Beyond the State and the Citizen - Conference on Modern Political Philosophy

September 17, 2020 - September 18, 2020
Department of Philosophy, University of Economics, Prague

nám. W. Churchilla 1938/4
Praha 13067
Czech Republic


Prague University of Economics and Business

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We would like to invite you to (partially online) conference organized by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Economics in Prague. The conference will take place on September 17-18, 2020. Presented papers will be published in the edited proceedings, published by the University of Economics in Prague. 


  • Key figures of modern political philosophy (16th – 19th century): Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Smith, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Marx, Tocqueville and others.
  • Conceptual vocabulary of modern political philosophy: reason, method, natural law, natural right, the state of nature, civil society, the social contract, consent, civil law, sovereignty, equality, liberty, propriety or property, etc.
  • Aims, strategy, structure and arguments of primary texts of modern political philosophy. 
  • Tracking difficulties in contemporary political philosophy to fundamental assumptions established by modern political philosophy.

Call for Papers: We are inviting submissions for talks, which should be about 20 minutes in length. We are particularly interested in current or future research projects, and especially welcome submissions from philosophers in an early stage of their academic career. To propose a talk, please send an abstract of approximately 500 words as a Word, TXT or PDF attachment to [email protected] . The abstract should be suitable for blind review, i.e. it should not contain any information that may identify you as the author. Please make sure that the e-mail to which the abstract is attached contains your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of the paper. Let us know if you already know that you will participate in online session only. For passive participation in the conference, e-mail registration is required at [email protected]. Both active and passive participation is free.   Important dates: Deadline for acceptance of abstracts: August 1, 2020. Confirmation of receipt of the contribution: by August 15, 2020. Conference dates: September 17-18, 2020. Deadline for receipt of full texts: September 31, 2020.   Venue: The conference will take place at University of Economics, Prague, n. W. Churchilla 1938/4, Praha 3, Czech Republic. Due to concerns related to coronavirus epidemics, there will be also online virtual session. Participants unable to attend in person will have opportunity to present their paper online.   Organizers: The conference is organized by Miroslav Vacura (University of Economics, Prague) and Jan Kozak (University of Economics, Prague). More details on 

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