Philosophisches Seminar



Summer School

Transcendental Logic: Its Origin and Development

Call for Proposals (PDF)

6-9 July 2014, University of Tübingen


Convenors: Paul Franks, Ulrich Schlösser

Organization: Ulrich Schlösser, Julia Peters

Tübingen plays a crucial role in the development of German idealism, since three of its main protagonists – Hegel, Schelling, Hölderlin – took up their philosophical and theological studies here in the 1790s. The Philosophy Department at the University of Tübingen also has a long tradition of important research in the philosophy of Kant and German idealism. Building on this tradition, this summer school aims at exploring philosophical texts which contributed essentially to the emergence of German idealism and the further development of Kantian transcendental philosophy, but which have received only little scholarly attention so far. The texts to be studied include works by Kant, Maimon, Fichte and possibly Jacobi. The themes discussed in these texts reach from Kantian questions concerning the relation between concepts and intuition or the essence of space to topics in philosophical method and fundamental questions in metaphysics.

The format of the summer school is unique: throughout four days, a group of internationally acclaimed experts, PhD students and students will be studying the texts together through close reading and discussion. Each discussion session will be chaired by an expert in the relevant field. At the end of each day, themes from the preceding discussion will be further explored in a public lecture by one of the invited speakers.

The summer school seeks to engage the participants in intensive discussion and close reading, thus enabling them to make these highly complex and partly obscure philosophical works accessible in a joint effort. By bringing together experts and students from Germany, Europe and the US, it aims at encouraging a fruitful dialogue between the German philosophical tradition of close textual work and the traditional Anglo-American focus on rigorous systematic argument.

Confirmed speakers and discussants include: Paul Franks (Yale), Gideon Freudenthal (Tel Aviv), Sebastian Gardner (UCL), Andreas Schmidt (Jena), Günter Zöller (LMU), Ulrich Schlösser (Tübingen).


Applications are invited for up to *10 SUMMER SCHOOL GRANTS* for PhD students and postdocs:

-Grant holders will attend the summer school, participate in discussions and attend the evening lectures.

-Grants cover travel expenses (within Europe) and accommodation in Tübingen for four nights.

-Eligible to apply are PhD students and postdocs in philosophy working on topics related to the theme of the summer school.

-PhD students and postdocs from outside Europe are welcome to apply, but their travel expenses can be covered only partially by the grant (the amount covered will be roughly equivalent to travel costs from within Europe).

-Applications should include the following documents: a CV; a statement of interest (max. two pages) outlining how the candidate’s research interests connect with the theme of the summer school and how her/his attendance of the summer school would contribute to the progress of her research.


Application deadline: 15 April 2014.

Applications should be submitted electronically to julia.peters[at]


Notification of acceptance will be given in early May 2014. For any queries concerning the grants or the application procedure, please contact julia.peters[at]


Candidates who are interested in attending the summer school without applying for a summer school grant should follow the application procedure specified above and indicate in their application that they are not applying for a grant, but only to attend the summer school.

Since places are strictly limited, we will be able to admit only candidates who have been selected through the application procedure.


The Summer School is kindly supported by the Graduate Academy of the University of Tuebingen.