CFP: The Sedes Sapientiae: Roots, Prospects, and Fruits of Philosophizing in Mary

Submission deadline: March 25, 2024

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Occasioned by the 25th anniversary of Fides et Ratio, this volume seeks to collect a series of original contributions on the Sedes Sapientiae as a model for true philosophy, as suggested by the encyclical’s final paragraph. The goal is to traverse the profound dialogue between philosophical inquiry and Marian themes, fostering a multidisciplinary discourse at the intersection of Philosophy and Mariology.

The book is structured into three thematic parts, each inviting a deep dive into the nuanced relationship between philosophical thought and Marian reflections:

  1. Roots: The first part looks at traditions to draw from or build on where the link between Mary and/as philosophy is implicitly present. Examples for contributions in this section would be philosophy as a female figure in (Greek) philosophy, or Wisdom as a female figure in the Old Testament. Any Marian or mariological themes or traditions that indicate the fruitfulness for a link with philosophy would also be welcome here. The criterion is that the link between Mary and philosophy must be implicit, but can be taken as a source of inspiration to think through, or even as a kind of prefigurement of, this relation, 
  2. Prospects: This second part deals with explicit considerations on the possible benefits and challenges of this project. It would consist of meta-philosophical considerations, methodological questions, as well as input from (philosophical) mariology on such a link. The debate on christian philosophy and whether Mary could contribute something to that debate, would also be very welcome. The criterion is that the link between Mary-philosophy is made explicit, but on a meta-level or as a preparatory step. 
  3. Fruits: The third part looks for concrete applications of what philosophising in Mary would actually look like – the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Are there specific issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics or aesthetics that could benefit from philosophising in Mary? Evidently, themes in the philosophy of religion, like arguments for the existence of God, would also be very welcome. Or, what would the history of philosophy look like through a Marian lens? The criterion for this section is that a specific philosophical problem or theme is approached by actually philosophising in Mary.

We welcome submissions that approach this overall theme and these three categories from a diverse range of philosophical perspectives, fostering a rich and multifaceted exploration. Chapters may engage with historical, contemporary, or innovative discussions, and we are open to a variety of methodological approaches. We also aim for a mix of both established scholars and young researchers.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: March 25th, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1st, 2024
  • Full Chapter Submission Deadline: September 8th, 2024
  • Abstract Length: 500-1000 words
  • Chapter Length: 6,000-8,000 words
  • Submission Email: [email protected]

Please include with your abstract a brief biographical note with your institutional affiliation and contact information. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by May 1st.

This volume aspires to be a fruitful ground for illuminating discussions, widening the horizon of philosophical and theological engagements with Mariology. We look forward to receiving your contributions to this scholarly dialogue.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Michaël Bauwens and Dr. Joseph Terry

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