CFA: The Philosophy of Werner Herzog (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield)

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
M. Blake Wilson, Cal State Stanislaus
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Edited by M. Blake Wilson & Christopher Turner

California State University, Stanislaus


Publisher: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), The Philosophy of Popular Culture Book Series (Series Editor: Mark Conard).

Abstract Due Date: March 15, 2018 (450 word max)

Decision Date: April 15, 2018

Full papers due: September 15, 2018 (7,000 word max)

"I do not belong to the ranks of intellectuals who have a philosophy or a social structure in mind and then make a film about it…[M]aking a film has much more to do with real life, with living things, than it has with philosophy.” – Werner Herzog (1974)

We invite submissions of abstracts for an edited volume on the (anti-)philosophy of Werner Herzog. Contributors are welcome to submit abstracts from a variety of perspectives on any philosophically significant aspect of Herzog's films, writings, and interviews.  Submissions should not have been published elsewhere previously.

Hailed by François Truffaut as "the most important film director alive," over the past 50 years Herzog has assembled an unrivaled body of work that spans art films, feature films, documentaries, interviews, and a number of written works that defy simple categorization or easy summary.  These sources provide philosophers with a wealth of opportunities for tracing trajectories between Herzog's artworks, Herzog's philosophy, and philosophy in general. Please submit abstracts of no more than 450 words, along with a tentative title for your contribution, an updated CV, and institutional affiliation to both editors at: and

Possible topics include:

Herzog's Lessons of Darkness: A Manifesto for "Truth in an Age of 'Alt-Facts'"

What is Real and What is Apparent: Herzog's 'Staged' Documentaries

The Conquest of the Useless: The Overman in Fitzcarraldo 

Herzog and Kinski: Friendship and Agonism 

The Birth of Art out of the Spirit of Animals:  The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Staring into the Abyss: Death and Capital Punishment in the Films of Werner Herzog 

Ecstatic Truth and the Accountant's Truth: Herzog's Epistemological Turn 

Nature or Nurture: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Transformation of the World into Music: Herzog and Wagner

"The Harmony of Overwhelming and Collective Murder": Humanity in Herzog's Jungle