>Continental Realism (2017)<

International Conference - Munich, 8.-9. December 2017


Continental Realism (Poster)


Abstract (engl.)

Ontology is the investigation into the most general aspects of reality as it asks either questions “On What There Is,” or focuses on the basic categories of being and their relations. A common ‘battle-line’ within this discipline is the famous and still vividly contested analytic continental divide. It has been questioned in recent years especially by authors who share the assumption that science is not systematically the ultimate measure of truth and reality. This does not mean that we should abandon the notions of truth or objectivity all together, as has been posited repeatedly within certain currents of twentieth century philosophy. Investigations of contemporary philosophers – presented under titles such as “New Realism”, or “New Materialism” – combine therefore theoretical philosophy with speculative realism and process philosophy. Authors within this field share similar desires: to rethink the Kantian opposition between the noumenal and the phenomenal, and to reconsider under the term “correlationism” the former hard-fought battle-lines between realism and anti-realism.
The international conference “Continental Realism” focuses on the uniting interests of these new investigations with the aim of clarifying what the so-called “continental” tradition nowadays stands for within contemporary ontology.

The conference is divided in three areas of investigation:
1.) Realism in Contemporary Theoretical philosophy,
2.) Knowledge and Metaphysics,
3.) Ontology and Politics.

Start: 8 December 2017 at 9h00

End: 9 December 2017 at 13h00

Location: Aula


Program (Flyer with time schedule: click here):



I - Realism in Contemporary Theoretical Philosophy

Johannes Hübner (University Halle)

 Realism, Relativism and Ways of Being


Andrea Kern (University of Leipzig)

 How not to be a Naïve Realist: On Knowledge and Perception


Anton Friedrich Koch (University of Heidelberg) 

 Ist der hermeneutische Realismus ein dialektischer Materialismus? Heidegger und Adorno weiterdenken

II - Knowledge and Metaphysics

Markus Gabriel (University of Bonn)

 Saying What is Not

Peter Gratton (Memorial University)

 Placing Thought: Thinking the Real after Ontotheology

Martin Kusch (University of Vienna)

 The Epistemic Relativism of the Strong Program Revisited

Paul Livingston (University of New Mexico)

Sense, Realism, and Ontological Difference: Heidegger and Dummett


Sebastian Rödl (University of Leipzig)

 Denken und Sein sind dasselbe  
III - Ontology and Politics

Ray Brassier (American University of Beirut)

Concrete-in-Thought, Concrete-in-Reality: Marx, Materialism and Abstraction


Iain Hamilton Grant (University of the West of England, Bristol)

 Intelligible Diacosmosis (working-title)

Dieter Sturma (University of Bonn)

 Nomological Realism. A Neo-Spinozist and Neo-Kantian Approach

 Dominik Finkelde (Munich School of Philosophy) 

 Subjectivity as a Feature of Reality (working-title)
   (The program may be subject to alterations) 

Registration fees:

  • Full fee: 35 EUR (No day pass available)
    Early registration until December 4, 2017: 25 EUR (bank details see below)
  • Students: 20 EUR
    No early registration for students needed. The pass for the conference can be purchased at the registration desk.

Bank account: Hochschule fuer Philosophie
IBAN: DE50 7509 0300 0002 1398 20
Purpose: Continental Realism