Lehigh University

Fourth Annual Conference in Philosophy

Thursday October 27 – Friday October 28, 2016

“19th Century Philosophy: 1781-1905”


Keynote speakers:

Lydia Moland, Colby College

Jacob Howland, University of Tulsa

The Lehigh Philosophy department is pleased to host a rich program of local, national, and international scholars who will be examining works and issues in 19th Century Philosophy.

As the 19th Century recedes into history, it is more and more clear that it is impossible to understand contemporary trajectories of philosophical thinking without understanding both the mathematical and the philosophical currents of the long 19th Century, which have proved to be the source of so much philosophical invention of the last century and this one. For many years 19th Century philosophy was ignored by later philosophers who mistakenly thought that their own philosophical interests did not have such deep roots. But contemporary philosophers are finding the 19th Century to be a site where old divisions within more recent philosophy might be overcome.

Thinkers to be discussed include Hegel, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mill, Feuerbach, Bergson, Peirce, Herder, Schopenhauer, Poincaré, Meinong, and Natorp. Papers will address a wide range of topics, including truth, logic, morality, political authority, art, free will, spirit, theodicy, racism, skepticism, death, alienation, optimism, and love.

The conference series has been made possible through the generosity of an anonymous Lehigh University alumnus, to whom we are most grateful.