*DEADLINE EXTENDED* CFP-- "Hermeneutic Forms" at SEP-FEP 2018

deadline for submissions: 
March 19, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
2018 SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference
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We invite participants for a curated panel entitled "Hermeneutic Forms" to be held at the joint Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Conference in Colchester, England from June 18th to June 20th.

This panel considers the rich tradition of hermeneutics from Classical Greek to scriptural hermeneutics and the ontological hermeneutics of the 20th century. In particular, it asks the question of whether hermeneutic comparisons can be developed through closer questions of form, and whether such comparative study brings us nearer to confronting an estrangement which is not merely ‘before’ the text, but before the hermeneutic system itself. Hermeneutic mechanisms conceal problematics not only of ideology, but inbuilt predilections towards development, destruction, and particular loci of movement and stillness; in this way, interpretation is not merely a vehicle for the text, but one which mechanistically carries its own accord— it is not merely that the wheels veer left, but that there is a brake or a pedal at all. If we are not satisfied with the ‘radical hermeneutic’ opposition of Derrida and deconstruction, which refuses the hermeneutic tradition for its ‘metaphysical exigency’, the task at hand is an exacting interrogation of what a hermeneutic ‘does’— and the development of a more lucid relationality which not only bears all parties around this action, but the very nature of ‘hermeneutic action’ itself. 

Contributions which focus on marginalized fields within the history of philosophy, broadly conceived, that are pertinent to this inquiry of comparative hermeneutics are especially welcome. 

Abstracts should be approx. 250-400 words and include a brief bio of approx. 100 words, e-mailed to organizer Lawrence S.W. at shw.lawrence@gmail.com by 19 March. Please do not hesitate to reach out if an extension will be required. 



2018 SEP-FEP Joint Annual Conference

University of Essex

18-20 June 2018


The Society for European Philosophy is delighted to announce its annual conference for 2018. The conference will be run jointly with the Forum for European Philosophy and hosted at The University of Essex.


Plenary Speakers:

Keith Ansell-Pearson (University of Warwick)

Bonnie Honig (Brown University)

Christophe Menke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

The SEP-FEP conference is the largest annual event in Europe that aims to bring together researchers, teachers, and students from different disciplines, interested in all areas of contemporary European philosophy.

Abstract proposals for papers and panels are invited in all areas of European philosophy. Proposals from academics, graduate students and independent scholars are all welcome.