Chris is explaining his ideas to be presented at the International Conference on Pragmatist Kant that he co-organizes at Finnland Institute in Berlin (July 10-13, 2017). He focuses on the philosophy of values and its importance in the philosophical tradition of American pragmatism. He also mentions its connections with the philosophy of values that was practised within the German tradition of the Kantian philosophy.
Chris Skowroński (Opole University/Berlin Practical Philosophy International Forum) talks to Sami Pihlström (Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki) on the occasion of the Berlin Forum’s international conference they both co-organize at the Finnland Institut in Berlin (July 10-13, 2017).
The general title of the conference is “Pragmatist Kant” and its main idea is to discuss various aspects of the pragmatist philosophy and the Kantian philosophy as seen from the viewpoint of their mutual interrelationships. Professor Sami Pihlström is talking about his own contribution to the project. He discusses his ideas that are present in his paper/speech, entitled “Jamesian Pragmatism, Rortyan Ironism, and Kantian Antitheodicy.” He briefly explains some practical aspects of his theoretical investigations on religion, ethics, evil, suffering, and others. For example, one can detect a practical dimension of a philosophical discussion on suffering while looking for its possible justification. More generally, some people can ask: is there any deeper sense in suffering? Various philosophies provide us with different answers to this question. Both pragmatism and Kantianism do not see any cosmic, divine, and universal justification of evil and suffering.
Sami Pihlström is a professor of philosophy of religion; his recent book, co-authored with Sari Kivistö , is entitled “Kantian Antitheoicy: Philosophical and Literary Varieties.” In his numerous books and papers he investigates the problems of metaphysics and religion in the philosophical tradition of American pragmatism, and its relationships with the philosophy of I. Kant and the Kantian tradition in general.
Finnland Insitut (our conference place) is located just at the Friedriechstrasse train station, one of the biggest train/metro stations in Berlin, easily communicated with all other stations (it is a next station to Hbf, or the very main station).
Very close to this place we have tens, if not hundreds of pubs and and restaurants on both sides of the river (you have the Spree close by). Also, very short distance (5 min on foot) to Island of Museum, to Brandenburg Gate (10-15 min on foot) and the Jewish Museum (15-20 min on foot).
The closest hotels there (just meters away) are:
Some 7-10 minutes on foot away you can find
Hotels and Hostels for those on low budget:
Hotel Meininger (some 10 minutes on foot; recommended)
Baxpax Downtown (10 min on foot)
Generator Berlin Mitte (15 min on foot)
Hotel Novalis ( 15 min on foot)
Zarenhof Hotels & Apartaments Berlin Mitte ( 15 min on foot)
Eastener Hostel (15 minutes on foot)
Berlin Practical Philosophy International Forum, e. V.
in collaboration with
Philosophical Society of Finland
Nordic Pragmatism Network
An International Conference within the American and European Values-Berlin Edition series
July 11-13, 2017, Berlin, Germany
(preceded by a Student Seminars Day on July 10)
at Finnland Institut, Georgenstraße 24, 10117 Berlin
PREVIOUS CONFERENCES BY BERLIN FORUM:
Book under preparation: The Life of Reason in an Age of Terrorism, ed. by C. Padrón and C. Skowroński
Book under preparation: John Lachs’s Practical Philosophy, ed. by C. Skowroński
Chris Skowroński, Opole University, Poland/Berlin Forum, Germany
There have always been controversies over the practicality of philosophy even when given authors claimed in their books and lectures that philosophy and ethics are vitally important for the members of the public. Yet not always have they been convincing in their claims. For some audiences, academic philosophers seem to stay closed within the university rooms and heard by hardly anybody else than the students and other professors. John Lachs (1934-) is serious when he demands that philosophers, especially the pragmatist philosophers, should go out of their lecture rooms and give something more substantial to the life of the community they have been living in. [Read more…]