International Conference: Rethinking Transformation
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Puerta de Toledo Campus
7-8 March 2018.
The question of transformation is a fundamental and topical one in the history of philosophy generally and post-Kantian philosophy specifically. Whether thought politically to determine how to effect or forestall change, psychologically to alter human behaviour, morally to ensure that the ‘correct’ path is adhered to, ontologically (including biologically) to understand the becoming of things, and/or socio-historically to understand the differences and relations between different periods and places, there has been substantial, if at times subterranean, interest in this issue. Regardless of the sphere from which the question is engaged with, two positions seem to stand out: transformation thought in terms of fundamental rupture from that which has gone before and transformation understood to entail a continuing trace of that which preceded it. The former position raises questions including what permits such a fundamental rupture and what such a rupture means for our relations to that which preceded it. By claiming that we are always tied to that which preceded us, the latter faces questions relating to the issue of ‘originality’ and ‘the new.’
The conference forms part of the activities for the Conex Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Project ‘Sovereignty and Law: Between Ethics and Politics’ co-funded by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement 600371, The Spanish Ministry of the Economy and Competitivity (COFUND2013-40258), The Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sport (CEI-15-17), and Banco Santander. Support is also being provided by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where the conference forms part of the activities for the research project ‘Pensamiento y Representación Litera