The German Enlightenment and reason

During the 18th century, philosophical and scientific rationalism became a factor of freedom, leading to numerous social, political, religious and cultural upheavals that would contribute to shaping the world we live in today. In all of this reflection on the concepts of reason and freedom, German Enlightenment philosophers played a primary role. 

The Équipe de recherche sur Kant et l'idéalisme allemand (Research Team on Kant and German Idealism), directed by Claude Piché from Université de Montréal, is particularly interested in the philosophy of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is attempting to define the transformations imposed by German thinkers, from Kant to Hegel, on the idea of freedom, in order to moderate the radicalism of its original formulation. 

The team's researchers have published several collective works that have earned them international exposure. Three works in particular have attracted a great deal of attention. Kant : années 1747-1781 (Vrin, Paris), edited by Luc Langlois, presents the position of the celebrated philosopher in the face of the often overly optimistic rationalism of his predecessors. La phénoménologie de l'esprit de Hegel : lectures contemporaines (Presses universitaires de France, Paris), edited by Dario Perinetti and Marie-Andrée Ricard, is devoted to the relevance of the question of freedom, in particular in relation to the Theory of Recognition and the establishment of norms. Finally, the research tem has also published a trilingual anthology entitled K. L. Reinhold and the Enlightenment (Springer Verlag), edited by George di Giovanni, which explores the place of reason in modern history.


Équipe de recherche sur Kant et l'idéalisme allemand


Claude Piché, Université de Montréal

Regular members

  • George Di Giovanni, Université McGill
  • Luc Langlois, Université Laval
  • Marceline Morais, Cégep de Saint-Laurent
  • Dario Perinetti, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Marie-Andrée Ricard, Université Laval
  • Mathieu Robitaille, Cégep de Sainte-Foy