2015

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The Norwegian Kant Society will host a guest lecture by professor Eric Nelson, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, on the topic "A Peculiar Fate: The Reception of Confucianism in German Philosophy".

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According to Kant, your first duty to yourself and the “beginning of all human wisdom” is to know yourself (MM, 6:441). But what kind of knowledge is this, how can we attain it, and how is it relevant to our moral agency? Kant’s conception of the self and the subjective conditions for moral actions were challenged by subsequent thinkers like Fries, Fichte, and Hegel who identified alleged tensions in Kant’s account and proposed innovative solutions. The question about the relation between self-knowledge and morality is still subject to debate among scholars of Kant and German Idealism.