Dr. Suma Rajiva and PhD student Vahid JD both presented at the 12th International Kant Congress in Vienna, 2015. The Congress is held every 5 years. It ran from Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25. Masters student Sarah Messer also attended and participated in the conference.
Dr. Rajiva's paper was entitled, "Metaphysics and Morals: Mechanism and Life in Kant's What is Enlightenment?," and Vahid's "Life and the Organized Being in Kant's Pre-Critical Works." These two papers will be published in the Congress Proceedings next year.
The Congress, held at the University of Vienna, was given quite a lot of prominence publicly in Austria, including an enormous banner in the front of the Universityand a formal reception by the Mayor of Vienna at City Hall. It had a good showing of well-established names in Kant scholarship, including Karl Ameriks, Hannah Ginsborg, Paul Guyer, Patricia Kitcher, Pauline Kleingeld, Rudolf Makkreel, Andrews Reath, and Andrew Ward. Canada's Alex Rueger (Alberta), an expert on the third Critique was also there.
In connection with MUN these established scholars also included Günter Zöller, who was a James Bradley lecturer at Memorial in Fall 2012; Claude Piché, who was a keynote speaker for Memorial's First International Kant conference on What is Enlightenment, organized by our own Dr. Joel Madore and Dr. Scott Johnston; and Robert Louden, who will be here in Spring 2016 for the third International Kant conference on Kant and Education, also organized by JM and SJ.
The Congress also saw some rising and recent stars in the Kant world, including Angela Breitenbach, Andrew Chignell (also the fall 2015 speaker at the Atlantic Region Philosophy Conference in New Brunswick), Corey Dyck (from Western), Marcel Quarfood, Nicholas Stang (U of T), and Eric Watkins.
The Memorial crew was joined by Acadia's Anna Frammartino Wilks. Acadia has two Kant experts, Anna and Paul Abela, the latter who was here in May 2015 as a keynote speaker in the second International Kant conference on Kant and Faith.