The MTA BTK Lendület Morals and Science Research Group
and the Insitute for Advanced Study at CEU
cordially invite you to their workshop

Enlightenment Vitalism and its Futures

Venue: Budapest, Nádor st. 15, Room 203


May 23, Wednesday
14:00 - Introduction (Tamás Demeter and Charles Wolfe)

14:15 - Marta Santuccio (CEU): Matter as sensitive and rational: can Cavendish help us better understand consciousness?

15:00 - Charles Wolfe (IAS CEU): Montpellier vitalism and vital materialism

15:45 - Coffee break

16:00 - Tamás Demeter (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Vitalisms in Enlightenment Scotland

16:45 - Gábor Zemplén (Budapest University of Technology and Economics): What language game befits Life

May 24, Thursday
09:15 - Paolo Pecere (University of Cassino): Scientific materialism and Lebenskraft: some provocative post-Kantian scenarios

10:00 - Andrea Gambarotto (University of Louvain / IHPST): Teleology beyond Regrets: Revisiting Vital-Materialism and Romantic Naturphilosophie

10:45 - Cécilia Bognon-Küss (IHPST): Nutrition: vital or chemical process? Nutrition, organic chemistry and the laws of vital organization in the 19th century

11:30 - Giuseppe Bianco (EHESS): Philosophy of Life: brief history of an expression

12:15 - Christopher Donohue (NIH): Vitalism and the Polemical Development of Biological Communities in Bohemia and Southeastern Europe: Early 20th Century Case Studies with Lessons for Contemporary Biology

13:00 - Sebastjan Vörös (University of Ljubljana): Only life can know life? Varela's attempt at reconciliation between first- and third-person approaches to life

Deodáth Zuh is giving a talk entitled 'Art History without Theory' at this year's Dubrovnik Philosophy of Art Conference on the 25th of April. The abstract of his talk could be accessed here, while the draft programme of the conference is available here.

The MTA BTK Lendület Morals and Science Research Group,
the Department of Sociology, University of Pécs,
and the Doctoral School of Philosophy, University of Pécs
cordially invite you to the upcoming workshop:

Sixty Years of an Idea: Peter Winch's "The Idea of a Social Science" after More than Half a Century


30th March
10:00-11:00 – Akos Sivado (PTE): The Kind-ness of Strangers: Winch’s Concept of Interpretation Revisited

11:00-12:00 – Leonidas Tsilipakos (Bristol): The Idea of an Ethically Committed Social Science

12:00-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-14:30 – Mark Theunissen (New School for Social Research): The Idea of a Social Science Then and Now

14:30-15:30 – Jonas Ahlskog & Olli Lagerspetz (Abo Akademi): The Pincer Movement: Winch and Collingwood

15:30-16:00 – Coffee break

16:00-17:00 – Tadeusz Szawiel (Warsaw): The Universalizability of Moral Judgements – The Uniqueness of the Moral Agent Revisited

17:00-18:00 – Steven Burns (Dalhousie): Trying to Make Sense of The Idea of a Social Science

31st March
09:00-10:00 – Paul A. Roth (UCSC): Resolving Winch’s Dilemma: Narrative Explanations and The Idea of a Social Science

10:00-11:00 – Michael Campbell (Pardubice): Realism, Reality and Rationality in Meta-ethics: Applying Lessons from Peter Winch’s The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy

11:00-12:00 – Rupert Read (East Anglia):  Can We Understand Catacean Society? Can We Change Ourselves? Winchian and Wittgensteinian Reflections on ’Individualism’, Freedom and Survival

12:00-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-14:30 – Tamás Paár (PPKE): "Both into Agreement and into Disagreement" – The Decades of the Long Debate between Winch and MacIntyre

14:30-15:30 – Lynette Reid (Dalhousie):  The Ethical and the Political: Two Themes in Winch’s Thought after The Idea of a Social Science

15:30-16:00 – Coffee break

16:00-17:00 – Christopher Winch (King’s College): Empirical Social Science Research as Conceptual Exploration

Date of the event: 30th-31st March 2018.
Venue of the event: 7622 Pécs, Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, 16. Zsolnay Vilmos st., building E 25, 1st floor.