- CFP History of Moral and Political Philosophy: Radicalism and Compromise
- CFA Penser l’égalité des sexes au XVIIe siècle / Constructing the equality of the sexes in C17 France
- CFA: Women in Early Modern Philosophy
- BJHP Special Issue :Women Philosophers
- Bridging the gender gap through time: how women philosophers of the past contributed to today’s thought
Please note that the organizers encourage submissions about the contribution of women philosophers of the past.
III Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy
University of Minho
Theme: Radicalism and Compromise
Our keynote speaker this year will be: Prof. Avishai Margalit (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
The Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society of the University of Minho is pleased to announce the III Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, an international annual conference to be held every year in January at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. The purpose of this conference series is to promote the study of the tradition of political and moral philosophy and its legacy in shaping our institutions, culture and beliefs. But it will focus on how this tradition can contribute to tackling the challenges our societies are facing today. Every year the conference will have a specific theme, which will be chosen by taking into consideration the current global political situation.
In line with the spirit behind this new series of conferences, the third edition of the Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy will be dedicated to explore the ideas of “radicalism” and “compromise”.
Politics has frequently been defined as the art of the possible or the art of compromise. More dramatically, it has been depicted as the realm of Faustian deals and tragic choices. Max Webber famously wrote that the political call demands endurance in the face of disappointment. It is the realm of frustration and sacrifices, of fragile equilibriums between fiat justitia and raison d’état.
Sometimes the existence of political structures of accountability relaxes the dependence on character, reputation, and honor among conflicting parties. Reasonable civic duties suffice to deflate social conflicts and to compensate offended actors. Lacking these institutions, integrity becomes non-negotiable for social trust.
On occasion, however, a social order of tolerance would not emerge without sacrificing the moral integrity of former heroes that we now consider dogmatic integrists. Conversely, this institutional order of tolerance also allows the political space for the reconstruction of identity claims for recognition that derive their radical strength from their intrinsic aversion to political settlement.
From a historical point of view, our political languages and attitudes towards compromise, negotiation, bargaining, and agreement have changed in a myriad of contexts and traditions. As so did our conceptions of what seemed once worth sacrificing or defending.
The aim of this Colloquium is to bring to the fore philosophical treatments from various philosophical traditions of these aspects of political activity, and to do so from an historical perspective that might help us shed light on the shape of things as they are now.
The Colloquium welcomes original explorations of political conflicts that illuminate these dimensions of conceptual change in radicalism and compromise from different traditions and perspectives.
Proposals must be sent via Registration Form available on our site : http://bragacolloquium.weebly.com/
Further queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for abstract submissions: November 15, 2017.
Deadline for notification of acceptance: December 15, 2017.
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CFA Penser l’égalité des sexes au XVIIe siècle / Constructing the equality of the sexes in C17 France
International Conference26-27 October 2017University College Dublin
Siep StuurmanMarie-Frédérique Pellegrin
The aim of this conference is to examine the ways in which an equality between the sexes is constructed, conceptualised, envisaged, imagined, dramatized, realized or dismissed in seventeenth-century France.
Papers examining the issue from a philosophical, theological, medical, literary and historical viewpoint are welcome and can be in French or in English.
Please send 300-word abstracts in English or French by email directly to email@example.com by 14 July 2017.Publication of selected papers as a collective peer-reviewed volume is envisaged.
Lehigh University 5th Annual Philosophy Conference
Bethlehem PA 18015
U S A
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Friday, October 20, 2017
The Lehigh University Philosophy Department welcomes abstracts concerning any aspect of the philosophical work of — or about — women during the Early Modern Period. We are looking forward to proposals related to any field of philosophy — from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics, aesthetics, political theory, and philosophy of religion. We are interested both in proposals that are primarily historical and in those that emphasize the contemporary relevance of texts from this period.
University of Pennsylvania
California State University, Long Beach
July 17, 2017
Electronic submissions of abstracts (350 words) should be in Word or pdf format. Reading time for presented papers is 30 minutes; there will be 10 minutes for discussion. Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Your submission may be made either to EasyChair at
Roslyn Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org
Changing Conference details will be posted at: https://philosophy.cas2.lehigh.edu/
Women and the History of Philosophy
Call for Papers for a special issue of British Journal for the History of Philosophy
In recent years, the attention that has been paid to the philosophical women of the past has challenged prevailing assumptions that women made no significant contribution to the history of philosophy. An increasing body of work in the history of philosophy has demonstrated that women did indeed contribute significantly to philosophy. The history of women’s philosophy is now recognised as a rich new domain of scholarly enquiry.
To highlight new research in the field, The British Journal for the History of Philosophy is planning a special issue devoted to women’s contribution to philosophy in the early modern period broadly understood (i.e. from the Renaissance to the early Enlightenment), to be edited by Sarah Hutton and Ruth Hagengruber.
Proposals are therefore invited for papers to be included in the special issue. These may be either on individual philosophers, women’s contribution to different branches of philosophy (including natural philosophy), or any other aspect of the history of early modern women’s philosophy. Submissions on the more neglected female thinkers in this period will be particularly welcome. And younger scholars are encouraged to submit proposals.
All submissions will be refereed in accordance with BJHP practice (double-blind peer review). The deadline for submitting papers accepted for peer review will be 31st January 2018.
Bridging the gender gap through time: how women philosophers of the past contributed to today’s thought
Call for Abstracts:
King’s College London
Friday, 23rd February 2018
Convenors: Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent), Alan Coffee (King’s)
Keynote Speakers: Eileen Hunt Botting (Notre Dame) and TBA
We invite abstracts of between 300 and 500 words. Talks will be 20 minutes long with a further 10 minutes for discussion and questions.
Please send abstracts prepared for anonymous review or any enquiries to BTGLondon2018@gmail.com by 30 September 2017. We aim to notify participants by 30 October. Registration for all other attendees will open in due course.
Women have had a far deeper and more extensive influence on the history than is commonly realised. Far from confining their interests to questions of gender and domestic matters, women have been writing on all aspects of philosophy for as long as such a discipline can be identified. Indeed, it is often surprising just how much high quality philosophical and political thought women have produced throughout history given that so few of the writers are known outside of a few specialist departments.
Across history, women’s writing is now being recovered not as marginal but as theoretically important in its own right. Amongst the many names one could list, we might think of Hildegard von Bingen and Christine de Pizan from the Middle Ages; Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Mary Astell in the Early Modern Period; Catharine Macaulay, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, as well as Olympe de Gouges and Sophie de Grouchy, in the revolutionary period of the Enlightenment; to say nothing of Mary Prince, Harriet Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth amongst the numerous slave and abolitionist writings of the nineteenth century.
In spite of the many difficulties women have had in making their voices heard philosophically – women did not have access to the highest levels of education, they often had to confine themselves to safe subjects to avoid social censure, they frequently found it necessary to write anonymously or to destroy one’s work, and they were in any case not normally taken seriously – their work far was more influential in their own time than we often realise today, and it still has the potential to speak to us in our own time through its influence on contemporary debates and issues.
The purpose of this conference is both to raise awareness of the rich historical tradition of women’s philosophy as well as to help make the connection with current social, moral, political and philosophical debate by bringing neglected women writers, past and present, into dialogue with today’s discourses.
We invite submissions for papers on any related theme, including but not limited to those named above. We are also interested in papers focused on women writing from a non-Western tradition, or under conditions of social or political oppression today. Presentations may address any area of philosophy, or of social, moral and political thinking more widely conceived. Some suggested topics include women philosophers on education, social reform, or revolution.
The contributions of Mary Wollstonecraft to contemporary issues in philosophy
1-2 June 2017 Bilkent University (Room A130)
Sarah Hutton (York)
Hatice Nur Erkizan (Muğla)
Full details and program here.
Feminist History of Philosophy blog has kindly invited us to share updates about our research project at McGill University. Below you will find some information about the project and a link to the project’s website. More to come!
Querelle(dot)ca is part of a project, Equality and Superiority in Renaissance and Early Modern Pro-Woman Treatises (the “Equality Project”), directed by Professor Marguerite Deslauriers of the Department of Philosophy at McGill University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The team includes two other faculty researchers: Andrew Piper (McGill, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), and Laura Prelipcean (Concordia University, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics). The student Research Assistants, both graduate and undergraduate, are drawn from a variety of disciplines.
The Equality Project is devoted to the works of authors who contributed to the pro-woman side of the querelle des femmes—a debate about the nature and worth of women that unfolded in Europe from the medieval to the early modern period. Our website functions as a hub for collecting and circulating texts, historical information, and teaching materials from and about the querelle des femmes. We present the work of authors writing in English, French, Italian, and Latin; these transcriptions – in searchable format – are public domain, and we encourage their use by researchers, instructors, students, and anyone interested in or curious about the history of this debate.