CFP: “Metaphysics in Modernity: Tradition and Innovation” (KU Leuven, March 16, 2016)

We gladly announce that a call for papers has been opened for the workshop Metaphysics in Modernity, that will be held at the KU Leuven on 16 March, 2016.


Call for Papers

KU Leuven

Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

March 16, 2016

Modern metaphysics is often considered to be under constant pressure to re-invent itself, caught up in a never-ending process of revision and revolution. Renaissance Platonism, Cartesianism in its many flavours, Spinozism, Wolffianism, German Idealism, materialism, process metaphysics, descriptive metaphysics, modal metaphysics etc. look like so many attempts to start metaphysics from the scratch again. The many more or less idiosyncratic metaphysical systems of the 19th and 20th century – most of which are only known to experts – seem to complete the picture.

In the last decades, however, scholarly research has also focused on the moment of continuity with the pre-modern metaphysical tradition which has shaped modern metaphysics as well. This has brought out important insights into large-scale continuities between classical ancient and medieval metaphysics on the one hand and modern metaphysics on the other, but also a better understanding of small-scale interaction between more traditional and more revisionist approaches to metaphysics within the different periods of modernity. Relevant examples are the complex relations and the interplay between Cartesianism, Spinozism and Wolffianism with late Scholasticism, between Kantianism and rationalistic metaphysics, the Neoplatonic roots of German Idealism, the connection between neo-Thomism and phenomenology, or the mutual influence of neo-Aristotelian and Thomistic movements on each other in current analytic metaphysics.

The aim of the workshop is to acquire a better understanding of the interplay between tradition and innovation that drives modern metaphysics, both in general terms and in significant case studies. So we invite short papers with deal with a topic in the field that has been specified above. Abstracts with  topic proposals (max. 300 words) can be submitted to until January 31.

For further information see this link.

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