2017 Conference Program


Centre for Research on Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)

2017 Graduate Conference, Kingston University, London

Friday 9 June 2017, 10.00- 19.30

Kingston University, Clattern Lecture Theatre – Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT I 2EE

Please register through eventbrite via fass.kingston.ac.uk/research/crmep/events.



10.00-11.00 Keynote:

Sami Khatib – Teleology after History: Capital, Contingency and the Spatialization of Time


11.00-12.30 Panel I – In Question: Conceptual Reassessments of Teleology

Beginning with the end: This panel interrogates teleology’s conceptual grounds and its place within the history of philosophy. If we cannot do without the concept of teleology in a field between life, labour and technology, then to what degree and how is the end pre-determined?

Masa Kosugi – Materialist Teleology: Bergson and the Affirmation of the Internal Purposiveness of Philosophy

Armin Schneider – Beginnings and Ends of Hegel’s Teleology

Charlotte Szasz – Susan Taubes’ Heideggerian reading of Marx’s ‘telos’


12.30-13.15 Lunch


13.15-14.45 Panel II – History and its Teleologies

While the assumption of teleology as a predestination of the historical development has been strongly criticized on epistemological, political and ethical grounds, there have been recent discussions in regards to its persistence and eventual validity in historical methodology and in historiographical narrative. This panel will address some of these discussions.

Mimi Michael Howard – Hans Blumenberg’s Copernicus and the Contestation of Teleological History, 1954-1975

Noa Levin – Montage contra Teleology in Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy of History

Jack Coopey – The Ethics of Evil: Teleology and Foucault’s War on the Self


14.45-15.00 Break


15.00-16.30 Panel III – Kant and Biology

When considering the relevance of teleology for biology and the history of natural science, Kant’s Third Critique holds a special place. This panel will address the continued relevance of Kant’s conception of both purposiveness and teleological judgement to push Kantian teleology to its limits.

Andrea Gambarotto – Kant and Beyond: The Renaissance of Teleology in Philosophy of Biology

Anja Pichl – Kantian Teleology: Its Relevance for Current Life Science Research and Application

Mauro Senatore – Beyond Telos: Tele. Displaying the Teleological Institution of the Autos


16.30-17.00 Coffee


17:00-18:00 Keynote:

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18.00-19.30 Wine Reception




2017 Conference – Teleology Conceptual Corpse or Plastic Concept?

Teleology: Conceptual Corpse or Plastic Concept?

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
Kingston University London
2017 Graduate Conference

Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE
Friday 9 June 2017, 10.00–19.00

Keynote speakers:

  • Catherine Malabou (CRMEP)
  • Sami Khatib (American University of Beirut)

The 2017 CRMEP Graduate Conference will revisit the concept of teleology after and beyond its seemingly irredeemable fall from grace in the second half of the 20th century. Between numerous critiques and intermittent revivals of the image of history as an ideal and uninterrupted continuity driven by teleological movement, teleology itself appeared as something akin to a Begriffsleiche: a conceptual corpse roaming the periphery of philosophical discourse after its death – a theoretical implausibility at best and a political disaster at worst.

At the beginning of the 21st century, there is a growing suspicion that we might not have done away with teleology once and for all, indispensable as it is for thought on history, biology, technics and other domains. It is in this context that this conference will pose teleology as a problem to contemporary philosophical practices and investigate some of the ways in which the concept continues to impose itself on us. This imposition is of such a kind as to necessitate a critical reworking of the concept, beyond its ‘post-modernist’ critique, to shed light on its continuing presence within a whole number of fields of enquiry that it helps to construct.

We welcome papers from different philosophical perspectives on a range of topics including but not limited to:

  • The conceptual history of teleology
  • Teleology and history
  • Teleology and race
  • Teleology and sex
  • Teleology and the life sciences
  • Teleology and technics/technology
  • Teleology and politics
  • The persistence of teleology as historiographic methodology
  • Teleology as narrative form / narrative as teleology

Abstracts of 250–300 words should be sent to teleologycrmep@gmail.com

Deadline now extended to 15 March 2017.