Kant's Conception of Empirical Knowledge

Sun, 08/12/2013 to Thu, 12/12/2013



Ido Geiger, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Ido Geiger, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Eli Friedlander, Tel Aviv University
Yakir Levin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


The conference will bring together well-established authorities and younger prominent reseachers from leading institutions to discuss in detail a variety of questions that arise from Kant's revolutionary conception of our experience and knowledge of the natural world.

It is a central claim of Kant's that the fundamental structure of experience and knowledge is the strucutre our minds impose upon what we receive through our senses. No less important than this idealistic claim, is Kant's firm commitment to empirical realism. We investigate empirically what is given to us sensibly. Though perhaps counterintuitive at first hearing (Kant's transcendental idealism), this combination of ideas has proved to be extremely influential both among philosophers and with philosophically informed scientists (Kant's empirical realism).

Topics to be explored:

- Conceptual issues relating to Kant's notion of empirical experience and empirical knowledge

- Central themes emerging from Kant's famous assertion that his philosophy combines trascendental idealism with empirical realism

- The relation of the a priori and the empirical in Kant's philosophy



Angela Breitenbach, University of Cambridge
John Callanan, King’s College London
Andrew Chignell, Cornell University
Alix Cohen, York University
Paul Franks, Yale University
Eli Friedlander, Tel Aviv University
Michael Friedman, Stanford University
Ido Geiger, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Katharina T. Kraus, The Hebrew University
Yakir Levin, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh
Peter McLaughlin, Heidelberg University
Konstantin Pollok, University of South Carolina
Carl Posy, The Hebrew University
Ofra Rechter, Tel Aviv University
Tobias Rosefeldt, Humboldt University
Dennis Schulting, formerly University of Amsterdam
Yaron Senderowicz, Tel Aviv University
Idan Shimony, Tel Aviv University
Daniel Warren, University of California, Berkeley
Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego