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Guido Kreis

Associate Professor

Guido Kreis

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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 (with a book on the paradoxes of the infinite in Kant, Hegel, Cantor, and contemporary Cantorian metaphysics).

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

 

Research

My research mainly focuses on German Idealism, particularly Kant and Hegel, and on metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. I explore topics from the history of philosophy in the light of contemporary theoretical philosophy, and discuss the latter in the light of the history of philosophy. I have a strong commitment to exploring the heritage of Kant and Hegel in 20th century 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).

 

Research Projects

At Aarhus University, I am currently organising the research project “The Impact of Critical Thinking: Reassessing the Kantian Legacy”, funded by an AUFF grant (2016-2021). Our research group has organised three Kant Weeks with international guest researchers in 2017 (on Kant's epistemology and philosophy of mind), 2018 (on Kant's moral philosophy), and 2019 (on Kant's theory of beauty and organic nature).

Before coming to Aarhus, I have 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.

 

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). A book symposium on the latter book (with critical papers by Friedrike Schick, Marc Nicolas Sommer and Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer) appeared in Hegel-Studien 51 (2018), 163-194.

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; the volume has been reviewed by George Steiner, „Dreams of Reason“, in Times Literary Supplement, 2 September 2011), 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 2022 (Berlin: Suhrkamp).

I have also co-edited a a special issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy on Modes of Reasoning – East and West, together with Michael N. Forster (44/2017, published 2019). Another special issue on Practical Philosophy – East and West is forthcoming also with the Journal of Chinese Philosophy (scheduled for 2022), which I co-edit together with Michael N. Forster and Tze-wan Kwan. I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy.

 

Selected papers in English

Kant on the Limits of Cognition: The Argument for Noumenal Ignorance from the Lack of Objective Validity, in: Jens Pier, Aron Schwertner (eds.), Limits of Intelligibility: Issues from Kant and Wittgenstein, London: Routledge (forthcoming).

Xunzi on the ethical significance of music: is there a road from aesthetics to morality?, in: Practical Philosophy – East and West, eds. Guido Kreis, Michael N. Forster & Tze-wan Kwan, special issue of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy (forthcoming, 2022).

The Truth of a Landscape Painting: the Case of Xia Gui, in: Chinese Aesthetics and the Art of Landscape Paintining, eds. Guido Kreis & Kai Marchal (forthcoming).

A Discursive Reading of Kant’s Free Play” (forthcoming).

“Cassirer’s Philosophy of Mind: From Consciousness to Objective Spirit”, in: Simon Truwant (ed.), Interpreting Cassirer, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021, 170-189.

Transcendental Method as Analysis: Marburg Neo-Kantianism between Transcendental Philosophy and Descriptive Metaphysics, in British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 27 (2019), 293-314.

The Challenge of Paradox: Problems with Infinity and Contradiction in Western and Chinese Philosophy, in Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Volume 44, Issue 3-4, September-December 2017 (published 2019), 193-211.

Problems of Rationality in a Comparative Perspective, with Michael N. Forster, in Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Volume 44, Issue 1-2, March-June 2017 (published 2019), 5-9.

Cassirer and Rousseau, in: Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Fall 2017 (38:2), 267-288.

The Varieties of Perception: Nonconceptual Content in Kant, McDowell, and Cassirer, in: Tyler Friedman, Sebastian Luft (eds.), The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: A Novel Assessment, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter 2015, 313-338.

 

Selected papers in German

Cantors Paradoxien des Unendlichen und ihre philosophische Relevanz, in: Alexander Max Bauer, Gregor Damschen, Mark Siebel (eds.), Paradoxien – Grenzdenken und Denkgrenzen von A(llwissen) bis Z(eit), Paderborn: Mentis (forthcoming).

Über Dialektik und mögliche Formen von Dialektik in der Musik, in: Richard Klein (ed.), Dialektik in der Musik: Versuch, Experiment, Kritik, Freiburg: Alber (forthcoming).

“Die Ordnung der Dinge: Wirklichkeit und Wert”, in: Tim-Florian Goslar, Gerald Hartung (eds.), Georg Simmel: Philosophie des Geldes, Klassiker Auslegen, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2020, 19-40.

“Das musikalische Subjekt”, in: Oliver Koch, Johannes-Georg Schülein (eds.), Individualität und Personalität in der Klassischen Deutschen Philosophie (Hegel Studien, Beihefte, 68), Hamburg: Meiner 2019, 311-339.

Nichtidentität als Reflexionsbegriff. Zum systematischen Zentrum der Negativen Dialektik”, in: Mario Schärli, Marc Nicolas Sommer (eds.), Negative Dialektik: Archäologie eines Konzepts nach 50 Jahren, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2019, 13-47.

Guido Kreis, Friedrike Schick, Marc Nicolas Sommer, Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer: Lässt sich das Unendliche widerspruchsfrei denken? Ein Buchsymposium zu Guido Kreis’ »Negative Dialektik des Unendlichen. Kant, Hegel, Cantor«, in: Hegel-Studien 51 (2018), 163-194.

“Cassirers analytische Philosophie”, in: Thiemo Breyer, Stefan Niklas (eds.), Ernst Cassirer in systematischen Beziehungen: zur kritisch-kommunikativen Bedeutung seiner Kulturphilosophie, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Sonderband, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018, 89-112.

“Soziale Gemeinschaft und absoluter Geist”, in: Stephan Zimmermann & Christian Krijnen (eds.), Social Ontology. Perspectives of German Idealism, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018, 93-118.

“Die Dialektik in der Dialektik der Aufklärung”, in: Gunnar Hindrichs (ed.), Theodor W. Adorno/Max Horkheimer: Dialektik der Aufklärung, Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2017 (Klassiker Auslegen), 131-149.

Kann es überhaupt noch autonome Kunst geben? Anmerkungen zu einer falsch gestellten Frage, in: Musik und Ästhetik 20 (2016), issue 79, 81-87.

“Kritik der avantgardistischen Vernunft. Kants Grundlegung des Kunstwerks und Adornos Kriterien der neuen Musik”, in Richard Klein (ed.), Gesellschaft im Werk. Musikphilosophie nach Adorno, Freiburg: Alber Verlag 2015, 173–98.

“Das Ende der Kunst im absoluten Geist: mit Hegel gegen Hegel”, in Tobias Braune-Krickau, Thomas Erne, Katha­rina Scholl (eds.), Vom Ende her gedacht. Hegels Aesthetik zwischen Religion und Kunst, Freiburg: Alber Verlag 2014, 26–58.

“Kant und das Problem des Gegebenen. Antwort auf James Conant, in M. Gabriel, W. Hogrebe, A. Speer (eds.), Das neue Bedürf­nis nach Metaphysik/The New Desire for Metaphysics, Berlin: Akademie-Verlag 2015, 151–7.

Le problème de l’historicité dans une philosophie des formes symboliques, in: Revue Germanique Inter­natio­nale 15, Paris: CNRS Éditions 2012, 37–52.

“Fuer eine Philosophie des objektiven Geistes”, in Carl-Friedrich Gethmann (ed.), Lebenswelt und Wissenschaft, Deutsches Jahrbuch Philoso­phie, Vol. 2, Hamburg: Mei­ner 2011, 120–36.

“Aesthetische Wahrheit”, in J. Bromand, G. Kreis (eds.), Was sich nicht sagen laesst. Das Nicht-Begriffliche in Wissenschaft, Kunst und Religion, Berlin: Aka­de­mie Verlag 2010, 501–20.

“Was ist eigentlich eine symbolische Form?, Allgemeine Zeitschrift fuer Phi­loso­phie 33 (2008), 263–86.

“Kunstwerke als autonome Ordnungen”, Jens Halfwassen, Markus Gabriel (eds.), Kunst, Metaphysik und Mythologie, Heidelberg 2008, 295–313.

“Politische Ontologie und politische Theologie. Spinoza als Herausfor­de­rung von Carl Schmitt”, in Gunnar Hindrichs (ed.), Die Macht der Menge. Ueber die Aktualitaet einer Denkfigur Spinozas, Heidelberg 2006, 141–80.

“Schleiermachers negative Dialektik”, Philosophisches Jahrbuch 112 (2005), 357–77.

“Das richtige Leben. Stifter als Antwort auf Adorno”, Deutsche Vierteljahrs­schrift fuer Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte 78 (2004), 55–94.

“Haesslichkeit. Ihr Fehlen in Kants Aesthetik als Garantie der Autonomie aestheti­scher Erfahrung”, Volker Gerhardt, Rolf Peter Horstmann (eds.), Akten des IX. Interna­tionalen Kant-Kongresses, Berlin/ New York 2001, vol. 3, 567–75.

 

 

Past events

 

Chinese Aesthetics and the Art of Landscape Painting

International Conference, 12-14 December 2019, National Cheng Chi University (Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan), Taipei, Taiwan

Organisers: Kai Marchal (Taipei), Cheng Wen-huei (Taipei), Michael N. Forster (Bonn), Guido Kreis (Aarhus)

 

Aarhus Kant Week 2019: Rachel Zuckert

13-16 May 2019, Aarhus University, Conference Center, Studenterhus

Public Lecture: Attempting to Exit the Human Perspective
Master Class: Kant on Reflective Judgment
International Graduate Workshop: Reflection and Reflective Judgment in Kant

For more information, see: http://conferences.au.dk/kant-week-2019/

 

Aarhus Kant Week 2018: Jens Timmermann

 4-8 May 2018, Aarhus University, Søauditorierne & Nobelparken

Master Class: Kant's Theory of Sympathy
Public Lecture: Kant and the Supposed Right to Lie
International Workshop: Kant, Value, and Freedom

For more information, see: conferences.au.dk/KantWeek2018


Aarhus Kant Week 2017: James Conant

8-12 May 2017, Aarhus University, Søauditorierne

Master Class: Why Kant Is Not A Kantian
Public Lecture: Kant's Critique of the Layer-Cake Conception of the Mind
International Workshop: Transcendental Idealism and Scepticism – New Perspectives

For more information, see: conferences.au.dk/KantWeek2017/

 

Practical Philosophy - East and West

International Conference
Aarhus University, Søauditorierne,
Jeppe Vontilius Auditoriet (1252-310)
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:00 - 18:00
Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00 - 18:00
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 - 18:00

Speakers:
Bai Tongdong (Fudan University)
Chung-ying Cheng (University of Hawaii)
Michael N. Forster (Bonn University/University of Chicago)
Guido Kreis (Aarhus University)
Tze-Wan Kwan (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Li Jifen (Renmin University, Beijing)
Karyn Lai (UNSW Sydney)
Hao Liang (Northwestern University)
Kai Marchal (Soochow University, Taiwan)
Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau)
Bent Nielsen (University of Copenhagen)
Amy Olberding (University of Oklakoma)
François Thomas (Bonn University)
Christian Wenzel (National Taiwan University, Taipei)
Shuchen Xiang (Humboldt University, Berlin)

 For more information, see http://conferences.au.dk/practicalphilosophy2017/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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