Call for Papers

Helmuth Plessner. Philosophy and Life

Submission deadline: 30 September 2021

Special Issue of “Thaumàzein” [http://www.thaumazein.it/]

Edited by Vallori Rasini

Helmuth Plessner’s thought is widely known in Italy, where today the greatest part of his work is translated and analysed by many experts. They highlight above all the importance, the depth and the newness of his positions. The monographic number of “Thaumàzein” dedicated to Helmuth Plessner brings together original contributions articulated according to different paths. However, they are consistently collected around Plessner’s effort to coordinate philosophical and scientific research on the nature of human being in a multifaceted form.

Contributions may concern:

– Philosophy of Nature and Anthropological Philosophy in Plessner;

– Plessner’s relationship with the different philosophical currents of his time;

– Plessner’s relationship with scientific, sociological and political thought;

– body, senses and philosophy in Plessner;

– Plessner and the interpretation of the concept of “life”.

The essays can be written in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian (and accompanied by an abstract in English); they should be max 35.000 characters long and will be peer-reviewed. Submissions should be sent to Vallori Rasini (vallori.rasini@gmail.com) within the 30th September 2021.

Socratic Eudaimonia and the Care for Others

eds. L. Napolitano, D. Morrison, A. Stavru

Monographic issue of the online journal “Thaumazein”: http://www.thaumazein.it (No. 9, 2021)

Despite the appearances given by certain texts, the moral psychology of Socrates need not imply selfishness. On the contrary, a close look at passages in Plato and Xenophon (see Plato, Meno 77-78, Protagoras 358, Gorgias 466-468, Euthydemus 278, Lysis 219; Xenophon, Memorabilia 3.9.4-5) suggests that the egoist’s welfare depends upon the welfare of others (i.e. family or friends). Since the welfare of the egoist’s family and friends is part of the egoist’s own eudaimonia, the egoist has a direct and intrinsic motive to promote the welfare of these others.

This multilingual volume will explore the role that other peoples’ welfare plays in Socratic ethics. Special attention will be paid to test-cases in which the principle that moral action is always good for the agent seems to have no validity. I.e., under which circumstances is the self-sacrifice for the sake of others (such as the soldier’s self-sacrifice on the battlefield) good for the agent (as in Alcibiades I 115a-116d)? Chapters will deal with contradictions or tensions of this sort, and relate them to more general views on eudaimonia held within Socratic literature. Comparison between different Socratic authors will be used as a means to identify the distinctive features of Socratic eudaimonia if compared to other Greek theories of happiness, such as the Aristotelian theory of philautia (NE IX, 1166a-1166b; 1168a-1169b). Sections of the volume will be devoted to “Philautia and Justice,” “Altruism and Knowledge,” “Dialectics and Protreptics,” and “Telos and Predestination.” Short papers on these or related topics will be considered for publication.

Deadline for submitting a proposal (= 1,500 characters long abstract): August 10, 2020.

If the proposal is accepted, deadline for submitting the paper: October 31, 2020.

Expected publication of the volume: March 2021.

Maximum length of papers: 30.000 characters (spaces and footnotes included).

Language of papers: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French.


Morphology, Plasticity and Transformation between Philosophy and Biology

Submission deadline: 15 April 2020

Special Issue of “Thaumàzein” [http://www.thaumazein.it/]

Edited by Alessandro Minelli, Salvatore Tedesco and Maria Rosa Lupo

In biology, interest in form was the prerogative of developmental biology, while it was practically neglected by evolutionary biology. This situation has changed a lot in recent decades and has led to a reinterpretation of the concept of evolution and evolutionism focusing more on the problem of form and morphology. In Italy, especially Alessandro Minelli, one of the editors of this issue, has dedicated his studies to the need to communicate form to structure, to reconnect morphology and evolution. This theme is a highly relevant one for philosophy, inasmuch as the question of form and morphology, since the days of Goethe and Bergson, has always been considered as the starting point for a philosophy of the living being endowed with its own categories that cannot be reduced to those of physics.

This is a double-bind peer-reviewed journal. Contributions should be submitted in English and should not exceed 12,000 words, including abstract, footnotes, and references. Manuscripts should be prepared following Thaumàzein’s style guidelines (http://www.thaumazein.it/la-rivista/about-the-journal/formatting-guidelines/), and should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Guido Cusinato (guido.cusinato@univr.it) within the 15th of April 2020.


Psychopathology and philosophy in relation to the existence of human beings

Submission deadline: 30 September 2018

Special Issue of “Thaumàzein” [http://www.thaumazein.it/] (2018)

The analysis of mental disorders necessarily requires a careful and multilayered reflection. Psychiatry is indeed focused on complex phenomena and symptoms that can be only partly traced back to merely quantitative objectifiable data. This is the reason why we can witness a growing methodological and conceptual “mutual enlightenment” between philosophy and psychiatry. Whereas philosophy offers notions that can help to take into account also the qualitative aspects and the lived experiences of pathologies, clinical psychiatry seems to represent one of the most relevant practical fields that allow philosophy to test its explanatory capacity regarding its several central issues. The history of phenomenological psychopathology, in particular, shows that among philosophers there has been a keen interest in the practical consequences of these issues in the field of clinical psychopathology.

It is important to note that psychiatry, in diagnosing and analyzing some disorders as well as in elaborating therapeutic directions, turns to the concepts that have a pronounced philosophical relevance. Human being, common sense, self, lived body (Leib) and inanimate body (Körper), intersubjectivity are some of the concepts employed to comprehend several psychopathologies, for instance, those entailing profound emotional and intersubjective disabilities such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder and depression. On these concepts there have been vivid philosophical discussions. It is therefore quite difficult to imagine, for example, that the connections between time, body and otherness which emerge in certain psychopathologies can be analyzed, completely detached from the philosophical debate over these issues or without asking whether there is any relationship between mental disturbances and the peculiarity of human existence.

Considering these convergences, this CFP aims at investigating possible relationships between specific psychopathological symptoms and a series of crucial issues of philosophy, such as:

  1. Anthropogenesis and Phenomenology of Emotions;
  2. Intersubjectivity and Direct Perception of Expressivity of the Other;
  3. Phenomenology of Embodiment;
  4. Minimal Self and Plasticity of the Process of Human Formation (Bildung)
  5. Value-ception (Wertnehmung), Order of Feeling, Philosophy of Person;
  6. Atypical Social Cognition and Common Sense.

Contributions should be submitted in English and should not exceed 10,000 words, including abstract, footnotes, and references. Manuscripts should be prepared following Thaumàzein‘s style guidelines (http://thaumazein.it/formatting-guidelines-for-authors/), and should not have been published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Guido Cusinato (guido.cusinato@univr.it) within the 30th of September 2018.


Scheler e il pensiero asiatico nell’era della globalizzazione

24-29 Novembre 2017
Sun Yat-Sen University
Guangzhou, Cina

Il XIV Convegno internazionale della Max-Scheler-Gesellschft avrà luogo a Guangzhou (Canton) in Cina alla Sun Yat-Sen University dal 24 al 29 Novembre 2017 e avrà come tema «Max Scheler e il pensiero asiatico nell’era della globalizzazione».

È previsto un call for papers per selezionare 10 studiosi di Max Scheler che riceveranno vitto e alloggio durante il convegno. I partecipanti dovranno inviare al Presidente della Max Scheler Gesellschaft, Prof. Guido Cusinato, e al Prof. Liangkang Ni, della Sun Yat-Sen University: un breve curriculum, un titolo dell’intervento e un breve abstract in lingua inglese o tedesca. Si raccomanda inoltre di controllare la validità del proprio passaporto già durante la presentazione della domanda.

Le domande dovranno pervenire entro il 1 Maggio 2017. Ai vincitori verrà richiesta la fotocopia di un passaporto valido per lo meno fino a Marzo 2018 (per informazioni più precise rivolgersi all’Ambascita cinese). Successivamente riceveranno l’invito ufficiale per richiedere il visto alla Repubblica Popolare Cinese. Si ricorda che il visto va richiesto circa due mesi prima della partenza.Link

Approfondimento

Il convegno si propone di analizzare criticamente e approfondire alcune tematiche affrontate da Scheler in una prospettiva interculturale e di confrontarle con il pensiero asiatico. Ad es. i temi della globalizzazione, dell’Ausgleich fra occidente e oriente, del dolore, della morte, del vuoto del cuore, della salute, della medicina e della felicità. In questa prospettiva particolare rilevanza assumono scritti come ad es. Vom Sinn des Leiden e Der Mensch im Weltalter des Ausgleichs.

Nello scritto Vom Sinn des Leiden Scheler afferma «Es gibt jeder Art von Schmerz und Leid gegenüber zwei ganz entgegengesetzte Wege, sie zu vermindern und aufzuheben. Der eine Weg ist der aktive äußere Kampf gegen die objektiven natürlichen oder gesellschaftlichen Ursachen des Schmerzes und Leidens — der resolute „Widerstand gegen das Übel“ als objektive Weltbeschaffenheit. Dieser Weg war im großen ganzen gesehen der Weg der abendländischen aktiv-heroischen Zivilisation. Der zweite Weg besteht in dem Versuche, nicht die Übel und hierdurch erst das Leiden an ihnen abzustellen, sondern das Leiden an allen möglichen Übeln von innen her zu unterbinden durch möglichst restlose und willentlich vollkommene Beseitigung des unwillkürlichen, automatischen Widerstandes, der, wie schon die Inder früh erkannt haben, ebensowohl eine Daseinsbedingung des Schmerzes und Leides ist wie der äußere Reiz, d. h. das natürliche und gesellschaftliche objektive Übel. Durch die positive geistige Kunst gerade des Nichtwiderstandes gegen das Übel — durch seine vollkommene „Duldung“ — soll hier das Leiden an ihm von innen, vom Zentrum des Lebens aus aufgehoben werden, indirekt aber das Übel selbst, da das Übel nach dieser Auffassung gar nichts objektiv Reales ist, sondern nur der dunkle Schatten, den eben unser Leiden an der Welt gleichsam auf die Welt wirft. Dieser Weg ist in radikalster, konsequentester, großartigster Form der Weg Buddhas» (VI, 55).

Tuttavia «Das buddhistische Verhalten ist genau so wenig bloße Duldung, Hinnahme, Ertragen des Leidens wie der aktivste westliche Heroismus, der in Technik, systematischer Hygiene, Therapie, Zivilisation, Kulturarbeit seinen heißen leidenschaftlichen Willen auf die Aufhebung der äußeren Übel und Leidursachen geworfen hat, die er für real. Gerade dieser westliche aktive heiße Wille, das Leiden bis zu seinem kleinsten Atom und bis in seine tiefste Wurzel ganz und radikal aus der Welt zu schaffen — diese Zielidee des Willens und der fanatische Glaube an die Möglichkeit, dieses Ziel auch praktisch zu erreichen —, verbindet Buddha mit den Erscheinungen des aktivsten westlichen Heroismus» (VI, 57).

Lo scritto che esprime meglio di tutti la prospettiva interculturale di Scheler è Der Mensch im Weltalter des Ausgleichs (1927). Il concetto di Ausgleich è un concetto complesso. Per diversi aspetti con Ausgleich Scheler intende qualcosa di molto simile a ciò che oggi chiamiamo “globalizzazione”. In questo processo Scheler vede pericoli, ma anche opportunità. Esistono infatti due forme di Ausgleich: una che si traduce in conflitto militare, distruzione e livellamento e una che invece porta alla crescita, fioritura e valorizzazione delle differenze. Comprendere le logiche che portano in una direzione o nell’altra diventa fondamentale per i destini dell’umanità.