Final CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism

2nd Annual Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa

Final 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)

Theme:

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.

Submission:

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.

Proceedings:

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.

Bursaries:

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

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).

CFP: Happiness Special Issue of SAJP

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘HAPPINESS’

Special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy

Guest editors: Vasti Roodt (Stellenbosch University) and Isabelle Wienand (University of Fribourg / University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland)

What is happiness and how do we know when we have achieved it? Why do we desire happiness, and should we desire it? Is happiness a mental state or a prudential value, a subjective experience or the fulfilment of objective criteria, the satisfaction of desire or a measure of overall well-being? Is happiness culturally determined? What is the relationship between happiness and the good? What can the history of philosophy teach us about the idea of happiness? This special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy invites contributions on these and other philosophical questions related to happiness. Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Classical versus modern theories of happiness
  • Perspectives on happiness from within African philosophy
  • The role of reason in happiness
  • Happiness as a moral concept
  • Happiness and pleasure
  • Happiness and utility
  • Justice, happiness and welfare
  • Measuring happiness
  • Philosophical issues raised by the psychology of happiness
  • Happiness and psychopathology
  • Representations of happiness in literature and/or art

The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2014 for publication in the SAJP Vol. 33 No. 4, 2014. All manuscripts must be submitted in electronic format by e-mail. They are to be prepared for anonymous review and sent as e-mail attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf files) to both guest editors, Vasti Roodt (vroodt@sun.ac.za) and Isabelle Wienand (isabelle.wienand@unifr.ch). Manuscripts should be 6000-8000 words in length and adhere to the SAJP instructions for authors, available at http://www.sajp.za.net/sajp-author-guidlines.html. All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. However, authors should include their full name, affiliation and address for email correspondence with their submission. Further enquiries can be addressed to the guest editors or to the editor of the SAJP, Andrea Hurst, at andrea.hurst@nmmu.ac.za.

The SAJP is the official journal of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa. The journal is anonymously refereed, indexed and published by Taylor & Francis. The journal website is http://www.sajp.za.net/.

 

 

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)

Theme:

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.

Submission:

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.

Proceedings:

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.

Bursaries:

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

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).

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:
ISAPS2014@gmail.com

Workshop: Lötter’s “Poverty, Ethics and Justice”, 9 Nov 2013, UJ

Professor H P P Lötter’s

Poverty, Ethics and Justice

 

Programme for  Saturday, 9 November 2013 

University of Johannesburg Philosophy Department

Convenor: Prof Thaddeus Metz (079 839 2989)

Logistics: Ms Prema von Reumont (premavr@uj.ac.za)

Humanities Common Room, C-Ring 319, Auckland Park Campus of UJ

9.00 – 9.05  Prof T Metz (UJ), Welcome

9.05 – 9.55  Prof Hennie Lötter (UJ), ‘Précis of Poverty, Ethics and Justice

9.55 – 11.05  Prof Gillian Brock (U of Auckland), ‘How Should We Discharge Our Responsibilities to Eradicate Poverty?’

11.05 – 11.20  Break

11.20 – 12.30  Prof Darrel Moellendorf (Goethe U), ‘Anti-Poverty, Development, and the Limits on Progress’

12.30 – 13.10  Lunch

13.10 – 14.20  Prof Daryl Glaser (Wits U), ‘Democracy in Lötter’s Scheme’

14.20 – 15.00  Mr Peter Mwipikeni (UJ), ‘Evaluating Lotter’s Conception of How Poverty Undermines Democracy’

15.00 – 15.15 Break

15.15 – 15.55 Mr Tristen Taylor (UJ), ‘Lotter’s Challenges: Libertarians and Resource Allocation’

15.55 – 16.35 Ms Amy Meyer (UJ), ‘An Aristotelian Perspective on Issues of Poverty’

16.35 – 17.15 Prof Thaddeus Metz (UJ), ‘African Values and Poverty, Ethics and Justice

Venue: TBA

17.30 – 19.30 Launch of the paperback version of Poverty, Ethics and Justice and supper/drinks in Auckland Park (details to follow)

***All welcome! Attendance at and participation in the workshop is free of charge, but, in order to deal efficiently with logistics, people must register beforehand, ideally by 20 October, by writing Ms Fatima Mathivha <fatimamathivha@gmail.com>.***