CFP: The Role of Qualitative Research in Philosophy

Submission deadline: August 23, 2023

Conference date(s):
December 6, 2023 - December 8, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Division for Philosophy and Applied Ethics, Linkoping University
Linköping, Sweden


Call for papers, Workshop: The Role of Qualitative Research in Philosophy, Linkoping, 6-8 Dec 2023

Submissions: 300-word abstract (excl. references) + 120-word bio sent to Harald Wiltsche ([email protected]) in an email titled “Submission The Role of Qualitative Research in Philosophy”.

Submission deadline: Wednesday 23 August 2023, 23:55 CEST (GMT+2).

Decision communication: 8 September, 2023


Over the last few decades, philosophers have become increasingly interested in incorporating empirical data into their philosophical work. They not only draw on the results of existing empirical studies, but also conduct their own empirical research—either on their own or in interdisciplinary collaborations. We see this, for instance, in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of medicine, political philosophy, and environmental philosophy, among many other fields. Today, the most prominent approach to this is experimental philosophy, or X-Phi, which typically draws on classical quantitative methods. This workshop, in contrast, considers the relationship between qualitative research methods and philosophy. While there is a growing literature on philosophical contributions to qualitative research (e.g., how philosophical concepts and methods can help to analyze interview data in psychology), philosophers have said comparatively little about the value that qualitative studies have for their own philosophical thinking. Fields like X-Phi have benefited immensely from self-reflective discussions about the integration of quantitative empirical material into philosophy. This workshop provides the opportunity to develop these kinds of self-reflective discussions about the use of qualitative material: How can qualitative studies productively inform or contribute to philosophical discourse and debate? Contributions will consider topics and questions such as:

-       What kinds of qualitative material are philosophically relevant, and for which kinds of philosophical discussions and debates?

-       Does the use of qualitative methods require a certain philosophical framework—such as phenomenology or historical epistemology—or can qualitative methods be fruitful in all kinds of philosophical inquiry?

-       Can the findings of qualitative studies directly support or undermine philosophical claims? If so, how? 

-       What sort of engagement with qualitative work is fruitful for philosophy? And do different ways of engaging qualitative work make different kinds of contributions to philosophy?

-       Does philosophical incorporation of qualitative research amount to epistemic boundary transgression? And, if so, what are the implications for standards of philosophical rigor?

-       What kinds of obstacles hinder the potential influence and use of qualitative research in philosophy?

Confirmed speakers:

Lanei Rodemeyer (Duqesne University), Michael T. Stuart (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University), Nora Hangel (Leibniz University Hannover), Lisa Guenther (Queen’s University at Kingston)

The event will be held at Vadstena Monastery with support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. 

Speakers will be expected to cover their travel expenses, but the cost of lodging will be covered.

For any questions, please contact Harald Wiltsche ([email protected]).

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