CFP: Contemporary Relevance of Hegelian Naturalism: Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Outcomes.

Submission deadline: April 14, 2019

Conference date(s):
June 19, 2019 - June 21, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Philosophy, University of Parma
Parma, Italy

Topic areas


The conference will address interdisciplinary issues connected to a naturalistic reading of Hegelian thought, with special reference to the social sciences, neurosciences, biology and philosophy of biology. Hegel’s philosophy is in fact devoted to a revision of the transcendental philosophy by highlighting that thinking and cognition originate from the natural requisites of the subject. In this sense, his philosophy entails a novel naturalism accounting for the concrete interdependence between nature and thinking, life and mind, and enhancing our understanding of the human nature and its social outcomes. This version of naturalism not only has relevance for the contemporary philosophical debate on this category of thinking, it can also be elaborated through an interdisciplinary approach. 

What is Hegelian naturalism about, and why is it philosophically relevant? Can Hegel’s philosophy improve our understanding on topics related to different disciplines? Is a dialogue between Hegelian thinking and the previous mentioned disciplines methodologically possible?

In order to answer those questions, the conference will gather Hegelian scholars and researchers from different disciplines.

Call for Papers:

We will appreciate contributions focusing on the following topics:

1) Relevant Hegelian topics discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective:

Hegel’s conception of spirit and naturalism

Free will and philosophy of action

The role of the notion of life in Hegel’ philosophy

Social recognition

Embodied cognition

Hegel’s philosophy and the natural sciences

Philosophy of right

Social labor and the economic sphere

2) Interdisciplinary aspects connected to:

Social sciences

Mind-body problem

The relation between life and mind

Biology and philosophy of biology

Evolutionary psychology 

Cognitive and brain sciences

Submission Guideline

Abstracts of about 200 words prepared for blind review should be sent

before April 15ht 2019 to: [email protected] 

Acceptance will be notified by May 10th.

There are no registration fees, but contributed speakers will have to cover their travel and staying costs by themselves.

  • This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 704127

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