Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Academia Kantiana

Academy of comparative studies in Russian and Western philosophy

The Academia Kantiana is a subunit of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University and aims at systematic research of the interaction between Russian and Western philosophical traditions. Kant’s ideas and their reception in Russia, the history of Russian neo-Kantianism and its influence on European thought, the Enlightenment project and its revival in the XXI century are the core themes of the Academy’s research program.

The Academy continues the work started by the Kant Institute and relies on a group of young philosophers who are actively gaining national and international academic prestige. The Academy has close ties with leading Russian and foreign centers of philosophy.

The Academy publishes “Kantovsky Sbornik”, a quarterly journal dedicated to research in Kantian philosophy. The journal looks back over forty years of history and is listed by the Higher Attestation Commission among Russia’s top academic periodicals. “Kantovsky Sbornik” is available online via IKBFU’s publishing house (

Research expertise of the Academy is being implemented in Masters Programs in Philosophy, conducted by IKBFU. There are new Masters and Doctoral Programs specifically dedicated to Kantian philosophy and its contemporary applications. The latter have been developed by the Academy to bring together prominent Kant scholars and an enthusiastic international student audience.

The Academy is working to plan and implement a complex project, drawing on research, education and popular “edutainment” leading up to the celebration of Kant’s 300th anniversary, which will be among the most significant events in Kaliningrad in the coming decade.

The Academy is making a strong effort to reach wider audiences, bringing discussions of philosophy to schools, libraries, art galleries and other cultural spaces. We strongly believe that our interest in the Enlightenment obliges us to this kind of voluntary work.

Faculty & Staff

Scientific Director

Research Manager


Academic Secretary

Research Fellows

Scientific Associates

Academic Assistants
  • David Rozhin, Master Student
  • Polina Umnikova, Master Student

Scientific Council

Dr. Alexey P. Kozyrev– chair of the Academia Kantiana International Research Council; associate professor of philosophy, Department of History of Russian Philosophy, vice-dean for research, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Prof. Dr. Irina Griftsova  – deputy chair of the Academia Kantiana International Research Council; professor of philosophy, head of the Department of Philosophy, Institute for Social-Humanitarian Education, Moscow Pedagogical State University; member of the Council of the Russian Society for History and Philosophy of Science

Prof. Dr. David Bakhurst  – John and Ella G. Charlton professor of philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston (Ontario, Canada (Ontario, Canada)

Prof. Dr. Vadim Vasilyev – professor of philosophy, head of the Department of History of Foreign Philosophy, codirector of the Center for Consciousness Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme – professor of philosophy, member of the Board of Directors of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg; member of the German Kant Society Board; first chair of the Christian Wolff and the Philosophy of the Enlightenment Society (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Aleksey Kruglov   – professor of philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Russian State University for the Humanities

Dr. Boris Mezhuev – associate professor of philosophy, Department of History of Russian Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Dr. Aleksandr Mikhailovsky  – associate professor of philosophy, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Higher School of Economics – National Research University

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Otfried Höffe – professor of philosophy, head of Research Center for Political Philosophy, University of Tübingen; Doctor honoris causa of the University of Porto Alegre and the University of Belgrade; fellow of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Prof. Dr. Julia V. Sineokaya – professor of philosophy, head of the Department of the History of Western Philosophy, deputy director for research, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Stolzenberg  – professor of philosophy, member of the Board of Directors of the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg; member of the German Kant Society Board; fellow of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences 

Projects & Activities








3:30 pm

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Stolzenberg (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)

“Kant’s Cosmopolitan Concept of Philosophy”


01.06.2017 10:00 am Dr. Alexey Kozyrev (Lomonosov Moscow State University) "Russian Thought and the Revolution 1917"
Chernyshevskogo str. 56a
21.09.2017 7:00 pm Dr. Andrey Teslya (Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) "Shestov versus Kant: For What Does Categorical Imperative serve?" Chernyshevskogo str. 56a
19.10.2017 7:00 pm Dr. Alexandr Mikhailovsky (Higher School of Economics – National Research University)
"Humanist in Antiquity: Between Science and Political Expertise" Chernyshevskogo str. 56a
 19.10.2017                   7:00 pm   Dr. Petr Rezvykh (Higher School of Economics – National Research University)  «"Columbus of the XIXth century": Schelling and Russia»         Chernyshevskogo str. 56a

Summer Schools

Summer School 2017

The International summer school “What should I do? The Ethics of Immanuel Kant and its Actuality” will be the first event organized by Academia Kantiana. It will take place on August, 20th – 30th.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Stolzenberg (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) will become Visiting Head of the school, assisted by Dr. Sergey Lugovoy (Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University) and cand. phil. Stefan Röttig , MA (Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg).

The summer school is aimed at graduate and postgraduate students, as well as recent PhDs. A conference for young researchers will be held as part of the school program. More information see in Russian

Applications are accepted at

The 2nd Immanuel Kant International Summer School 2018


International Conference „No Right of Sedition". Kant and the Problem of Revolution in Political Philosophy from the 18th to the 21st Century

Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University

Institute for the Humanities

Academia Kantiana


12th Kant-Readings International Conference

Kant and the Ethics of Enlightenment: Historical Roots and Contemporary Relevance

Kaliningrad, April 22-24, 2019

Call for Papers

The Kant-Readings International Conference has taken place in Kaliningrad every five years since 1974. This 2019 conference aims at investigating the ethical conceptions of the Enlightenment from the perspective of Kant’s philosophy. Enlightenment ethics focused on traditionally important notions for human beings, such as happiness and moral goodness, and influenced not only their epoch but the following centuries until today. In spite of the fact that all these doctrines were founded on different moral concepts like moral sense, reason, or God, they equally searched for a justification of duty and of the possibility of moral motivation. Moreover they raised the question of the relation between morality and politics, education, and coercion.What, if any, are the common features that characterise ethical doctrines during the Enlightenment? Are there sufficiently similar features in the various ethical doctrines of Kant’s day that would warrant the title of ‘Enlightenment ethics’? It is not less important to understand the ethical content and significance of the Enlightenment project itself and to answer the question of whether the project of enlightenment still can be rationally defended.

Kant’s ethics directly relates to the various conceptions of enlightenment put forward by his immediate predecessors in Germany, Great Britain, and France, such as Wolff, Rousseau, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, and others. We are interested in understanding the moral aims of the Enlightenment, and the role of Kant’s philosophy in how the enlightenment project extends beyond its initial epoch. How has Kant’s moral philosophy been received and criticised, and how has it influenced the evolution of enlightenment thought in other countries, especially in Russia? To what extent can Kant’s philosophy be fruitful for thinking about ethics and enlightenment in our time? What can Kantian philosophy offer to address the current and prospective challenges, produced by technological advancement?

The conference will be structured into the following sections:

1. History of Enlightenment Ethics

2. Enlightenment and Kantian Ethics in Russian Thought

3. Enlightenment Ethics and Aesthetics in Correlation

4. Kant’s Ethics in Neo-Kantianism

5. Enlightenment, Politics, and Education

6. Science, Technology, and Enlightenment Ethics

7. Kant and Radical Enlightenment (section organized by The Contemporary Kantian Philosophy Project, directed by Robert Hanna)

Hanna writes: By “radical enlightenment,” we mean any epistemic, metaphysical, metaphilosophical, aesthetic, scientific, moral, social, or political interpretation of Kant’s injunction to “dare to know,” or “dare to think for oneself” (Sapere aude!), that is moreprogressive — or “further left” — than classical Hobbesian or Millian liberalism, or contemporary neoliberalism. The theme of this section comprehends any topic in Kant’s or Kantian philosophy that explores its positive or negative relationship to radical enlightenment in this sense, with a special interest in exploring the implications and/or significance of that topic for contemporary issues.

The conference languages are Russian, English, and German.

We call for abstracts of 300-350 words. Abstracts can be written in one of the conference languages and address one of the seven sections listed above.

Please send your abstract by the 1st of December 2018 to:

Programme committee chairpersons: Vadim A. Chaly & Nina A. Dmitrieva

Organisation committee chairperson: Nina A. Dmitrieva 

Address: 40 room, 56a Chernyshevskogo ul., Kaliningrad

Postal address: 14 A. Nevskogo ul., Kaliningrad, 236041


Phone number: +7 4012 595 595 (ext: 1960)

Postdoc / Senior Researcher

Main job conditions:

  • Fixed term contract for one calendar year beginning in late 2018
  • Prolongation possible depending on performance and availability of funding
  • Relocation to Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia) is required
  • Full time position, salary of 90 000 Rub./month (before 13% income tax)
  • Visa support for HQS Multiple Entry Visa (invitation, document processing)
  • Assistance with securing on-campus housing (if available)
  • Paid vacation (42 calendar days per one calendar year), medical insurance covered by the University, free access to all on-campus facilities

Research focus:

Kant’s Philosophy or Philosophy of Enlightenment, preferably both and its/their actuality (applied philosophy: biomedical ethics, AI ethics, philosophy of cognitive sciences etc.)


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy
  • Age under 40 (at the moment of signing contract)
  • Research papers or book reviews – at least 2 in journals indexed in Web of Science or Scopus from 2013 to 2018
  • Monograph – 1 book published from 2013 to 2018
  • Total number of publications (articles, book reviews, monographs, etc.) – preferably, 20
  • h-index of at least 1, or at least 5 total citations in Scopus or Web of Science
  • Conference presentations – at least 1 over the last 2 years
  • Proven experience in attracting grant financing/participation in grants
  • Proven research or/and teaching experience of at least 5 years
  • Fluent English
  • Russian or German proficiency is a plus

Deadline of application: September 20, 2018

How to apply: by e-mail, included

  • CV, incl. AuthorID Scopus and Researcher ID (Clarivate Analytics)
  • List of publications
  • At least one letter of reference

Contact e-mail:
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Nina A. Dmitrieva

Job start date: December 2018 earliest. Actual start of work will depend on the visa processing times and may vary

Job description:

  • research in the field of Kant’s Philosophy or/and Philosophy of Enlightenment and its/their actuality
  • at least 3 articles written and submitted for publication at journals of Scopus or Web of Science
  • 1 philosophical course taught at the IKBFU
  • at least 2 presentations at international conferences
  • participation at the scientific, educational and publication activities of the Academia Kantiana

More information about the Academia Kantiana, IKBFU:

1    Cost of living WELL in Kaliningrad is about 40 000 Rub./month.