Target audience: advanced bachelor students, master students, PhD students, recent postdocs (with PhD received not before 2017).


The Academia Kantiana of the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University invites applications for participation in the Second Immanuel Kant International Summer School.

Kant’s transcendental philosophy has often been described as a philosophy of science, or at least as a philosophy which is most closely related to the sciences of his times – and one in which his concept of reason plays a central role. The 2019 summer school is devoted on Kant’s views on the meanings and roles of reason for the sciences as well as its historical impact. Three aspects will take center stage: (1) the role of “constitutive” a priori knowledge for the sciences; (2) the role of “regulative” ideas of pure reason for the sciences; (3) the definition of the different sciences, and their classification by an “architectonics of reason”.

The summer school will focus on the analysis of central passages from Kant’s works, including publications on the natural and the human sciences as well as texts from his critical works. Furthermore, the school will also address the long-term historical impact of his philosophical thinking about the sciences.

The summer school consists of lectures, seminars, and readings. Within the framework of the summer school there will also be a scientific conference, in which participants will give their own presentations on a research topic related to Kant’s philosophy, and discuss it with colleagues from different universities of Russia and the world.

At the end of the summer school the participants will be given a certificate of their participation.


Scientific Supervisor – Prof. Dr. Thomas Sturm, ICREA research professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Scientific Assistants – Dr. habil. Vadim Chaly and Dr. Rudolf Meer, Senior Researcher at the Academia Kantiana, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad

Working languages: English, Russian.


Preliminary Program of the School

Program includes:

  • lectures, seminars, readings;
  • the conference of the participants of the school with discussion.

Lectures and seminars – in English

Readings – in English and Russian.


Thematic program of lectures and seminars:

Lecture 1: Beginnings in cosmology: The General Natural History and Theory of the Heavens (1755)

Seminar 1: Cosmology and scientific hypotheses

Lecture 2: Philosophy’s lessons from science: Reason in logic, mathematics, and natural science

Seminar 2: Apriori presuppositions of science

Lecture 3: Philosophy’s framing of science: A priori knowledge, metaphysics and natural science

Seminar 3: Ideas of reason in the sciences

Lecture 4: Reason in history and anthropology

Seminar 4: “Architectonics”, or the “art of systems” of the sciences

This School is the part of the International Summer School Rationality in Philosophy and Right, supported by the Forum Petersburger Dialogand the Russian Academic Exellence Project.



School participants are selected on a competitive basis, no more than 15 people. Participation in the summer school is free of charge.

ATTENTION: By the application strictly until 05 April 2019 (early bird application) and successful evaluation of the application, travel to the venue of the school, accommodation in Svetlogorsk, and daily meal will be paid by our sponsor.

By the later application, the travel costs, accommodation, and meal are paid individually by the participants. In this case, the organizers kindly ask all students and young scholars interested in the costs reimbursement to apply for travel-grants at their home universities.

Deadline for submission:

  • 05 April, 2019 (early bird application)
  • 05 May, 2019 (regular, if free places available)

Results of acceptance:

  • 10 April, 2019 (early bird application)
  • 10 May, 2019 (regular, if free places available)

Requirements for applications:

  • English, at least upper intermediate;
  • Questionnaire (see attachment);
  • Motivation Letter (in English, 350-400 words)
  • Abstract on the topic of your presentation related to Kant’s philosophy (in English, 1200-1400 words of abstract text, plus references).

E-mail: (Thread: Kant Summer School 2019)

Contact person: Prof. Dr. Nina A. Dmitrieva


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