[MaFLa] konferenciafelhívás - doktoranduszoknak

Tamás Paár paar.tamas at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 16:03:28 CET 2016

Tisztelt Listatagok,
Doktoranduszok figyelmébe ajánlom az alábbi felhívást.
A konferencia témája a stílusok és műfajok kérdése a filozófiában, nyelve
Paár Tamás


*The Registers of Philosophy II.*

The second event of the conference series titled *The Registers of
Philosophy* is going to feature a session with PhD students. The selection
of the presenters in this session is going to be based on their

The conference is going to take place in Budapest, at the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences, on *May 14, 2016*. Keynote speaker: Jon Stewart.

PhD students are going to be hosted by the Doctoral School of Political
Theory of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The Doctoral School is
going to offer a seminar for the graduate participants about the same topic.

*Application materials:*

-         - Abstract (not longer than 400 words)
-Short CV
- List of publications

Please submit your application materials to paar.tamas at gmail.com until *March
1, 2016*.

*We offer financial support for travel and accommodation for maximally 3
PhD students traveling from abroad up to 150 euros/person.*

*Description of the conference:*

Jon Stewart has recently argued in his book *The Unity of Content and Form
in Philosophical Writing *(2013) that the style of contemporary philosophy
– particularly in its Anglo-American version – is extremely impoverished.
This homogeneity, according to Stewart, has its roots in the scientific
model of philosophy and philosophical writing, in the philosophy of
language that was popular in the beginning of the last century and in the
fact that during the professionalization of philosophy a particular mode of
writing proved to be the most useful one. Noting the deep similarities of
current philosophical pieces would of course not cause any surprise – but
Stewart went on to argue that this kind of uniformity in philosophical
writing causes much harm to philosophy itself. The standardization not only
causes some thoughts to be only ineffectively expressible in philosophy,
but shifts the attention of courses both at undergraduate and graduate
level to the regular type of philosophical texts. Irregular genres or
styles are left out from the curriculum at many places, their own
characteristics and the messages encoded in philosophical styles do not
gain attention. ‘By insisting on a single form of writing – Stewart
emphasized –, professional philosophy implicitly imposes a certain notion
about how to read philosophy.’ The ability to read some classics is fading
away. And works falling outside of the scope of the writing which people
are now accustomed to are deemed to be unphilosophical, lacking rigor and
therefore uninteresting.

Nevertheless one might argue that even nowadays various philosophical
genres and styles are flourishing, and not only in continental philosophy.
Philosophical novels and poems are being published, philosophy is present
in theatres and cinemas, not to mention the different web pages that are
dedicated to philosophical topics. Even analytic writings do not always use
the same style. Furthermore, as Keith Allen noted in his review of *The
Unity of Content and Form in Philosophical Writing*, ‘Stewart’s selection
of case studies to illustrate the diversity of forms that philosophical
writing can take raises interesting questions about when it is appropriate
to describe a work as a work of philosophy.’

Now how uniform really is today’s philosophy? Is the homogeneity of styles
dangerous for philosophy itself? What are the themes that only fit well
with some genres or styles? What is the exact connection between content
and form? Should philosophers pay attention to genres practiced outside of
academia? The aim of our series of conferences is to investigate these
questions and more. We would like to look at the problems of content and
form in philosophy both from historical and contemporary perspectives, from
the viewpoint of analytic and continental philosophy as well as from the
standpoint of styles that fall outside the scope of academic philosophy.
Stewart claimed that questions of form, genre and style should be
entertained not only at the literature departments but by professional
philosophers too. As he argued: ‘To read philosophical texts as literature
is to miss the specifically philosophical meaning that they contain.’ We
would like to give a joint occasion for both of these disciplines to
discuss the problems introduced above. Like Stewart, we would like to bring
philosophers to the edges of conformity, to explore the various forms and
the diverse ways of not only writing, reading and interpreting philosophy
but teaching, discussing, presenting, popularizing or doing it.

*List of suggested topics:*

Genres in philosophy; Content and form in philosophical writing; The
Analytic-Continental divide in writing styles; The varieties of styles
within the ‘ordinary’ journal articles; Does the style of a work depend on
the philosophy expressed in it or the other way around?; Are there any
philosophical theses that could not be expressed in some genres?; Could
philosophy be fully clear or is it bound to be paradoxical?; Are there such
things as feminine and masculine writing styles in philosophy?; Philosophy
as literature; Literature as philosophy; Narratives in philosophy; Science
fiction thought-experiments; Utopias; Humor and irony in philosophy;
Popular philosophy; Pop-culture and philosophy; Philosophy in images;
Philosophy and film; Philosophy and music; Mediality of philosophy; Recent
problems of journals; Philosophy on the Internet; Styles of conferences;
Styles of teaching philosophy; Philosophical counseling; etc.
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