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




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