CFP: Freedom and Autonomy
Submission deadline: February 1, 2015
May 9, 2015
University of Essex
Colchester, United Kingdom
'Freedom and Autonomy'
18th International Graduate Conference in Philosophy
Location: University of Essex
Dates: 9 May 2015
Dr Katerina Deligiorgi, University of Sussex
Professor Wayne Martin, University of Essex
The question of human freedom is one of the great problems in philosophy
since Kant. The issue is crystalised in the Third Antinomy, which resonated
so much in the work of his successors: how can we conceive of an agent that
is at once wholly determined (from the perspective of natural science) yet
also (practically) free? Have attempts to overcome this problematic been so
many dead ends, or should the matter have long ago been settled on one side
or the other (or perhaps under the banner of Strawson's compatibilism)? And
what is the greater significance of the debate? Can one, for instance, have
autonomy without freedom? How should we think of ourselves as being guided
(or even limited) by the world - or our instincts - in our actions and
These are the sorts of questions that our graduate conference at Essex will
be exploring this year. We're interested in answering them both with
reference to the history of philosophy as well as in relation to
contemporary debates (for instance, Essex has recently been home to the
AHRC-funded Essex Autonomy Project, which was in large part focused on the
application of philosophical debates about autonomy to medical ethics). In
particular, we're interested in 'freedom' not just in a metaphysical sense
but in a practical one too.
We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations relating to any aspect of
the conference themes, from any tradition of philosophy. Abstracts should be
of any reasonable length (200-500 words). All speakers should be currently
undertaking graduate research in Philosophy or some other graduate research
pertaining to philosophy (e.g. political theory).
The deadline for abstracts is 1 February 2015, with speakers being informed
about whether or not they were successful approximately two weeks from then.
Please send abstracts and all other inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.