CFP: The Structure of Reflection (France) (2/15/06; 7/16/06-7/22/06)

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David Lauer

Call for Papers and Invitation

12th International Philosophy Colloquium Evian
12. Internationales Philosophie-Kolloquium Evian
12ème Colloque philosophique international d'Evian

The Structure of Reflection - Self-Consciousness and Critique
Die Struktur der Reflexivität - Selbstbewusstsein und Kritik
La structure de la réflexivité - conscience de soi et critique

Evian (Lake Geneva), France
July 16-22, 2006

The idea of reflection stands out especially among the panorama of key
concepts in the history of philosophy that seek to explain the nature of the
mind. According to the generic line of thought in which this idea plays a
central role, what it is to have a mind is essentially connected with the
fact that a minded creature can reflect upon its own attitudes and thereby
distance itself from itself as well as from the world. As such, reflection
marks the end of natural immediacy. Two seemingly disparate understandings -
at the very least - have developed, however, concerning reflection as the
central aspect of the mind, understandings that can be characterized with
the key words 'self-consciousness' and 'critique'. If we want to understand
reflection as constitutive for self-consciousness, we aim to explain what it
is to have thoughts and intentions at all, i.e., what it is to be a
self-determining being in general. Those who wish to understand reflection
as critique seek to make intelligible what it means to claim that thoughts
as such can always be evaluated in terms of being right or wrong. In Kant's
words, this understanding of reflection turns on the issue of maturity
(Mündigkeit). But how should we understand precisely the structure of
reflection, either as self-consciousness and/or as critique? How do these
two dimensions of reflection relate to one another? Under what conditions is
reflection as self-consciousness or as critique possible and how does it
come about in each case? We seek to garner (post)structuralist,
hermeneutical, and analytic positions in both their differences and
convergences with regard to the topic of reflection and to bring them
systematically into a fruitful dialogue.

The International Philosophy Colloquia Evian address themselves to
philosophers who are interested in having multilingual discussions (in
French, English, and German) across and beyond the bounds of philosophical
schools and traditions. They are meant to be a place where the divide
between continental and analytic philosophy has been overcome.

Call for Papers:
We invite proposals for papers for submission. The final deadline is
February 15, 2006. Please send your proposal with a one-page abstract and a
short CV to the following e-mail address:

A detailed exposition of the topic and all relevant information concerning
the character and history of the colloquium as well as matters of
accomodation and costs can be found at our trilingual website:

Georg W. Bertram (Hildesheim), Stefan Blank (Berlin), Robin Celikates
(Gießen), David Lauer (Berlin)
In cooperation with Karen Feldman (Berkeley), Jo-Jo Koo (Pittsburgh),
Christophe Laudou (Madrid), Jérôme Lèbre (Paris), Diane Perpich
(Vanderbilt), Chris Doude van Troostwijk (Strasbourg / Amsterdam)

Prof. Dr. Georg W. Bertram, Institut für Philosophie, Universitaet
Hildesheim, Marienburger Platz 2, D-31141 Hildesheim, Germany

12. Internationales Philosophie-Kolloquium Evian
Organisation: Georg W. Bertram (Hildesheim), Stefan Blank (Berlin), Robin
Celikates (Gießen), David Lauer (Berlin)

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