Continental Philosophy and Religion

Panel Convenors: Andrew Hass and Daniel Whistler

Call for Papers:

The Continental Philosophy and Religion Panel invites abstracts for 20-minute papers that consider the practices of truth in philosophies, religions and literatures. Philosophical traditions have long attempted to both justify and interrogate, in equal measure, the traditional correspondence model for defining truth, in which what is true is what most reasonably agrees with its object. These interrogations have led to all sorts of alternative models for truth: post-rational truths; existential truths; virtual truths or simulacra of truth. The panel particularly encourages engagements with these trends that do one of the following:

(a)   Scrutinise the various projects in modern European philosophy to seek after a truth through means other than, or in addition to, the standard rational modes of the philosophical quest—for example, through imagination, art, religion, mysticism, psychoanalysis, aphorism, hermeneutics, or non-philosophy.

(b)   Consider the kinds of practices, comportments and ethical attitudes that act as conditions of possibility for these alternative models of truth, especially those that make use of narrative and other imaginative means. In other words, what individual or social practices, disciplines and modes of responsibility are required to be truthful?

(c)   Reflect on the contemporary situation of the so-called ‘post-truth society’, and the ways in which philosophical, literary and religious models might contest or, conversely, have implicitly justified and bolstered such developments.

Proposals of no more than 350 words should be sent to Andrew Hass (University of Stirling) at andrew.hass@stir.ac.uk and/or Daniel Whistler (Royal Holloway) at Daniel.Whistler@rhul.ac.uk by 1 March 2018 (response from the panel can be expected towards the end of March or early April). Ultimately, speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference so if you are submitting to another panel as well, please let us know so that we can liaise with the other strand chairs.