CFP – Phenomenology and the History of Platonism


Call for Papers

Phenomenology & the History of Platonism

Guest Editors: Daniele De Santis & Claudio Majolino

Since the second half of the last century the manifold relationships between the Phenomenological movement and the Aristotelian tradition have been at the center of scholarly interest. Themes such as the nature of intentionality, the question of being, the roots of virtue ethics or the idea of the “political” (to mention only a few) have been deeply investigated and submitted to close scrutiny as to flesh out the intimate connections between Aristotle and phenomenology. By contrast, the actual extent of Plato’s legacy on the various figures and concepts of the phenomenological movement has comparatively received far less attention. It is safe to say, however, that Phenomenology has never stopped assessing in many ways the different aspects of such “Platonic” legacy.

On the one hand, phenomenologists have never ceased to confront themselves with and experiment new “variations” on Plato’s conceptuality: from Husserl’s early appraisal of Lotze’s theory of ideas to his mature endorsement of an overtly Platonic “ideal” of philosophy; from Heidegger’s lectures on the Sophist to his claim that metaphysics as such is Platonism; from Patočka’s interpretation of the “care of the soul” as the spiritual “foundation” of Europe to his idea of “negative Platonism”; not to mention Antonio Banfi’s transcendental reading of Plato or Enzo Paci’s interest in the Parmenides and the Phaedrus; Levinas’ constant references to “the Good” in the Republic or Edith Stein’s systematic appropriation of Platonic and neo-Platonic “metaphysical” motives; Alexandre Koyré’s Platonic reading of Galileo or Jacob Klein’s approach to the eidetic numbers; Adof Reinach’s motto “Phänomenologie als Rückgang zu Platon” or  Roman Ingarden’s assessment of the doctrine of ideas as the basis for any possible material ontology.

But there is definitively more. For, on the other hand, if some “phenomenologists” have actually commented on Plato’s dialogues or openly tackled some of the claims characterizing the Platonic tradition, others have rather followed an entirely different path. Authors such as Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Michel Henry, for instance, implicitly resort to Platonic ideas and mobilize Platonic themes without making their strategy perspicuous. For the presence of Plato’s legacy in phenomenology is far from being limited to the explicit discussion and/or critique of Plato’s texts and themes.

The ambition of the present call for papers is to invite scholars (both phenomenologists and Plato scholars) to explore the relations between 20th century phenomenology and “history of Platonism(s)” in order to provide what could be characterized as a first and systematic “cartography” of all those motives that—implicitly or explicitly, directly or indirectly, in a positive, negative or even opposite way—animate them and their intertwined histories.

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We welcome submissions on any aspects of the relation between phenomenology and the Platonic legacy. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Phenomenology and the history of (ancient and modern) Platonism;
  • Phenomenology and Neo-Platonism;
  • The doctrine of principles;
  • Phenomenological interpretations of Plato’s doctrine of forms or Plato’s philosophy as a whole;
  • Phenomenological criticisms of Plato and the Platonic legacy;
  • Comparison between phenomenological readings of Plato’s philosophy and other interpretations (e.g., Neo-Kantianism, the Brentano school etc.);
  • Plato’s foundational role vis-à-vis the history of Western thought and the idea of philosophy;
  • Platonic paideia and the phenomenology of education;
  • The idea of Europe and the “care of the soul”;
  • Skepticism and the paradox of knowledge;
  • Intuitive and discursive form of cognition;
  • Platonic dialectics and the method of philosophy;
  • Plato and the “a priori”.

Deadline: May 31, 2019.

Languages accepted: English, French, German (maximum 60,000 characters including spaces and footnotes)

For more information about the Journal’s guidelines, visit the website:

Please, send your submissions to:

Click here for a .pdf version of this CFP. Please circulate widely.


Call for papers

Affects, Moods, Emotions, and Belonging

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP)

Tenth Annual Meeting

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

May 31–June 3, 2018

Keynote Speakers:

Roberta de Monticelli (San Raffaele University, Milan)

Denis Fisette (UQAM)


Lived experience is not reducible to intellectual experience alone. Through various states of mind, we relate affectively to life, experience it in different moods, and react emotionally to various circumstances and situations. At critical moments, we become aware, on the one hand, that we belong to a place or to a social group. On the other hand, we can experience not belonging to a place or group with which we are associated. These terms – “affect”, “mood”, “emotion”, and “belonging” – refer to the various qualities of experience that we would like to explore as the topics for this year’s conference.

The conceptualization of affects, moods, and emotions, as well as of the subjective phenomenon of belonging or not belonging, first and foremost raises the question of the nature and description of these experiences. What kind of phenomena are they? How to describe them? What role do they play in consciousness? Are they more than mere feelings? What is their relation to intentional objects? In the case of belonging or not belonging, for instance, what is their relation to identity? Do these experiences involve acts of judgment? Are they already cognitive or how do they relate to cognitive experiences? Do they play any normative role, for instance, in aesthetics, ethics, politics, or economics? What is their linkage to action or social action?

As these experiences are very diverse, the question also arises of a consistent typology. Do we have phenomenological grounds to justify each of these concepts, and what are they? Shall we treat all these terms under the same generic concept – such as a type of perceptive or intuitive content – or not? The same question arises about the subcategories of these terms. How should we explore the diversity of affects, moods, or emotions that one can possibly experience? And what are the different affective and emotive dimensions that characterize belonging or not belonging? How shall we categorize each of them? Can we conceptualize them under some generic categories, for instance, considering whether they possess a positive or a negative, or an attractive or a repulsive, content when they are phenomenologically examined? Or should we oppose any kind of reduction to such a binary perspective?

Submission guidelines:
We accept proposals for papers, panels, and posters. Participants have 30 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for discussion. We welcome volunteers to serve as moderators.
Please indicate whether you are willing to serve in this function.

Paper submissions should consist of two separate documents. The first document should include the title, a 250–500 word abstract of the paper, the presenter’s name, discipline, and contact information. The second document should contain, for anonymous review, only the title of the paper, the abstract, and the presenter’s discipline.

Panel submissions should also consist of two documents. The first document should include the titles of the panel and papers, a rationale of 250–500 words for the panel, abstracts of 250–500 words for the papers, the names of the chair and presenters, their respective disciplines, and their contact information. The second document should contain, for anonymous review, only the titles of the panel and papers, the rationale for the panel, the abstracts of the papers, and the disciplines of the presenters. Panels are limited to 3 presenters.

Poster submissions should follow similar guidelines as paper and panel submissions.

Deadline and contact information
Please send submissions as email attachments to George Heffernan ( Please put ICNAP SUBMISSION in the subject line, and format submissions in Word.doc or Docx (not PDF) to facilitate anonymous review. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018. Notifications of acceptances will be sent by March 31, 2018. Please address all logistical inquiries (regarding, e.g., travel, lodging, etc.) to Siegfried Mathelet (

A full PDF version of the Call for Papers can be found here.

CFA – NASEP 2018 – Time, Memory, and Eternity

Call for Abstracts

The North American Society for Early Phenomenology
in association with The Max Scheler Society of North America

Time, Memory, and Eternity

13-15 June, 2018

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh (PA)

Keynote Speakers:

Nicolas De Warren (Penn State)

Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne)

Carlo Ierna (University of Groningen)

Guido Cusinato (University of Verona)


Time-consciousness and memory have long been central to phenomenological research. With the publication of Husserl’s Bernau Manuscripts (Hua 33) and the “C manuscripts” (Hua Mat 8) we can now see the full development of Husserl’s thoughts on time-consciousness from 1905 through to the 1930s. Husserl begins by responding to Franz Brentano’s early conception of time, adding to it the notions of the temporal object as phenomenon and temporally constitutive consciousness, and furthers the distinctions between phantasy, memory, and retentional, impressional, and protentional consciousnesses – each having its own type of intentional object. Meanwhile, Brentano’s theory of time advanced beyond Husserl’s early characterization, developing the notion of time consciousness as the in obliquo form of inner consciousness by 1916. Edith Stein worked extensively with Husserl to rewrite and edit his 1905 time lectures. Today, we know that she contributed more than she is credited to the published version of this text. In her own work, Stein deals with the various modes of consciousness according to which we apprehend objects in time and in memory. Husserl’s early, middle and late manuscripts on time, time-consciousness, and temporalization provide a fecund background by which to understand this theme in the early movement more generally. In 1927, Martin Heidegger and Hedwig Conrad-Martius published Sein und Zeit and Die Zeit, respectively. Memory has also been a persistent theme of phenomenological investigation, as evidenced by Phantasie, Bildbewusstsein, Erinnerung (Hua 23). The notion of eternity is embedded among phenomenological discussions as well, notably in Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being, Dietrich Mahnke’s Der Wille zur Ewigkeit, and Max Scheler’s On the Eternal in Man. Scheler also introduced the early phenomenologists to the writings of Henri Bergson, in which time and memory play central roles. We encourage papers that engage the works of Brentano, Husserl, Scheler, Bergson, Conrad-Martius, Stein, and the full spectrum of early phenomenologists, including the early writings of Heidegger and Levinas.


Abstracts should be 400-600 words, and include a short bibliography. Abstracts must be prepared for blind review and sent to Rodney Parker (

Deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2018.

Decisions will be sent out no later than March 1st, 2018.


Organizers: Rodney Parker, Charlene Elsby, Zachary Davis, and Eric Mohr

Host: Jeff McCurry, The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University

A .pdf version of this Call for Abstracts is available here.

Phenomenological Perspectives on Negation – Program

Indiana Philosophical Association Spring Workshop

Phenomenological Perspectives on Negation

a workshop sponsored by the North American Society for Early Phenomenology

Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

April 21-22, 2017

Meeting Program (.pdf)

Friday, April 21 Indiana Philosophical Association

Science Building 176

11-11:45 Indiana Philosophical Association Business Meeting
11:45-12 Welcome 
12:00-12:55 “Ingarden’s Concept of the Reality of Negative States of Affairs”

Rob Luzecky, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

1:00-1:50 “The Question of Negativity between Hegel and Heidegger”

Ferit Güven, Earlham College

2:00-2:50 “Freedom and Negation in Sartre”

David Detmer, Purdue University Northwest

3:00-4:20 Keynote Address

“Against Negation”

Daniel W. Smith

Purdue University

5:30-7:30 Dinner at The Hoppy Gnome, downtown Fort Wayne. (We have reserved The Boiler Room.)
Saturday, April 22 Phenomenological Perspectives on Negation

Science Building 176

9:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00-10:50 “The Generativity of Self-Negation as Distinguishing Characteristic of Linguistic Expression”

Martin Benson, Stony Brook University

11:00-11:50 “On the Possibility of a Bilateral, Intuitionistic Logic”

Tyler Viale, Boston College

12:00-12:50 “Lev Shestov’s Meontologism”

Frederic Tremblay, St. Petersburg State University

1:00-2:00 Lunch (Provided)
2:00-3:20 Keynote Address

“Negation in Consciousness and Metaphysics”

Robin D. Rollinger

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

3:30-4:20 “Reinach, Daubert & Ingarden: An Ontology of Negative States of Affairs?”

Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, King’s University College at Western University

4:30-5:30 Winners of the IPA Undergraduate Essay Prize 

“The Phenomenology of Loneliness”

Matthew Wyss, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

“Defacing the Currency: A Defense of Ancient Cynicism”

Daniel Klinestiver, Ball State

5:30 Concluding Remarks 


Current Debates in Phenomenology and Overcoming the Continental-Analytic Divide

The Loyola-Marquette Phenomenology Research Group presents

Current Debates in Phenomenology &

Overcoming the Continental-Analytic Divide

Marquette University, Milwaukee WI
31 March – 1 April, 2017

Keynote speakers:

Dr. James Dodd (The New School)
Dr. Paul M. Livingston (UNM)
Dr. Sebastian Luft (Marquette)

Click here for the conference announcement, and here for the full conference programme.

Please RSVP for this event by March 21st by emailing Jered Janes (

Lotze’s Back!

Call for papers

Special Issue of the on-line journal Philosophical Readings

Lotze’s Back!

D. De Santis & D. Manca (eds.)

Rudolf Hermann Lotze was born in Bautzen on May 21st, 1817. Lotze was a philosopher and logician; he also had a medical degree and was versed in biology, psychology as well as physiology. He studied at the University of Leipzig, and then moved to Göttingen, succeeding Johann Friedrich Herbart in the chair of philosophy. With the publication of his monumental Mikrokosmus, and the two-volume work System der Philosophie, Lotze became the most important and influential thinker of his generation (the one recently described as late German idealism). His alleged influence on Frege has long been the topic of harsh debates (like the one between H. Sluga and M. Dummett on the objectivity of thought and the origin of the so-called analytic philosophy); his importance for the early Husserl, as well as for Heidegger, is well known and undeniable, like his influence on the neo-Kantian tradition (from Rickert to Windelband, Natorp, Bauch and even Emila Lask). According to Sandor Ferenczi, during his late psychology lectures, Lotze also anticipated some of Freud’s key insights (like the notion of unbewusste Vorstellung). Lotze was a “systematic” thinker, perhaps the last philosopher really to consider the system as the one and only possibility to grasp rationally and understand the world as a whole.

As shown by the recently increased number of publications on Lotze and his philosophy (see for example: Late German Idealism. Trendelenburg and Lotze by F. Beiser (2013), the monumental Hermann Lotze: An Intellectual Biography (2015) by W. Woodward, and the anthology of essays on Lotze et son héritage. Son influence et son impact sur la philosophie du XXe siècle (2015), edited by F. Boccaccini), the interest in this still partially unknown thinker is growing.
The present call for papers would like to contribute to what might be labeled Lotze Renaissance; topics would include:

– Logic and mathematics in Lotze’s philosophy
Lotze’s metaphysics
Lotze’s philosophy of nature and anthropology
– The method of philosophy, and the function of the philosopher
Lotze and the phenomenological tradition
Lotze, Frege and the objectivity of thought
Lotze and the neo-Kantian tradition
Lotze and classical German philosophy (Kant, Schelling, Hegel, Herbart)
– Spiritualism and materialism
Lotze and the development of natural science in the 19th century
Lotze and the Gestalt psychology
Lotze and American philosophy

Contributions can be written in Italian, French, English, Spanish and German, and sent to:;

Invited Contributors: William Woodward, Riccardo Martinelli

Deadline: August 31st, 2017

San Raffaele Spring School 2017

The research centres CRESA and PERSONA of the Faculty of Philosophy at San Raffaele University, Milan are happy to announce the International Conference and Spring School in Philosophy

Perception and Aesthetic Experience

Starting from Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature

San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy 2017 (SRSSP 2017)
22-24 May

Keynote Speaker:
Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

Invited Speakers:
Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan)
Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)
Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)
Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)
Marco Tettamanti (San Raffaele Scientific Institute)


What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does it tell us about ourselves? In his book Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature (Hill and Wang, New York, 2015), the philosopher Alva Noë tries to answer these questions by proposing a philosophical theory that investigates the artistic practice and the aesthetic experience in relation to many other human activities. Noë’s main idea is that the artistic practice is a re-organizational practice by means of which we put on display and investigate several organizational activities of ours, such as dancing or making pictures.

Investigating our practices, art investigates ourselves too. “Works of art put our making practices and our tendency to rely on what we make, and so also our practices of thinking and talking and making pictures, on display. Art puts us on display. Art unveils us to ourselves” (Noë 2015, 101).

However, Strange Tools is not just a book on art and artistic practice. Indeed, dealing with these topics, the author addresses also some of the main topics of his previous production: the nature of perception and the enactive proposal, the nature of pictures and representations, the extended thesis about our minds and cognitive processes, the place of neurosciences in the study of the mind, and so on.

We invite submissions by graduate and PhD students, as well as Postdocs and Experienced

Researchers, on any of the topics addressed by Alva Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature, as well as on any related topics addressed by the author in his previous works. Submissions on aesthetics and perception from other perspectives (e.g. theories different from Noë’s one) are also very welcome.

Possible questions to investigate include (but are not limited to):

  • What is perception? Can the enactive model be a good one to describe and explain how we perceive?
  • Is the Extended Mind Thesis a tenable one? Should we think of a necessary limitation of such an extension?
  • What is the nature of pictures and representations?
  • What is art? How can we define the artistic practice and the works of art? Is Noë’s position on these topics embraceable?
  • Can a neuro-aesthetic approach appropriately explain the aesthetic experience? In the negative case, should it be combined with other approaches or should it be completely rejected?

Submissions must be prepared for double blind review. Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information and they cannot exceed 4000 words (spaces and references included). Moreover, they must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet containing:

  • The name of the author(s),
  • Title of the submitted paper,
  • The author’s affiliation (if any) and contact information,
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words,
  • 4/5 keywords.

For stylistic details, see

Submissions should be sent to by the 15th of February, 2017. Acceptance will be

notified by the 17th of April, 2017. Accepted papers will be selected for presentation and for publication in a related issue of Phenomenology and Mind.

Deadline for submissions: February 15th, 2017

Notification of acceptance: April 17th, 2017

Publication of the issue: July, 2018

Scientific Direction:
Roberta De Monticelli, Francesca De Vecchi, Francesca Forlè, Elisabetta Sacchi

Organizing Committee:
Bianca Bellini, Silvia Bianchi, Chiara Boldorini, Antonella Carbone, Erminio Maglione, Sarah Songhorian

CFP: Phenomenology and Mind. “New Trends in Philosophy”

Phenomenology and Mind

New Trends in Philosophy
Young Researcher Special Issue

Deadline for paper submission: March 15th, 2017
The issue will be published by September 2017

Call for Papers
Phenomenology and Mind invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to “New Trends in Philosophy”. The issue will gather the works from young philosophers all around the world in order to draw a picture of the directions in which philosophy is heading. The CfP is especially directed to master and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and young researchers. The main purpose of this special issue is to provide a critical overview of some of the most interesting topics and methodologies from the current philosophical debate. The issue will present state-of-the-art research in theoretical and experimental philosophy, with a particular focus on:

(1) Philosophy of Language and Linguistics
(2) Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science
(3) Phenomenology and Social Ontology
(4) Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
(5) Ethics, Metaethics, and Political Theory.

In line with the interdisciplinary spirit of the Journal, possible areas of inquiry include (but are by no means limited to):

(1) Semantics and Pragmatics, Context Dependence, Speech Acts, Disagreement;
(2) Logical Pluralism, Theories of Truth and Non-Classical Logics, Grounding and Explanation;
(3) Fact/Value Dichotomy, Personhood and Personality, Intentionality, Collective Agency, Intersubjectivity;
(4) Extended Mind and Extended Cognition, Empathy and Social Cognition, Neurophenomenology;
(5) Social Injustice and Implicit Bias, Value Theory, Ethics and Information Technology, Ethics of Clinical Research.

Phenomenology and Mind is the Journal of the Faculty of Philosophy of San Raffaele University (Milan). It was founded in 2011 and since then has hosted works of outstanding philosophers such as Lynne Baker, Thomas Fuchs, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Shaun Gallagher, Margaret Gilbert, Jürgen Habermas, Edward Harcourt, Robin Jeshion, Dieter Lohmar, Michael Pauen, John Searle, Nadia Urbinati, and many others. The journal is anonymously peer-reviewed and open-access. We are committed to publishing papers of high academic quality and making them accessible to a wide audience. Submissions from underrepresented groups in philosophy are particularly encouraged.

Invited Authors
This special issue will host invited papers by Valeria Giardino (CNRS, University of Lorraine), Beatrice Magni (University of Milan), Teresa Marques (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), and Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan).

Guest Editors
Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
Bianca Cepollaro (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa – Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Submission Details
Submissions should be sent to by March 15th, 2017. E-mails containing submissions should bear the title “PaM NTP submission”. Manuscripts should not exceed 25,000 characters in length (spacing and references included) and they should be in .doc format. For stylistic details, see Submissions must be prepared for double blind review. Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information and must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet containing

● the name of the author(s),
● the title of the submitted paper,
● the author’s affiliation (if any) and contact information,
● an abstract of no more than 700 characters (spacing included).

Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 15th, 2017.

For any further information, please contact:;

Call for Abstracts – Pr-Ph2

Pragmatism and Phenomenology: A Two Day Workshop (Part Deux)

University of Waterloo, March 4 – 5, 2017

This two-day workshop is a follow-up to the April 2016 Pragmatism and Phenomenology
workshop at King’s University College in London, Ontario. Like its predecessor, this workshop presents an opportunity for scholars from both phenomenology and pragmatism to engage in a sustained discussion on topics relevant to both groups. Possible topics include intentionality, the a priori, states of affairs, temporality, perception and judgment, embodiment, naturalism, psychologism, amongst others.

The organizers are interested in all topics likely to be of interest to both pragmatists and phenomenologists. They especially welcome work that helps to diversify the discipline — e.g., discussions of women or racialized philosophers, themes associated with social justice, and similar.

The workshop is meant to be a discussion-type format and is not meant to be a formal presentation of papers. Workshop participants will be asked to lead or co-lead discussions on a topic of their choosing with discussion material circulated in advance. In order to facilitate this process, we ask that you submit a 100-word abstract of your discussion topic and one or two suggested readings for participants. It is not expected that participants are experts in both traditions, but merely that there is an interest in both.

Submission due date: Abstract and supplementary reading deadline is 11:15 p.m. Jan. 15.
Please email your submission to Shannon Dea at

Phenomenology in France – The Institut français de Berlin

The story of how phenomenology infiltrated the French academic scene is a complicated one. The works of Nicolas Monseu and Christian DuPont have done an excellent job of beginning to trace this history, but there are still details of the story that remain elusive.

One such detail centers around the Institut français de Berlin. From 1931-1933, Raymond Aron attended the Institut, and during his time in Berlin became interested in the work of Husserl. Upon his return to Paris, Aron met with Beauvoir and Sartre at the Bec de gaz on Rue Montparnasse. Over drinks, he convinced Sartre that phenomenology was the philosophical school which would satisfy his intellectual interests. (See Beauvoir’s famous retelling in the image below.)

To be clear, this was not Sartre’s first exposure to phenomenology. He had already learned of phenomenology via (at least) two of Husserl’s Freiburg students – Fernando Gerassi and Shūzō Kuki. But who had introduced Aron to phenomenology? Was there someone at the Institut français de Berlin, or part of the Berlin academic scene, who might have steered Aron in this direction? Perhaps Bernard Groethuysen? And while Sartre was in Berlin the following year, did he visit with this same person? If you know the answers to these questions, please comment below.