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Workshop: Kant’s Formula of Universal Law

Organized by Pauline Kleingeld, with financial support from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO).

The Formula of Universal Law is widely considered to be Immanuel Kant’s most important articulation of the principle of morality known as the Categorical Imperative. Yet it is thought, even among Kant scholars and Kantian moral theorists, to face insoluble philosophical problems. As a result, the Formula of Universal Law has fallen out of favor, and Kantian ethicists increasingly turn to the Formula of Humanity to complement it or replace it altogether. In this workshop, four new strategies for a philosophical ‘rehabilitation’ of the Formula of Universal Law will be presented and discussed.

Papers will be made available beforehand to registered participants; a 30-minute shortened version will be presented so as to allow more time for discussion.


Oliver Sensen (Tulane), Sven Nyholm (Cologne), Jochen Bojanowski (Groningen), Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen).


Full program

Attendance is free and open to all. If you would like to attend, please register by sending an email message to Pauline Kleingeld,

When & Where
  • Wednesday November 26th, 2014
  • Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, Oude Boteringestraat 52, 9712 GL Groningen, Room Alfa
Last modified:26 September 2014 4.50 p.m.