The Concept of Drive in Classical German Philosophy: Between Biology,  Anthropology, and Metaphysics

Links and Functions

Breadcrumb Navigation



Friday, October 11 (Main Building, Room B206): From Early Enlightenment to Kant

9.00: Opening Address

Chair: Manja Kisner

9.15-10.15 a.m.: Catherine Wilson (New York): The Dual Legacy of Leibniz’s Theory of Appetition

10.15-11.15 a.m.: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest): Drive and perfectibility: Reimarus, Cochius and the Preisfrage for 1767

Coffee Break

11.30-12.30 p.m.: John Zammito (Houston): Between Reimarus and Kant: Blumenbach’s Concept of Trieb


Chair: Jörg Noller

2.00-3.00 p.m.: Andrew Cooper (Warwick): The economy of the Bildungstrieb in Goethe’s comparative anatomy

3.00-4.00 p.m.: Nigel DeSouza (Ottawa): Herder’s concept of force (Kraft)

Coffee Break

4.30-5.30 p.m.: Manja Kisner (Munich): Kant on driving forces: Parallels and differences in Kant’s conceptualization of drives (Trieb) and incentives (Triebfeder)

5.30-6.30 p.m.: Dietmar Heidemann (Luxemburg): The concept of drive in Kant’s third Critique

7.00 p.m.: Dinner

Saturday, October 12 (Main Building, Room B206): From Kant to Hegel

Chair: Jörg Noller

9.00-10.00 a.m.: Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): The feeling of life in Kant

10.00-11.00 a.m.: George Di Giovanni (Montreal): "Wie die Triebe, so der Sinn; und wie der Sinn, so die Triebe”: Jacobi on Reason as a Form of Life

Coffee Break

Chair: Manja Kisner

11.30-12.30 p.m.: Günter Zöller (Munich): Equine Driving. Fichte on the Teamwork of the Mind

2.00-3.00 p.m.: Violetta Waibel (Vienna): "The drive to be an I is at the same time the drive to think and to feel." Hardenberg/Novalis on Drives, Faculties and Powers

3.00-4.00 p.m.: Jörg Noller (Munich): Drive, Will, and Reason: Reinhold and Schiller on Natural Freedom after Kant

Coffee Break

Chair: Jörg Noller

4.30-5.30 p.m.: Paul Ziche (Utrecht): 'Drive' and the beyond - Schelling's ideas on drives as metaphysical-psychological powers

5.30-6.30 p.m.: Angelica Nuzzo (New York): The Trieb of Dialectic: Systematic and Thematic Extension of the Concept of Trieb in Hegel

6.30 p.m.: End of the conference