Three Zoom-Workshops with John Kaag on topics from his new book Sick Souls, Healthy Minds

  Professor John Kaag is the ninth annual William-James-Scholar-in-Residence at the William James Center of University of Potsdam, Germany. However, this year the Scholar-in-residence with not be “in-Residence”. There will be three Zoom-Workshops, taking place on three consecutive Mondays, 8pm-10pm (Central European Time). Each session will start with a presentation by Kaag. After the presentation, there will be free discussion.
The participants in the workshops are expected to have read John Kaag’s book Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life.

Workshop 1, Determinism and Despair: A Young William James in Crisis
(Prologue and Chapters 1-2 in Sick Souls, Healthy Minds)
Date: 9 November, 8pm-10pm, Central European Time

Workshop 2, Consciousness and Transcendence: A Jamesian Recovery
(Chapters 3-4 in Sick Souls, Healthy Minds)
Date: 16 November, 8pm-10pm, Central European Time

Workshop 3, Wonder and Hope: James on „Is Life Worth Living?“
(Chapters 5-6 in Sick Souls, Healthy Minds)
Date: 23 November, 8pm-10pm, Central European Time

The number of participants is limited. Please register at

Call for Papers: Living Democracy

Für die erste Jahrestagung des German Pragmatism Network (weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung) sind besonders Nachwuchsforscher*innen eingeladen, sich für Projektpräsentationen zu bewerben.

Genauere Informationen erhalten Sie durch Klicken auf das nebenstehende Bild.

Für jede Präsentation ist eine Sektion von insgesamt 50 Minuten vorgesehen (30 Minuten Vortrag, 20 Minuten Diskussion). Abstracts (deutsch/englisch, max. 300 Wörter) können bis zum 2. März 2020 per Mail an eingesandt werden.

Die Veranstaltung findet vom 3.-5. September 2020 am Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg der Universität Hildesheim statt.

Deadline: 2. März 2020

Veranstaltungsdatum: 3.-5. September 2020
Ort: Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, Universität Hildesheim

Public Lecture (Alva Noë): Art and the in between

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Location: Marsilius-Kolleg der Universität Heidelberg (Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1)
Date: October 25th 2019, 6:00 pm
Organized by: FEST and GERPRAGNET in cooporation with Marsilius-Kolleg (University of Heidelberg)

Workshop with Alva Noë: Sensorimotor Interactions, Concepts and Perceptions

Further information: please click the poster for an abstract and details about the workshop organization.

Please register in advance at:

Location: FEST Heidelberg e.V., Schmeilweg 5, 69118 Heidelberg
Date: October 26th 2019, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Organized by: FEST and GERPRAGNET in cooporation with Marsilius-Kolleg (University of Heidelberg)

CFP: Women in Pragmatism – International Conference

Women have been and continue to be underrepresented in the history of philosophy. Unfortunately, pragmatism is not an exception to this current trend. The genealogy of pragmatism pays less attention to the works of those women who contributed to the movement. Jane Addams, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alice Hamilton, Mary Parker Follett, Anna Julia Cooper, Ella Flagg Young, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, Christine Ladd-Franklin, Mary White Calkins, Florence Kelley, Victoria Welby and many others are only just resurfacing in the literature, after having been cast into oblivion for decades. For those women, to pursue an academic career or to live as public intellectuals was at best a challenge, if not an impossibility.

One century later, the situation is only slowly changing. Women represent almost half of the community of professional philosophers. However, women keep being less quoted, less considered and held less creditable as subjects or objects of knowledge as their male peers. The aim of this conference is thus to celebrate the past and current work of women researching and advancing  philosophy in a pragmatist tradition and highlight their ongoing contributions to specialist academic research as well as public discourse.

The conference will also promote mentoring, networking, and sharing good practice between women working on any aspect of the pragmatist tradition, broadly construed. As an output and lasting legacy of the meeting, we plan to create a virtual archive of women currently engaged in research on pragmatism, which will strengthen cooperation and facilitate communication between scholars. Lastly, the reunion of women pragmatists should lead to the adoption of some resolutions to correct gender bias in research, teaching and cooperation analogous to other associations of women philosophers.

Persons who self-identify as women and gender non-conform persons are encouraged to send a 300-word abstract prepared for blind-peer review to before the 30th of September within one of the following research areas (please give the number of the area in which you wish to be considered):


Attendance is open to all persons interested in pragmatism.

Deadline for submission: September 30, 2019. 
Communication of acceptance/rejection: November 10, 2019


Location: Universitat de Barcelona
Date: 28-30 January 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, or 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