CFP: Philosophy at Play

Submission deadline: September 28, 2012

Conference date(s):
April 9, 2013 - April 10, 2013

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Conference Venue:

University of Gloucestershire
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Topic areas


Play, players, and being at, in or out of play, have been concepts for philosophical debate in the ancient, modern and contemporary eras. The significance of play within ethical, existential and metaphysical philosophies is well-established, yet rarely are the names or work of key thinkers evident in policy or practitioner discussions about play. This conference aims to build disciplinary and paradigmatic bridges between scholars of philosophy and scholars of play, particularly children's play.

We welcome proposals for papers to be presented at the conference. These should be submitted to: [email protected] by 28th September 2012, and should be no more than 400 words and in English. Papers may be on one of the following topics, or on another topic relevant to the intersections of philosophy and play:

  • The concept of play in philosophy: ancient, modern and contemporary
  • Play and aesthetics
  • Play and the good life
  • Play and power
  • Play, freedom and (self-)control
  • Play and selfhood / The self at play
  • The ontology of play and being at, in or out of play
  • Play, space and time
  • The dialectics of play
  • Play, ethics and morality
  • The philosophy of games, toys or sports as play
  • Playing as a philosophically significant activity
  • Philosophy of play as applied philosophy
  • Philosophy of playwork
  • Political philosophy, childhood and play

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Please contact us if you wish to know more: [email protected]

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