Phenomenology and Naturalism

April 11, 2014 - April 13, 2014
Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg

University of Johannesburg
South Africa

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  • Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg

Keynote speakers:

Tyler Burge
University of California, Los Angeles
David Papineau
King's College London
Wuhan University
John Sallis
Boston College


Catherine Botha
University of Johannesburg
Andrea Hurst
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Marianna Oelofson
University of Fort Hare
Abraham Olivier
University of Fort Hare
Rafael Winkler
University of Johannesburg

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2nd Annual Conference of the South African Centre for Phenomenology

1st CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism

11-13 April 2014

Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Organized by Rafael Winkler, Catherine Botha, Abraham Olivier, Andrea Hurst,
Marianna Oelofsen

Keynote speakers:

Professor John Sallis (Boston College)
Professor Paul Patton (UNSW)
Professor Tyler Burge (UCLA)
Professor David Papineau (KCL)


Naturalism is one of the dominant trends in both Anglo-American and European
philosophy today. Owing to the influence of the works of W.V.O. Quine,
Wilfred Sellars and Hillary Putnam among others, scientific naturalism both
as a methodological and ontological position has become one of the mainstays
of contemporary analytic approaches to knowledge, mind and ethics. From the
early 1990s onward, European philosophy in the English-speaking world has
been witnessing a shift from the subject-centred philosophies of
phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism to a position that can
loosely be described as non-scientific naturalism or naturalistic monism,
owing largely to the translation of Deleuze’s works into English and recent
explorations into neuroscience and the philosophy of mind by continental
authors such as Catherine Malabou and others. Although there are significant
differences between these two kinds of naturalism, both are at one in
rejecting the first-person standpoint of phenomenology to the question of
mind, meaning, knowledge, normativity, or art. This rejection challenges one
of the founding claims of phenomenology, namely that no satisfactory account
can be given of these issues from a naturalistic standpoint.

The aim of this three-day international conference is to bring together
philosophers and postgraduate students working in the three main areas of
contemporary philosophy, namely analytic thought, phenomenology, and
continental naturalism. The themes of the conference include, but are not
limited to, the following:

•       Phenomenology and cognitive science;
•       Phenomenology and the philosophy of mind;
•       Phenomenology’s critique of naturalism;
•       The meaning of nature in art, science and philosophy;
•       Continental and analytic naturalism;
•       Naturalism and subjectivity;
•       Naturalism, nature, art;
•       Life and consciousness;
•       Wittgenstein, Sellars, Putnam, Quine, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-
Ponty, Deleuze, Michel Henry, Bergson on nature, meaning, intentionality or


Please provide a 700 word abstract for blind review and send it to The full paper should be no more than 3.500-4.000
words (the conference format allows for a 35-40 min. presentation followed
by a 10-15 min. discussion). The deadline for submission of abstracts is
Friday the 31st of January 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent
latest by Friday the 21st of February 2014.


The International Journal of Philosophical Studies will be dedicating a
special issue to a selection of the papers presented at the conference.
Details regarding the submission of papers for consideration for the special
issue will be announced in the 2nd CFP.

Conference fees:

The fee for the three-day conference for participants is R1200 (R400 per
day). It is free of charge for all participating graduate and PhD students.


A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and


Lodging for conference participants has been arranged at Plumpudding
Guesthouse ( and The View
(, which are walking distance from the UJ
Auckland Park Campus. The current rate at Plumpudding Guesthouse is R650 per
night inclusive of breakfast.

For more information about the conference, visit the Department’s website: Alternatively, please contact Rafael Winkler
(, Catherine Botha (, Abraham Olivier
(, Andrea Hurst ( or Marianna
Oelofsen (

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