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Call for Papers: Noema 13: Practicing philosophy...

Call for Papers

Call for papers for Nóema 13-2022: «Practicing philosophy: praxis, pragmata, philosophy of practices in contemporary thought»

Nóema has been working for a long time on the question of practice. Through the dialogue with Carlo Sini, who has centred his latest works on this issue, and the interest in the reflections coming from pragmatism, genealogy and existentialism, the editorial team has always been particularly interested in the fields of research that put the weaving of theory and praxis at the forefront of contemporary debate.

Therefore, we wish to dedicate our next issue to a properly theoretical analysis of the question of practice. Even if it might sound like an oxymoron, we believe that there’s no theory deracinated from a specific form of life and that there’s no practice – unfolded at a communal level – that does not produce consistent theories. The title of our next issue implicitly references great schools of thought: Marxism, existentialism, phenomenology, pragmatism, post-structuralist philosophy. We welcome articles that confront them, but that focus, first and foremost, on the problem at hand, finding inspiration in the “hard” and social sciences. Also, welcome are those articles that take into account recent international works that have critically approached the abovementioned traditions (pragmatism, genealogy, philosophy of immanence, process philosophy, post-structuralism, postmodern and continental thought).

Some of the thinkers of such traditions can be interpreted as very close to the philosophy of practices: consider for instance Husserl’s Lebenswelt, early Heidegger’s Faktizität, Merleau-Ponty’s structure of behaviour, but also Foucault’s discursive practices and his pragmatics of the self, Deleuze’s attention to immanence, and Sartre’s notion of praxis. The present issue intends to clarify the meaning of the thought of practices, by linking it to the themes and issues that have emerged, even very recently, in contemporary debates. The overall aim is to suggest a way of “thinking differently”, of creating concepts more suitable for today’s problems. What does a radical adoption of the pragmatic maxim imply? In what sense do we understand meaning and truth starting from the evaluation of their practical consequences? How can we envision the path of the philosopher who does not solely contemplate “forms” and abstract “ideas”, but instead is engaged with the strength of the practices that found their own doing and thinking?

Deadline: May 31, 2022.

08 November 2021
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