22 May 2022

Philosophers from Russia, UK, Argentina, Germany and the US got together to discuss Kantian studies and advances in the science.

The main topic of the conference addresses the theses of the 2018 Report for the Club of Rome "Come On! Capitalism, Short-Termism, Population and Planetary Destruction" . Its authors, E. W. von Weizsäcker and A. Weikman, called for a "new Enlightenment". At the conference, scholars will discuss the proposed theses. The main focus will be on the question whether Kant's critical philosophy must be attributed to the 'old' Enlightenment or whether it contains the real potential of the 'new' Enlightenment.

IKBFU Rector Alexander Fedorov spoke at the opening of the conference:

“A series of philosophical conferences is taking place at the university today. These events bring us closer to the anniversary of our patron Immanuel Kant, the year 2024. We have been thinking about this for a long time because of the great global challenges in the fields of ecology, ideology, economics, technology and politics. Let me stress that a new enlightenment can’t come out of nowhere, it cannot be invented. It is the object of a complex humanitarian, economic and political production. And in my view, it is this new generation that can offer a new way of development, in whom I place great hope. It is important to see children as the very force that will give hope to the world”.


The first lecture was delivered by the leading Russian scientist in Kant studies, professor of the Russian State Humanitarian University Alexey Kruglov:

“The idea of Enlightenment was in the focus of attention even in the days when Immanuel Kant himself did his research. But few people shared his views on how he saw it. According to the great philosopher: “the Enlightenment means leaving the state of immaturity where a person ends up in the course of their actions. Immaturity means the lack of ability to listen to reason without somebody else’s assistance”. By studying the issues of the Enlightenment we can adequately perceive the current events and thus find solutions to present-day problems”.

The final lecture of the conference will happen in the cathedral, on April, 22. Professor Vadim Chaliy will deliver the open lecture.