Philosophy colloquium: Nina Dmitrieva (Online event)

Title: Early Reception of Kant’s Practical Philosophy: Ch.W. Snell (1755–1834) & F.W.D. Snell (1761–1827)

By Nina Dmitrieva (Kaliningrad, Academia Kantiana IKBFU/ Princeton, Philosophy)

Date: Thursday December 22, 2022

Time: 16.00-17.30 (GMT+3)

This is an online event. All are welcome. If you would like to listen to the talk please click on the following link when the event is due to begin. 

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Meeting ID: 967 0138 3915

Abstract: The brothers Snell remain an unread page in the history of early Kantianism. Their philosophical maturation coincided with the beginning of Kant’s critical period. Both became enthusiastic admirers of Kantian philosophy and deservedly earned a reputation as its active promoters. Both brothers focused on Kant’s practical philosophy as well as on aesthetics, and only slightly on logic and metaphysics. Their close attention to ethics and the philosophy of religion, as well as to issues of education, is probably due to the fact that both had devoted a considerable part of their lives to gymnasium teaching. Moreover, they were among the first who raised the hardly trivial question of what form the popularisation of philosophical knowledge should take. This reflection, which found practical application, was probably one of the reasons for Russian professors of philosophy to translate the textbook by the brothers Snell into Russian. The stranger is the dismissive assessment of this textbook and its authors by the Hegelian disciple Karl Rosenkranz (1840). In my talk I will question this assessment and offer an overview of their work on the basis of primary sources.

About the speaker: Nina Dmitrieva is a Professor of Philosophy at Moscow Pedagogical State University and she is the scientific director of the Academia Kantiana Research Institution at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Currently, she conducts her research at Princeton University as the visiting research scholar. She is a member of various prestigious societies and research programs. Most notably, she is also an Associated Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for European Enlightenment Studies, which is based in Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg; and serves as the corresponding member abroad of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on Russian and German Neo-Kantianism, Kant’s reception in Russia, History of Russian and Continental Philosophy in the 19th and 20th Centuries and History and Theory of Intellectuals. She is the editor-in-chief of the recently established Kantian Journal based in Kaliningrad, Russia and the author of numerous publications, including two books: one entitled Russian Neo-Kantianism. “Marburg” in Russia: Historical-Philosophical Essays (published in 2007, in Rus.), and the second one entitled Boris A. Fokht [Vogt]: to the History of Russian Neo-Kantianism (1999, in Rus.).





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