CFP: Euro-American Migration and the Development of Postwar Philosophy

Submission deadline: January 14, 2022

Conference date(s):
August 22, 2022 - August 23, 2022

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Conference Venue:

Tilburg University
Tilburg, Netherlands

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CfA: Euro-American Migration and the Development of Postwar Philosophy

Tilburg University
August 22-23, 2022

In the 1930s, dozens of European philosophers sought refuge in the United States, escaping the quickly deteriorating political situation on the continent. Among them were several philosophers who significantly influenced the course of postwar philosophy (e.g. Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Rudolf Carnap, Herbert Feigl, Carl Gustav Hempel, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Hans Reichenbach, Alfred Tarski). How did the migration affect the development of philosophical traditions such as pragmatism, logical empiricism, phenomenology, and critical theory? And why were American philosophers receptive to some but not to other schools of thought? 

This conference is devoted to the impact of the migration on the course of postwar philosophy and brings together historians specialized in American philosophy, logical empiricism, phenomenology, and critical theory. The aim of the conference is to study the influence of the migration on the development of these different traditions and to bridge to scholastic boundaries that have shaped the historiography of twentieth-century philosophy. 

Invited Speakers
Fons Dewulf
David Dyzenhaus
Carlo Ierna
Hanne Jacobs
Joel Katzav
Cheryl Misak
Matthias Neuber
Alan Richardson
Eric Schliesser
Jonathan Strassfeld
Adam Tamas Tuboly
Thomas Wheatland

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Submission guidelines
Please submit an extended abstract (max. 1000 words) and a short abstract (max. 100 words) suitable for blind review. We will select up to 4 submissions for presentation at the conference. The deadline for submissions is January 14. Please send your abstract to A.A.Verhaegh[at]

Depending on the state of the pandemic, the event will take place in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In order to make the conference accessible to scholars who are not able to travel to Tilburg, a few slots will be reserved for online presentations. When you would like your abstract to be considered for an online slot, please indicate this in your email.

Dates and Deadlines
January 14: Submission deadline
February 14: Notifications
August 22-23: Workshop 

More information
This conference is hosted by the Tilburg Center for Logic, Ethics and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), Tilburg University. The event is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO, grant VI.Vidi.201.115) and marks the start of the research project "Exiled Empiricists: American Philosophy and the Great Intellectual Migration", led by Sander Verhaegh ( Questions about the conference can be directed at A.A.Verhaegh[at]

The conference will be held in conjunction with the 5th Annual TiLPS History of Analytic Philosophy Workshop (August 24-25, 2022). More information about this second event can be found on Participants of the Exiled Empiricists conference are welcome to attend the history of analytic philosophy workshop free of charge. 

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