11 April 2021

On the 17th of March “Critical thinking as the subject of criticism in the history of Russian and European philosophy” seminar started at the IKBFU. A group of well-known Russian philosophers will spend four days looking for answers to complex questions. What kind of critical thinking a 21st-century person needs? Is it possible to apply Kant’s philosophical ideas to face contemporary challenges like global warming or international tensions?

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Sergey Gradirovsky, Head of Educational Projects at Moscow Skolkovo Management School said:

“Why are we here? Are we happy with how the modern world looks like? It is required to employ a certain way of thinking to be able to answer those questions, and critical thinking implies that if we want to change the processes we are involved in, we must think differently.  And Immanuel Kant with his philosophical ideas played the role of a cornerstone in understanding how we think, which in turn helps us to understand why many problems haven’t been solved yet”.

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According to prof. Dr.  Alexander Fedorov, IKBFU Rector, Kant’s critical philosophy leads to a reassessment of values necessary for the future. He has also noted that the seminar starts a three-year-long marathon devoted to the 300th anniversary of the outstanding philosopher:

“We plan cultural and scientific events to happen in the nearest time to celebrate Immanuel Kant’s 300th anniversary. This will be carried out in a form of a philosophical contest and a series of cultural events of various scales. We estimate Kaliningrad to become both the world philosophy center and the world center where ideas are born”.

Bachelor, Master, and Post-graduate students also took part in the discussion sharing their ideas with outstanding scientists and thinkers. Young researchers’ opinions were taken into consideration by the scientists.

Also, representatives of the Kaliningrad region tourism took part in the discussion. Thanks to this meeting they had a chance to understand the philosophy and significance of Immanuel Kant to the region.