[SydPhil] Conference: Nature and Culture in German Romanticism and Idealism

Dalia Nassar dalia.nassar at gmail.com
Tue Feb 18 13:48:48 AEDT 2014

*Nature and Culture in German Romanticism and Idealism*

UNSW Australia and the University of Sydney

12-14 March

The last two decades can be described as witness to a genuine revival of
interest in German romantic and idealist philosophy. Philosophers working
in a variety of areas have embraced the ideas of the romantics and
idealists, disentangling them from false or misunderstood legacies, and
reexamining them in light of contemporary debates. This conference aims to
advance this significant historical and philosophical research, by
investigating the two most central themes in German idealist and romantic
philosophy: nature and culture and their interdependence.

Precisely because of the interdisciplinary character of romanticism and
idealism, the conference approaches the two movements from a number of
related angles. In the first instance, the goal is to consider how various
thinkers from the romantic era conceived nature and culture, and sought to
harmonize the sphere of the natural sciences (*Naturwissenschaften*) and
the sphere of the humanities (*Geisteswissenschaften*), which, only some
fifty years later, became fully separated. In addition, the conference
seeks to investigate the interdisciplinary conception of "Geist" developed
during that time, which today can be translated into "mind" as well as its
various externalizations as "society," "arts," "institutions," and
"culture." In these two ways, the conference will explore the uniqueness of
the romantic and idealist views, and consider their potential significance
for contemporary debates.

Conference organizers: Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW), Dalia Nassar (Sydney), Paul
Redding (Sydney)

 Conference sponsored by the Sydney Intellectual History Network
(SIHN)<http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/index.shtml>at the
University of Sydney and the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and
the School of Humanities and Languages <https://hal.arts.unsw.edu.au/> at
UNSW Australia.


*conference schedule*

*Wednesday 12 March*

UNSW Australia

Room: John Goodsell 119

*Session I:* Chair, Heikki Ikäheimo

9-10.30 Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore), "Why Be Moral? Idealism and the
Value of Autonomy"

10.30-11.30 Melissa Merritt (UNSW), "*Cultur *and Cognitive Virtue in
Kant's *Metaphysics of Morals*"

11.30-12.30  *Lunch*

*Session II:* Chair, Francesco Borghesi

12.30-1.30 Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney), "Language as a Form of Expression in

1.30-2.30 Anik Waldow (Sydney), "How to Study the Human Being? Reflections
on Kant's Anthropology"

2.30-3 *Tea*

*Session III:* Chair, Simon Lumsden

3-4 Heikki Ikäheimo (UNSW), "Between Determinism and Freedom - Fichte's
Trouble with Recognition"

4-5 John Rundell (Melbourne), "The Mooring and Unmooring of the Imagination
in Schiller and Fichte"


*Thursday 13 March*

University of Sydney

Room: CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building

*Session I:* Chair, Daniela Helbig

9-10 Andrew Benjamin (Monash), "From Natural Feeling to Moral Feeling: Kant
and the Limitations of Happiness"

10-11 Dalia Nassar (Sydney), "*Description* or *Explanation*? Natural
Philosophy after Kant"

11-11.30 *Tea*

*Session II:* Chair, Dalia Nassar

11.30-1 Kate Rigby (Monash), "Earth's Poesy: Natural Philosophy, Romantic
Poetics, and Biosemiotics"

1-2.30 *Lunch + Break*

*Session III:* Chair, Luke Fischer

Reading Room, St Andrew's College, University of Sydney

2.30-3.30 Jennifer Milam (Sydney), "German Garden-Landscape-Art: 'a kind of
nature in miniature as a poetic ideal'"

3.30-5 Goetz Richter and Jeanell Carrigan (Sydney Conservatorium of Music),
"Music as Philosophy: Beethoven's Rhetoric of Romanticism"

5-6.30 Book launch, *The Relevance of Romanticism*, Stephen Gaukroger

+ Reception

*7pm Speakers' Dinner*


*Friday 14 March*

University of Sydney

Room: CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building

*Session I:* Chair, Heikki Ikäheimo

9.30-11 Brady Bowman (Penn State), "Nature and the Emergence of Conscience:
Alternative Accounts"

11-12 Simon Lumsden (UNSW), "Freedom and Dwelling in Hegel and Heidegger"

12-1 *Lunch*

*Session II:* Chair, Paul Redding

1-2.30 Manfred Frank (Tübingen), "'Identity of Identity and Non-Identity':
Schelling's Path to the 'Absolute System of Identity'"

2.30-3 *Tea*

*Session III:* Chair, Dalia Nassar

3-4 Paul Redding (Sydney), "Hegel, the Conceptual and the Creaturely"

4-5 Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie): "Self-relation and Object-relation
in Feuerbach: a Sensuous Strand in Post-Hegelian Philosophy"

*7pm Speakers' Dinner*

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