Events from 23 May, 2015

  • Date
  • 5th June, 2015

    A Workshop on Spinoza and Fiction

    Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy,University of Sydney and the Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney.

  • 15th June, 2015 to 17th June, 2015

    Nature and the Philosophy of Nature in German Idealism and Romanticism

    Over the last two decades, there has been an immense revival of interest in German romanticism and idealism. Philosophers working in a variety of areas have embraced the ideas of the German romantics and idealists, disentangling them from false or misunderstood legacies, and reexamining them in light of contemporary debates. 

    In spite of this increase of interest, however, one of the key concerns of romanticism and idealism remains largely overlooked. The idea of nature, the relation between the human being and the natural world, and the notion of a philosophy of nature were, arguably, the most central and definitive concerns of philosophers around 1800. This is evident not only in Kant’s Critique of Judgment, but also in Schelling’s Naturphilosophie, Hegel’s philosophies of nature and history, Goethe’s scientific and methodological writings, Herder’s anthropology and philosophy of science, as well as Friedrich Schlegel’s and Novalis’s theoretical and poetic accounts of the natural world and the human place within it