Principal Investigator: PD Dr. Susanne Lettow
Research Assistant: Gregory Rupik M.A.
Relations of reproduction and kinship, which are constituted synchronically and diachronically and thus always have a genealogical dimension, structure the social world in a fundamental way. Thereby these relations are subject to cultural, social and political conflict and engagements. Particularly in situations of historical transformation, scientific, artistic and philosophical debates proliferate on questions on the genealogy and origin of living beings as well as on which forms of belonging to social and natural orders exist. This does not only come true with regard to the present in which family forms, relations of kinship and the process of reproduction itself undergo far reaching social, cultural and technological change. The decades around 1800, too, are shaped by an extensive problematization of relations of reproduction, descent and kinship. The research project starts from the assumption that the theoretical debates of the emerging life sciences and the closely related nature philosophical reflections play a crucial role in this context. The aim of the project is to systematically reconstruct the philosophical and scientific articulations of the topics 'reproduction', 'descent' and 'kinship' in post-Kantian Naturphilosophie, and to determine their impact for the social and cultural transformations of the period.