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International Philosophical Conference in Prague, February 5th- 6th, 2015

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 15th, 2014

The Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts) organizes an international philosophical conference focused on the pragmatic theses that are present in the phenomenological works of M. Heidegger, M. Merleau-Ponty and J. Patočka. Inspired by a critical reassessment of already existing pragmatic readings of Heidegger, we want to explore the following themes as possible justifications for speaking about the pragmatic turn in phenomenology: the primacy of the practical over theoretical understanding, criticism of the representationalist account of perception and analysis of language and truth claims within the context of social and cultural practices.

The goals of our conference are thus the following ones:

1) To bring together both continental and Anglo-Saxon phenomenologists striving to develop pragmatic elements in works of M. Heidegger, M. Merleau-Ponty and Jan Patočka. Our first objective is to provide a new synoptic view of different recent pragmatic readings of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty in the Anglo-Saxon philosophy (Dreyfus, Rorty, Brandom, Okrent, Taylor, Wrathall, to name but a few).

2) To reconstruct the main phenomenological accounts of perception and language which stress the above mentioned pragmatic motives. We will namely seek to develop the consequences of addressing perception in terms of coping, with the focus on various criticisms of representational account of perceptual consciousness. Concerning language, we are interested in papers discussing Heidegger´s criticism of the primacy of the proposition (cf. Being and Time § 32f.) and establishing analogies and points of divergence between phenomenological approach and analytical ordinary language philosophy.

3) To revisit the theory-praxis distinction. The aim is to investigate the question of the genesis of the theoretical mode of behavior and to ask how theoretical thematizing arises out of circumspective concern. However, it is also vital to critically assess the oversimplifying interpretations of Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, insisting one-sidedly on the primacy of praxis over theory.


Papers are accepted under four broad topics, corresponding to four thematic sections of ryr conference:

  • The Issue of the ‘Pragmatic Turn’ in Phenomenology
  • Perception
  • Language
  • The Theory-Praxis Distinction Revisited


Paper presentations will have a maximum duration of 30 minutes. If you would like to participate in one of the above-mentioned panels with your paper, please state the title of the panel in question after the title of your abstract.

Submission deadline: Proposals should be sent until Monday, December 15, 2014 to the following email address: Paper proposals will include a title and an abstract, with a maximum extension of 30 lines and 2,500 characters (without spaces).

Registration fee: For speakers accepted through an anonymous review process is 50 EUR. The conference registration fee includes: organization costs, morning and afternoon coffee breaks and conference banquet. The fee should be paid upon arrival of the participant.

The conference language will be English. Publication of selected conference papers in planned in a collected volume.

Organising committee: Jakub Čapek and Ondřej Svec (Charles University, Prague).

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Pavlos Kontos (University of Patras): Theory in Praxis: Aristotelian puzzles and Heidegger’s escape

Thomas J. Nenon (University of Memphis): Heidegger and His Pragmatist Readers

Mark Wrathall (University of California, Riverside): Always already more than a practitioner (‘immer schon mehr als Praktiker’): sense making and the limits of practical familiarity

Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen): Pragmatism and transcendental phenomenology



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Friday 16 – Saturday 17 January 2015,

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


Acceleration & the new … Animalities … Artistic strike … On organization … Pedagogization … Philosophy of the essay-film … Queer theory & geopolitics … Secrecy & surveillance


Annual conference of the “Radical Philosophy” journal
Discussions, panels (in English)
2015, Jan 16, Fri — 2015, Jan 17, Sat
Opening: Jan 16, Fri, 2 pm
In English

For the first time, the Radical Philosophy Conference takes places in Germany and discusses topics such as Acceleration & the New, Animalities, Artistic Strike, the Essay-Film, Organization, Pedagogization, Queer Theory & Geopolitics, and Secrecy & Surveillance.

Is the current acceleration of social life in capitalist societies qualitatively different from the futuristic ‘speed’ of modernity? Does the ‘art strike’ still represent a viable political response to art’s affirmative complicity with the market? What are the effects of the new forms of surveillance on our political condition? Is queer theory ‘merely cultural’? Is today’s ‘pedagogical turn’ a capitulation to a generalized ‘pedagogization’ or a site of a potential resistance? How does the film-essay work to communicate philosophy? What happens when biopolitics takes human-animal relations as its focus? What alternatives are there in matters of collective empowerment to the political forms of the 20th century? These topics and questions are discussed in a sequence of panels, bringing together international speakers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Fahim Amir (Kunstuniversität Linz), Claudia Aradau (King’s University of London), David Blacker (University of Delaware), Christa Blümlinger (University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis), Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes University), Gregoire Chamayou (CNRS, Paris / ENS, Lyon), Matthew Charles (Westminster University, London), ‘Claire Fontaine’ (artists, Paris), David Cunningham (Westminster University, London), Antke Engel (Institut für Queer Theory, Berlin), Frank Engster (author, Berlin), Arianna Ferrari (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (ITAS)), Peter Hallward (Kingston University London), Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin), Esther Leslie (University of London), Stewart Martin (Middlesex University, London), Mark Neocleous (Brunel University, London), Peter Osborne (Kingston University London), Silvia Posocco (University of London), Nina Power (Roehampton University, London), Rahul Rao (SOAS, University of London), Frank Ruda (Freie Universität Berlin), Nora Sternfeld (Aalto University, Helsinki), Hito Steyerl (artist, Berlin), Chris Wilbert (Anglia Ruskin University), Burkhardt Wolf (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences)

The Radical Philosophy Conference 2015 is a project by Radical Philosophy and Haus der Kulturen Welt.




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28 May 2013

School of Politics & International Relations
Queen Mary, University of London

Analytical and Continental political theory are divided not only over substantial issues, but also over the very nature of political theorising. Theorists working within one tradition view with scepticism the work and conclusions of theorists within the other tradition, and the two traditions often speak past one another because they do not agree what theorising amount to in the first place. Further, the division is also marked by different conceptions of politics and the political. Consequently, Analytical and Continental theorists have different understandings of the role of and relationship between philosophy and politics.

We invite contributions that address the divisions between Analytical and Continental political theory, and between liberal normative theory and post-structuralism. Is it possible to bridge the different traditions? If so, what would this entail? If divisions will remain, what is the exact nature of those divisions? Are they primarily political or philosophical? And are there approaches that eschew these divisions? Contributions can be comparative discussions between different approaches, analyses of specific debates, or readings of texts that address the divisions in an indirect way.

Paper givers should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the conference organisers: Clayton Chin ( and Lasse Thomassen ( by 28 February 2013. Notifications by 15 March 2013.

Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Patton, University of New South Wales

Roundtable participants: Professor Paul Patton, University of New South Wales, Professor David Owen (University of Southampton) and Dr David Howarth (University of Essex)


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‘The Metaphysics of British Hegelianism’ – 16th April 2012

A one day conference at Christ’s College, Cambridge, supported by the Cambridge Philosophy Faculty, and the Centre for Idealism and the New Liberalism at the University of Hull.

British Hegelianism, or British Idealism, was an especially productive period in British metaphysics. Its proponents – including T. H. Green, Edward Caird, F. H. Bradley, Harold Joachim, Bernard Bosanquet, D. G. Ritchie, Samuel Alexander and J. M. E. McTaggart – discussed a wide range of metaphysical issues including idealism, monism, theism, free will, fundamentality, the nature of truth, the existence of relations and the reality of space and time. Many of these topics are of particular importance to contemporary metaphysics. This conference will discuss these issues and raise contextual questions, investigating the philosophical influences at work on particular metaphysicians. Hegel is the foremost of a large pantheon of further influences, which also includes Plato, Spinoza, Locke, the Cambridge neo-Platonists and Lotze. Indeed, one might question the appropriateness of labelling the movement at all, given that neither ‘British Hegelianism’ nor ‘British Idealism’ provide perfect labels: there are Hegelians who are not idealists, and idealists who are not Hegelians.

British Hegelianism has been neglected but the last few years have seen an increasing wave of interest in the subject, as evidenced not least by Robert Stern’s ‘Hegelian Metaphysics’, William Mander’s ‘British Idealism’ and Imprint Academic’s new monograph series ‘British Idealist Studies’. This conference will provide a venue for furthering that interest, featuring many of the eminent scholars in the area. The talks will be as follows.

Keynote: Professor Robert Stern (Sheffield) Determination is negation: The adventures of a doctrine from Spinoza to Hegel to the British Idealists

Dr. Giuseppina D’Oro (Keele) Varieties of Idealism

Dr. William Mander (Oxford) T. H. Green’s Metaphysics of Free Will

Emily Thomas (Cambridge) Space, Time, and Samuel Alexander

Professor David Boucher (Cardiff) Oakeshott and Idealist Metaphysics

Dr. Colin Tyler (Hull) T. H. Green and the Metaphysics of the Self

The conference will take place in the Lloyd Room, Christ’s College,Cambridge; it will run from 10am to 6pm. The conference will include coffees and lunch. Conference attendees are asked to register and pay a £10 fee to cover costs before April 7th. Cheques should be made out to ‘Christ’s College’, and addressed to the care of the conference convener Emily Thomas at Christ’s College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BU.

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Dear Colleagues,

The Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki is going to organize in May 18–19, 2012 an international symposium on “Spinoza in Soviet Philosophy”.

Please consult the description of the symposium focus in the address: (take a look at the seminar invitation letter, too, which is in PDF format!)

The dead-line for the paper proposals is December 31, 2011.


The final programme of the symposium will be published during January 2012. A symposium volume is intended. Language of the symposium is English.

With best regards
Vesa Oittinen
Vesa Oittinen
Professor, Ph. D., Docent
Aleksanteri Institute
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University of Essex
28 May 2011

Call for Papers

In a world that is encapsulated by talk of socio-economic crises, all institutions and practices are sensitive to the demands of instrumental reasoning.  As a result, philosophy is increasingly compelled to measure its worth against external criteria—the utility of its products. This situation provides the impetus for the consideration of philosophy’s role in society; but also occasions the revaluation of philosophy’s tasks as such. A closer discussion of crisis aims to shed light on the role and purpose of philosophy.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

§  Does the study of philosophy need to be justified?

§  What are the implications of crisis in the history of philosophy?

§  Possible effects of a productivity model in the academy.

§  Should philosophy primarily function as a guide for society or provide Critique?

§  What epistemological effects has crisis produced?

§  Pragmatism and crisis: is crisis the main vehicle of change and progression?

§  Should philosophy care about the demands of bureaucracy, or tailor research to the market?

§  What is the future of philosophy, and will philosophy be recognizable?

§  Is philosophy a tool for diagnosis and solution of crisis, or, does philosophy initiate crisis?

§  Evolution of crisis through the history of philosophy.

§  Does philosophy have to re-think its motivations, and more broadly, its view of itself?

§  What is philosophy?

We are happy to consider abstracts from postgraduates, but are also willing to accept submissions from junior research fellows and lecturers.

Keynote Speakers:
Peter Hallward (Kingston)
Fabian Freyenhagen (Essex)

Final papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation (2000-2500 words in length), which will be followed by a discussion. The Department of Philosophy will be able to offer invited speakers limited financial assistance toward the cost of travel. For enquiries, please e-mail someone at some email address to be determined, or see the website:

Abstracts of 500 words in length should be sent by 28 January 2011 to or in duplicate by post to:
Graduate Conference 2010
Department of Philosophy
University of Essex
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
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This message is to announce the Tenth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Philosophy at the New School For Social Research entitled “The Spirit of Capital: A Conference on Hegel and Marx

Date: April 28-29, 2011
Paper Submission Deadline: Dec 1st, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Moishe Postone (University of Chicago)

Submission Guidelines:

Papers ranging from 3,000 to 5,000 words should be submitted in blind review format via and should include the following in the body of the email:

i. Author’s name

ii. Title of Paper

iii. Institutional affiliation

iv. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
Please omit any self-identifying information within the body of the paper.



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APRIL 28TH -29TH, 2011

“It is impossible completely to understand Marx’s Capital, and especially its first chapter, without having thoroughly studied and understood the whole of Hegel’s Logic. Consequently, half a century later none of the Marxists understood Marx!!” wrote Lenin in 1915. In 1969, Althusser responded, “A century and a half later no one has understood Hegel because it is impossible to understand Hegel without having thoroughly studied and understood Capital.” What are we to make of this challenge today? Are we now ready to understand Hegel through Marx, and Marx through Hegel?

It is high time for a reassessment of the core stakes of the Marx-Hegel debate. What would it mean to think the concepts of capital and spirit together? This conference is a place to explore the internal relations between Hegel and Marx’s philosophical projects. Some possible questions include: how does Hegel’s phenomenology, logic, philosophy of nature, history and right internally contain the elements that Marx will use to decipher the world of property, labor, commodities and capital? Is Capital a logical theory of forms or a theory of history? How does Marx negate and realize Hegel’s project? What is the role of labor in Hegel, and the role of spirit in Marx? Does the development of history show the unfolding of freedom or the unfolding of capital?  This conference echoes the early Frankfurt School tradition, with its project for a critique of the social forms of the present. We encourage submissions on a wide range of topics and thinkers:

Possible Themes:

Capital and Spirit

Hegel’s Logic and Marx’s Grundrisse

Property, Alienation, and Class

Form and Content in Hegel and Marx

Concrete and Abstract Labor

Master and Slave

Critique, Dialectic and Method

Time and History

Freedom and Necessity

Substance and Subject in Capital

The Value-Form

Critique of Labor

Revolution and Negation

Materialism and Idealism

Proletarian Self-Abolition

Commodity, Money and Capital

The Philosophy of Right

Possible Thinkers:

I.I. Rubin

Gyorgy Lukacs

Karl Korsch

Ernst Bloch

Walter Benjamin

Alfred Sohn-Rethel

Theodore Adorno

Herbert Marcuse

CLR James

Raya Dunayevskaya

Guy Debord

Alexander Kojeve

Jean Hyppolite

Frantz Fanon

Helmut Reichelt

Hans-Georg Backhaus

Gillian Rose



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