„Living Democracy“: First annual meeting of the GerPragNet

Dass Demokratie mehr als eine politische Herrschaftsform, nämlich vielmehr eine Lebensform ist, gehört zu den Grundeinsichten des Pragmatismus. Zugleich ist damit ihr prekärer Charakter bezeichnet, der sich gerade in Zeiten der Krise offenbart. Die Reflexion auf die Gelingensbedingungen der demokratischen Lebensform sowie auf die Selbst- und Weltverhältnisse, die sie ermöglichen und fördern, wird damit zu einer drängendengesellschaftlichen und philosophischen Aufgabe. Wovon lebt ein demokratisches Gemeinwesen? Wie kann Demokratie gelebt werden?
Unter dem Titel „Living Democracy? Die Zukunft der Demokratie“ wird im September 2020 die erste Jahrestagung des Netzwerks stattfinden. Für die öffentlichen Keynotes am Donnerstag- und Freitagabend konnten wir Hans Joas (Berlin/Chicago) und Charlene Haddock Seigfried (West Lafayette) gewinnen. Weitere Vortragende sind Michael Hampe (Zürich), Miriam Strube (Paderborn), Mara-Daria Cojocaru (München) und Ludwig Nagl
(Wien). Darüber hinaus soll in mehreren Projektsektionen Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen die Gelegenheit gegeben werden, ihre Arbeiten zu präsentieren und zu diskutieren. Noch nicht promovierte oder habilitierte Mitglieder des Netzwerks können sich bereits ab Versendung des Newsletters mit einem Abstract von 300 Wörtern für eine Projektpräsentation bewerben, im Herbst 2019 erfolgt dann ein offener Call for Papers. Tagungssprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch.

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hetzel, Dr. Ana Honnacker, PD Dr. Magnus Schlette, Dr. Stephan Steiner

Kontakt: Dr. Ana Honnacker
E-Mail: honnacker@fiph.de
Telefon: (0511) 16409-34

Ort: Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Hildesheim
Datum: 03.-05. September 2020

Workshop: Tomasello and Religion

Exploring the Philosophical and Theological Relevance of Evolutionary Anthropology.

Since many years, Michael Tomasello has been one of the most influential voices in anthropology. On the basis of ontogenetic research with great apes and infants, he tells a fascinating ‘natural history’ of of core human abilities. A better understanding of the genealogy of these abilities may help to deepen our understanding of these abilities and to further model their anthropological relevance. Tomasello’s research may thus be regarded as an important bridge between empirical and theological/ philosophical anthropology. However, this bridge has not been crossed by many scholars yet: An in-depth reception as well as a critical reception of Tomasello’s insights is yet to be achieved both in philosophical as well as theological anthropology.
The conference aims at bridging this gap by evaluating the prospects and boundaries of evolutionary anthropology. Its central focus is twofold: On the one hand, it attempts to analyse the philosophical foundations of evolutionary anthropology. On the other hand, it asks for the specific role of religion in the evolutionary process. Tomasello himself has not been very outspoken about the human capability of transcendence, so that the conference offers the thrilling opportunity to debate this issue with Tomasello himself for the first time.
The conference proceedings are supposed to be published in a highly renowned international publishing house (e.g. OUP, Routledge, etc.).


Tentative Schedule

Conference Organization:
Dr. Stephan Steiner Catholic Academy Berlin
PD Dr. Magnus Schlette FEST Heidelberg
Dr. Martin Breul Institute of Catholic Theology Cologne

Place: Catholic Academy of Berlin
Date: June, 18th-20th 2020

Call for papers: 47th annual SAAP meeting

The SAAP (Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy) invites papers or proposals on the topic of American Philosophy for their annual meeting in 2020.
While all papers on American philosophy are welcome, some preferences will be given to papers or proposals on „Inter-American-Philosophy“.

Representative topics may include the following:

  1. Past, present and possible future philosophical connections between philosophers and philosophic traditions in different parts of the Americas,
    especially with the Classical American philosophical traditions.
  2. North American and Latin American Philosophy: explorations of the mutual influence of philosophy done in the north and the south or fruitful comparisons of the
    philosophical insights of prominent philosophers on both sides of the continent, including Latinx and indigenous thought.
  3. Examination and elaboration of the important contributions of philosophers in the Americas (e.g., Pragmatism, Mexican Existentialism) to past and present problems
    in the Analytic and Continental traditions.
  4. Philosophers on the common ideals and common socio-political problems of the Americas. For example:
    a) Democracy and decolonialism, its nature, prospects and challenges
    in the Americas;
    b) How philosophy can contribute to the amelioration of the common problems of North and South America.
  5. Philosophical ideas and debates about the identity of the Americas in relation to other nations, regions, and cultures.
  6. Philosophy of technology and science in the Americas, environmental practices and movements throughout the Americas, and Philosophy of Education (including philosophy for children) in and throughout the Americas.

You do not need to be a member of SAAP to submit a paper or proposal via the standard submission tool on the SAAP website. Scholars who are not presently members of the Society, but whose work is in American thought, are especially encouraged to submit.

For further information (funding for graduate students,o requirements for the papers and proposals) see the conference website.

Place: City of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Date: 5-7 March 2020
Deadline: 15 August 2019

AG „Comprehensive Worldviews“ (Workshop)


Workshop in Kooperation der Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft (FEST) mit dem Lehrstuhl für Praktische Philosophie und Rechtsphilosophie der Universität Koblenz-Landau.

U.a. mit Sami Pihlström, weiter Informationen folgen in Kürze.

Organisation:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Jung
PD Dr. Magnus Schlette
Kontakt
PD Dr. Magnus Schlette, 06221-912237, magnus.schlette@fest-heidelberg.de

Ort: 69117 Heidelberg, Schmeilweg 5
Datum: 19./20. August 2019

Conference: The Reception of American Pragmatism in Europe

The conference aims at exploring the different facets of the impact that American Pragmatism has had, has today and could still have on Europe.

There are three core inquiries:

1. First, the conference is interested in the changing cycles of the reception, from the European exorcizing of Pragmatism as a philosophy solely interested in the “cash value” of ideas to its appreciation as the paradigmatic philosophy in a plural and constantly changing world.

2. Second, it investigates how and to what extent we can speak of a unified European reaction to Pragmatism and, at the same time, expounds on episodes of a multifaceted reception that are characteristic of different regions in Europe (e.g. Southern, Central, Eastern Europe, the Nordic Countries, the British Isles, etc.).

3. Third, the conference explores the contributions that American Pragmatism can still make with regard to contemporary European challenges, from the political and economic relations between the EU and the United States, to the formation and the identity of a European community, from immigration to populism, from the crisis of democracy to new social movements, from current scientific and economic challenges to innovative and intelligent solutions for social life. In this context, the relationship between so-called American Pragmatism and Latin/South/Indigenous American philosophy can also be taken into consideration with the aim of gathering new and transformative insights for Europe.

For further information on the conference, please see here (Call for papers).

and the program.

Place: Dewey-Center Switzerland, St. Gallen
Conference Date: June 6-8,2019
Contact: federica.gregoratto@unisg.ch and michael.festl@unisg.ch

Das Geistige und die Geister. Wovon handelt der religiöse Glaube?

Die Naturwissenschaften sind heute eine kulturell prägende Macht. Ihr „Ethos der Nüchternheit“ entzieht dem Glauben an Übernatürliches jede Legitimität. Wovon handelt der religiöse Glaube dann aber noch in einem naturalistisch dominierten Zeitalter?

Diskussion im Rahmen des Akademieabends der Katholischen Akademie Berlin.

Referenten: Prof. Dr. Matthias Jung (Koblenz)
Prof. Dr. Hans Julius Schneider (Potsdam)

Anmeldung

Ort: Katholische Akademie Berlin

Datum: Freitag, 03.05.2019, 19.00 Uhr

Workshop with Prof. Terrence Deacon

Further information: please click the poster for an abstract and details about the workshop organization.
All sections are based on papers or chapters (by Terrence Deacon) that are available for interested participants in advance.

Progamm of the workshop

Please register in advance at: magnus.schlette@fest-heidelberg.de

Location: FEST Heidelberg, Schmeilweg 5, 69118 Heidelberg
Date: 30th March 2019, 10am-6pm