CFP: Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life

Submission deadline: February 1, 2013

Conference date(s):
August 4, 2013 - August 10, 2013

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Conference Venue:

International Federation of Philosophical Societies
Athens, Greece

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The World Congresses of Philosophy are organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies in collaboration with one of its member societies. The XXIII World Congress of Philosophy will be held from August 4 through August 10, 2013, in Athens, Greece, under the auspices of the Hellenic Organizing Committee, which has been constituted by the Greek Philosophical Society.

The Congress has several aims, which are to be understood as complementary: to inquire into the world’s philosophical traditions and compare them in terms of their diverse contributions and possible mutual cross-fertilization; to reflect on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, taking account of the contributions, expectations, and gaps in philosophical awareness associated with other disciplines, with political, religious, social, economic, technological, etc., activities, and with diverse cultures and traditions; to emphasize the importance of philosophical reflection for public discourse on global issues affecting humanity.

Because of its cultural history and geographical situation, Athens is an ideal location for stimulating encounters between scholars from across the world. The main theme of the 2013 Congress, ‘Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life’, emphasizing both theory and practice, recalls the declaration of Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living.

The 2013 Congress invites discussion of the nature, roles, and responsibilities of philosophy and philosophers today. It is committed to paying heed to the problems, conflicts, inequalities, and injustices connected with the development of a planetary civilization that is at once multicultural and techno-scientific.

The main theme of the Congress will be developed, according to the tradition of the World Congresses, in the following four plenary sessions and seven symposia:


  • Philosophical Method
  • Philosophy and the Sciences
  • Philosophy as Practical Wisdom
  • Philosophy and Public Life


  • The Relevance of Ancient Greek Philosophy Today
  • Eros
  • Philosophy and Religions
  • Art and Cultures
  • Technology and the Environment
  • Current Trends in Epistemology
  • Philosophy in Modern and Contemporary Greece


  • Aesthetics and philosophies of art
  • Ancient Greek philosophy
  • Pre-Socratic philosophy
  • Classical Greek philosophy
  • Hellenistic philosophy
  • Neoplatonic philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Business ethics
  • Byzantine philosophy
  • Christian philosophy
  • Comparative and intercultural philosophy
  • Confucian philosophy
  • Contemporary philosophy
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Existential philosophy
  • History of philosophy
  • Human rights
  • Indian philosophies
  • Islamic philosophy
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Logic
  • Medical ethics
  • Medieval philosophy
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Modern and contemporary Greek philosophy
  • Moral psychology
  • Ontology
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Philosophical approaches to gender
  • Philosophical hermeneutics
  • Philosophical issues about race
  • Philosophical traditions in Africa
  • Philosophical traditions in Asia and the Pacific
  • Philosophical traditions in Europe
  • Philosophical traditions in Latin America
  • Philosophical traditions in North Africa and the Middle East
  • Philosophical traditions in North America
  • Philosophy and linguistics
  • Philosophy and literature
  • Philosophy and media
  • Philosophy and oral traditions of knowledge
  • Philosophy & psychoanalysis
  • Philosophy for children
  • Philosophy of action
  • Philosophy of cognitive sciences
  • Philosophy of communication and information
  • Philosophy of culture
  • Philosophy of development
  • Philosophy of economics
  • Philosophy of education
  • Philosophy of globalization
  • Philosophy of history
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of law
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Philosophy of neurosciences
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of sport
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Philosophy of the body
  • Philosophy of the life sciences
  • Philosophy of the social sciences
  • Philosophy of values
  • Political philosophy
  • Renaissance and modern philosophy
  • Russian philosophy
  • Social philosophy
  • Taoist philosophy
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Theories of knowledge and epistemology


There will be at least three endowed lectures, named after three famous philosophers of the past: Ibn Rushd, Maimonides, and Kierkegaard.


Submit either (a) an electronic version by attachment to an e-mail message [see relevant Samples and Template Forms] to the following address or, in exceptional circumstances, (b) one paper copy, typewritten and double-spaced, addressed to:

Hellenic Organizing Committee
23rd World Congress of Philosophy
School of Philosophy – University of Athens
ELTA – University Campus
5th Floor, office 501-02
15703 Zografos – Greece

Submissions should not exceed 1800 words, and should be accompanied by a 200 word abstract. The submission should include an indication, prominently displayed, of the section for which the contributed paper is intended and of the language in which it has been written.

The International Program Committee reserves the right to accept or not accept papers on the basis of criteria of quality. Only papers of a philosophical nature will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Papers and proposals for round-tables and poster sessions should be sent to the above addresses.


The International Program Committee will decide specific topics of invited sessions.

Proposals are invited for round-tables on more specific philosophical topics. Organizers of round-tables should take into consideration that round-tables should usually include speakers from at least three different countries and that the participants must be registered for the Congress. The organizers and the themes of round-tables are subject to the approval of the International Program Committee.

Proposals are also invited for thematic workshops and student sessions.


Member societies of FISP that wish to hold meetings during the Congress are kindly requested to apply to the Hellenic Organizing Committee no later than June 1, 2012. The number of sessions organized by each member society may be subject to limitations.

February 1, 2013 is the deadline for the receipt of contributed papers and for proposals for round-tables, workshops and student sessions. Papers and proposals received after this deadline, but before April 1, 2013, may be accepted, if space is still available.



€ 200 for early registration prior to October 1, 2012.
€ 225 for registration prior to February 1, 2013.
€ 250 for registration after February 1, 2013.                       
€ 100 for accompanying person.
€ 50 for students.

For submission procedure please download at first and fill out the Template Participation Form No 1 from the Samples and Template Forms of the website:

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