CFP: Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference 2020

Submission deadline: May 1, 2020

Conference date(s):
May 23, 2020 - May 24, 2020

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Conference Venue:

UCD Newman House/Museum of Literature Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

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Conference Theme: Approaches to Metaphysics

Call for Papers:

Important notice: Due to the current circumstances related to COVID-19 we have decided to postpone this conference, as well as the deadline for abstrcats, until further notice. Thank you. 

Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin’s philosophy graduate students are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020 TCD/UCD annual Graduate Philosophy Conference taking place TBA.The theme of the conference this year is ‘Approaches to Metaphysics’. 

The methodological approaches towards, uses for, and the analysis of metaphysics across the analytic and continental traditions are as vast and varied as the topics that fall under or traverse these two traditions themselves. While some use metaphysics as a tool of investigation or critique, others may contend that metaphysics is not a substantial methodology for philosophical investigation at all. This conference aims to explore and discuss not only the different methodological approaches to metaphysics, but also its uses (in both the history of philosophy and in contemporary philosophical debate), and ultimately the value of metaphysics itself. While we are particularly interested in the approaches to metaphysics in the continental and analytic traditions, we also welcome submissions that engage with pre-19th century metaphysics. We encourage submissions that engage with some of the following themes (without however being necessarily limited to them): 

  • Meta-metaphysics (as an investigation into the nature, the limits, and the role of metaphysics, with respect to philosophy, science and the world in general). 

  • Methodological approaches and the use of metaphysics in the continental and/or analytic traditions.

  • Authors and topics in metaphysics that bridge the analytic/continental divide. 

  • Metaphysics as a critique. 

  • The history and/or historicity of metaphysics.

  • The value of metaphysics. 

  • Non-western and/or comparative metaphysics.

We are happy to announce that our first keynote speaker this year are Prof. Lilian Alweiss of Trinity College Dublin and Prof. Daniel Deasy of University College Dublin. 

Successful candidates are invited to submit their conference papers to the UCD journal of philosophy Perspectives for the opportunity to be published in the annual issue:

Submission Guidelines:

Submitted abstracts should be sent as a word document and be no more than 500 words long. Submissions also need to include a separate cover sheet with the following information: 

  • Full name of the applicant. 

  • Applicant’s institutional affiliation. 

  • Applicant’s status. 

Please send your submission and general inquiries to: [email protected] 

All applicants have the option to ask for a respondent who will prepare up to three questions. Please indicate on the cover sheet if you require a respondent. Please note that if you choose to opt for a respondent we will require you to submit your final conference paper three weeks prior to the conference date. 

We very much encourage members of underrepresented groups in philosophy to apply. Please feel free to indicate on your cover sheet if you identify as a member of these groups (and please note that this information is not mandatory).

All submissions will be prepared for a blind review. 

The deadline for submissions is TBA 

Successful candidates will be notified by TBA.

Please note that we are not able to provide speakers with financial support. 

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