CFP: Phenomenology, Pragmatism, and Mysticism

Submission deadline: February 1, 2024

Conference date(s):
June 7, 2024 - June 8, 2024

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Conference Venue:

University of New Brunswick, Saint John
Saint John, Canada

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The North American Society for Early Phenomenology invites abstracts for papers on phenomenological work related to phenomenological encounters with pragmatism and mysticism for our annual conference.

Phenomenology and pragmatism have often dealt with overlapping concerns while neglecting to communicate. While it has been surmised that the European phenomenologists were less than enthusiastic to engage with the North American pragmatists, we also know that Husserl and others were reading James and possibly other pragmatists. One of the most evident areas of overlap with significant room for collaboration (or possibly forceful disagreement) is the realm of mysticism. For this conference, we aim to promote work that engages directly with the intersections of phenomenology and pragmatism or mysticism (their mutual histories, their actual or potential agreements and disagreements), or work that advances an account of topics relevant to both disciplines, such as intentionality, the a priori, states of affairs, temporality, perception and judgment, embodiment, naturalism, psychologism, aesthetics, etc.

As always, we encourage submissions dealing with the thought of the full spectrum of early phenomenologists (including Edmund Husserl, Franz Brentano, Carl Stumpf, Theodor Lipps, Alexander Pfänder, Gerda Walther, Oscar Becker, Max Scheler, Fritz Kaufmann Moritz Geiger, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Eugen Fink, Roman Ingarden, Edith Stein, Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Adolf Reinach, Maximilian Beck, Jean Hering, Henri Bergson, Emmanuel Levinas, et al.) as well as figures who were in conversation with or influenced the early phenomenological movement (including James, Royce, and Peirce).

We especially encourage submissions from individuals who identify as members of groups currently underrepresented in philosophy and academia more generally.

Abstracts should be 400-600 words and include a short bibliography. Abstracts must be prepared for blind review and sent to Charlene Elsby ([email protected]).

Deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2024.

Decisions will be sent out no later than March 1st, 2024.

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