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

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.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Jung
PD Dr. Magnus Schlette
PD Dr. Magnus Schlette, 06221-912237,

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
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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)


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:

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

Public Lecture: Terrence W. Deacon

The concept of human nature has been challenged by social scientists because of its inability to clearly delineate the distinction between the biologically inherited and experientially acquired attributes of being human. Yet the very fact of being susceptible to acquired cultural influences irrelevant to other species makes clear that this is an evolutionarily constrained susceptibility. Symbolic processes are the source of the most important and distinctively human acquired influences, and include both linguistically mediated and habitually reproduced social conventions. Susceptibility to these influences arose due to the evolution of neurological adaptations that support symbolic communication and cognition. Although human brains do not include any structures that lack ape homologues, the slight reorganization that made symbolic abilities ubiquitous has also created the possibility for socially transmitted information to radically reorganize mental functions. In this lecture I reanalyze the concept of symbolic reference in order to overcome equivocal and ambiguous uses of the concept that obscure the special nature of these adaptations and thus blind research to the complex bio-cultural interactions that produce some of the most ubiquitous and unprecedented features of being human. These include modifications
of memory functions, emotional experiences, the nature of identity, and the range of mental plasticity.

Location: Marsilius-Kolleg der Universität Heidelberg (Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1)
Date: March 29th 2019, 6:00 pm
Organized by: FEST and GERPRAGNET in cooporation with Marsilius-Kolleg and Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg

Vortrag Prof. Dr. Michael Hampe (ETH Zürich): Wahrheitspraktiken

(Beim Klicken auf das Bild werden Sie zum Video auf Youtube weitergeleitet)

Prof. Dr. Michael Hampe ist seit 2003 Professor für Philosophie an der ETH Zürich und im Wintersemester 2018/19 als visiting fellow an der FEST Heidelberg.
Es ist ein Charakteristikum moderner kritischer Philosophie, die Begriffe der absoluten Wahrheit und der absoluten Gewissheit in Frage zu stellen. Doch darf daraus nicht der Schluss gezogen werden, wir wüssten nicht, was wahr
sei. Tatsächlich verfügen wir über eine Reihe von bewährten Praktiken der Überprüfung von Behauptungen hinsichtlich ihres Wahrheitsgehaltes. Die Relevanz dieser Praktiken ist unabhängig von einer allgemeinen philo-sophischen Wahrheitstheorie. Wegen der politischen und kulturellen Bedeutung von Wahrheiten, die weit über die Bedeutung dieses Begriffs in den Wissenschaften hinausgeht, ist es wichtig, die Relevanz und das Funktionieren dieser Wahrheitspraktiken anzuerkennen und aus dem Scheitern allgemeiner philosophischer Wahrheitstheorien nicht die falschen Konsequenzen zu ziehen.