mini-symposium on kant and cognition in synthese

very happy to have a paper included in the mini-symposium on kant and cognition just published (finally!) over at synthese; my own paper is entitled ‘kant on the place of cognition in the progression of our representations

eric watkins (ucsd) and marcus willaschek (frankfurt) also have a paper in it, entitled ‘kant on cognition and knowledge

there is also a brief introductory note to help situate the discussion [image above]

the basic claim of the importance of distinguishing ‘cognition [erkenntnis]’ from ‘knowledge [wissen]’, for understanding kant’s theoretical philosophy, is something i’ve been advocating for for a while now (in a ucsd graduate seminar in spring 2012; in several talks in 2013-15; etc) — in their contribution, watkins and willaschek develop a detailed analysis of what this difference consists in (to complement their recent essay in the journal of the history of philosophy on kant’s account of cognition itself) — in my own essay, i supplement this key conceptual-terminological point by showing how kant’s differing conceptions of cognition and knowledge are systematically integrated into his broader philosophical psychology / philosophy of mind, including his account of ‘experience [erfahrung]’ as a form of specifically ’empirical’ cognition, his doctrine of apriori cognition in mathematics and philosophy, and his account of the mental activity that contributes to cognition but is nevertheless not itself a case of cognition (e.g., ‘sensation [empfindung]’, ‘intuition [anschauung]’, ‘perception [wahrnehmung]’, ‘consciousness [bewusstsein]’, ‘thinking [denken]’; see also my related paper in estudos kantianos) — in the latter respect, my symposium contribution is also something of a preview of some of the material on kant’s philosophical psychology / philosophy of mind that i’m currently working up into a book manuscript, so please feel free (encouraged!) to contact me with any thoughts/comments/criticisms/etc if you do take a look at the article, as they’ll be very welcomed!

audio files from ‘reconsidering hegel’s logic’ at pittsburgh

this past april i was very happy to get to be a part of a great conference, ‘reconsidering hegel’s logic‘, organized by a wonderful group of graduate students (dan kaplanjack samuelaaron segal, max tegtmeyeralnica visser) in the philosophy department at the university of pittsburgh, with a great line-up of talks by jim kreines, rocío zambrana, paul redding, chris yeomans, karen ng, robert pippin, and sebastian rödl:

the presentations were all very productive, as were the follow-up discussions — many of the papers should be forthcoming in a special issue of the hegel bulletin in the coming months — in the meantime audio files from most of the conference sessions (including q&a) can be found on the conference program page — if you happen to take a listen to my own presentation/discussion, please do email if you have any thoughts/comments/criticisms/etc


hegel-kant workshop at UNAM march 31

very excited to join Marcela García (UMNSH) and Efraín Lazos (UNAM) this Friday (March 31) at their seminar on German Idealism at UNAM.

we’ll spend the morning discussing Hegelian considerations (drawn from Hegel’s ‘subjective logic’) regarding Kant’s conception of logic and the task of the Transcendental Deduction — and then spend the afternoon discussing some of my own recent work on Kant’s theories of consciousness (apperception), concepts, and cognition.  we are also hoping that this will be part of the start of a longer-term research partnership/exchange between UCSD and UNAM/UMNSH, focused on evaluating the prospects for German Idealism today, and tracing out the history of its reception and influence within philosophy in the US and Mexico — so, stay tuned for future events!

public aesthetics event at grossmont college mar 13

really happy to have gotten to talk about street art, public art, the intersection of aesthetics and politics with Nick Riggle today at an event organized by Zoe Close in the Philosophy & Religious Studies department over at Grossmont College.   touched on lots of topics and great pieces, including stop-animation by blu, style wars, and also:

lynn chadwick the watchers 1960


mark jenkins

manuelita brown

chicano park

lots of good questions in the discussion period — and hope to get the chance to develop some of the ideas further in the near future.

kant in asia 2016

very excited to be heading out tomorrow to Hong Kong for the 2nd International Kant in Asia conference — this year’s topic: ‘intuition, east and west’ — being hosted at Hong Kong Baptist University from December 17-20 2016 by Steve Palmquist (HKBU) — with great list of keynotes and speakers, including UCSD’s very own Lucy Allais, Kwan Tze-wan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), and John Zammito (Rice University).

for any of you who might be in the area, come join us!  the conference will be held in the Council Chamber, 5th Floor, Shaw Tower, on HKBU’s Shaw Campus, located on the corner of Renfrew Road and Junction Road, in Kowloon Tong.

for those of you farther away, I’m hoping to (at least intermittently) tweet the conference from @clintontolley, if the wifi/firewall gods allow.

upcoming german philosophy events at the humboldt

getting ready to depart for Berlin to start two weeks full of German philosophy events at the Humboldt (hopefully also peppered with some euro 2016 viewings):

Thurs-Sat June 23-25 I’ll be attending this year’s Berliner Kant-Kurs by Marcus Willaschek (Frankfurt), on ‘Metaphysics and its Critique’.


Sun June 26 I’ll be presenting a paper on Kant’s taxonomy of inner representations in an informal workshop on Kant’s categories, also at the Humboldt, organized by Ralf Bader (Oxford) and Till Hoeppner (Potsdam), with Tal Glazer (Max Planck), Tyke Nunez (Pittsburgh), and Andrew Stephenson (Oxford).



Mon-Tues June 27-28 I’m very happy to get to keynote (along with Konstantin Pollok (South Carolina)) at the Humboldt’s summer graduate workshop on Kant: ‘Kant on Following Rules‘, with a great line-up of talks by Xi Chen (Halle-Wittenberg), Luigi Filieri (Pisa, Brown), Leon Geerdink (Groningen), Jonas Held (Basel), Amy Levine (Oxford), Cheng-Hao Lin (LMU), Sofie Møller (EUI), and Julia Muñoz (UNAM).

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The following Mon-Tues July 4-5 I’ll also be participating in the First Biennial German Idealism Workshop, also hosted at the Humboldt, on ‘Experience, Empiricism, and the Empirical World in the Philosophy of Schelling’, organized by Dalia Nassar (Sydney), Karen Nisenbaum (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), and Brady Bowman (Penn State), with presentations also by Marcela Gracia (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Sebastian Gardner (University College, London), Tobias Rosefeldt (Humboldt), and my dear colleague Eric Watkins (UCSD).

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conference: logic in kant’s wake

Sandra Lapointe (McMaster) has organized a really great conference this weekend at Hamilton, Ontario, on ‘Logic in Kant’s Wake’ — very happy to be a part of it!

Here’s the schedule:


My own talk will present some results of an ongoing study of the use of the term ‘thinking [Denken]’ in Hegel’s Logics — I’d love any pointers or suggestions, from anyone who has thoughts about the topic!

upcoming sessions on modern german philosophy at the pacific apa

later this month I’ll be at the Pacific APA in San Francisco — spent the lunch break flipping through the final program (pdf), and there are //way// too many interesting sessions, on modern german philosophy and apparently everything else — Pacific APA is just the best APA. (full disclosure: the author of this post is a member of the Pacific APA program committee.  but still.)

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