Conceiving Reproduction: The Impact of German Naturphilosophie

This international workshop is part of the research project “Genealogy and Belonging: Concepts of Reproduction, Descent and Kinship in Post-Kantian Naturphilosophie” (funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Organized by PD Dr. Susanne Lettow and Gregory Rupik M.A.

Freie Universität, Berlin, Seminarzentrum

July 6th & 7th, 2018

UPDATE: To all of our presenters, to all participants, and to all who helped to organize and run the workshop: thank you! It was a productive, stimulating two days of presentations and discussions. Please check out our Twitter for photos of the workshop! 

Program (New!)

Post-Kantian Naturphilosophie, that had been regarded as an intellectual anomaly by positivist standards, has been gradually re-integrated into the history of the life sciences since the 1970s. More recently, Schelling’s philosophy of nature and its subsequent adaptations have gained attention in the context of the anti-Kantian turn in philosophy. Focusing on the central status of the notions of procreation, generation, production, and reproduction in naturephilosophical thought, this workshop hopes to explore the impact of Naturphilosophie on the emergence of an “epistemic space” of reproduction. It seems that reproduction is a core issue that is addressed by different but intersecting epistemic strategies geared towards scientific, philosophical, religious, or mythological knowledge claims. In addition, at the turn of the 19th century reproduction functioned as a conceptual hinge for debates on heredity, variation and human diversity; for the concepts of growth, metamorphosis and temporal change; for the relation of organisms and their environments; and for the meaning of gender differences. As much as Naturphilosophie was shaped by these converging epistemic projects, we will also highlight the heterogeneity and difference between Naturphilosophies and Naturphilosophs. 

Workshop Participants:

Stefani Engelstein (Duke University)
Andrea Gambarotto (Catholic University Louvain)
Brigitte Hilmer (University of Basel)
Jocelyn Holland (California Institute for Technology)
Christine Lehleiter (University of Toronto)
Susanne Lettow (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dalia Nassar (University of Sydney)
Barbara Orland (University of Basel)
Gregory Rupik (University of Toronto/Freie Universität Berlin)

Participation is free, but registration is required.