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CFP: “Hegelian Perspectives on the Philosophy of Nature and the Environment” (Coimbra, 23-24 May 2024)

We are glad to give notice of the call for paper for the conference Hegelian Perspectives on the Philosophy of Nature and the Environment, which will be held on May 23rd-24th, 2024, at the Universidade de Coimbra, Facultade de Letras. 

The conference is organized by the International Network Hegel’s Relevance/Internationales Netzwerk Hegels Relevanz.

Please find below the text of the call.


The International Network Hegel’s Relevance /Internationales Netzwerk Hegels Relevanz cordially invites submissions for the yearly Network Conference. The topic of the Conference in 2024 is: Die Philosophie der Natur und der Umwelt: Hegelianische Perspektiven / Hegelian Perspectives on the Philosophy of Nature and the Environment.

Although the relationship between human beings and nature has always been the subject of philosophical and scientific discussions at various theoretical levels, the current technical and technological condition of human life has introduced new demands for understanding and guiding our thoughts and actions. We contend that Hegel’s philosophy, due to its systematic and transdisciplinary methodology, provides a particularly incisive approach to exploring the relationship between being and knowledge. Specifically, it enables us to tackle questions concerning the connection between human beings, society, and the natural environment. In this respect, the conference will be open to the discussion of a range of problems, including environmental ethics, natural philosophy, philosophy of science, technology, action, general ethics, and political philosophy.

The upcoming 2024 conference, Hegelian Perspectives on the Philosophy of Nature and the Environment, will offer a historically informed platform for discussing crucial contemporary issues in the philosophy of the environment and nature. These issues will be approached through systematic or historical-philosophical methodologies, interpretation of Hegel’s texts, and comparative studies with other authors. The conference will delve into specific problems of environmental ethics, such as how to expand ethical considerations to encompass the relationship between human beings and nature, how to establish an ethics of care and forethought, and how ethics interrelate with metaphysical issues. These metaphysical concerns include the conceptual foundations of knowledge of nature, the ontological and moral status of sentient living beings, the organic relationship between living beings and their environment, and the Earth as an organism. Anthropological aspects can also be explored, such as the inherent embodiment of humans, the concept of “second nature” and its relationship to nature in the strict sense, the dialectic of means and ends in technology, and the overall ethical, political, and conceptual implications of technology.

Confirmed speakers are: Alberto Siani (Pisa), Bruno Haas (Paris), Diogo Ferrer (Coimbra), Christian Illies (Bamberg), Christian Krijnen (Amsterdam), Christian Martin (Stuttgart), Klaus Vieweg (Jena), Luca Illetterati (Padova), Max Gottschlich (Linz), Paul Cobben (Amsterdam), Zdravko Kobe (Ljubljana).

The presented papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed series “Critical Studies in German Idealism” (BRILL: Leiden/Boston). Publication language: English.

Abstracts (no more than 500 words!) should be sent as attachment (PDF) to hegels.relevanz2024@gmail.com

Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information and a short CV, should be included in the body of the e-mail, with “Submission Hegel Network 2024” in the subject line.

Applicants will be added to an email list so that they will be notified in the future.

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2023.
Notification of acceptance by October 31st, 2023.
Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.
Conference languages: English and German.

Information about the conference and the network will be available on this website.

Organization: Steering committee of the International Network Hegel’s Relevance / Internationales Netzwerk Hegels Relevanz: Jiri Chotas (Prag), Paul Cobben (Tilburg), Diogo Ferrer (Coimbra), Max Gottschlich (Linz), Stephen Houlgate (Warwick), Lucca Illetterati (Padua), David James (Warwick), Jean-François Kervegan (Paris), Zdravko Kobe (Ljubljana), Christian Krijnen (Amsterdam), Tereza Matějčková (Prag), Ermylos Plevrakis (Heidelberg), Alberto Siani (Pisa), Klaus Vieweg (Jena), Folko Zander (Jena).


Organizational Committee in Coimbra: Diogo Ferrer and Inês Salgueiro

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