CFP: Forms, Kinds, Essences (Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy)

Submission deadline: November 30, 2019

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*Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy (LAHP)*


LAHP invites the submission of papers in answer to the following call:

*Forms, Kinds, Essences*

*Extended deadline: 30 November 2019*

Volume 23.2 of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy will explore the 
history of the closely related concepts of form, kind, and essence. 
These concepts have been the subject of considerable recent research, in 
particular within metaphysics and philosophy of science. Yet much of the 
historical background remains under-researched.

Possible topics for papers are any historical treatment of these 
concepts within philosophy.

Naturally, Aristotle remains the locus classicus, and papers on 
Aristotle and form (eidos, morphē), kind (genos), and essence (to ti ēn 
einai) are very welcome. However, other figures are also highly 
relevant. Platonic ideas are without a doubt an important precursor to 
Aristotle’s notions. And later treatments of these issues in ancient or 
medieval philosophy would also fit well into the volume. All three 
concepts later received much criticism during the early modern period, 
among others from Descartes, Locke, and Giordano Bruno, to such a degree 
that these concepts more or less fell out of favour – although, they 
were also defended or used by philosophers such as Leibniz, Bacon, and 
Spinoza. Papers dealing with the criticism of forms, kinds, and essences 
in early modern philosophy, as well as their defense, would likewise be 
of interest. Despite the early modern critique, forms, kinds, and 
essences remained parts of philosophy, although they were occasionally 
seen as eccentric and peripheral. Things changed again in the early 20th 
century: especially the concept of essence (Wesen) resurfaced in 
Husserl, as well as Jean Hering and Roman Ingarden. Further, Peter 
Geach’s essentialism and his thesis of sortal-relative identity have 
been more or less forgotten, while Saul Kripke’s modal rehabilitation of 
essentiality has become part of the mainstream.

According to the current publication plans of Logical Analysis and 
History of Philosophy, our issue will appear in print in late 2020. 
Since Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy is a peer-reviewed 
journal, we will need to receive submissions by 30 November 2019.

Ludger Jansen (Bochum/Rostock) and Petter Sandstad (Rostock) will serve 
as Guest-Editors for this volume. For further inquiries, please contact

Ludger Jansen ([email protected])
Petter Sandstad ([email protected])

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