The Kant-Forschungsstelle at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz applies itself to the study of Immanuel Kantís critical philosophy in its entire breadth. Particular importance is given to determining its historical context and its reception, as well as to the systematical relevance it bears on contemporary philosophical debates.
The editorial office of Kant-Studien and Kantstudien-Ergänzungshefte is located at the Forschungsstelle. It is closely connected to the Kant-Gesellschaft e.V., Bonn and maintains an intensive exchange with other national Kant Societies and with Kant scholars from around the world.
The Forschungsstelle welcomes and supports research stays at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität. Scholars can access extensive holdings of Kant literature both in the University Library and in the library of the Department of Philosophy. The Kant-Forschungsstelle itself possesses a Kantiana Collection and bibliographical documentation regarding Kantís philosophy. Exchange students and postgraduates are able to attend the courses regularly offered at the Department of Philosophy as well as research colloquia on Kantís philosophy.
The institution in its current form has been established by Rudolf Malter (1937–1994). It has been pioneered by the traditional focus on Kant scholarship at the Department of Philosophy at Mainz University, especially by the teaching and research of Gerhard Funke (1914–2006), and originated in the context of the editorial office of Kant-Studies. Following Rudolf Malter's sudden death, Thomas M. Seebohm (1934–2014) took over as acting director of the Kant Research Centre, serving from 1995 to 1997. The Kant Research Centre is part of the department for modern philosophy, directed by Hans-Martin Gerlach(1940–2011) from 1997 to 2005. From 2008 to 2014 the Kant Research Centre was headed by Heiner F. Klemme.
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