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International research workshop "Reflecting on one's reasons"
within the FNR-funded 'OPEN' research project RREXAM - Rational Reflection Examined
18 June 2021, 9:00 - 15:00 (Luxembourg time)

Speakers and discussants:
Frank Hofmann
Thomas Grundmann
Aleks Knoks
Yannick Kohl
Thomas Raleigh
Paul Silva
Daniel Whiting
Ru Ye

Location: online (via Webex).



Guest talk summer semester 20-21, online (via Webex)

Dr. Laura Gow (University of Liverpool)
17 May 2021, 5:30 pm
Title: "Empty space, silence, and absence"
Everybody welcome!
Link: TBA soon.

Guest talk winter semester 20-21, online (via Webex)

Professor Dr. Matthew Soteriou (King's College London, UK)
30 Nov 2020, 5:30 pm
Title: "Determining the future"
Everybody welcome!


International research workshop Mind and Language, 25-26 September 2020 (Online)

Speakers (in alphabetical order):

  • Jacob Beck
  • José Luis Bermúdez
  • Hannes Fraissler
  • Christopher Gauker
  • Frank Hofmann
  • Nikola Kompa
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt
  • Sarah Sawyer
  • Mark Textor and Eliot Michaelson
  • Agustín Vicente


The main topic is the relation between thought and language, their respective (in[ter]‑)dependence, and questions relating to linguistic impact on cognition and concept formation. Although the focus lies on human thought and language, investigations into animal cognition can provide crucial input and shall therefore not be neglected.

Free admission, everybody welcome.

The workshop will be held online, via Webex. You have to register in advance and then, if accepted, will get the link. Please contact:

Time schedule: Friday 25 Sept, 1-9.20pm, Saturday 26 Sept, 1-7.40 pm (CEST, Central European Summer Time).

Organizers: Hannes Fraissler, Frank Hofmann.

Poster with schedule: Poster_Mind&Language



Guest talks summer semester 2020

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Freitag (University of Mannheim)
March 9, 5:30 pm
Title: "Wittgenstein on Descartes on 'I think'"
Room: MSA 4.500, Campus Belval

Dr. Danaë Simmermacher (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
March 30, 5:30 pm
Title & venue: tba

Professor Dr. Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)
May 11, 5:30 pm
Title: “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and the Problem of Metaphysics”
Room: tba

Everybody welcome, free admission!


Colloque international
L’école de Salamanque: Philosophie, droit et économie

13-14 février 2020, de 9h à 18h

Affiche + programme

Pedro Calefate (Uni. de Lisbonne)
Norbert Campagna (Uni. du Luxembourg)
Santiago Castellà Surribas (Uni. Rovira i Virgili)
José Luís Cendejas (Uni. Francisco de Vitoria)
Luis Espinosa Goded (Uni. San Francisco de Quito)
Cecilia Font de Villanueva (Uni. Francisco  de Vitoria)
León María Gómez Rivas (Uni. Europea de Madrid)
Emilio González Ferrín (Uni. de Séville)
Sophie Grapotte (SEKLF)
Christoph Haar (Uni. Martin Luther de Halle)
Matthias Kaufmann (Uni. Martin Luther de Halle)
Guy Kirsch, Prof. Émérite (Uni. de Fribourg)
Juan Lacruz Bassols (Uni. du Luxembourg)
Yvette Lajeunesse (Uni. de Montreal)
Robert Legros (Uni. Libre de Bruxelles)
María Martín Gómez (Uni. de Salamanque)
Fernando Olivan (Uni. Rey Juan Carlos)
Luis Ojeda (Uni. du Luxembourg)
Lukas Sosoe (Uni. du Luxembourg)
Javier Wrana (Uni. Rey Juan Carlos)

Comité d’organisation :
Lukas Sosoe
Luis Ojeda
Juan Lacruz


Guest talk winter semester 2019–20

Professor Dr. Frédéric Seyler (DePaul University)
9 December 2019, 5:30 pm
Title: “Democracy and Religion in Michel Henry's Phenomenology”
Room: Black Box, MSH, ground floor
Everybody welcome, free admission!

Details and poster: Guest talk winter semester 2019-20


ENN annual meeting

The institute will host the annual meeting of the European Normativity Network

5 - 6 December 2019 (each day 9:30 - 18:00)
Gunnar Björnsson
Robert Cowan
Frank Hofmann
Susanne Mantel
Sara Packalén
Christian Piller
Eva Schmidt
Jose Zalabardo

Organizer: Frank Hofmann


Workshop for doctoral students: "Concept and Intuition in Kant and Hegel"

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Dietmar Heidemann & Sven Seidenthal
26-27 November 2019, 12:45
Room: MSA 3.120, Campus Belval

Program and poster: Concept and Intuition in Kant and Hegel


Guest talk winter semester 2019–20

Professor Dr. Markus Kohl (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
25 November 2019, 5:30 pm
Title: "Kant's Genealogical Anxiety"
Room: MSA 3.110, Campus Belval
Everybody welcome, free admission!


Journée de la Philosophie

22 novembre 2019, 13:30
MSA 3.350, Belval

Program and invitation: Journée de la Philosophie


Guest talk winter semester 2019-20

Dr. Karina Vold (University of Cambridge)
4 November 2019, 5:30 pm
Title: "AI extenders: how AI can augment human cognition"
Room: Black Box, MSH, ground floor.
Everybody welcome, free admission!

Details and poster: Vold - "AI extenders" [Guest Talk]


Guest talk summer semester 2019

Gregor M. Hörzer (Institute of Cognitive Science, Osnabrück University, Germany)
27 May, 2019, 5:30 pm
Title: "Physicalism and Panpsychism: Friends or Foes?"
Room: Black Box, MSH, ground floor, Campus Belval.
Everybody welcome, free admission!

Details and abstract: Philosophy Guest Lectures - Summer Semester 2019


Workshop Error theory and what's next, 7-8 Dec 2018

Location: Campus Belval, MSH, room 0.205, ground floor
7 Dec: 9:30-18:00, 8 Dec: 9:30-17:00


Vuko Andric
Jessica Isserow
Sebastian Köhler
Christopher Lamothe
Don Loeb
Jonas Olson
Bart Streumer
Christine Tiefensee
Frank Hofmann

Organizer: Christopher Lamothe, Frank Hofmann.
Free admission.


Guest talk winter semester 2018-19

Prof. Pascal Engel (EHESS, CRAL, CNRS Paris)
19 Nov, 2018, 5:30 pm
Title: "Against neo-pragmatist theories of belief"
Room: Black Box, MSH, ground floor, Campus Belval.
Everybody welcome, free admission! 

Abstract: Various authors have recently defended a version of pragmatism about belief. This is not the classical pragmatist view that belief is a disposition to act, but the view that evidential and practical reasons for belief carry equal weight and that belief is essentially individuated by its role in practical reasoning. I examine their arguments, and argue that they fail to show that epistemic reasons for belief have no privilege.


Guest talk winter semester 2018–19

Professor Dr. Andree Hahmann (University of Pennsylvania)
10 Dec. 2018, 5:30 pm
Title: „Schiller and the End of the World as We Know it”
Room: tba
Everybody welcome, free admission!


Conference Kant’s Concepts of Metaphysics: Aprioristic and Non-Aprioristic?

Time: 26–27 November 2018

Poster with Schedule


Brigitte Falkenburg (TU Dortmund)
Bernd Ludwig (Universität Göttingen)
Kristina Engelhard (TU Dortmund)
Marcus Willaschek (University of Frankfurt)
John Callanan (King’s College London)
Ansgar Seide (University of Münster/University of Hannover)
Andrew Chignell (Princeton University)
Anton Friedrich Koch (Universität Heidelberg)
Sabrina Bauer (University of Heidelberg)

Conference Venue:

University of Luxembourg
Building: MSA
Room: 3.120 

Contact and Registration: Katalin Turai (

Organizers: Dietmar Heidemann, Kristina Engelhard


Guest talk summer semester 2018

Prof. Thomas Grundmann (University of Cologne, Germany)
22 May, 2018, 5:30 pm
Title: tba
Room: Black Box, MSH, ground floor, Campus Belval.
Everybody welcome, free admission!



Workshop Epistemic Normativity: Its Shape And Nature, March 23-24, 2018

Location: Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, MSH, room 0.207 (ground floor)
(9.30 am – 6 pm, 23 and 24 March)

Anthony Booth
Davide Fassio
Frank Hofmann
John Gibbons
Paul Noordhof
Christian Piller
Eva Schmidt
Ema Sullivan-Bissett
Daniel Whiting

Organizers: Christian Piller, Frank Hofmann
Free admission, please register:


Guest talk winter semester 2017-18

Professor Christian Piller (University of York, UK; guest professor at the UL, FNR intermobility project ENCODE)
6 Nov., 2017, 6:00 (sic!) pm.
Title: "Should goods sometimes be distributed by lotteries?"
Everybody welcome, free admission!


Conference Kant and the Non-Existence of Things-in-themselves

Time: 17–18 October

Poster with Schedule


Guido Kreis (Aarhus University)
Lars Lodberg (Aarhus University)
Arnauld Pelletier (Universityé Libre de Bruxelles
Cord Friebe (University of Bonn)
Christian Onof (University of London, Birbeck)
Henny Blomme (KU Leuven)
Dietmar Heidemann (University of Luxembourg)
Sabrina Bauer (Universities of Heidelberg/Luxembourg)
Jacob Kristensen (University of Aarhus)
Joe Saunders (University of Leeds)

Conference Vernue:

University of Luxembourg
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-Belval
Building: MSH
Room: BlackBox 

Program: tba

Contact and Registration: Katalin Turai (

Organizers: Dietmar Heidemann, Katalin Turai


Conference “Jonathan Dancy on Reasons and Reasoning”

The Third Saar-Lux Joint Conference on Reasons and Rationality
jointly organized by the Department of Philosophy of the Saarland University, Saarbruecken,
and the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Luxembourg
6-8 July, 2017

Keynote speaker: Jonathan Dancy

Time schedule:
Thursday, 6 July
10.30-11.50  Susanne Mantel, “Reasoning about reasons“
lunch break
13.00-14.20  Daniel Whiting, “Epistemic worth”
14.40-16.00  Jonathan Dancy, “Three for the price of two: an intellectual trajectory”
coffee break
16.30-17.50  Anne Meylan, “Virtue epistemology. Metaphysical implications”

Friday, 7 July
09.30-10.50  Frank Hofmann, “Comparing belief and action”
11.00-12.20  Sebastian Rödl, “The logical character of knowledge of reasons”
lunch break
14.00-15.20  Clayton Littlejohn, “Reasons and their grain”
15.30-16.50  Andreas Müller, “Dancy on the primacy of the practical”
coffee break
17.10-18.30  Chris Ranalli, “Disjunctivism and epistemic reasons”
conference dinner, 19.30, at Café Kostbar

Saturday, 8 July
09.30-10.50  Jonathan Dancy, “Instrumental reasons”
coffee break
11.15-12.35  Eva Schmidt, “Epistemic vs. practical reasons – what’s the difference?”

Location: Computer Science building E1.1, R. 407, Saarland University, Saarbruecken
Everybody welcome! Please register (no fees):
Organizers: Eva Schmidt, Susanne Mantel, Frank Hofmann



Workshop Free Will and the Ability to Do Otherwise (FADO), June 16-17, 2017

Location: Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, MSH
Maria Alvarez (King's College London)
Christopher Evan Franklin (Grove City College)
Christian List (London School of Economics)
Peter Schulte (Universität Bielefeld)
David Shoemaker (Tulane University)
Kadri Vihvelin (University of Southern California)
Christian Loew (University of Luxembourg)
Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg)

Organizers: Christian Loew, Frank Hofmann

Friday, 16 June
9.30-11.00: Kadri Vihvelin (University of Southern California), “Trying, Succeeding, and What We are Able to Do”
11.15-12.45: Christopher Franklin (Grove City College), “There Are No Actual-sequence Accounts of Moral Responsibility.”
14.30-16.00: Maria Alvarez (King's College London), “The Relationship between Free Will and Rational Choice”  
16.15-17.45: Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg), “Free Will, Trying, and the Ability Regress”

Saturday, 17 June
9.30-11.00: Christian List (London School of Economics), “Free Will as a Higher-Level Phenomenon”
11.15-12.45: Christian Loew (University of Luxembourg), “Defending Dispositional Abilities”
14.30-16.00: Peter Schulte (Universität Bielefeld), “Yes, we can - but does it matter?”
16.15-17.45: David Shoemaker (Tulane University), “Cruel Jokes & Normative Competence”

Aims and Scope
A natural idea is that freedom presupposes the ability to do otherwise. The aim of this workshop is to clarify this idea and examine its viability. Does freedom sometimes or always presuppose the ability to do otherwise? How should we understand this ability? Should it be characterized, for example, in terms of two-way powers, clusters of dispositions, or agential possibilities? And are the ability to do otherwise and the opportunity to exercise it compatible with likely candidates for the causal and nomic structure of the actual world?
Registration is free. Please send a short email to by June 1st.

Guest talk summer semester 2017

Professor Dr. Jochen Bojanowski (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champign)
22 May 2017, 5.30 pm, MSH, 2nd. Floor, LISER lecture hall
Title: Does Desert Trump Equality?

Guest talk summer semester 2017

Dr. Paulina Sliwa (University of Cambridge, UK)
8. Mai 2017, 6.30 pm, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Title: tba.

Colloque: L’Europe et la Réforme: Histoire, société et politique

Konferenz:Europa und die Reformation: Geschichte, Gesellschaft und Politik

25-26 avril/April 2017

Lieu/Ort: Institut Pierre Werner (à/in l’Abbaye de Neumünster)
28, rue Münster / L-2160 Luxembourg



Organisation/Organization: Institute of Philosophy of University of Luxembourg et/und Institut Pierre Werner.
Contact: Lukas Sosoe (, Henning Marmulla (, Deven Burks (


André Birmelé (Strasbourg)
Bernard Bourdin (Institut Catholique de Paris)
Norbert Campagna (Luxembourg)
Danielle Cohen-Levinas (Paris IV, Sorbonne)
Chris Doude van Troostwijk (Luxembourg School of Religion and Society)
Sébastien Fath (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Beat Föllmi (Strasbourg)
Gilles Gourbin (Lorraine, Luxembourg)
Otfried Höffe (Tübingen)
Guy Kirsch (Fribourg)
Robert Legros (Caen)
Catherine Maire (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Peter Marshall (Warwick)
Serge Mboukou (LHAC, Nancy)
Lukas Sosoe (Luxembourg)

Colloque: Kant et les penseurs de la langue anglaise

20–22 avril 2017

Lieu: Campus Limpertsberg, Bâtiment des Sciences, 0.01



Co-organisé par l’Institut de philosophie de l’Université du Luxembourg et la Société d’Etudes Kantiennes de Langue Française.
Comité scientifique: Sophie Grapotte (Paris), Mai Lequan (Lyon)
Comité d’organisation: Lukas Sosoe (Luxembourg), Deven Burks (Luxembourg)


Deven Burks (Luxembourg)
Monique Castillo (Paris)
Jean Ferrari (Dijon)
Brigitte Geonget (Bordeaux)
Sophie Grapotte (Paris)
Dietmar Heidemann (Luxembourg)
Dimitri Lang (Athènes)
Elisabeth Lefort (Luxembourg)
Mai Lequan (Lyon)
Danielle Lories (Louvain)
Claude Piché (Montréal)
Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucarest)
Ingeborg Schüssel (Lausanne)
Gerhard Seel (Bern)
Lukas Sosoe (Luxembourg)
Robert Theis (Luxembourg)

Guest talk winter semester 2016-17

Professor Dr. Paul Ziche (University of Utrecht)
19. Dezember, 5:30 pm, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Title: “Higher empiricism” and “higher realism” in Schelling


Joint International Conference on Rational Capacities, 14-16 Nov. 2016

Co-organized by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Luxembourg, and the Department of Philosophy, Saarland University.


Rebekka Gersbach
Alex Gregory
Frank Hofmann
Christoph Kelp
Daniel Löwenstein
Susanne Mantel
Thomas Pink
Eva Schmidt
Daniel Star
Barbara Vetter

Venue: Campus Belval, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg

Organizers: Susanne Mantel (Saarland University), Eva Schmidt (Saarland University), Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg


Guest talk winter semester 2016-17

Prof. Uriah Kriegel (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris)
17 Oct. 2016, 5.30 pm, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Title: "Distinguishing thought and perception - informatively"


Guest talk winter semester 2016-17

Prof. Adrian Pabst (University of Kent)
10 Oct. 2016, 5.30 pm, room 2.160, MSA, Campus Belval
Title: "Virtue, post-liberalism and the future of Western politics"


Workshop Perception and Evidence, 10-11 June 2016

Location: Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, MSH, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1

Craig French
Harmen Ghijsen
Frank Hofmann
Clayton Littlejohn
Roberta Locatelli
Indrek Reiland
Chris Tucker

Organizer: Andy Orlando, Frank Hofmann


Symposium Luhmann : Problèmes épistémologiques de la théorie des systèmes.

26.05.2016 : Salle 4.150 MSA27 et 28.05.2016 : Black Box, MSH
Campus Belval

Please contact and for more information.

Programme.pdf 2.18 MB


Guest Lecture summer semester 2016

Prof. Stephen Buckle
23 May, 2016, 5:30 pm, MSH, Black Box
Title: "Hume's intellectual trajectory"
Everybody welcome!


Workshop Consciousness as a Source of Knowledge, 11-12 May, 2016


Elijah Chudnoff
Arnaud Dewalque
Frank Hofmann
Gianfranco Soldati
Amanda Taylor-Aiken
Emile Thalabard
Campus Belval, Luxembourg, Black Box
Organizer: Frank Hofmann


Guest Lecture summer semester 2016

Prof. Francis Cheneval (University of Zurich, CH)
9 May, 2016, 5:30 pm, MSH, Black Box
Title: "What is demoicracy?"
Everybody welcome!


































































































































Journée d’études : Inégalités et Conflictualités

En partenariat avec l’Université de Lorraine

Le 20 Avril 2016
MSA Auditoire 3.350
Avec la participation de : Alain Renaut, Marie-Pauline Chartron, Etienne Brown, Geoffroy Lauvau

Poster - Journée d'Etudes commune


Guest Lecture summer semester 2016

Prof. Peter Graham (UC Riverside)
18 April, 2016, 5:30 pm, MSH, Black Box
Title: "Childhood testimony: against reductionism about testimonial warrant"
Everybody welcome!


Joint International Conference on The Normativity of Attitudes, 3-5 Dec. 2015

Co-organized by the Department of Philosophy, Saarland University (Germany) and the Institute of Philosophy, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg).


Maria Alvarez (London)
Anna-Maria Eder (Duisburg-Essen)
Frank Hofmann (Luxembourg)
John Hyman (Oxford)
Susanne Mantel (Saarbrücken)
Ram Neta (Chapel Hill)
Jonas Olson (Stockholm)
Eva Schmidt (Saarbrücken)
John Skorupski (St. Andrews)
Kurs Sylvan (Southampton)

Venue: Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, building E 1.1, room 407.

Organizers: Susanne Mantel (Saarland University), Eva Schmidt (Saarland Universit), Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg)




Guest Lecture by Prof. Jens Timmermann, St. Andrews/Luxembourg:“The Law and the Good: Kant’s Paradox of Method”

14 December 2015, 17:30, MSH, Black Box