19th-20th C. Austrian Thought (philosophy, economics, psychology)

November 1, 2012 - November 3, 2012
Department of Philosophy and Humanities, University of Texas at Arlington

701 S. Nedderman Drive
Arlington 76019
United States

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Joaquin Fuster
Rolf George
University of Waterloo
Wolfgang Grassl
St. Norbert College
Uskali Mäki
University of Helsinki
Peter Simons
Trinity College Dublin
Barry Smith
University at Buffalo


Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo
University of Texas at Arlington

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Call for Papers for AUSTRIAN THOUGHT AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY (aka 19th-20th C. Austrian Thought and its Legacy)

The University of Texas at Arlington, November 1-3, 2012

Deadline for Submissions of Abstracts: August 31, 2012


We invite contributions for a conference on Austrian Thought at the turn of the 20th Century. Philosophers of this period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire—led by Franz Brentano—advanced myriad areas of philosophy and innovative psychological research (e.g., Gestalt theory, the Graz School of experimental psychology). Additionally, economists—led by Carl Menger—set forth the theory of subjective value, which prepared the ground for a new conceptual framework for economics. Together, Austrian philosophers and economists collaborated on applications of the notion of intentionality, value theoretical investigations, and the description of social and psychological phenomena.

We seek innovative contributions that draw from or deepen our understanding of the legacy of Austrian philosophy, Austrian economics, or Austrian psychology and, preferably, show the interdisciplinary links that connect the different subject matters that belong to the Brentanian and Mengerian traditions. For the purposes of this conference, we are demarcating the Brentanian tradition as that which starts with Brentano and culminates in the work of the students of his students, such as Stein, Reinach, Ingarden, Witasek, Leśniewski, Łukasiewicz. Similarly, for the purposes of this conference we are demarcating the Mengerian tradition as that which starts with Menger and culminates in the contributions of the last generation of economists of this School who are Austrian nationals. Suggested categories for papers are:

§  The Austrian tradition of psychology and philosophy of mind (e.g., Brentano, intentionality, idea, feeling, and desire, Gestalt, experimental psychology, apriorism, inner consciousness, Hayek’s theory of memory and the emergence of mind) and their influence in later developments in philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience

§  Social objects (e.g., law, music, literary works of art, fiction, value, Reinach, Meinong, Menger, Hayek)

§  Stein and her description of empathy, and corroborating findings in science, including research in neuroethics and neurophenomenology

§  Phenomenology (e.g., Husserl, mereology, intersubjectivity, constitution, the Göttingen Circle)

§  Aesthetics (e.g., Musil, Kafka, Ingarden)

§  Polish philosophy and the Lvov-Warsaw School (e.g., Twardowski and his students, semantics and truth)

§  The social ontology of the Austrian School of economics (e.g., Menger, Hayek, apriorism, spontaneous orders)

§  Relations between the Brentano School (or the Austrian School of economics) and the Vienna Circle

§  Relations between the Brentano School (or the Austrian School of economics) and Wittgenstein

§  Relations between the Brentano School (or the Austrian School of economics) and Freud

Abstracts may not be longer than 500 words and should be prepared for blind reviewing by a selection committee by enclosing a separate file indicating name, affiliation, and title of abstract. These files should be Word documents only. For submission information and further details see conference web site: http://www.uta.edu/philosophy/ATC.html

Send questions to Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo ([email protected])

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