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11. Berliner Kant-Kurs mit Pauline Kleingeld

11. Berliner Kantkurs

Pauline Kleingeld (Universität Groningen)

Republican Themes in Kant’s Moral Philosophy


27.-29. Juni 2024


Der Berliner Kantkurs ist ein regelmäßig stattfindendes zweieinhalb-tägiges Seminar, in dem international renommierte Forscher:innen eigene neuere Arbeiten zu Kants Philosophie, ihrer philosophiegeschichtlichen Wirkung oder ihrer Rezeption in der zeitgenössischen systematischen Philosophie vorstellen. Er richtet sich an interessierte fortgeschrittene Studierende und Fachphilosoph:innen aus Berlin und anderen Orten. Da die Anzahl der Plätze begrenzt ist, ist für die Teilnahme eine Anmeldung erforderlich (


The “Berliner Kantkurs” is a regular two-and-a-half-day seminar, in which internationally renowned researchers present their own recent work on Kant's philosophy, its impact on the history of philosophy, or its reception in contemporary philosophy. It is aimed at interested advanced students and professional philosophers from Berlin and elsewhere. Since places are limited registration is required for participation (


Aim of the course:
Kant is a paradigmatic defender of moral universalism, human dignity, autonomy, and freedom of the will. But the arguments of his most famous work in moral philosophy, the Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, meet with severe criticisms, and its third section is widely regarded as obscure. The goal of this course is to examine the extent to which closer attention to the ‘republican’ background of core ideas of Kant’s moral theory helps us better understand their meaning and role in the Groundwork, and thereby yield a more satisfactory reconstruction of the book’s overall argument.




Donnerstag, 27. Juni 2024


18.15 Uhr Öffentlicher Abendvortrag: ‘Kant’s Republican Conception of Political Freedom’


Ort: Unter den Linden 6, Raum 1072


Lektüre für Freitag und Samstag:
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals / Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten (in any version that contains Akademie Ausgabe page numbers)


Freitag, 28. Juni 2024


  1. 10:00 (s.t.) bis 12:30 Uhr: The Method and Argument of Kant’s Groundwork: A Novel Reconstruction
  2. 14:00 (s.t.) - 16:30 Uhr: Autonomy

Ort: Unter den Linden 6, Raum 2249a


Samstag, 29. Juni 2024


  1. 10:00 (s.t.) bis 12:30 Uhr: Freedom of the Will, Republican Style
  2. 14:00 (s.t.) - 16:30 Uhr: Republicanism & the Categorical Imperative

Ort: Unter den Linden 6, Raum 2249a


Optional suggested readings:

  1. Argument of Kant’s Groundwork:

Manuscript on the striking structural similarities between Kant’s Prolegomena and the Groundwork” (draft)


  1. Autonomy:

“The Principle of Autonomy in Kant’s Moral Philosophy: Its Rise and Fall”. In Kant, Persons, and Agency, ed. Eric Watkins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, 61-79. (under revision for book)


“Kant’s Formula of Autonomy: Continuity or Discontinuity?”Philosophia 51 (2023): 555-569. 

  1. Freedom of the Will:

“Me, My Will, and I: Kant’s Republican Conception of Freedom of the Will and Freedom of the Agent”, Studi Kantiani 33 (2020): 103-123. (under revision for book)

  1. Categorical Imperative:

Contradiction and Kant’s Formula of Universal Law.” Kant-Studien 108 (2017): 89-115. (under revision for book) 

“A Defense and Development of the Volitional Self-Contradiction Interpretation,”, Philosophia 51 (2023): 505-524. , especially the first two sections.

“How to Use Someone ‘Merely as a Means’”, Kantian Review, 25 (2020): 389-414. 

Not related to republicanism but nevertheless relevant:

‘Anti-Racism and Kant Scholarship: A Critical Notice of Kant, Race, and Racism: Views from Somewhere, by Huaping Lu-Adler’, Mind (online-first, June 2024),