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

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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

**Verschoben** „Living Democracy“: Erste Tagung des German Pragmatism Network (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).

Die Veranstaltung will darüber hinaus eine Vernetzung derer, die ein Forschungsinteresse am Pragmatismus haben, vorantreiben. Angesprochen sind, über die Philosophie hinaus, Disziplinen wie Politikwissenschaft, Amerikanistik, Soziologie und Theologie, in denen wesentliche pragmatistische Konzepte und Methoden aufgenommen wurden. In mehreren Sektionen werden insbesondere Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen ihre Projekte zur Diskussion stellen.
Eine Anmeldung ist bis zum 07. Juli 2020 möglich.   Wird neu bekannt gegeben, wenn der neue Termin feststeht.

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

Kontakt: Dr. Ana Honnacker
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, 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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