirical Scientific Investigation and the Ideas of Reason
15:15–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:45 Hannah Ginsborg (Berkeley) Why must we presuppose the systematicity of nature?
16:45–17:00 Coffee break
17:00–18:15 Paul Guyer (Brown) Imperfect Knowledge of Nature


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