About the School

Guido Kreis

Associate professor



Aarhus Kant Week 2017
James Conant

The Aarhus Kant Week wants to encourage a lively and controversial discussion of the most important themes from one of the major philosophers of modern times. At issue is a reassessment of the Kantian model of critical thinking. For the Aarhus Kant Week, an internationally acknowledged philosopher and Kant researcher is invited to present and discuss their recent work in Kantian philosophy. The events of the week include a master class, a public lecture, and an international workshop on core topics from Kant.

This year’s guest lecturer is Professor James Conant (University of Chicago). He is Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago. He works broadly in philosophy and has published articles in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, German Idealism, and History of Analytic Philosophy, among other areas, and on a wide range of philosophers, including Kant, Emerson, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Josiah Royce, William James, Frege, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Putnam, Cavell, Rorty, and McDowell, among others.


Master Class

Why Kant is not a Kantian

with James Conant (University of Chicago)

8-9 May 2017
The Lake Side Lecture Theatres (Søauditorierne)

The course seeks to show how a proper understanding of the structure of the B Deduction—the philosophical lynchpin of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason—reveals its aim to be one of making sense of our capacities for sensibility and understanding in the light of each other: each is shown to depend on its relation to the other to be the sort of faculty that it is in a finite rational being.

All are welcome. Graduate students and young researchers are particularly encouraged to participate. Registration is required. Please send your name and university affiliation to: KantWeek2017@gmail.com


Public Lecture

Kant’s Critique of the Layer-Cake Conception of the Mind

James Conant (University of Chicago)

10 May 2017, 11:15-13:00
The Lake Side Lecture Theatres (Søauditorierne), Jeppe Vontilius Auditoriet (1252-310)

All are welcome.


International Workshop

Transcendental Idealism and Scepticism –
New Perspectives

11-12 May 2017, The Lake Side Lecture Theatres (Søauditorierne)

In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant established a groundbreaking new position which he called “Transcendental Idealism”. One of the main aims of the transcendental arguments contained in the Critique is a successful refutation of modern forms of scepticism. The international workshop wants to shed light on transcendental idealism and its anti-sceptical potential from new perspectives.


James Conant (University of Chicago)
Carsten Fogh Nielsen (Aarhus University)
Anil Gomes (Oxford)
Dietmar Heidemann (University of Luxembourg)
Guido Kreis (Aarhus University)
Lars Lodberg (Aarhus University)
Jacob Lautrup Kristensen (University of Oslo)
Jessica Leech (King’s College, London)
Camilla Serck-Hansen (University of Oslo)
Andrew Stephenson (Oxford/Aarhus University)

All are welcome. No registration required.

The events of the Aarhus Kant Week are organised by the Kant Research Project at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas. Contact: guido.kreis@cas.au.dk

The Kant Research Project and the events of the Kant Week are generously funded by Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (AUFF)



Guido Kreis

Education & Employment

I hold an M.A. (Magister Artium) degree in philosophy, German literature, and sinology from the University of Tübingen (1996). I received my Dr. phil. in philosophy from the University of Heidelberg in 1999 (with a dissertation on Cassirer and Goodman), and my Habilitation from Bonn University in 2014.

Before taking up my position at Aarhus University in August 2016, I have previously been employed at the Departments of Philosophy in Heidelberg (1996–2003), Bonn (2003–15) and RWTH Aachen University (2015–16).



My research mainly focuses on German Idealism, particularly Kant and Hegel, with an emphasis on metaphysics and epistemology, and a strong commitment both to exploring the heritage of Kant and Hegel in 20th century philosophy, and to reconstructing them in the context of contemporary philosophy, including the analytic tradition. My research interests also include aesthetics, philosophy of music, issues in comparative philosophy (particularly Chinese philosophy), and Critical Theory (Adorno).


Main Publications

I have authored two monographs: Cassirer und die Formen des Geistes (“Cassirer and the Forms of Spirit”, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2010), and Negative Dialektik des Unendlichen: Kant, Hegel, Cantor (“Negative Dialectics of the Infinite: Kant, Hegel, Cantor”, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2015).

My other publications include Gottesbeweise von Anselm bis Gödel (“Arguments for the existence of God: from Anselm to Goedel”, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2011, co-ed. with Joachim Bromand), Was sich nicht sagen laesst  (“What We Cannot Speak About”, co-ed. with Joachim Bromand, Berlin: Akademie, 2010), and an edition of Cassirer’s writings on Rousseau (Ernst Cassirer: Über Rousseau, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2012). A volume on Gotteswiderlegungen (“Arguments against the Existence of God”, co-ed. with Joachim Bromand) is forthcoming in 2017 (Berlin: Suhrkamp). For a full list of publications, follow link above.


Cooperations & Research Projects

I have previously co-organised the International Joint Research Project “Concepts of Rationality: Challenges of Reason in a Cross-Cultural Perspective” of Bonn University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014-15), funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) & Hong Kong Research Council.

At Aarhus University, I’m currently organising the research project “The Impact of Critical Thinking: Reassessing the Kantian Legacy”, funded by an AUFF grant. For more information, follow link to projects above.


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