HPS Colloquium: Kantian Perspective on Personhood and Psychology


Location: 109 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Join us as Dr. Katharina Kraus presents his recent research!  We meet every Tuesday before Fall Break at 4 PM for coffee, snacks, and a chance to catch up before the presentation begins.

Please note that the weekly colloquium will be meeting 109 O'Shag, as we've outgrown our previous space!

The human person is the central subject matter of psychology. But which notion of a human person does psychological research in fact presuppose and how can psychology contribute to a deeper understanding of what a human person is? The aim of this paper is to shed new light on these issues by exploring the conceptual resources that Kant’s transcendental philosophy is able to offer to empirical psychology. In particular it specifies a set of distinctive conditions that give regulative (or heuristic) guidance to any empirical study of human persons. As a case study, it applies the insights drawn from Kant to the study of personality traits.

Dr. Kraus is an assistant professor in Philosophy and HPS.  Her research interests are centered on the history of modern philosophy, especially Immanuel Kant, and on philosophy of mind and psychology.