History of Philosophy Society: Life on Earth

April 28, 2023 - April 29, 2023
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, History of Philosophy Society

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We are happy to announce the Call for Papers for the 2023 conference of the History of Philosophy Society (HOPS), which will be hosted by Lucy Schultz at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga on April 28-29, 2023. The theme of this year's conference will be "Life on Earth." Keynote Speakers will be J. Baird Callicott (University of North Texas) and Jason Wirth (Seattle University). The program will also include a text seminar led by Talia Welsh (UT Chattanooga).

This Year's Theme: 

Life on Earth is presently under threat in ways it hasn't been since the time of the dinosaurs. Our age, which has been named the "Anthropocene" by natural scientists and others, is witnessing a dramatic loss of plant and animal life and an increase in extinctions. Thinkers throughout the history of philosophy have attempted to understand the origin of life, and the relationships between the Earth, plants, animals, and human beings. Questions about the nature of life are tied to concepts of evolution, teleology, human nature, metaphysics, ethics, and more. As we teeter on the brink of widespread ecosystem collapse, this conference aims to explore how philosophers throughout history have conceived the meaning and significance of organic life. We welcome papers that address dimensions of life on Earth through the lens of any figure in the history of philosophy prior to the 20th century.

About the History of Philosophy Society

The History of Philosophy Society was established to support and encourage scholarship on the history of philosophy from diverse perspectives. We welcome the richness of multiple approaches to the history of philosophy, as well as of various traditions (Africana, American, Asian, Caribbean, European, Latin American, etc.). HOPS provides a forum for various interpretive methods, including, but not limited to, analytical, deconstructive, feminist, hermeneutic, phenomenological, and pragmatist interpretations of texts and philosophers from antiquity through the 19th Century.


Submissions should consist of a full paper (35 minutes of reading time, approx. 5000 words), prepared for anonymous review, and sent as an email attachment to [email protected] no later than January 15, 2023. 

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