Contemporary Relevance of Hegelian Naturalism: Philosophical and 
Interdisciplinary Outcomes.
International Conference, University of Parma, June 19th-21st 2019
Venue: University of Parma, Via M. D’Azeglio 85
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (DUSIC)
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Alison Stone (Lancaster University)
Catherine Malabou (Kingston University, London)
Heikki Ikäheimo (University of New South Wales)
Christopher Yeomans (Purdue University, Indiana)
Emmanuel Renault (Université Paris Nanterre)
Sebastian Rödl (Universität Leipzig)
Luca Illetterati (Università di Padova)
Arvi Särkelä (Universität Luzern)
Luca Corti (Università di Padova)
Mario De Caro (Università di Roma Tre)
The conference will address interdisciplinary issues connected to a 
naturalistic reading of Hegelian thought, with special reference to the social 
sciences, neurosciences, biology and philosophy of biology. Hegel’s philosophy 
is in fact devoted to a revision of the transcendental philosophy by 
highlighting that thinking and cognition originate from the natural requisites 
of the subject. In this sense, his philosophy entails a novel naturalism 
accounting for the concrete interdependence between nature and thinking, life 
and mind, and enhancing our understanding of the human nature and its social 
outcomes. This version of naturalism not only has relevance for the 
contemporary philosophical debate on this category of thinking, it can also be 
elaborated through an interdisciplinary approach.
What is Hegelian naturalism about, and why is it philosophically relevant? Can 
Hegel’s philosophy improve our understanding on topics related to different 
disciplines? Is a dialogue between Hegelian thinking and the previous mentioned 
disciplines methodologically possible?
In order to answer those questions, the conference will gather Hegelian 
scholars and researchers from different disciplines.
Call for Papers:
We will appreciate contributions focusing on the following topics:
1) Relevant Hegelian topics discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective:
Hegel’s conception of spirit and naturalism
Free will and philosophy of action
The role of the notion of life in Hegel’ philosophy
Social recognition
Embodied cognition
Hegel’s philosophy and the natural sciences
Philosophy of right
Social labor and the economic sphere
2) Interdisciplinary aspects connected to:
Social sciences
Mind-body problem
The relation between life and mind
Biology and philosophy of biology
Evolutionary psychology
Cognitive and brain sciences
Submission Guideline
Abstracts of about 200 words prepared for blind review should be sent
before April 15th 2019 to:
Acceptance will be notified by May 10th.
There are no registration fees, but contributed speakers will have to cover 
their travel and staying costs by themselves.
Scientific Organization

Italo Testa (University of Parma)
Guido Seddone (University of Parma)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 
research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant 
agreement No 704127 -

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