Kantian Journal

2019 Vol. 38. No. 4

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Kant’s Ethics in the Context of the Enlightenment. Report of the 12th Kant Readings Conference (Kaliningrad, 21-25 April 2019



This review covers the content of reports and discussions at the 12th Kant Readings Conference held in April 2019 and organised by the research unit of the Academia Kantiana of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad. Traditionally, Kant Readings have been thematically universal, embracing all the areas of Kant’s legacy. This time the conference focused on practical philosophy, i.e. the historical grounds and modern significance of Kant’s ethical thought as compared to other philosophical projects of the Enlightenment era. Due attention was paid to the reception of the ethics of Kant and the Enlightenment by philosophers in Russia and the West. Breakout groups discussed aspects of interconnection between the Enlightenment ethics and esthetics as well as interdisciplinary problems at the interface of philosophy of politics and philosophy of education, including ways to counter various forms of intellectual enslavement. The possibilities of applying Kant’s ethical principles were discussed in close connection with the interpretation of the latest trends in the development of science and technology. It was noted that the intellectual and social communication environment of today has much in common with that of the Enlightenment era, which makes the philosophical strategy proposed during that era amenable to adaptation and development.


Baum, M., 2019. Kants praktischer Platonismus. Kantian Journal. 38(4), pp. 7-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.5922/0207-6918-2019-4-1.

Dmitrieva, N. A. and Chaly, V. A., eds. 2019. 12th Kant-Readings. Kant and the Ethics of Enlightenment: Historical Roots and Contemporary Relevance. Abstracts of the International Conference. Kaliningrad: Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University Press.

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Krouglov, A. N., 2019a. On the Role of Gesinnung in Kant’s Ethics and Philosophy of Religion. Part I. Kantian Journal, 38(3), pp. 32-55. http://dx.doi:10.5922/0207-6918-2019-3-2.

Krouglov, A. N., 2019b. On the Role of Gesinnung in Kant’s Ethics and Philosophy of Religion. Part II. Kantian Journal, 38(4), pp. 34-50. http://dx.doi:10.5922/0207-6918-2019-4-2.

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