Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Friday, February 7, 2020

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Call for book chapters

Call for book chapters on the philosophical concept of play

Vernon Press invites book chapters to be included in a forthcoming scholarly volume on the philosophical concept of play edited by Jeremy Sampson (author of  “Being Played: Gadamer and Philosophy’s Hidden Dynamic”). Contributions from all disciplines are encouraged to be submitted, as long as the chapter contains a clear philosophical component.
The volume will focus on the universality of the philosophical ludics. Chapters should focus on either: the role of play in Post-Enlightenment philosophy; the influence of ludic theory on academic disciplines, such as Literature, Theology, History, Aesthetics, and Law; or how ludic theory impacts upon contemporary issues, such as terrorism and security, geo-politics and identity, climate change, the internet, sport, and e-sports.

Abstracts Due: March 24, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: April 24, 2020
Finalized Draft Due: September 24, 2020
Finalized Paper: December 24, 2020

Submission Details
Proposals should be between 300-700 words, and should clearly describe the author’s thesis and provide an overview of the proposed chapter’s structure. All proposals should be prepared for blind review, removing any reference to the author. As a separate document, authors should provide a short CV containing contact information and relevant publications, presentations, and/or research. Please email questions and submissions to Jeremy Sampson at carthaginian.traveller@live.co.uk

Rationale for the Volume

There are a number of reasons why this volume should entertain such a broad scope of interests. Firstly, Johan Huizinga in his book "Homo Ludens" (1944) (translated: "Man the Player") argues persuasively that play is universal and it is at the core of humanity's being. He argues that even in serious arenas, such as the battlefield or the courtroom the ritualization of play is ubiquitous and interwoven into human behaviour. Secondly, as Hans Georg Gadamer argued for the universality of philosophical hermeneutics, so I would argue for the universal presence of ludic theory or alternatively, the universality of philosophical ludics.

Fundamentally, the volume would be exploring how universal is philosophical ludics and why the philosophical concept of play is so interwoven into humanity's being. Although, play has been explored before as a philosophical concept, namely by postmodernism, the conclusion was to depict it as either relativistic or nihilistic in nature. That conclusion, I argued in "Being Played", was somewhat simplistic. The universality of play as a philosophical dynamic could breathe new life into intellectual engagement, challenging established metanarratives.

Jeremy Sampson

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Xth International Wassard Elea Symposium CFP

The Concept of Example

May 22-25, 2020
Ascea, Italy

~call for papers~

The question ”Are There Counterexamples to Aesthetic Theories of Art?”, raised by Nick Zangwill (JAAC, 2002), hasn’t made deep marks, and we invite proper analyses, expansions and interpretations. A counterexample is after all just an example and examples are legion as are samples, instances, cases, and so on, but what exactly is the logic of ‘example’? What’s the matter with examples? Do examples matter? Examples are deployed in many ways, e.g. to confirm, support, disconfirm, explain, clarify, illustrate, teach, and more. Do they? If they do, how is that? Why are examples taken to be so consequential? Why so prominent in practically speaking all the sciences, human and natural? If a thing (person, work, event, or other) is unique, how could it be an example of something? If it is “one of a kind”, what is the kind? This call is for fresh and detailed examinations of the logic of the concept of ‘example’.

The Xth International Wassard Elea Symposium is dedicated to investigation of this most frequent element in reasoning. We seek to engage philosophers and scholars in a conceptual analysis of what it means to be an example (good, bad, irrelevant, paradigm, etc.).

Wassard Elea invites philosophers and aestheticians to submit papers on the topic of this year’s theme. Sessions of 90 min. include speaker, commentator and open discussion (40/20/30). Participants whose papers are accepted are expected to also prepare a commentary on another presentation at the meeting. All suitable contributions are published in our journal, Wassard Elea Rivista.

Inquiries are welcome. Full papers (attached in format: word) should be sent directly to organizers: Prof. Lars Aagaard-Mogensen, Italy: wassardelea@gmail.com, or Prof. Jane Forsey, University of Winnipeg, Canada: j.forsey@uwinnipeg.ca.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2020.

There is no registration fee; participants will receive details about base rate accommodations in due course.

Wassard Elea
Refugium for writers, artists, composers, and scholars in Southern Italy