CFP: [International] Conditions of Freedom (15th Evian Philosophy Colloquium)

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David Lauer

Call for papers
15th International Philosophy Colloquium Evian
"Conditions of Freedom"

Evian (Lake Geneva), France
July 12-18, 2009

Call for Papers:
We invite proposals for presentations (maximum length: one page), along
with a short CV (maximum length: two pages), by April 1st, 2009. Please
send these documents via e-mail to the following address:

A detailed exposition of the topic and all relevant information concerning
the character and history of the colloquium as well as matters of
accomodation and costs can be found on our website:

The idea of freedom stands at the center of practical philosophy, embedded
in a thick web of relations with concepts such as subjectivity,
rationality, morality, and existence. It draws its force from the tension
between two roles: on the one hand as a fundamental metaphysical or
anthropological determination of human beings; on the other as
designating a political ideal that can more or less be realized or fail
to be realized in concrete forms of life. Rousseau's opening flourish in
The Social Contract, "Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains,"
underlines this tension. In this sense the idea of freedom stands not
only practically but also conceptually under complex conditions, which
need to be understood in order to grasp what we really mean by "freedom."

The Fifteenth International Philosophy Colloquium Evian invites
philosophers to Lake Geneva to discuss issues concerning the conditions
of freedom. It aims especially to encourage its participants to transcend
the narrow confines of different traditions in philosophy. It is
conceived particularly as a place where the divide between continental
and analytic philosophy is overcome, or at least where their differences
can be rendered philosophically productive. The passive mastery of
French, German, and English (the three languages of discussion of the
colloquium) is an indispensable prerequisite for its participants.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Georg W. Bertram, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Institut
für Philosophie, Habelschwerdter Allee 30, D-14195 Berlin, Germany

Organisation: Georg W. Bertram (Berlin), Robin Celikates (Bremen), David
Lauer (Berlin); in cooperation with: Karin de Boer (Groningen), Karen
Feldman (Berkeley), Jo-Jo Koo (Pittsburgh), Christophe Laudou (Madrid),
Jérôme Lèbre (Paris), Diane Perpich (Clemson), Hans Bernhard Schmid
(Basel), Chris Doude van Troostvijk (Strasbourg/Amsterdam)

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