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Call for Papers
The Seventh International Conference of IARPT Berlin,
Germany June 18-21, 2018
The theme of the 2018 IARPT conference is human transcendence considered in light of biocultural evolution. Central to thistheme are questions of human uniqueness and the various interpretations of transcendence that can be given in light of this uniqueness, as well as questions about the kinds of social and cultural conditions that are necessary for the development and realization of various kinds of human transcendence. For example: How should we articulate the continuity/discontinuity of the human species in relation to our evolutionary past and the rest of nature, and how should this evolutionary standpoint inform our understanding of the human yearning and capacity for transcendence? Is human transcendence a species universal, or is it a cultural development like agriculture, written language, or mathematics? What kinds of human transcendence are conceivable within a naturalistic, evolutionary framework? How should the phenomenon of humantranscendence — as evidenced, for example, by the history of religion, but also by science and the arts — inform our understanding of human nature, nature, and evolution?
In keeping with the special interests of IARPT (see iarpt.org for more information), we welcome, as always, contributions from diverse perspectives of American religious and philosophical thought, including pragmatism, empiricism, process philosophy, religious naturalism, and liberal theology. In addition, we invite (but do not require) participants to engage with one or more of the following:
1. Relevant scientific perspectives on human uniqueness, especially the work of American comparative psychologist Michael Tomasello, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig – see, e.g., his most recent books, A Natural History of Human Thinking (2014) and A Natural History of Human Morality (2016).
2. The German tradition of philosophical anthropology as represented by figures such as Max Scheler (e.g. Man's Place in Nature, 1928), Helmuth Plessner (e.g. Man and the Stages of the Organic, 1928), Arnold Gehlen (e.g. Man: His Nature and Place in the World, 1940) and Ernst Cassirer (e.g. An Essay on Man, 1944).
3. The recent revival of scholarly interest in Karl Jasper's concept of the "Axial Age," especially as represented in the works of Robert Bellah and Hans Joas (see, e.g., their edited volume, The Axial Age and Its Consequences, 2012). Han Joas has graciously accepted our invitation to be one of our plenary speakers. As usual, we will also consider proposals for papers that do not address the themes of evolution and human transcendence but are directly related to traditions of thought embraced by IARPT (empiricism, naturalism, pragmatism, process thought, liberal theology, etc. – again, see our website for more information).
Proposals for panels are also encouraged. Proposals should contain a descriptive title and informative but brief (maximum 500 words) description of the paper to be presented, with some indication of how the paper relates to themes of the conference and/or topics of special interest to IARPT. Proposals should also include a brief (150-word) biographical sketch of the authors. All proposals should be sent in Word format to both program directors: Christian Polke and Nat Barrett.
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Public Affairs Quarterly on
“Race and Public Policy”
This special issue will feature articles that bring philosophical analysis to bear on issues involving race and public policy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: affirmative action, racial profiling, the Black Lives Matter movement, hate speech, hate crimes, reparations for slavery and other historical injustices, implicit bias, race and health, race and medicine, race and technology, race and the criminal justice system, race and the environment, race and education, race and sports, race and ethnicity, race and immigration, race and identity, and race and inequality.
Submissions on any philosophical topic concerning race and public policy will be considered. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and should be double-spaced and prepared for blind review. The journal prefers manuscripts of 6,000-9,000 words in length but articles outside these limits may still be considered.
Articles intended for consideration for inclusion in this issue should be submitted by December 31, 2018 via the journal’s online submission process at http://ojs.press.illinois.edu/index.php/paq/. Questions about potential submissions should be directed to the Editor, David Boonin, at email@example.com
The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite presentation proposals for our 76th Annual Conference to be held at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University in New York City, June 8-9, 2018. Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. Since the Institute values comparative sessions, individual papers need not focus on Poland or the Polish diaspora, but it is hoped that at least one paper in each session will do so. Sessions including presenters from more than one nation are encouraged. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three/four papers (20 minutes each). The conference language is English and all conference rooms will be equipped with AV for the use of PowerPoints and CD/DVD presentations. It is expected that acceptable conference papers will be submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.
To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, a tentative paper title and brief abstract for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2018. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee.