April 8 Wednesday

Cancelled: Sofie Møller - Kant's Tribunal of Reason

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:10PM - 7:00PM
  • SLB Room 121
  • Open To The Yale Community
  • Cancelled
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Dr. Sofie Møller will discuss her book Kant's Tribunal of Reason: Legal Metaphor and Normativity in the Critique of Pure Reasonjust published by Cambridge University Press. The event is open to the Yale Community and everyone is welcome to attend. To receive the reading, please RSVP at private.law@yale.edu. Light supper will be served.

Abstract: Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, his main work of theoretical philosophy, surprises many readers with an extended use of metaphors drawing on legal theory and practice. In this talk, I will explore the parallels between the Critique of Pure Reason and the establishment of a civil condition in natural right theory. These parallels show how Kant’s conception of laws is ingrained in an extensive legal framework by focusing on two images; the one portraying the critique as the tribunal of reason and the one depicting the critique as the establishment of a rightful condition which is analogous to the establishment of a civil state. These images show that Kant’s account of a priori laws is not merely a colorful way of expressing a new philosophical approach; he is building an entire framework around a legal structure. In addition, the state of nature metaphor shows how the critique aims to provide a procedure for ending conflicts in metaphysics and thereby establish perpetual peace in philosophy.

Bio: Sofie Møller is a research associate at the Goethe-University Frankfurt and the Research Center ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’, where she works on legal and political philosophy in a Kantian framework. She studied philosophy, law and semiotics in Copenhagen, Berlin, Bologna and Florence and received her doctorate in Law from the European University Institute in 2017. She was a visiting research scholar at Brown University and a fellow of the Danish Academy in Rome. At the Cluster of Excellence, she is researching the conception of social progress in a Kantian framework and she has published with the European Journal of Political Theory and Kant Studien. She is author of the book Kant’s Tribunal of Reason. Legal structures of the Critique of Pure Reason, published by Cambridge University Press.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

The Center for Private Law

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