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National Research University Higher School of Economics → Educational Departments → Faculty of HumanitiesSchool of PhilosophyAnnual Conference of the School of Philosophy
Annual Conference of the School of Philosophy

The modes of thinking, the ways of speaking

Subjects of the conference:

ATTENTION PLEASE: THE TIME OF SENDING OF THE PROPOSALS IS PROLONGATED UNTIL THE FEBRUARY, 1.

 

The conference focuses upon various ways of modelling miscellaneous philosophic problems trajected through the prism of social and cultural codes, as well as different obstacles in translation from ancient and modern languages; correction and development of the conceptual framework in the humanities. The interdisciplinary approach allows the Conference to engage different sections of human sciences, particularly a history of literature and language, epistemology, hermeneutics, significant issues of socio-cultural communication etc.

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Call for Papers with extended time



Producing of actual humanitarian knowledge implies continual reflection (and auto-reflection as well) aimed to refine and improve an academic set of resources, abilities, and skills. Critical reconsideration and verification of the various disputable current issues as well as a profound revaluation of the questions already raised to achieve a high degree of scientific perfection – that is the modus pursued by the scholars of the Humanities since the Ancient Greece.

Different modes of thinking (being voiced in the academic environment) determine different ways of answers concerning methodology as well as descriptive-positive aspects.

The organizers announce the call for papers addressed those participants who are interested in comprehension of the current processes of the reflection in the history of philosophy and theology; philosophy of language and logic; ontology and gnoseology; philosophy of communication.

The conference will focus on various ways of modeling different philosophic problems trajected through the prism of social and cultural codes, as well as different obstacles in translation from ancient and modern languages, correction and development of the conceptual framework in the humanities.

An interdisciplinary approach allows the Conference to engage different sections of human sciences, particularly, history of literature and language, epistemology, hermeneutics, significant issues of socio-cultural communication, etc. The specialty of the Conference of 2018 will be its orientation towards the History of Concepts (Begriffsgeschichte), as a most relevant for a present-day humanitarian knowledge strategical and methodological guideline.

Our first plenary session named "Understanding ancients, understanding like ancients" will be dedicated to the problem of the ancient philosophical text's interpretation. The philosophical text is a result of multiple interpretations: written fixation of an oral teaching, copying and editing process, translations and scholarly commentaries. These are the stages of the complicated interpretative process which preconditions our understanding of an ancient text. Our awareness of this complexity is therefore necessary for a valid interpretation. Nevertheless, we often tend to approach ancient authors as if they were our school-mates, and carelessly ‘extract’ philosophical doctrines ‘from’ their texts as if these texts were mere ‘containers,' devoid of any philosophical significance. So, the first scope of the plenary session will be to discuss hermeneutical problems related to ‘understanding the ancients.'

As the second part of the title suggests, the ancients themselves paid much attention to the questions of interpretation, so our hermeneutical efforts are inevitably determined, to a greater or lesser degree, by ancient tradition. It is in Antiquity that the question "how to understand" (be that oracles, Plato, the Scripture or ourselves) was formulated for the first time, and we construct our interpretations either in polemics or agreement with the answers given to us. In ‘understanding the ancients’ we are bound to understand ‘like ancients.'

Within the frames of the second plenary session, we propose to discuss the problematics of the History of Concepts and its relations with the Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought of Russia and Europe from XV to XX cent. Among the possible speakers are Claudio Sergio Nun Ingerflom (CNRS, Paris – CONICET, Buenos-Aires), Constantine Yerusalimsky (RSUH, Moscow) and Michael Velizhev (HSE, Moscow). The third plenary session will traditionally be dedicated to the problems of the correlation between the language, gnoseology, logic, and ontology. The main argument of this year will be the theory of concepts and its principal questions, like the correlation between the formal and substantial, the problem of universals, issue of the "language of thought" etc.

The list of the sections proposed already includes the panels on: a) the problematics of the constitutional power in the Russian political thought of 1890-1917 (moderator - Andrey Teslya);

b) the correlation between the private and public spaces in the same texts (moderators - Liubov Bibikova, Andrey Teslya);

c) the Post-Kantian philosophical debates on knowledge and the dynamization of the a priori in the long 19th century (moderator - Nadia Moro);

d) the transformations of the phenomenon of the Political, change of its properties and limits (moderators - Alexey Salikov, Alexey Zhavoronkov);

e) the modes of speaking about and with demons in the intellectual culture of the Early-Modern Europe (moderator - Olga Togoeva);

f) the philosophy of conscience and the problem of the free will (moderator - Alexander Mishura).

Indeed, this list is open for your suggestions.


The official language of the conference will be Russian and English.


The Conference will be held on April 26-30 2018, at the base of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Abstracts, of no more than 1000 words, in English should be sent to
phillangcult@gmail.com until February, 1, 2018. In addition to the abstract, please include in your proposal your academic title, name, affiliation, and the title of your contribution.

Participation fee includes one thousand roubles (1000 rub) per person