Michael J. Olson

upcoming talks



Response to Laurenz Ramsauer, “Kant’s Reciprocity Thesis,” APA Central Division, Chicago, 26-29 February, 2020.

[title TBA], “Blumenbachs Bildungstrieb,” Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, 23-24 April, 2020.


“Kant and the Miracle of Freedom,” Leuven Kant Conference, KU Leuven, 23-24 May, 2019.

“Aether and Apperception: Kant Reads the New Chemistry,” The University of Memphis, 25 January, 2019.

"Kant, Dog-Whistle Politics, and the History of Concepts," Grinnell College, 8 February, 2018.  

"The Miracle of Freedom: The Causal Closure of Nature in German Philosophy from Wolff to Kant," Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Sydney, 15-17 November, 2017.

"The Work of Art in the Age its Digital Distribution" (with Jean-Philippe Deranty), Aesthetics and Politics Work-in-Progress Workshop, Macquarie, 20 November, 2017.

"'Nature' and 'World' in Eighteenth-Century German Philosophy," Nature and World in the History of German Philosophy, Macquarie University, 11 August, 2017.

"Vernünftiger Arzt, dichterischer Arzt: Literary Contributions to a Holistic Conception of Human Life," Life before Darwin: Nature and Evolution, 1750-1859, University of Sydney, 4-5 May, 2017.

"Kant, Dog Whistle Politics, and the History of Philosophy," Macalester College, 9 February, 2017.

"On Albright's Panaesthetics," The Nineteenth-Century Study Group, University of Sydney, 17 November, 2016.

"Empirical Theories of Aether and Kant's Opus postumum," Nature and Science in the Long Eighteenth Century, University of Sydney, 19 August, 2016.

Response to Howard Durcharme, “Personal Identity and Moral Identity of Persons in Samuel Clarke,” Personal Identity in the History of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 5-6 August, 2016.

"Kant, Dog Whistle Politics, and the History of Philosophy," History and Authority: Political Vocabularies of the Modern Age, The Australian National University, 28-29 July, 2016. (pdf of slides; audio recording)

"Conditions of Experience: Aether and Apperception in the Opus Postumum," HOPOS, The University of Minnesota, 24 June, 2016. (pdf of slides)