CFP: Methodology in History of Philosophy

Submission deadline: March 29, 2020

Conference date(s):
July 5, 2020 - July 9, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Faculty of Philosophy - Department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

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History of philosophy has become increasingly mindful of the need for critical reflection on its methodologies. Instead of merely pursuing the oftentimes narrow way of reading and understanding a philosophical work by means of analytical or rational reconstruction, researchers have become increasingly sensitive to the historical context and situatedness of a philosophical text. 

Furthermore, the field has become aware of the harmful exclusion of underrepresented or marginalised groups (such as women philosophers, or non-western traditions of philosophy). There is a growing desire to move beyond the traditional boundaries of the philosophical canon studying also the so called ‘minor’ figures of our past. In short, the field has seen the need for a more inclusivist approach of studying past authors. In addition, new approaches such as digital humanities are opening up new exciting means of analysing texts at large scales. 

The Department of History of Philosophy at the University of Groningen invites papers of master’s and PhD students as well as junior and senior researchers. The aim of the summer school is to collaboratively reflect on methodological changes in history of philosophy as well as to foster interactions between philosophers at different stages of their career. The summer school will offer participants new insights into the different approaches to the study of the history of philosophy. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own practices of interpretation, and develop a more differentiated approach to the history of philosophy.  

During the morning sessions, established scholars will give lectures on methodology and historiography. In the afternoons, there will be short presentations by participants, as well as workshops and round table discussions.  

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  1. Christia Mercer (Colombia University)
  2. Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon)
  3. Jan van Ophuijsen (Utrecht University)
  4. Kobus Marais (UFS South Africa) 

We invite papers in subjects including, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • The canon of philosophy 

  • Recovering underrepresented groups, topics and positions 

  • History of philosophy and other forms of knowing (science, religion, etc.) 

  • The interplay of history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy 

  • Digital humanities and historical network research

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent by 15/03/2020 to: 

N.B.: While we encourage submitting a paper, attending the summer school without presenting is, of course, possible. 

Questions or inquires of any kind should also be send to

Costs of the summer school: €150

This summer school commits itself to providing a harassment-free conference climate for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression; age; sexual orientation; disability; physical appearance; body size; race; ethnicity; religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate any discrimination, or harassment of conference participants in any form.

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