CFP: Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture: Volume 4: no. 3 (13)/2020 Relations

Submission deadline: May 31, 2020

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This issue of our journal will be devoted to the category of relation.  

“Relation” is aterm used in a wide spectrum of trends in and domains of philosophy, both historical and modern. One could easily find it in ontology (what kind of beings are relations? What are relations between beings?), in classical logic (what formal relation between A and B gives one the truth?), in epistemology (what relation between subject and object gives one knowledge?) as well as in ethics (which kind of our actions, acting upon others, are good or morally desirable?). It is in the heart of a persisting question concerning the relation between mind and body,  as well as in the classical definition of truth that defines it as the relation of adequacy between thought and reality.

Particular philosophical investigations involve diverse “relation issues.” For example, in perhaps the most famous representative dispute about causality, it was considered as the accidental end of empirical relation between beings (Hume). For others, it is the a priori category conditioning all objects of knowledge (Kant). Some poststructuralist doctrines take relations as being-in-itself, and at the same time dethrone substance and consider the latter as of a second, derivative order. In phenomenology one can find research that concerns the relations of human beings to the world or the internal structure of relations of consciousness. In psychoanalysis – and it is the same for Bergson in this matter – the relation between the present and the past is of the fundamental (if not foundational) importance. We encounter the problem of relation whenever the transcendence and immanence problem is raised, whenever the question about the other is asked. The list of the philosophical areas where “the question of relation” is raised (either explicite or implicite) is probably inexhaustible.  

To get closer to completing this history (or a better filled out conceptual map) one should also take into consideration philosophy of culture and the role relations play in the contemporary world. It should be noted that modern technological inventions (in such areas as communication, transport, architecture – to mention the most evident examples) together with the global mode of existence, are shaping the way we constitute thoughts, imagine and experience the relations we have with others, with values, with time and space, with mind and   body, with our own subjectivity and with culture itself. So the very question of relations appears deeply rooted in the moment of culture and therefore relations are themselves in the strict relation with philosophy of culture. These are the topics we would like to address in this issue.  

Papers can be submitted by March 31 st, 2020 to: [email protected] They have to be previously unpublished and they cannot be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared for a double-blind review process.

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