CFP: Violence and Conflict in Hegel's Philosophy

Submission deadline: January 15, 2024

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This special edition of the PJCV will be devoted to reappraisals as well as critical perspectives on Hegel’s thoughts on violence and conflict. On the one hand, editors are looking for articles which take seriously Hegel’s endeavour to make violence and conflict comprehensible to the finite human intellect. In this respect, this special issue will devote attention to contributions that examine the different methods by which the German philosopher reconciles the reality of violence and conflict with the rationality of free moral beings. It will further take into consideration paper proposals on the argumentative and interpretative strategies Hegel regarded as improper to seriously account for violence and conflict in history. This special edition aims at paying equal attention to the instances where the philosopher uncovers Vernunft through conflict and violence and instances for which he acknowledged that violence is an argument against the rationality of the world in which we live.

On the other hand, editors are also looking for contributions that problematize Hegel’s general approach towards conflict and violence. In this regard, special consideration will be given to abstracts aiming to show, through novel sources and arguments, how the German philosopher might have watered down the issue of violence and/or how his general conception of conflict and violence might no longer be compatible with contemporary history.

PJCV seeks cutting-age articles from contributors which openly explore the aforementioned topics as well as others along the same lines such as (although not restricted to):

·       Hegel’s theories on crime and punishement.

·       Misinterpretations of Hegel’s views on violence in contemporary philosophy.

·       The issue of the rabble in Elements of the Philosophy of Right.

·       The struggle for recognition: its reception in contemporary philosophy, its contemporary relevance (or not) regarding international relations and social conflicts.

·       Misrecognition as a source of conflict between and within states.

·       Hegelian perspectives on violence and religion.

·       The status of warfare in Hegel’s philosophy.

·       Hegel and colonialism.

·       Reappraisals of criticisms of Hegel’s views on violence and conflict through the specific stages of World-History (Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, The Middle-Ages, etc.).

·       The current relevance (or not) of Hegel’s analysis of The French Revolution and la Terreur.

·       Hegel on violence and phrenology.

·       Hegel’s account on Gewalt in the Science of Logic.

·       Right and Left Hegelians with respect to the topics of conflict and violence.

·       Hegel, violence, and the State.

·       Lesser known philosophical critiques of Hegel’s thoughts on conflict and violence.

Submission guidelines

Interested parties should send a proposed abstract of 200-300 words to [email protected] and [email protected]  by January 15, 2024. Authors will be informed of acceptance no later than February 15, 2024. Full papers should be submitted by July 31, 2024 and should be maximum 10.000 words in length. The final publication is planned for December 2024.

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