Kant and Plato on Love

You are warmly invited to the Kant Reading Party 2015, which will take place between the 27th and 30th of July at the Burn House in Edzel.

The Theme

The topic this year will be Kant and Plato on Love. While both thinkers are generally acknowledged as among the greatest in the Western tradition, the comparative literature between them is scarce. In particular, we have yet to analyze Kant’s relationship with the historically and culturally prevalent Platonic doctrine, according to which love is somehow a vehicle for achieving the highest good. As such, Kant’s philosophy of love remains relatively unknown to contemporary scholarship, and a comparison with Plato should reveal surprising similarities, but also apparent contrasts between the two philosophers.

We will read and discuss selected passages from both thinkers, and all relevant texts will be made available in English before the event. We also invite up to 4 student papers to be presented (see below). The setting of the reading party (The Burn House) is an idyllic 18thCentury mansion in the Scottish Highlands, located approximately a 1 hour drive from St. Andrews.


The participation fee will be 170 GBP for staff members, 100 GBP for students, and 50 GBP for students invited to give papers. The fee covers transportation from St. Andrews to the Burn and back, as well as accommodation and full board.


The number of participants is limited to 25. To secure your place on the list of participants please send an email with an informal application to Pärttyli Rinne (pr51@st-andrews.ac.uk) as soon as possible.

Call for Papers

Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of 500 words for talks related to Kant and/or Plato. Priority will be given to papers which specifically address the topic of the reading party. The deadline for abstracts is the 1stof June. The abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent to Leonard Randall (lr327@st-andrews.ac.uk). Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the 15th of June.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Pärttyli Rinne (pr51@st-andrews.ac.uk). Feel free to share this invitation with anyone who you think might be interested.


Pärttyli Rinne, Li Fan, Leonard Randall, Jens Timmermann.


The St. Andrews Kant Reading Party is made possible by support from the Scots Philosophical Association, the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development at the University of St Andrews, the Classical Association, the UK Kant Society, and the British Society for the History of Philosophy.