Euro-American Migration and the
Development of Postwar Philosophy
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
August 22-23, 2022

In the 1930s, dozens of European philosophers sought refuge in the United States, escaping the quickly deteriorating political situation on the continent. Among them were several philosophers who significantly influenced the course of postwar philosophy (e.g. Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Rudolf Carnap, Herbert Feigl, Carl Gustav Hempel, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Hans Reichenbach, Alfred Tarski). How did the migration affect the development of philosophical traditions such as pragmatism, logical empiricism, phenomenology, and critical theory? And why were American philosophers receptive to some but not to other schools of thought? 

This conference is devoted to the impact of the migration on the course of postwar philosophy and brings together historians specialized in American philosophy, logical empiricism, phenomenology, and critical theory. The aim of the conference is to study the influence of the migration on the development of these different traditions and to bridge to scholastic boundaries that have shaped the historiography of twentieth-century philosophy. 

Claudia Cristalli
Christian Damböck
Fons Dewulf
David Dyzenhaus
Carlo Ierna
Hanne Jacobs
Mahmoud Jalloh
Joel Katzav
Alexander Klein
Cheryl Misak 
Matthias Neuber
Pascale Roure
Eric Schliesser
Jonathan Strassfeld
Adam Tamas Tuboly
Sander Verhaegh
Thomas Wheatland

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This conference is hosted by the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), Tilburg University. The event is funded by the European Research Council (ERC, StG-2021) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO, grant VI.Vidi.201.115) and marks the start of the research project “Exiled Empiricists: American Philosophy and the Great Intellectual Migration“, led by Sander Verhaegh. Questions about the conference can be directed at A.A.Verhaegh[at]tilburguniversity.edu

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