CFP: Methodological Breaks and Continuations in the Philosophy of Nature

Submission deadline: May 6, 2022

Conference date(s):
September 6, 2022 - September 10, 2022

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Conference Venue:

Center for the Philosophy of Nature, University of Lodz, Poland
Łódź, Poland


International conference:


                 Methodological Breaks and Continuations in the Philosophy of Nature

6-10  September 2022, Center for the Philosophy of Nature, University of Lodz, Poland


The famous metaphor of giants’ shoulders refers to the names considered to be the greatest in the history of philosophy, as they were supposed to set intellectual trends for less significant figures.It is well-known, however, that belonging to one or the other group relies on many different circumstances and not only on ‘objective’ factors.Obviously, the aim of the conference is not to underestimate the significance of the renowned thinkers, but to analyze the impact on breakthroughs or continuations in the natural philosophy of those thinkers, who are often overlooked in textbooks and compendiums. The main questions to be asked at the conference are: “Did anyone make possible the emergence of the ‘giants’ in the Western natural philosophy?”; “Who strengthened and maintained the dominant concepts?”; “Who made it easier for the famous coryphaei of natural philosophy to question the prevailing paradigms”?; and finally “Are there figures in the field of natural philosophy who have unfairly earned a reputation as ‘the second best’?” The conference is intended to present research on lesser-known Western philosophers, as well as those who, like the Arabs, had a significant influence on the Western philosophical culture. We invite scholars who deal with the history of the philosophy of nature and contemporary philosophy of science.

The first conference in the series is devoted to the methodological problems of the philosophy of nature seen through the prism of the above-mentioned general problems.

To submit a paper for consideration, please send an abstract (max. 1000 characters) in English to the following email address: [email protected]

Submission deadline: the 31st of March 2022 extended to th 6th of May 2022

Applicants whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by the 14th of May and will be asked to fill in the submission form available on the website of the Center for the Philosophy of Nature till the 31st of May 2022.

The fee for participation in the conference is 100 Euro for participants from abroad and 400 PLN for guests from Polish institutions. The costs of travel and accommodation are covered by the participants.

For questions, please do not hesitate to email the organizers: [email protected]

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Professor Elżbieta Jung, PhD, MSc (Director of The Center of Philosophy of Nature, University of Lodz)

Professor Robert Podkoński, PhD (chairman of the Organizing Committee)

Joanna Papiernik, PhD (secretary of the conference)

Professor Bartosz Żukowski, PhD

Marcin Leszczyński, PhD

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