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Contemporary Kantian Philosophy (CKP) I

Recently the Luxembourg National Research Foundation fully funded the first year of the three-year contemporary Kantian philosophy (CKP) project, which Robert Hanna (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) will carry out in collaboration with Dietmar Heidemann at the University of Luxembourg, where Professor Hanna will also be a visiting research professor for the full academic year 2013-14.

The CKP project is a three-stage exploration of Kantian themes in contemporary philosophy, whereby Professor Hanna will work in close association with an “inner circle” of University of Luxembourg philosophy researchers, other faculty members, and graduate students, and also an “outer circle” of young philosophical researchers working at universities in Finland, Germany, Norway, and the UK:

Angela Breitenbach (Univ. of Cambridge UK)

Sacha Golob (King's College London UK)

Toni Kannisto (Univ. of Oslo, Norway)

Hemmo Laiho (Univ. of Turku, Finland)

Thomas Land (Univ. of Cambridge UK)

Kristina Musholt (London School of Economics UK)

Sasha Newton (Univ. of Leipzig DE/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA)

Andrew Stephenson (Univ. of Oxford UK).

The overall aim of the project is to explore the nature of human cognitive and practical rationality from a contemporary Kantian point of view, in a collaborative and international setting. The project’s three-part focus is on philosophy of mind & knowledge, the metaphysics of free will and persons, and applied Kantian ethics/philosophical anthropology.

More precisely, the basic topics for 13-14 will be in the areas of the philosophy of mind, epistemology, cognitive semantics, philosophical logic, and metaphysical issues associated with these. In 14-15, the basic topics will be in the areas of the metaphysics of free will, action/agency, and persons. And the basic topics for 15-16 will be in the areas of meta-ethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, philosophical anthropology, and practical philosophy more generally.

In 14-15 and 15-16, the CKP group at Luxembourg will also be mirrored by a CKP group centered at the University of Colorado, Boulder, growing out of Professor Hanna’s existing Intuitions in Philosophy Research Group there.

For further information on the CKP activities, contact either Professor Hanna ( or Professor Heidemann ( Up-dated information will regularly be available here:

CKP Events

During 13-14, the activities of the CKP project include five two-day workshops at the University of Luxembourg, at each of which five or six papers will be presented and discussed:


Workshop 1: "Kant's Philosophy of Mind & Knowledge: Transcendental Deduction - Schematism – Principles"

28-29 October 2013


28 October 2013

Robert Hanna & Dietmar Heidemann

14:00-15:30 h
Robert Hanna (University of Colorado/University of Luxembourg)
“Blind Intuitions, Essentially Rogue Objects, and Categorial

16:00-17:30 h
Mathias Birrer (University of Luxembourg, LU)
"Aspects of Time and Kant's Transcendental Schematism"

18:00-19:00 h
Kristina Engelhard (University of Cologne, DE)
“Constructing the Object of Arithmetic”

29 October

9:30-11:00 h
Anil Gomes (University of Oxford, UK)
"In Kantian Phrase"

11:30-13:00 h
Dietmar Heidemann (University of Luxembourg, LU)
“Transcendental Apperception and Representation”

14:30-16:00 h
Colin McLear (University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA)
“The Role of the Understanding in Kant's Philosophy of Nature"

16:30-17:00 h
Final Discussion

Location: University of Luxembourg. Department of Philosophy, Campus Walferdange, Building X, Room 1.34 (IPSE), Route de Diekirch, BP2, L-7220 Walferdange/Luxembourg

Download the program here: 

Workshop 2: “Intentionality & Mental Content from a Contemporary Kantian Point of View”

9-10 December 2013


9 December
Bob Hanna & Dietmar Heidemann
14:00-14:45 h
Andrew Stephenson (University of Oxford), "Is Intuition Object-Dependent?"
14:45-15:30 h
Coffee break
16:00-16:45 h
Sacha Golob (King's College London), "Kant on Perception and Conceptualism"
16:45-17:30 h
Coffee break
18:00-18:45 h
Thomas Land (University of Cambridge), "Kant, Conceptualism, and the Problem of Perceptual Presence"
18:45-19:30 h
10 December
9:30-10:15 h
Kristina Musholt (University of Magdeburg), "Sources of Self-Consciousness"
10:15-11:00 h
Coffee break
11:30-12:15 h
Corey Dyck (University of Western Ontario/University of Oxford), “Spontaneität and Selbstthätigkeit in the First Critique”
12:15-13:00 h
Lunch break
14:30-15:15 h
Patricia Kauark-Leite (University of Minas Gerais) and Robert Hanna (University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Luxembourg), "How to Cognize Transcendental Structures"
15:15-16:00 h
Coffee break
16:30-17:00 h
Final Discussion

Download the program here:


Workshop 3: "Perception, Judgment & Logic from a Contemporary Kantian Point of View"

10-11 March

10 March

Robert Hanna & Dietmar Heidemann

14:00–15:30 h
Alexandra Newton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
How is Kant’s General Logic Normative for Thought?

Coffee break

16:00–17:30 h
Michael Potter (University of Cambridge)
How Kantian was Frege?

Coffee break

18:00–19:30 h
Dennis Schulting (Independent Scholar)
“Pure Consciousness Is Found Already in Logic”: On Apperception and Judgement

11 March

9:30–11:00 h
Jessica Leech (University of Sheffield)
Mere Thought and Cognition

Coffee break

11:30–13:00 h
Hemmo Laiho (University of Turku)
Synthesis and the Primacy of Intuition

Lunch break

14:30–16:00 h
Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg)
Non-Conceptual Knowledge

16:30–17:00 h
Final discussion


Workshop 4: “Intuitions  & A Priori Knowledge from a Contemporary Kantian Point of View”

(2-3 June 2014)

Please find the complete workshop programme here:

Intuitions.pdf 482.36 kB


Workshop 5:  “Workshop with Paul Guyer”

(17-18 July 2015)

Please find the complete workshop programme here: