2nd CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism

2nd Annual Conference of the South African Centre for Phenomenology

2nd CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism 

11-13 April 2014

Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa 

Organized by Rafael Winkler, Catherine Botha, Abraham Olivier, Andrea Hurst, Marianna Oelofsen

Keynote speakers:

Professor John Sallis (Boston College)

Professor Paul Patton (UNSW)

Professor Tyler Burge (UCLA)

Professor David Papineau (KCL)


Naturalism is one of the dominant trends in both Anglo-American and European philosophy today. Owing to the influence of the works of W.V.O. Quine, Wilfred Sellars and Hillary Putnam among others, scientific naturalism both as a methodological and ontological position has become one of the mainstays of contemporary analytic approaches to knowledge, mind and ethics. From the early 1990s onward, European philosophy in the English-speaking world has been witnessing a shift from the subject-centred philosophies of phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism to a position that can loosely be described as non-scientific naturalism or naturalistic monism, owing largely to the translation of Deleuze’s works into English and recent explorations into neuroscience and the philosophy of mind by continental authors such as Catherine Malabou and others. Although there are significant differences between these two kinds of naturalism, both are at one in rejecting the first-person standpoint of phenomenology to the question of mind, meaning, knowledge, normativity, or art. This rejection challenges one of the founding claims of phenomenology, namely that no satisfactory account can be given of these issues from a naturalistic standpoint.

The aim of this three-day international conference is to bring together philosophers and postgraduate students working in the three main areas of contemporary philosophy, namely analytic thought, phenomenology, and continental naturalism. The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Phenomenology and cognitive science;
  • Phenomenology and the philosophy of mind;
  • Phenomenology’s critique of naturalism;
  • The meaning of nature in art, science and philosophy;
  • Continental and analytic naturalism;
  • Naturalism and subjectivity;
  • Naturalism, nature, art;
  • Life and consciousness;
  • Wittgenstein, Sellars, Putnam, Quine, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, Michel Henry, Bergson on nature, meaning, intentionality or mindedness.


Please provide a 700 word abstract for blind review and send it to ujphenomenology@gmail.com. The full paper should be no more than 3.500-4.000 words (the conference format allows for a 35-40 min. presentation followed by a 10-15 min. discussion). The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday the 10th of February 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by Friday the 21st of February 2014.


The International Journal of Philosophical Studies will be dedicating a special issue to a selection of the papers presented at the conference.

Conference fees:

The fee for the three-day conference for participants is R1254.00 (including VAT) or 456.00 (including VAT) per day should you wish to attend a day only. It is free of charge for all participating graduate and PhD students.


A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.


Lodging for conference participants has been arranged at Auckland Lodge (http://www.aucklandlodge.co.za/). There will be a free shuttle to and from the conference venue and the guesthouse for everyday of the conference for guests. The guesthouse is also within walking distance of the Bunting Road Campus venue.

Alternatively, guests can enquire about accommodation at Plumpudding Guesthouse (http://www.plumpudding.co.za/) and The View (http://www.theviewhotel.co.za/), which are also within a reasonable walking distance from the UJ Bunting Road Campus. The current rate at Plumpudding Guesthouse is R650 per night inclusive of breakfast.

For more information about the conference, visit the Department’s website: http://www.uj.ac.za/philosophy. Alternatively, please contact Rafael Winkler (rwinkler@uj.ac.za), Catherine Botha (cbotha@uj.ac.za), Abraham Olivier (aolivier@ufh.ac.za), Andrea Hurst (andrea.hurst@nmmu.ac.za) or Marianna Oelofsen (moelofsen@ufh.ac.za).

1st CFP: PPA 9th Annual Conference

9th Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association of Southern Africa (PPA)


DATE:             19th & 20th July, 2014

PLACE:           Innovation Centre, 

      Howard College, 


 The annual conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association will this year be hosted by the University of Kwazulu Natal.  Postgraduate students in all areas of Philosophy are invited to submit abstracts.  Please distribute this CFP as widely as possible.


Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to ppaconf2014@gmail.com

Abstracts should be submitted by 19 May 2013

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 6 June 2013

Conference Fee:

There will be a conference fee of R250.

The conference dinner will be held on Saturday and will be at your own cost.

Venue & Accommodation:

The conference will be held at the Innovation Centre, UKZN.  Information regarding accommodation will be sent with the 2nd call for papers.

We are excited to host the conference and look forward to reading all the interesting abstracts.  Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Conference organisers: Carin Robinson, Elmarie Venter and Greg Swer

Email: ppaconf2014@gmail.com

CFP: ISAPS 20th Annual Conference, 30-31 May 2014

International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS)
20th Annual Conference
Conference theme: Re-thinking African Identity and Culture
20th Annual Conference of the ISAPS
International Society for African Philosophy and Studies
30th to 31st May, 2014,
Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER), Fort Hare University, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Conference organisers: Dr Rianna Oelofsen, Prof Leslie Bank, Dr Luvuyo Ntombana, Prof Charles Verharen & Motsamai Molefe.
Call for papers:
What is ‘Africa’, and who is ‘African’? How does identity and culture feature in the politics of Africa and its diasporas? Is there a role for ‘race’ in the understanding of African identity and culture? Is there a role for Steve Biko’s philosophy of ‘black consciousness’ in the current global political landscape, and if so, what is the role it should play? What is the relationship between different identities and oppressive relationships, and what is the best way of approaching emancipation in contexts where identity plays a core role in oppressive relationships, such as in oppressive relationships between different genders or races? What avenues are there to explore our mutuality and connectedness across these divides as captured by the politics of difference and oppression?
Through focusing on concepts such as ‘black consciousness’ which have their roots in Africa, (yet engaging with these concepts critically) this conference is meant as a project of decolonising the mind, and is meant to allow an avenue to continue to question how we can live and theorize in a world which structurally marginalizes Africa and its contributions.
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 28 February 2014
Please note that there have been issues with visas not being processed in time in the past, and so we encourage international delegates to send in their abstracts as soon as possible, so that there is ample time to ensure visas are processed in time.
Date of Conference:
Arrival: Thursday, 29 May, 2014
Conference: Friday, 30 – Saturday, 31 May, 2014
Fort Hare Historical tour to Alice campus, 1 June 2014
Keynote Speaker (still to be confirmed):
Prof. D.A. Masolo
University of Louisville,
Kentucky, U.S.A
Conference fee and accommodation:
The organisers would appreciate if delegates whose papers are accepted could pay the conference fee of US$120 (+ US$30 for membership to the society if interested) as soon as they receive their acceptance letter. Arrangements will be made for electronic payments.
Delegates who are interested to stay at the venue should also indicate this, and please pay a deposit of 50% for accommodation deposit. Delegates can view the venue and accommodation details at http://www.crawfordsbeachlodge.co.za/
Submission and enquiries:

Final CFP: Scientific Realism 5-9 Aug 2014 Cape Town

FINAL Call for Papers

New Thinking about Scientific Realism 5-9 August 2014 Cape Town, South Africa

Due date for Abstracts:     31 January 2014

The Philosophy Departments at the University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg invite scholars working on scientific realism to submit abstracts for a conference on new thinking about scientific realism.

The aim of the conference is to reconsider and re-evaluate the status quo of debates about scientific realism and to investigate, articulate and open up the possibilities for realising promises of new directions of thought about scientific realism.

Format of the conference:

Our keynote speaker is Anjan Chakravartty from the University of Notre Dame.


Contributed Sessions & Invited Speakers:

Session 1: General Scientific Realism – Michael Devitt (City University of New York)

Session 2: Truth, Progress, Success and Scientific Realism – Ilkka Niiniluoto (University of Helsinki)

Session 3: Selective Realisms – Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)

Session 4: The Semantic View and Scientific Realism – Steven French (University of Leeds)

Session 5: Scientific Realism and the Social Sciences – Uskali Mäki (University of Helsinki)

Session 6: Anti-Realism – Kyle Stanford (University of California, Irvine)

A unique feature of our programme: Symposia between leading international scientists and conference participants. Participating scientists include:

Quarraisha Abdool Karim [Epidemiology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Columbia University]

Jannie Hofmeyr [Biochemistry, University of Stellenbosch]

Don Ross [Economics, University of Cape Town]

Bruce Rubidge [Paleontology, University of the Witwatersrand]

Mark Solms [Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town]

Heribert Weigert [Physics, University of Cape Town]

We also plan a conference dinner and a wine tasting event (details to appear soon on the conference website). The conference dinner is included in the conference fee, but the wine tasting will carry an additional fee.

Abstracts & Important Dates (Note that there has been a change in dates)

Abstracts of 750-1000 words must be submitted to the conference email address: new.scientific.realism@gmail.com. Please indicate clearly in which session you see your paper as falling. Please prepare abstracts for blind review.

Due date for abstracts:        31 January 2014

Announcement of accepted papers:                 3 March 2014



The venue for the conference is the Villa Via Hotel in Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape (about 45 minutes from Cape Town): http://www.villa-via.com/.

Participants can book accommodation in the hotel, or in one of the guest houses close to the hotel in Gordon’s Bay. More detail with regards to accommodation is available on the conference website.


First Round Bookings:         15 March 2014 to 15 June 2014

  • R6,860.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights single accommodation in Villa Via Hotel  including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, and transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).
  • R5,260.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights sharing accommodation in Villa Via Hotel including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, and transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).

Second Round Bookings:  16 June 2014 – 31 July 2014

  • R7,000.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights single accommodation in Villa Via Hotel including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).
  • R5,400.00 – Conference Package: This includes registration, 5 nights sharing accommodation in Villa Via Hotel including dinner, bed, and breakfast plus 2 soft drinks (1 per meal), the conference dinner, transfer to and from the airport (provided there are two or more passengers).


NOTE that participants finding alternative accommodation (thus not in the Villa Via Hotel) must pay a conference fee:

Registration before 15 June 2014:     1500 ZAR (approximately 101 EUR, 140 USD, 85 GBP according to current exchange rates)

Registration between 16 June and 31 July:      1700 ZAR.

Information on possible financial aid to postgraduates and other delegates will be given on the website as soon as possible.

Conference Website: www.newscientificrealism.up.ac.za

Publication of Conference Proceedings

We are planning an exciting publication based on conference papers. There will be more detail on this on the website when our plans have been confirmed.

We look forward to hosting the conference.

Please feel free to contact us for any clarification at new.scientific.realism@gmail.com.

Organising Committee:

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (University of Pretoria) – Chair

Alex Broadbent (University of Johannesburg)

HPP (Hennie) Lötter (University of Johannesburg) 

Call for Abstracts: Social Equality, Aug 2014, Cape Town

Social Equality 

Cape Town, 15-17 August 2014 

The Philosophy Department at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is hosting a three-day conference on Social Equality. The conference will take place on 15-17 August 2014.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof Miranda Fricker, University of Sheffield

Prof Charles W. Mills, Northwestern University

Prof Jonathan Wolff, University College London

Many contemporary societies are strikingly unequal, and quickly becoming more so. In a country like South Africa, much social inequality is a visible part of daily life. But there are forms of inequality and disadvantage which, though no less problematic, are not immediately obvious to the casual observer. It would be naive to think philosophy on its own could do anything to alleviate inequality. But it does have a role to play. Philosophy can articulate the various different forms of social inequality. By arguing for a particular conception of justice or the good life, it can show what is wrong with some or all of these forms of inequality. In addition, political philosophy can demarcate the steps a government may legitimately take to address inequality and disadvantage. The philosophical debate about equality has become increasingly nuanced, concrete and empirically informed in recent years. We hope this conference will enable its continuation in a place where the need for an understanding of, and a strategy to address, inequality is particularly urgent.

We invite abstracts of no more than 200 words on topics including:

  • What’s so good about equality? Theorists disagree about whether equality per se should be a political goal. Of those who think it should, some think equality has intrinsic value, while others think its value lies in what it enables or what it expresses. Is equality itself a valuable moral ideal? Or is it merely a proxy for values such as respect and sufficiency?
  • What is equality? Political philosophers have increasingly seen the limitations of arguing for equality of wealth or primary social goods alone. Does reconceiving the fabric of egalitarian justice in terms of capabilities, recognition, social relationships or central human functionings provide a fuller picture of the just society?
  • Equality and muliculturalism. How can theorists of justice cope with the fact that conceptions of the human good may vary considerably across society-members? What is an adequate way of measuring levels of inequality in a multicultural society?
  • How should equality be achieved? Assuming societies should aim for equality, can philosophy tell us anything about the best ways to achieve it? What are the limits on permissible government intervention to achieve equality? Is affirmative action in recruitment and admissions justified to advance a currently disadvantaged group?

Researchers (including postgraduate students) who would like to present a paper are kindly requested to send an abstract of no more than 200 words by e-mail to SocialEqualityUCT@gmail.com by midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 18th February 2014.

(Conference participants will be asked to pay a small registration fee to cover costs.)


Information about keynote speakers

Miranda Fricker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Her work spans epistemology, moral & social philosophy, and feminism. She is author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (OUP), which was the subject of a special issue of the journal Social Epistemology. She co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy (CUP) with Jennifer Hornsby. Recently she has published work on group testimony and moral relativism.

Charles W. Mills is John Evans Professor of Moral & Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University, Illinois. His books The Racial Contract (Cornell) and Blackness Visible (Cornell) are classics of the philosophy of race. He collaborated with Carole Pateman on Contract and Domination (Polity). His latest book is Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class and Social Domination (University of the West Indies).

 Jonathan Wolff is Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at University College London. His books include Why Read Marx Today? (OUP), An Introduction to Political Philosophy (OUP), Ethics and Public Policy (Routledge), Disadvantage (OUP) (co-authored with Avner de-Shalit), and The Human Right to Health (Norton). He has served on committees advising the U.K. government on drugs, gambling, railway safety and homicide.