PHILHIST ’16 / 3rd History of Philosophy Conference

Country: Turkey

City: Istanbul

Abstr. due: 15.01.2016

Dates: 22.04.16 — 23.04.16

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology; Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: DAKAM


The conference will have different tracks based on the 'Subject, Identity and Diversity' and 'Interactions'. The call for papers of first special focus points are written by the scientific committee member Emilio Maria De Tommas. The second special focus on 'Interactions among Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy: On Interpretation of the Aristotelian Philosophy' is written by Theodoropoulou Athanasia, University of Athens. The third special focus point is based on last year's theme 'Interactions in Modern Philosophy' to carry on the productive discussions during the conference in 2015.

Special Focus 1: Subject, Identity and Diversity.
The focus point of Subject, Identity and Diversity encompasses the whole history of philosophy from ancient Greek to the twenty-first-century philosophy, from eastern to western tradition. It also draws the attention of a wide range of commentators, such as continental and analytic philosophers, historians and pure theoretical interpreters and also gender philosophers.

This topic gives the opportunity of presenting very specific studies, in several perspectives, which could be gathered under broad time-categories (i.e., Ancient philosophy, Modern Age, Contemporary, etc…), and thematic sub-categories (i.e., Metaphysics, Ethics, Gender, etc…).
The Mediterranean area is currently the theatre of great fluxes of emigration/immigration (and perhaps it has always been so). This has recently re-opened the political and sociological debate about hospitality, which is philosophically linked to the identity-diversity problem. Although the question appears very complex, philosophers can (and, in a way, must) give their contributions to such an intricate debate in many different ways.

What is a subject? And which are its grounds? How can we define Identity and Diversity? Or, is there a sharp limit between ‘Me’ and ‘the other’? Such questions cross the whole history of philosophy, from the ancient Greek notions of hypokeimenon and xenos, to the early modern ideas of subjectum and personal identity, up to the contemporary concepts of sameness, otherness, and difference. This track of the conference aims to analyze and discuss ideas, doctrines, hypotheses, and their implications, with a particular focus on metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, logic, linguistics, gender philosophy, philosophy of religion.

We invite scholars to submit panels and/or individual papers on any topic of the conference main theme and any period of the history of philosophy.

Special Focus 2: Interactions among Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy- On Interpretation of the Aristotelian Philosophy
Aristotle is one the most influential philosophers in the Western tradition. Aristotle’s works shaped centuries of philosophy from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance and his theories were serving as a stimulus to almost every area of philosophy. The Medieval and theRenaissance periods are considered to be the two significant historical periods in the evaluation and re-evaluation of the Aristotelian philosophy.

During the Middle Ages, mainly the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, a period widely known as “the recovery of Aristotle”, Aristotle was treated as an authority and his philosophical theories became more and more widespread through the numerous commentaries (including the Arabian commentators) and translations into Latin (the Physics, the Metaphysics and most of his logical works, such as the Categories, the On Interpretation, the Organon and so on). Another characteristic feature of that period is the attempt to harmonize the Aristotelian philosophy with the theological doctrines, especially Aristotle’s Metaphysics that became an integral part of Christian theology (Scholastic Aristotelianism). On the other hand, during the Renaissance the medieval scholastic interpretation of Aristotle's works was highly questioned resulting in an enormous production of new commentaries that re-evaluating the Aristotelian philosophy. The Aristotelianism of the Renaissance was focused not only on the Arabic and medieval Aristotelian commentators but also on the reading of the original Aristotelian Greek texts and on the Greek Aristotelian commentators, such as Alexander of Aphrodisias, Themistius and so on. Apart form the renewed study of Aristotle with reference to religious-theological questions (Renaissance Scholasticism) many Renaissance Aristotelians were centred on scientific subjects related to natural philosophy, methodology, logic, theory of knowledge etc.

One of the purposes of conference is to explore the interactions among Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy under the influence of the Aristotelian Philosophy. The main fields widely discussed and flourished through these two periods are: natural philosophy and philosophy of science, epistemology, logic, ethics, metaphysics and politics. All the papers addressing to the above topics are welcomed.

Special Focus 3: Interactions in Modern Philosophy
Philosophy can be described as an interaction centre of infinite number of dynamics that progressed and differentiated by affecting each other throughout the history. Although the history of philosophy examines philosophers, texts and periods individually, it has also been the history of interactions, i.e. affecting and being affected. The historical, multifaceted identity of the philosophy was also shaped by the correlations between philosophy and other disciplines as well as among the philosophers, themselves.

All types of interaction (interactions between different regions and lands, unexpected historical links, contact of individuals or even the concept of inter - textuality itself) can be defined as one of the central sources for the history of philosophy.

On a heterogeneous basis full of conflict and complementation, every idea causes reaction and every idea transforms itself by transforming another one. A re-evaluation of history of modern philosophy seems to be exciting with an interdisciplinary point of view in both partial and large scales.

Conference Web-Site:!philhist/ynxs4