Call for Papers

Theme: Philosophy, Politics and Ethics in Contention
Type: 13th Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
(CAPPE), University of Brighton
Location: Brighton (United Kingdom)
Date: 12.–14.9.2018
Deadline: 13.4.2018


Philosophy in the 21st century has been reinvigorated by a set of
disputes which both challenge its disciplinary status and open up new
areas of contention. Some argue that philosophy is not a site of
truth; others argue that it reconstructs the rationality that
subjects already possess; others contend that rationality is simply
the mirror image of multiple forms of domination. The politics of
affect; the turn to an ethics of the other; feminist challenges to
the masculinity of reason; decolonial critiques of the relationship
between philosophy and colonialism: all have put into question the
way philosophy polices the boundaries which define the discipline.
This conference probes the future of philosophy; what it might be;
and how it relates both to politics, ethics and other disciplines.

We encourage contributions from any philosophical, ethical or
political “tradition” addressing the range of contentions which
define the field of contemporary philosophy. Themes include, but are
not limited to, the following. Contributions may well range across
several of these questions:

Disciplinary Disputes
- Does philosophy have a purpose?
- Is philosophy radical? Should it be?
- Is there a public role for philosophy?
- Gender and philosophy: is the discipline intrinsically sexist?
- Race and philosophy: is racism intrinsic to philosophy?
- Decolonising philosophy: what is to be done? Is it necessary?
- What has philosophy to say to others?
- Philosophy for children
- Are there appropriate limits to philosophy?
- Love and wisdom in the age of post-truth.
- Bio-politics, ontology and the question of humanity

Philosophy, Ethics and Politics
- What’s political about political philosophy?
- Should moral philosophy be ethically committed?
- How might political and moral concerns intersect?
- Does philosophy rely on universalism? 
- What is applied philosophy?
- The theological turn in question?
- Philosophy as a discipline; philosophy as a practice
- Do social movements need philosophers?
- Affect, reason and acting
- Directions in contemporary moral and political philosophy: hope,
  despair or neither?

Abstracts by Friday 13th April 2018 to:

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Kimberley Brownlee (University of Warwick, UK)
Professor Evert van der Zweerde (Raboud University, Netherlands)

Costs: £120 / £60 (unwaged/students/no institutional support).

There are approximately 10 free places for students: if you wish to
apply please send a paragraph explaining your need for a free place,
together with your abstract. Decisions will be made on the basis of
both abstract and need.

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