Some Calls and Events

The new academic year already appears very busy! All welcome tot he events below!

CALL FOR COMMENTATORS AND CHAIRPERSONSRousseau
KEELE-OXFORD-ST ANDREWS KANTIAN (KOSAK) RESEARCH CENTRE &

KEELE FORUM FOR PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH

Friday, 23 November 2018, 6-7:15pm

Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre

‘J.-J. ROUSSEAU’* ANNUAL LECTURE

Taking Men as They Are and Laws as They Can Be: Rousseau and Hobbes on the State of Nature

By Susan Shell (Boston)

The Annual Lecture will be preceded by a wine reception starting at 5pm in the Claus Moser’s Foyer.

Saturday, 24 November 2018, 9:30am-5:30pm
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre

‘J.-J. ROUSSEAU’* ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Kant’s Republican Idea: Ethics, Politics and the Problem of Progress
Speakers:

Susan Shell (Boston)
Helga Varden (Illinois)
Howard Williams (Cardiff)
Ralf Bader (Oxford)
Sorin Baiasu (Keele)

Papers will discuss several of Professor Shell’s recent texts on Kant’s practical philosophy and its relations to aesthetics and history.

CALL FOR COMMENTATORS AND CHAIRPERSONS: If you would like to act as commentator for the papers given by Professors Varden, Williams, Bader or Baiasu, or would like to chair any of the sessions, please reply to this email. Some funding will be available for commentators and chairpersons.

Deadline: 29 October 2018
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Friday, 23 November 2018, 10am-5pm
The Sustainability Hub, Lecture Theatre HF1.14

SYMPOSIUM ON ‘KANT, GOD AND METAPHYSICS’
Speakers:
Margit Ruffing (Mainz)
Edward Kanterian (Kent)
James DiCenso (Toronto)
Jonathan Head (Keele)
The event will focus on Edward Kanterian’s Kant, God and Metaphysics: The Secret Thorn (Routledge 2017).

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The ‘Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference, as well as the KOSAK Symposium are organised with the support of the British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship “Dealing Critically with Conflicts between Deep Commitments: A Dual Critical-Hermeneutic Approach”  (co-holders Dr Ruhi Demiray [Siegen] and Professor Sorin Baiasu [Keele]), the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian (KOSAK) Research Centre, the HSS Faculty Research Office, the Research Centre for SPIRE and the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment (SPIRE)@Keele.

The ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ Annual Lecture and Conference usually take place at the end of November (occasionally moved on the following year in March). The previous Rousseau Annual Lectures were given by Pauline Kleingeld (2017 – took place in March 2018), Julian Savulescu (2016), Mark Timmons (2015 – took place in March 2016), Howard Williams (2014),  Adrian Piper (2013), Alan Montefiore (2012), John Horton (2011 – took place in March 2012), Stephen Engstrom (2010), Miranda Fricker (2009) and Giuseppina D’Oro (2008).

*Why the Jean-Jacques Rousseau lecture?  We hereby celebrate the true but very little known fact that Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived for a time in Staffordshire. From 22 March 1766 to 1 May 1767 Rousseau lived in the little Staffordshire village of Wootton. Rousseau had been invited to England by David Hume with whom he soon afterwards quarrelled. He then spent the next year in seclusion in Staffordshire writing the first drafts of his PrintConfessions. When he was not writing it is said that he roamed the Staffordshire countryside in his Armenian costume studying wild flowers. Many years after his departure the locals remembered ‘Owd Ross Hall’, not just for his eccentricities but also for his gifts to local charities. They believed he was a king in exile! (Stephen Leach – Honorary Research Fellow, Keele Humanities and Social Sciences)

 

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures

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INVITED LECTURE SERIES 2018-9

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY, KEELE-OXFORD-ST ANDREWS KANTIAN RESEARCH CENTRE & THE FORUM FOR PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH, KEELE UNIVERSITY

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 pm
Room CBA0.060, Chancellor’s Building, Keele University ST5 5BG

All welcome! Wine

Semester 1
16 October 2018:          Shane O’Neill (Keele): Hegel, Social Freedom and the Purpose of
Universities Today

13 November 2018:     Phyllis Kirstin Illary (UCL): TBC

20 November 2018:     Catharine Abell (Manchester): Fictional Entities

11 December 2018:     David Leech (Bristol): On the Concept of Religious Love

Semester 2
22 January 2019:         Ralf Bader (Oxford): Kantian Meta-Ontology

5 March 2019:              Gulzaar Barn (Birmingham): On Embodied Labour

12 March 2019:            Michael Bacon (Royal Holloway): Freedom as an Ideal in
Emerson and Rorty

2 April 2019:                Emil Visnovsky (Bratislava): Pragmatism, Posthumanism and
Transhumanism

7 April 2019:               Fiona Ellis (Roehampton): Naturalism and Transcendence

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Call for Paper Proposals – Kant in Political Change: Theoretical Grounds and Global ImplicationsECPRLogo150x55
The Kantian Standing Group of the ECPR – European Consortium for Political Research (Co-convenors: Howard Williams and Sorin Baiasu) – are organising a workshop for the Joint Sessions of Workshops, which will take place at the Mons campus of the Université catholique de Louvain in Mons, Belgium, between 8 and 12 April 2019.
The unique format of the Joint Sessions makes them an excellent forum for substantive discussion and collaboration for scholars from across the world, and at all stages of their career. The five-day event consists of around 30 closed Workshops, each with 15–20 participants. Topics of discussion are precisely defined, and only scholars working in that particular field, with a paper or research document for discussion, are invited to participate. Participants may attend only one Workshop, and must stay for the duration. Such intensive collaboration results in thorough critiques of the new research presented, and, often, in research groups being formed to take that work forward towards publication.
Paper proposals are invited for the workshop organised by the Kantian Standing Group on “Kant on Political Change: Theoretical Grounds and Global Challenges” (workshop convenors: Sorin Baiasu and Jakub Szczepanski). For the presentation of the workshop, please see:
To propose a paper (deadline: 3 December 2018), please go to:
As you will see, paper proposals need to be submitted through the ECPR website and you will need a MyECPR account. To join is free and easy: complete the online form at: 
Also: once a member, please consider joining the Kantian Standing Group: again, it is free and easy: after you login, click on MyECPR (top right) and select ‘My Groups’; click on the ‘Renew Membership’ button corresponding to the Kantian Standing Group.
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Author: S Baiasu

Professor of Philosophy Keele University UK

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