Call for Papers [extended]: ECTA 2013 European Conference on Theory of Action. Reasons for Action and Praxiology - Broadening the Borders

Submission deadline: March 31, 2013

Conference date(s):
June 13, 2013 - June 14, 2013

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Conference Venue:

Dept. of Social Sciences / Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University
Poznań, Poland

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ECTA 2013


Reasons for Action and Praxiology – Broadening the Borders


June, 12-14th 2013

Poznan, Poland


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Theory of reasons for action has been one of the most important areas of research in practical philosophy for over a half century, but mainly in English-speaking cultural area. Still, it is a dominant approach to the theory of action today.

Praxiology – a general theory or study of efficient action (with a seminal work of Tadeusz Kotarbinski from Warsaw-Lvov School) – is another important type of investigation on the field of practical philosophy. It also has quite a long tradition, but has been popular mainly in Poland and France.

While these two types of investigation of action are equally important, there has never been either a philosophical ‘battle’ or ‘cooperation’ between reasons for action theorists and praxiologists. It seems, that the researchers of both types of inquiry have so far not entered into dialogue to get a better understanding of the nature of action.

The most basic goal of this strongly interdisciplinary conference is to offer a small contribution to such communication. We invite praxiologists, reasons for action theorists, theorists of practical rationality and practical philosophers to exchange ideas and communicate. This will help to grasp a fuller understanding of the differences and similarities between various types of reflection on action. The conference will offer insights into the understanding of action in philosophical, social and cultural aspects.


-  the nature of reasons for action: problems of contemporary debate,

-  praxiology and ‘the grammar of action’ – old and new tasks,

-  types of reflection on action, the methodology of action theories,

-  connections and dependencies between theories of reasons for action and praxiology,

-  similarities and differences in understanding action in terms of praxiology and reasons for action theory,

-  theories of reasons for action and praxiology in the face of individual and collective action,

-  theory of action and the (philosophical) picture of an agent,

-  reasons for action and emotions,

-  planning theory and praxiology

-  philosophical theories of action and other sciences (psychology, sociology, neurosciences, ethics, management science, economics),

-  differences between theories of action and cultural relativism,

-  social aspects of theorizing action,

-  praxiology and pragmatism,

-  theory of rationality and theory of action,

-  efficient action, rational action, and moral action.

Selected conference papers will be published as a collection of edited papers in Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology Series

Conference dates: June 12-14th 2013

Extended CFP deadline: March 31st 2013

CFP decision: by April 15th 2013

Registration deadline: April 31tst 2013




Organizer: Team in cooperation with Adam Mickiewicz University


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