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Kant’s Aesthetics | The Lisbon Kant Group 3rd Annual Conference

The Lisbon Kant Group is organising its third annual conference, to take place next spring. They are currently inviting submissions of abstracts for presentations.

The Group is a working group dedicated to the study of Kant’s philosophy as well as philosophies marked by a Kantian framework, namely within the sphere of moral and political philosophy, with a particular focus on the topic of ethical values, and always in connection with other domains, such as aesthetics.

The Group was given formal standing in 2022, following the activities organised by the Kant Reading Group since 2019.

Despite being attached to the EPLab, the Lisbon Kant Group is a transverse group that includes not only members of several IFILNOVA laboratories but also students of various course degrees at FCSH.

The members of the Lisbon Kant Group have published work in the main international journals within Kantian studies, such as Kantian Review, Kant-Studien, Kant Yearbook, Con-Textos Kantianos, and Estudos Kantianos. Among the collective publications of the group, the volume Kant: Atitudes, Experiências, Valores should be highlighted.


NOVA University Lisbon


11–12 March 2024

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Keynote Speaker: Robert Clewis (Gwynedd Mercy University)

Topics to be addressed:

  • Kant’s knowledge of art, artists, and artworks
  • Kant’s conception of art broadly considered
  • Kant’s arts beyond beautiful art
  • Kant’s typologies of the arts
  • Is the beauty of art dependent (adherent) or free?
  • What is the role and status of beautiful art, especially when compared with the role and status of beautiful nature, in Kant’s aesthetic theory and in Kant’s critical system?
  • What is the role and status of Kant’s account of beautiful art in the history of aesthetics and philosophy of art as philosophical disciplines?

Submission of abstracts

Titles and abstracts in English (max. 500 words) should be prepared for blind review and emailed as one document to lisbonkantaesthetics@gmail.com by 1 October 2023. A second document with a short biographical note in English (max. 200 words) must be sent in the same email. Notices of acceptance will be sent out by 15 October 2023.

If you wish to give a talk in a language other than English, please note that an English version of the paper must be provided upon acceptance, to be projected during your presentation.

Organiser details

Organiser: João Lemos, NOVA University Lisbon

Assistant: Francisco Maia, NOVA University Lisbon

Institutional Support
FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Lisbon Kant Group

Previous Editions of the Lisbon Annual Conference on Kant’s Aesthetics
2023: Life and Animation (keynote speaker: Alix Cohen, University of Edinburgh)
2022: Concepts, Imagination, and Aesthetic Appreciation (keynote speaker: Angela Breitenbach, University of Cambridge)

Learn more about the Group online.