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Guest talk summer semester 2018

Prof. Pascal Engel (EHESS, CRAL, CNRS Paris)
7 May, 2018, 5:30 pm
Title: tba
Room: Room 2.240, MSA, Campus Belval.
Everybody welcome, free admission!



Guest talk summer semester 2018

Prof. Thomas Grundmann (University of Cologne, Germany)
22 May, 2018, 5:30 pm
Title: tba
Room: Black Box, MSH, ground floor, Campus Belval.
Everybody welcome, free admission!



Workshop Epistemic Normativity: Its Shape And Nature, March 23-24, 2018

Location: Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, MSH, room 0.207 (ground floor)
(9.30 am – 6 pm, 23 and 24 March)

Anthony Booth
Davide Fassio
Frank Hofmann
John Gibbons
Paul Noordhof
Christian Piller
Eva Schmidt
Ema Sullivan-Bissett
Daniel Whiting

Organizers: Christian Piller, Frank Hofmann
Free admission, please register:


Guest talk winter semester 2017-18

Professor Christian Piller (University of York, UK; guest professor at the UL, FNR intermobility project ENCODE)
6 Nov., 2017, 6:00 (sic!) pm.
Title: "Should goods sometimes be distributed by lotteries?"
Everybody welcome, free admission!


Conference Kant and the Non-Existence of Things-in-themselves

Time: 17–18 October

Poster with Schedule


Guido Kreis (Aarhus University)
Lars Lodberg (Aarhus University)
Arnauld Pelletier (Universityé Libre de Bruxelles
Cord Friebe (University of Bonn)
Christian Onof (University of London, Birbeck)
Henny Blomme (KU Leuven)
Dietmar Heidemann (University of Luxembourg)
Sabrina Bauer (Universities of Heidelberg/Luxembourg)
Jacob Kristensen (University of Aarhus)
Joe Saunders (University of Leeds)

Conference Vernue:

University of Luxembourg
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-Belval
Building: MSH
Room: BlackBox 

Program: tba

Contact and Registration: Katalin Turai (

Organizers: Dietmar Heidemann, Katalin Turai


Conference “Jonathan Dancy on Reasons and Reasoning”

The Third Saar-Lux Joint Conference on Reasons and Rationality
jointly organized by the Department of Philosophy of the Saarland University, Saarbruecken,
and the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Luxembourg
6-8 July, 2017

Keynote speaker: Jonathan Dancy

Time schedule:
Thursday, 6 July
10.30-11.50  Susanne Mantel, “Reasoning about reasons“
lunch break
13.00-14.20  Daniel Whiting, “Epistemic worth”
14.40-16.00  Jonathan Dancy, “Three for the price of two: an intellectual trajectory”
coffee break
16.30-17.50  Anne Meylan, “Virtue epistemology. Metaphysical implications”

Friday, 7 July
09.30-10.50  Frank Hofmann, “Comparing belief and action”
11.00-12.20  Sebastian Rödl, “The logical character of knowledge of reasons”
lunch break
14.00-15.20  Clayton Littlejohn, “Reasons and their grain”
15.30-16.50  Andreas Müller, “Dancy on the primacy of the practical”
coffee break
17.10-18.30  Chris Ranalli, “Disjunctivism and epistemic reasons”
conference dinner, 19.30, at Café Kostbar

Saturday, 8 July
09.30-10.50  Jonathan Dancy, “Instrumental reasons”
coffee break
11.15-12.35  Eva Schmidt, “Epistemic vs. practical reasons – what’s the difference?”

Location: Computer Science building E1.1, R. 407, Saarland University, Saarbruecken
Everybody welcome! Please register (no fees):
Organizers: Eva Schmidt, Susanne Mantel, Frank Hofmann



Workshop Free Will and the Ability to Do Otherwise (FADO), June 16-17, 2017

Location: Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, MSH
Maria Alvarez (King's College London)
Christopher Evan Franklin (Grove City College)
Christian List (London School of Economics)
Peter Schulte (Universität Bielefeld)
David Shoemaker (Tulane University)
Kadri Vihvelin (University of Southern California)
Christian Loew (University of Luxembourg)
Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg)

Organizers: Christian Loew, Frank Hofmann

Friday, 16 June
9.30-11.00: Kadri Vihvelin (University of Southern California), “Trying, Succeeding, and What We are Able to Do”
11.15-12.45: Christopher Franklin (Grove City College), “There Are No Actual-sequence Accounts of Moral Responsibility.”
14.30-16.00: Maria Alvarez (King's College London), “The Relationship between Free Will and Rational Choice”  
16.15-17.45: Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg), “Free Will, Trying, and the Ability Regress”

Saturday, 17 June
9.30-11.00: Christian List (London School of Economics), “Free Will as a Higher-Level Phenomenon”
11.15-12.45: Christian Loew (University of Luxembourg), “Defending Dispositional Abilities”
14.30-16.00: Peter Schulte (Universität Bielefeld), “Yes, we can - but does it matter?”
16.15-17.45: David Shoemaker (Tulane University), “Cruel Jokes & Normative Competence”

Aims and Scope
A natural idea is that freedom presupposes the ability to do otherwise. The aim of this workshop is to clarify this idea and examine its viability. Does freedom sometimes or always presuppose the ability to do otherwise? How should we understand this ability? Should it be characterized, for example, in terms of two-way powers, clusters of dispositions, or agential possibilities? And are the ability to do otherwise and the opportunity to exercise it compatible with likely candidates for the causal and nomic structure of the actual world?
Registration is free. Please send a short email to by June 1st.

Guest talk summer semester 2017

Professor Dr. Jochen Bojanowski (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champign)
22 May 2017, 5.30 pm, MSH, 2nd. Floor, LISER lecture hall
Title: Does Desert Trump Equality?

Guest talk summer semester 2017

Dr. Paulina Sliwa (University of Cambridge, UK)
8. Mai 2017, 6.30 pm, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Title: tba.

Colloque: L’Europe et la Réforme: Histoire, société et politique

Konferenz:Europa und die Reformation: Geschichte, Gesellschaft und Politik

25-26 avril/April 2017

Lieu/Ort: Institut Pierre Werner (à/in l’Abbaye de Neumünster)
28, rue Münster / L-2160 Luxembourg



Organisation/Organization: Institute of Philosophy of University of Luxembourg et/und Institut Pierre Werner.
Contact: Lukas Sosoe (, Henning Marmulla (, Deven Burks (


André Birmelé (Strasbourg)
Bernard Bourdin (Institut Catholique de Paris)
Norbert Campagna (Luxembourg)
Danielle Cohen-Levinas (Paris IV, Sorbonne)
Chris Doude van Troostwijk (Luxembourg School of Religion and Society)
Sébastien Fath (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Beat Föllmi (Strasbourg)
Gilles Gourbin (Lorraine, Luxembourg)
Otfried Höffe (Tübingen)
Guy Kirsch (Fribourg)
Robert Legros (Caen)
Catherine Maire (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris)
Peter Marshall (Warwick)
Serge Mboukou (LHAC, Nancy)
Lukas Sosoe (Luxembourg)

Colloque: Kant et les penseurs de la langue anglaise

20–22 avril 2017

Lieu: Campus Limpertsberg, Bâtiment des Sciences, 0.01



Co-organisé par l’Institut de philosophie de l’Université du Luxembourg et la Société d’Etudes Kantiennes de Langue Française.
Comité scientifique: Sophie Grapotte (Paris), Mai Lequan (Lyon)
Comité d’organisation: Lukas Sosoe (Luxembourg), Deven Burks (Luxembourg)


Deven Burks (Luxembourg)
Monique Castillo (Paris)
Jean Ferrari (Dijon)
Brigitte Geonget (Bordeaux)
Sophie Grapotte (Paris)
Dietmar Heidemann (Luxembourg)
Dimitri Lang (Athènes)
Elisabeth Lefort (Luxembourg)
Mai Lequan (Lyon)
Danielle Lories (Louvain)
Claude Piché (Montréal)
Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucarest)
Ingeborg Schüssel (Lausanne)
Gerhard Seel (Bern)
Lukas Sosoe (Luxembourg)
Robert Theis (Luxembourg)

Guest talk winter semester 2016-17

Professor Dr. Paul Ziche (University of Utrecht)
19. Dezember, 5:30 pm, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Title: “Higher empiricism” and “higher realism” in Schelling


Joint International Conference on Rational Capacities, 14-16 Nov. 2016

Co-organized by the Institute of Philosophy, University of Luxembourg, and the Department of Philosophy, Saarland University.


Rebekka Gersbach
Alex Gregory
Frank Hofmann
Christoph Kelp
Daniel Löwenstein
Susanne Mantel
Thomas Pink
Eva Schmidt
Daniel Star
Barbara Vetter

Venue: Campus Belval, Esch-Belval, Luxembourg

Organizers: Susanne Mantel (Saarland University), Eva Schmidt (Saarland University), Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg


Guest talk winter semester 2016-17

Prof. Uriah Kriegel (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris)
17 Oct. 2016, 5.30 pm, Black Box, MSH, Campus Belval
Title: "Distinguishing thought and perception - informatively"


Guest talk winter semester 2016-17

Prof. Adrian Pabst (University of Kent)
10 Oct. 2016, 5.30 pm, room 2.160, MSA, Campus Belval
Title: "Virtue, post-liberalism and the future of Western politics"


Workshop Perception and Evidence, 10-11 June 2016

Location: Campus Belval, University of Luxembourg, MSH, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1

Craig French
Harmen Ghijsen
Frank Hofmann
Clayton Littlejohn
Roberta Locatelli
Indrek Reiland
Chris Tucker

Organizer: Andy Orlando, Frank Hofmann


Symposium Luhmann : Problèmes épistémologiques de la théorie des systèmes.

26.05.2016 : Salle 4.150 MSA27 et 28.05.2016 : Black Box, MSH
Campus Belval

Please contact and for more information.

Programme.pdf 2,18 MB


Guest Lecture summer semester 2016

Prof. Stephen Buckle
23 May, 2016, 5:30 pm, MSH, Black Box
Title: "Hume's intellectual trajectory"
Everybody welcome!


Workshop Consciousness as a Source of Knowledge, 11-12 May, 2016


Elijah Chudnoff
Arnaud Dewalque
Frank Hofmann
Gianfranco Soldati
Amanda Taylor-Aiken
Emile Thalabard
Campus Belval, Luxembourg, Black Box
Organizer: Frank Hofmann


Guest Lecture summer semester 2016

Prof. Francis Cheneval (University of Zurich, CH)
9 May, 2016, 5:30 pm, MSH, Black Box
Title: "What is demoicracy?"
Everybody welcome!


































































































































Journée d’études : Inégalités et Conflictualités

En partenariat avec l’Université de Lorraine

Le 20 Avril 2016
MSA Auditoire 3.350
Avec la participation de : Alain Renaut, Marie-Pauline Chartron, Etienne Brown, Geoffroy Lauvau

Poster - Journée d'Etudes commune


Guest Lecture summer semester 2016

Prof. Peter Graham (UC Riverside)
18 April, 2016, 5:30 pm, MSH, Black Box
Title: "Childhood testimony: against reductionism about testimonial warrant"
Everybody welcome!


Joint International Conference on The Normativity of Attitudes, 3-5 Dec. 2015

Co-organized by the Department of Philosophy, Saarland University (Germany) and the Institute of Philosophy, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg).


Maria Alvarez (London)
Anna-Maria Eder (Duisburg-Essen)
Frank Hofmann (Luxembourg)
John Hyman (Oxford)
Susanne Mantel (Saarbrücken)
Ram Neta (Chapel Hill)
Jonas Olson (Stockholm)
Eva Schmidt (Saarbrücken)
John Skorupski (St. Andrews)
Kurs Sylvan (Southampton)

Venue: Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany, building E 1.1, room 407.

Organizers: Susanne Mantel (Saarland University), Eva Schmidt (Saarland Universit), Frank Hofmann (University of Luxembourg)




Guest Lecture by Prof. Jens Timmermann, St. Andrews/Luxembourg:“The Law and the Good: Kant’s Paradox of Method”

14 December 2015, 17:30, MSH, Black Box