Conference Program

The Limits of Reason

Faculty of Philosophy

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

01 June 2022

A pdf. version can be downloaded here.

Online Link:

(All Times are Madrid, Spain)

0930–0935: Introductory Remarks

Cillian Ó Fathaigh and Gavin Rae (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)


0935–1035: Early Modern Philosophy

From the Limits of Reason to the Extension of Epistemology to the Passions in David Hume

Julia Vincenti (Aix-Marseille University, France)

The Use of Limits: The Submission of Reason according to Pascal

Thomas Bellon (Aix-Marseille University, France)


1040–1140: Aesthetics and Affectivity

A Feeling of Limits: The Aesthetic Self-reflection of Reason in the Kantian Sublime

Ivan Iyer (Indian Institute of Technology, India)

Ethics of Care and Rationality: A Closer Look

Stefano Pinzan (Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Italy)


11451245: Reason and Irrationality

Thinking and the Danger of Insanity

Erik Kuravsky (University of Erfurt, Germany)

Orders of reason, reasons of order

Francesco Tibursi (University Niccolò Cusano: Rome, Italy)


1245-1315: Lunch Break 


13151415: Deconstruction

Reason and Style: The Deconstructionist Tradition of Paradox

Eve Judah (Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)

Transgressing Economies: Inheriting Jacques Derrida’s écologie de la mémoire

Sam La Védrine (Independent Scholar, England)


1420–1520Rethinking Limits

Reason Unhinged: Errors, Problems, Interruptions, and the Misadventures of Thought

Emma Ingala (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

The Ontogenesis of Reason: Castoriadis on the Limits of Identity Thinking

Gavin Rae (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)


1525–1625Body and Society

Exercise Reason: William James and Motor Influence on Decisions

Andrea Maria Nencini (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the Kin(Aesth)etic Logos

Ainhoa Suárez Gómez (Independent Scholar, Mexico)


1625-1635: Closing Remarks


Organizers: Cillian Ó Fathaigh and Gavin Rae

Funding: This conference forms part of the activities for the following research projects: (1) “Agency and Society: An Inquiry through Poststructuralism” (PR108/20-26), funded by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid–Banco Santander; (2) “Differential Ontology and the Politics of Reason,” funded by the Government of the Region of Madrid, as part of line 3 of the multi-year agreement with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid: V PRICIT Excellence Program for University Professors (Fifth Regional Plan for Scientific Investigation and Technological Innovation); and (3) “The Politics of Reason” (PID2020-117386GA-I00), financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain.