Julian Nida-Rümelin (Munich University), “A Plea for Realism of a specific kind” -


Apr 2019

Julian Nida-Rümelin (Munich University), “A Plea for Realism of a specific kind”

Palazzo Nuovo, Room 35.

April 3, 2019 – 8:15 am

April 3, 2019

Julian Nida-Rümelin, A Plea for Realism of a specific kind: comprehensive, epistemic, coherentist, not ontological, not foundationalist, not scientific.

Abstract: Julian Nida-Rümelin will argue in favour of a form of philosophical realism that is based on lifeworld experiences and practices, that does not rely on the natural sciences, that comprises not only the interpretation of empirical, but also ethical, even aesthetic beliefs. But this realist perspective is not foundationalist, it presents itself as the most natural, if not trivial interpretation of the human lifeform, including our practice of giving and taking reasons. The arguments that he will put forward have been presented in his „Streitschrift“ against different versions of anti-realism, published last year: „Unaufgeregter Realismus“ (Mentis 2018). The relation between philosophy and Lebenswelt (Husserl) or Lebensform (Wittgenstein) is analyzed in another book of Julian Nida-Rümelin: „Philosophie und Lebensform“ (Suhrkamp 2009).

Julian Nida-Rümelin teaches philosophy at Munich University, he was president of the German association for philosophy and, before, president of the association for analytic philosophy. Presently he is visiting professor at the department of philosophy of Turin University.