Sunday, October 19, 2008

The ends of Enlightenment

This weekend at Columbia's Heyman Center for the Humanities: The Function and Fate of Teleology in the Enlightenment. I will paste in the schedule, as the program does not seem to be available online:

Friday, October 24, 2008

4:30 - 6:00pm
Moderator Akeel Bilgrami / Discussand Jenny Davidson

Uday Mehta (Amherst College), “Violence and the Logic of Inevitability”

James Steintrager (University of California, Irvine), "Fantasies of Social Construction: The Epicurean Revival Within the Lockean Paradigm"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Morning session: Teleology and the Sciences

Session 1

9:30 – 11:00
Moderator Matthew Jones / Discussand: Joanna Stalnacker

Jörn Steigerwald (University of Cologne), “Réaumur versus Buffon: or, on the Necessity of Teleology in Natural History.”

Fred Neuhouser (Barnard College), “Rousseau’s Nature”

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break

Session 2

11:15 - 12:45
Moderator Stefan Andriopoulos / Discussands: Matthew Jones, Martin Jay

Jonathan Sheehan (University of California, Berkeley), “In Suspension: The Magic of Teleology in the Enlightenment”

Dorothea von Mücke (Columbia University), “Intelligent or Beautiful Design”

Lunch Break: 12:45 - 2:30

Afternoon session: Teleology and History

2:30-4:30 pm
Moderator Akeel Bilgrami / Discussands: Martin Jay, Stefan Andriopoulos

Fernando Vidal (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), “Perfectibility and human 'telos' in Enlightenment Psychology and Anthropology."

David Bates (University of California, Berkeley), “Conjectural Humans”

Thomas McCarthy,(Yale University),"Remarks on the Idea of Universal History in the Wake of Kant"

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