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Decolonizing Kant’s Critique of Taste

Monday 10 June 2024, 3:30 pm - 5 pm
CCEP Lecture: Prof. Dr. Andrea Marlen Esser (University of Jena)

Abstract

In a number of texts of the philosophical tradition - and thus also in Kant's work - we encounter passages that - at least by today's standards - are to be judged as at least eurocentric, racist and colonialist. In my lecture, I would like to address a specific critique - namely, of Kant's logic of aesthetic judgment - and use it to demonstrate how radical but also how challenging it is, in my view, to develop a decolonial perspective on the problematic heritage of Enlightenment. The discussion of this topic often opens with the question: Were - for example - Kant, Fichte, Hegel ... racists?  However, this approach may block other, important dimensions of the debate. In my lecture, I would like to show how important it is both to contextualize the texts in terms of philosophical history and to situate the philosophical discourse in its social and political context. Only then do we also achieve self-critical insights in this discussion and not just pass judgment on people from the historical past. 

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Andrea Marlen Esser

  • Professor of Philosophy (Practical and Political  Philosophy) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena since 2015;
  • Before Professorships at the University of Marburg and the RWTH Aachen;
  • Spokesperson, Reinhart Koselleck project ‘How to Deal with Racism, Sexism and Antisemitism in Works of Classical German Philosophy? (Self-)Critical History of Philosophy as a Project of “Public Philosophy”’ (funded by DFG);
  • Principal Investigator, A06: ‘The Normative Foundations of Property: Liberty, Common and Sustainable Ownership’, subproject of CRC 294: ‘Structural Change of Property’, U Jena (funded by DFG);
  • Editor of the historical-critical edition of Kant's "Critik der Urtheilskraft", published by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences;
  • Co-Editor, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie (DZPhil).
When
Monday 10 June 2024, 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Speaker
Prof. Dr. Andrea Marlen Esser (University of Jena)
Location
E 2.55 (Erasmus Building)
Contact information

Manja Kisner (manja.kisner [at] ru.nl (manja[dot]kisner[at]ru[dot]nl))