Methodological Trends and Challenges in Contemporary Philosophy

October 25, 2024 - October 26, 2024
Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana

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University of Turin
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

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Contemporary analytic philosophers have expanded their methodological toolkit beyond traditional philosophical inquiry, embracing a wide array of approaches that intersect with various disciplines. These methods include (but are not limited to) experimental approaches, which involve empirical testing and data collection to inform philosophical hypotheses; non-idealized and naturalized epistemology, which considers the real-world complexities of knowledge acquisition and justification; computer simulations and probabilistic modeling, which enable philosophers to explore complex systems and uncertainties in reasoning; neuroscientific methods, which offer insights into the neural underpinnings of cognitive processes and decision-making; formal ontology, which provides rigorous frameworks for analyzing concepts and categories; conceptual engineering, which involves the deliberate design and modification of conceptual frameworks to address philosophical problems; evolutionary modeling, which investigates the emergence and evolution of cognitive capacities and norms; and feminist perspectives, which critically examine power dynamics and social structures in philosophical discourse.

The upcoming workshop aims to delve into these methodological trends, showcasing recent research that employs these diverse approaches and addressing the challenges and opportunities they present for contemporary philosophy. Over the course of two days, the workshop will feature a total of 16 talks, evenly distributed with 8 talks scheduled for each day. Each keynote talk will span 75 minutes, while contributed talks will be allocated 45 minutes. This workshop seeks to enrich our understanding of contemporary philosophical inquiry and inspire new avenues of research.

Call for abstracts

We have a few spots for contributed speakers. If you are interested in presenting your paper (45 min presentation including discussion) at the workshop, please send an abstract (about 500 words) via the form available at:

by June 10, 2024.

Dates and Deadines

Workshop: October 25-26, 2024

Deadline for submissions: June 10, 2024


We acknowledge the kind support of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (project number: 28-ISF.SKLAD2024).

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