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Philosophy conference brings Kant enthusiasts to IU Southeast

NEW ALBANY, IN (March 6, 2013) – Scholars from across the country will head to IU Southeast this weekend to discuss their favorite subject: philosophy.

Indiana University Southeast will host a joint meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association and the Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society March 8 and 9 in Hoosier Room East and West in University Center.

The conference will feature a broad ranging program full of top-notch philosophical talent from universities across the United States and the world.

Giving the keynote address will be Dr. Allen Wood of the Ruth Norman Halls Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University Bloomington. Wood is one of the world’s foremost scholars on the influential 18th century German philosopher, Immanuel Kant. The title of his keynote address is “The Independence of Right from Ethics.” His presentation is free and open to the public.

Kant is a favorite subject for other guest speakers at the conference including:

  • Oliver Thorndike, lecturer at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
    Thorndike received a Master’s degree in economics in 1998 and a Master’s degree in philosophy in 2000, both from Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. After receiving a Ph.D. in philosophy from John Hopkins University in 2009, he was an assistant professor at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey for a year. Thorndike specializes in Kant and will present his paper entitled “Kant’s Philosophy of Time in the Transcendental Aesthetic.”
  • Martin Sticker, Ph.D. student at University of St. Andrews in Scotland
    Sticker received three Master’s degrees in philosophy, history, and comparative literature, from the University of Bonn in Germany. He also has a Master of Letters awarded by University of St. Andrews in 2010. Sticker has had his work published overseas and continues to travel worldwide doing various presentations within his research about common human reason in Kant’s philosophy. Sticker’s paper, entitled “Experiments in Ethics? Kant on Chemistry and Practical Philosophy,” will discuss the methodology of Kant’s practical philosophy.
  • Reed Winegar, assistant professor of philosophy at Fordham University
    Winegar received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Harvard University in 2005 and he recently completed his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Winegar’s areas of research include Kant, early modern philosophy, and Hegel and German idealism. He has traveled worldwide—Britain, Germany, and Canada—doing presentations relating to his areas of interest. Using his areas of research, Winegar will present his paper entitled, “To Suspend Finitude Itself: Hegel’s Early Reaction to Kant’s First Antinomy.”

Kant and philosophy enthusiasts, as well as the public, are welcome to attend. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8.  The registration fee is $20 for faculty and adults and $10 for students. Proceeds benefit the undergraduate and graduate student prizes awarded to the best student papers presented at the conference.

The IU Southeast Office of Academic Affairs and the IU Southeast Library provided financial support for the conference.

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