CFP: Special issue on the Counter-Enlightenment, Revolution and Dissent (Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence / PJCV)

Submission deadline: February 4, 2019

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The Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence (PJCV) welcomes contributions concerning philosophical issues raised by conflict, resolution and counter-enlightenment thought.

The selected articles will be published by Trivent Publishing in December 2019.

Reason and rational modes of thought are often seen as the bastion against the acceleration of conflict into violence and the goal of the Enlightenment tradition was, in a large part, to liberate individuals from those irrational superstitions and beliefs which were at the base of these conflicts. However, many critiques of the Enlightenment project, both historical and more contemporary, see the imposition of universal reason as itself a form violence, ignoring claims of comprehensive traditions, identity and history on the individual. The aim of this special edition of the Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence is to examine possible counter-enlightenment approaches to violence, conflict and conflict resolution.


We welcome papers from philosophical research on the following topics:

Ø  Historical counter-enlightenment accounts of violence, revolution, dissent and conflict (Burke, Hartman, Marx, Nietzsche, de Sade, Vico)


Ø  Critics of the French Revolution (Burke, Hegel, Maistre, De Tocqueville)



Ø  Conservatism and violence (Bradley, Burke, Croce, Gentile, Hegel, Oakeshott, Schmitt)


Ø  Revolutionary thought and violence (Blanqui, Proudhon, Saint-Simon)



Ø  English revolutionary thought of the seventeenth centuries (the Diggers, the Levellers, Winstanley)


Ø  Contemporary critical discussions (Adorno, Agamben, Benjamin, Foucault, Horkheimer, MacIntyre, Taylor) of violence, revolution, dissent and conflict.

Ø  Reflections on the philosophical foundations of the counter enlightenment and their relationship to social unrest, dissent and revolution;


Ø  Philosophical studies on instances of violence and conflict and strategies (communitarian, religious, counter-revolutionary, Romantic, conservative) for resolution or exacerbation.


PJCV also welcomes understandings of conflict & violence from these perspectives & traditions: Post-structuralism; Communitarianism; Conservatism.

Important Dates and Submission Guidelines

We kindly ask all prospective authors to send their intent of submitting a paper for this issue with a short 500 word abstract to [email protected], [email protected] and

[email protected] by no later than February 4th, 2019.

Authors will be informed on whether to proceed or not by February 18th, 2019.

Full papers should be written in the PJCV template available on and should have a maximum of 20 pages

Full papers will be submitted by May 1st, 2019

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