Neo-Pragmatism, Language and Culture
Perspectives on Rorty and Brandom

Oslo, Norway, October 2010
In connection with a visit of Professor Yajun Chen (Nanjing University), the Nordic Pragmatism Network and the University of Oslo will arrange a workshop on neo-pragmatism. The theme of the workshop is Richard Rorty’s and Robert Brandom’s views on world culture and language, emphasizing their commonalities and differences.
The main speaker of the workshop, Professor Chen, studied at Harvard, and has spent the last year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Robert Brandom. He is a distinguished representative of the growing revival of pragmatism in China, which already has important historical connections with the pragmatist tradition. Dewey spent two years in China at the beginning of the nineteen twenties, lectured to huge crowds, and had several pupils who survived the cultural revolution. Today there is a Dewey Centre in Shanghai. Eight decades later, Rorty also went to China (in 2004), for a visit which resulted, among other things, in the publication of Rorty, Pragmatism and Confucianism (edited by Yong Huang, SUNY Press, 2009).
The workshop will take place at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo in 28-29 October 2010 with Prof. Arild Pedersen as the local organizer and workshop secretary. The organizers will make hotel reservations on behalf of the participants. More information about accommodation will be available in later summer, 2010.
Call for Papers
The workshop is intended to provide an opportunity for ”learning by doing”, that is, the composing of articles/essays/books on the subject of the workshop: contributions may take the form of work in progress — even mere abstracts of forthcoming papers are welcome. Each speaker will be assigned 30 minutes including discussion. For those who might wish to participate in the program without presenting work, assignation as moderator or respondent is an option.
The organizers invite paper proposals to the workshop. Please send an abstract of 150-300 words to arild.pedersen(at)ifikk.uio.no by 1 August 2010.
03.12.2009 - 05.12.2009
Kant and Religion
The Norwegian Kant Society
University of Oslo, December 3-5, 2009


December 3
16.00-16.15     Opening
16.15–17.00     Svend Andersen: "Kant on Religion in Philosophy and Politics"
17.00–17.45     Discussion
18.00–20.00     Reception

December 4
09.30–10.00    Roe Fremstedal: “Kant on the Metaphysics of Hope”
10.00–10.30     Discussion
10.30–10.45    Break
10.45–11.30    Toni Kannisto: ”The Idea of God as Regulative Principle”
11.30–12.15    Discussion
12.15–13.45    Lunch
13.45–14.30    Christoph Horn: “Kant's Idea of a Virtue-Based Moral Community and his Political Philosophy"
14.30–15.15    Discussion
15.15–15.30    Break
15.30–16.15    Jens Timmermann: “Divine Existence and Moral Motivation”
16.15–17.00     Discussion

December 5
09.15–10.00    Oswald Bayer: “Scheidekunst und Ehekunst. Glaube und Geschichte bei Kant und Hamann”
10.00–10.45    Discussion
10.45–11.00    Break
11.00–11.45    Steinar Mathisen: “Religion innerhalb der Grenzen der Humanität. Das Umgestalten von Kant im Neukantianismus.”
11.45–12.30    Discussion
12.30–14.00    Lunch
14.00–14.30    Ilmari Jauhiainen: "Hegel's Criticism of Kant’s Moral Religion"
14.30–15.00    Discussion
15.00–15.30    Olli Koistinen: "Kant and Spinoza on the Existence of God”
15.30–16.00     Discussion
16.00-16.30     Break
16.30-17.00    Sigurd Hjelde: "Kant und die Anfänge der Religionswissenschaft"
17.00-18.00    Discussion

20.00         Dinner at restaurant  “Cru Vin og Kjøkken” (www.cru.no)
Call for Papers

The Norwegian Kant Society is hosting a conference on the topic Kant and Religion, Dec. 3-5, 2009 at the University of Oslo. Invited speakers are Jens Timmermann,  Christoph Horn, Oswald Bayer, Svend Andersen, Toni Kannisto and Steinar Mathisen.

Papers will be accepted on the basis of a one page abstract. Each speaker has 20 minutes to present their talk and 10 minutes for discussion.

Deadline for submission is Nov. 1 and all papers should be sent to Camilla Serck-Hanssen (caseha(at)ifikk.uio.no).

Unfortunately our society is short of funding and cannot offer to cover any expenses.

Best Regards,
on behalf of the Norwegian Kant Society

Toni, Anita and Camilla
2 PhD Fellow Positions (Doctoral Scholarships)
TWO POSITIONS as PHD FELLOW (DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS, duration 3 years ) available at CSMN – Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, IFIKK, University of Oslo.

CSMN is a Centre of excellence in the Norwegian Research Council’s SFF-program. Its principal goal is to understand the characteristic features of human minds and their place in nature. This understanding is to be gained though a comprehensive study of central mental capacities as expressed in (1) rational agency, (2) linguistic agency and (3) moral agency.

CSMN’s research topics lie at the interface of philosophy and the empirical sciences; and in addition to purely philosophical research, it will conduct interdisciplinary research involving such subjects as linguistics, cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, political science, economics and sociology.

Intending applicants should visit: http://www.csmn.uio.no/research/  for further information about CSMN’s research goals.

CSMN invites applications for 2 three-year PhD scholarships to be held in the rational or linguistic agency branch of CSMN. Candidates’ applications should make clear which of these two branches they would work in if appointed. Successful applicants have to secure admittance to the relevant PhD programs. PhD Fellows will undertake research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral (PhD) degree.

The PhD Fellows who are appointed will have their workplace and academic contact at CSMN in Oslo. They will normally be supervised by one of CSMN’s core group members. These are Professors Cappelen, Fricke, Gjelsvik, Hansen, Hornsby, Pogge, Ramberg, and Wilson. Arrangements for co-supervision will be made where the principal supervisor is mainly resident outside Norway. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in CSMN’s PhD program.

For more information about the application process, see their full announcement:

Closing day for application:  October 20th,2008.
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