This workshop is a biweekly forum for the study of German philosophy. The workshop operates with a very broad understanding of the concept of German Philosophy, which encompasses all of the following six dimensions of the concept: (1) German Idealism and its precursors (with a special emphasis on the close reading of Kant's and Hegel's major works); (2) 19th-century Germany philosophy (especially Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, neo-Kantianism, neo-Hegelianism, and Marxism); (3) 20th-century German philosophy (especially the phenomoneological and hermeneutic traditions); (4) the elucidation and development within the Anglophone tradition of central concepts, methods, and concerns from the German tradition (such as transcendental argument, genealogical critique, phenomenological method, etc.); (5) the German tradition in analytic philosophy (from its roots in Frege, through the Vienna Circle, up until the present); and, last but not least, (6) cutting-edge work by contemporary German philosophers on topics in all areas of philosophy. In the latter connection, the workshop will invite a number of contemporary German philosophers each year to present their work to us. Sessions will be divided among discussion of graduate student work in progress, translation and discussion of a selected text, and talks by outside speakers working in one of the six aforementioned areas.
Participation in the workshop is required for students in either the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Germanic Studies who are enrolled in the Joint Program in German Philosophy. Participants from outside the Departments of Germanic Studies and Philosophy are welcome. See our website for a schedule of the workshop's meetings and more information about the workshop's activities.