Leibniz Lectures

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is not only one of the most significant philosophers of the eighteenth century; he also produced the first plans for an Austrian “Society of Sciences”, which he conceived while working in Vienna in 1712–1714.

With this in mind, since 2005 the OeAW has staged an annual “Leibniz Lecture”. The invited speakers are internationally recognised personalities who – in the spirit of Leibnizian thought – demonstrate philosophy’s differentiation potential for interdisciplinary communication as well as for the examination of issues that are relevant to a broad public.

Scientific conception: f.m. Herta Nagl-Docekal


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International conference 2016

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of G.W. Leibniz the four academies of sciences for which he conceived plans (Berlin-Brandenburg, Leipzig, St. Petersburg-Moscow and Vienna) are organising a joint conference hosted by the OeAW:
3–4 November 2016, Academies: Tradition and Impact
Conception: f.m. Herta Nagl-Docekal and Wenchao Li (Leibniz Endowed Professorship, University of Hanover / The Leibniz Edition Potsdam, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities).


19 November 2015: Birgit Sandkaulen (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bochum)
Modus oder Monade? Zum Konzept des Individuums bei Hegel


3 November 2014: Robert B. Pippin (University of Chicago)
Psychology Degree Zero: On the Representation of Action in the Films of the Dardenne Brothers
(Following this (tenth) lecture an international symposium was held on "Robert Pippin: Zwei Amerikanische Film-Genres – Western und Film Noir" in the framework of the OeAW Commission “The North Atlantic Triangle”. (Symposium organisers: Waldemar Zacharasiewicz and Ludwig Nagl.)


21 November 2013: Wenchao Li (Leibniz Endowed Professor, University of Hanover)
G.W. Leibniz und der europäische China-Diskurs. „Der Prinz disputierte gegen die Jesuiten wegen des Cultus Confutii, und ich vor sie“


14 November 2012: Hans Joas (University of Chicago and Freiburg i.Br.)
Sakralisierung und Entsakralisierung. Politische Herrschaft und religiöse Interpretation


1 December 2011: Nancy Fraser (New School University, New York)
Can Society be Commodities All the Way Down?


19 October 2010: Albrecht Wellmer (Freie Universität Berlin)
Über Musik und Sprache


5 November 2009: Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University)
Re-Imagining Honor. The Place of Social Identity in Ethics


24 November 2008: Thomas Pogge (Columbia University)
Pharmazeutische Patente und negative Pflichten. Eine rechtsphilosophische Analyse mit einem Reformvorschlag


11 December 2007: Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
Liberty of Conscience: The Attack on Equal Respect


23 November 2006: Otfried Höffe (Tübingen)
Vielfalt der Kulturen in der Einheit des Weltrechts


5 December 2005: Seyla Benhabib (Yale University)
The Struggle Around Culture: Equality and Diversity in Contemporary Europe