Kant's Doctrine of Right

A Conference at the University of Chicago

March 10th to 12th, 2023


This conference will discuss questions about Kant’s philosophy of right. For example: What status does the philosophy of right have in the practical philosophy of Kant’s philosophy? What is the relation between right and morality? What is the significance of the fact that Kant holds that the fundamental principles of the doctrine of right can only be introduced through postulates? As Kant seems to hold that a treatise on right is to begin with very general reflections concerning the efficacy of the will, and ends his treatises with very detailed discussions of the different institutions of a proper state, how exactly are these two sides of the philosophy of right related to each other?

The schedule of the conference can be accessed here.

No registration is required. The event is open to the public.

Persons with a disability who think they may need assistance, please send an email to pankaidi [at] uchicago.edu in advance.

UPDATE: Martin Stone’s session on Saturday has been CANCELLED. The first session of the day starts at 2:00 PM, we will still offer lunch at the conference venue. 


University of Chicago
Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street; Chicago, IL
(ground floor of the Regenstein library)



March 10-12, 2023



pankaidi [at] uchicago.edu

Conference Program

Friday, March 10th 2023

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Opening Remarks

10:15 am – 12:15 pm

Laws of Outer and of Inner Freedom

Stephen Engstrom (Pittsburgh)

Moderator: Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern)


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Right to Freedom

S.M. Love (Georgia State)

Moderator: Matthias Haase (Chicago)


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Body as an Object of Right

Rafeeq Hasan (Amherst)

Moderator: James Conant (Chicago)


Saturday, March 11th 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Distributive Justice in The Doctrine of Right

Martin Stone (Cardozo Law)

Moderator: Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern)


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What is External Freedom?

Japa Pallikkathayil (Pittsburgh)

Moderator: James Conant (Chicago)


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Action as Deed

Ariel Zylberman (Albany)

Moderator: Matthias Haase (Chicago)


Sunday, March 12th 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Necessitation in Ethics and Right

Micha Gläser (Universität Zürich)

Moderator: Will Small (University of Illinois, Chicago)


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kant and the History of Rights

Ben Laurence (Chicago)

Moderator: Lisa Van Alstyne (Chicago)


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Person-Person, Person-Thing, Thing-Person, Thing-Thing

 AJ Julius (UCLA)

Moderator: James Conant (Chicago)

The conference is not ‘read-ahead’. Each session consists of a one-hour presentation and then one hour of discussion.