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10th International Summer School in German Philosophy- “A Spirit of Trust. Brandom’s Hegel”

Castle 2

June 29 - July 10, 2020


Keynote Addresses / Visiting Professors:

  • Prof. Dr. Robert Brandom (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Prof. Dr. Anton Friedrich Koch (University of Heidelberg)

  • Prof. Dr. Dean Moyar (Johns Hopkins University)

  • Prof. Dr. Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer (University of Leipzig)

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Course description:

In the first week of the summer school Michael Forster and Markus Gabriel will offer a broad introduction to the Phenomenology . We will begin by discussing the Introduction and the Preface (respectively, the first and last sections of the work to have been completed by Hegel) in order to clarify the official project and method of the work. We will then turn to a consideration of selected sections from the main body of the text (chosen partly with an eye to Robert Brandom's anticipated focus during the second week of the summer school): “Sense Certainty,” “Force and the Understanding," "Lordship and Bondage," "Physiognomy and Phrenology," "The Spiritual Animal Kingdom," "The True Spirit. The Ethical Order, "and" Conscience.

In the second week, Robert Brandom will join us, and we will focus on selected sections from his recent opus magnum on the Phenomenology ( A Spirit of Trust ). In this context, we will take a close look both at the contemporary philosophical issues raised by Brandom's Hegel and at Brandom's own hermeneutics, his method of “de-re-interpretation”.



Please send the following by  February 29th, 2020  to: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] :

  • CV of no more than 2 pages

  • Statement of intent of no more than 1 page. Please mention in your statement whether you are interested in attending and participating in several seminars on the topic in German, which will be offered should demand warrant.

  • Writing sample of no more than 2,000 words in either English, French or German.

  • All students must in addition have at least one degree in philosophy.

  • All texts and discussions will be in English.

  • The course will be open to a maximum of 40 participants.

  • It is possible to apply for this summer school and the 1 st Bonn-Paris-Summer School on “Realism about Norms? (13-17 July 2020) in one application (please indicate).

ICPH Fellowships:

The  International Center for Philosophy North Rhine-Westphalia  will be offering some stipends for foreign graduate students to cover part of their traveling expenses and accommodations. To apply for a stipend, please send a short, separate letter outlining current funding status, financial need and projected travel expenses. Please note that there are no registration or course fees for the summer school.


Please note that all participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation. Participants will be responsible for meals outside official summer school dinners. All usual services (internet and library access, etc.) will be provided.