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“A World of Reasons”

The XXII. German Philosophy Congress at LMU

Munich, 09/06/2011

The XXII. German Philosophy Congress takes place at LMU Munich on 11. - 15. September. The Congress is being held under the auspices of the German Philosophical Society (DGPhil), and was organized by Professor Julian Nida-Rümelin, who is the current President of the Society, and Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory in the Department of Philosophy at LMU. Philosophers from Germany and other European countries, together with colleagues from the USA and Japan, will present and debate aspects of the leitmotif of this year’s Congress “A World of Reasons” (“Welt der Gründe”) in plenary lectures, thematic sessions and roundtable discussions. Reasons motivate our actions, and without reasons and their interaction both everyday living and academic practice would be inconceivable. The focal point at issue in all contributions to the Congress will be the question of what exactly we mean by the term “reasons”.

Students enrolled in the Faculty 10 (Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion) at LMU can register for the Congress free of charge. Plenary Lectures will be given by Robert Pippin, Seyla Benhabib, Peter Gärdenfors and Lorraine Daston. Evening lectures will be presented by Susan Neiman, Franz von Kutschera and Jürgen Habermas, and are open to the public. Tickets for these will be available on the night.

The Congress takes place under the patronage of Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, the Bavarian Minister for Science, and Christian Ude, the Mayor of Munich.

In addition to its academic program, the Congress will include - for the first time in its history - a series of events organized in cooperation with Munich’s Department of Arts and Culture under the motto “Philosophers in Town”. This program provides the city’s inhabitants with the opportunity to hear and converse with Congress participants in a variety of informal settings, including schools, community centers and museums.

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