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Dr. Philipp Steinkrüger (Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany)

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Call for Papers

Metaphilosophy in History

Call for articles to be published in History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis 27.1 (2024)

Guest editors: Catherine Dromelet and Willem Lemmens (both University of Antwerp)

What is philosophy? How does a philosopher proceed and what goals do they pursue? How do they distinguish between good and bad philosophy? Being interested in such questions is sometimes labeled as metaphilosophy. Recent publications on metaphilosophy are essential references when it comes to these questions. The prevailing tendency in these and related contributions is to address methodological and systematic problems relevant in contemporary discourses, while the historical context of metaphilosophical issues is typically ignored (with few exceptions showing, for instance, historical affinities within the Marxist tradition). The present issue aims to address this hiatus. The meaning of the word ‘philosophy’ has undergone profound transformations over time. What we consider ‘modern science’, for instance, emerged in early modern times within the bounds of what was then considered ‘philosophy’. Similarly, ‘experimental philosophy’ had a specific meaning in the early modern period: it came close to what we would call ‘empirical science’, but today the latter means largely an empirical survey of conceptual intuitions, while the former has now a very different meaning for several contemporary philosophers. These are just conspicuous illustrations of how the meaning of the word ‘philosophy’ has been changing over time. The special issue ‘Metaphilosophy in History’ aims at surveying the most significant changes in the self-conception of philosophy and at introducing historical insights and considerations into contemporary discourses on metaphilosophy. It provides an opportunity to focus on specific authors and schools of thought, to highlight distinctive aspects and phases in the evolution of the self-understanding of philosophy. So, while much of metaphilosophical work so far has been concerned with systematic issues, our aim is (1) to provide a historical perspective on metaphilosophical enterprises through a reconstruction of the self-conception of philosophy up to the very recent past, and (2) to infuse contemporary problems of metaphilosophy with historical consciousness and sensitivity.

For this special issue of History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis we are looking for articles (up to 10 000 words) that seek to provide a new, diversified outlook on historically informed metaphilosophy, based on in-depth original research. The questions that we are interested in include: Did metaphilosophy play any important role in the past philosophers' agenda? If they held metaphilosophical views, did their philosophical practice follow them? Was there more agreement on the metaphilosophical level than in the argumentative practice, or vice versa? Papers should focus on specific historical figures, presenting their case as illustrative of a more general tendency or movement. This is less pressing in the case of very central figures like Aristotle, Hegel, Wittgenstein, etc., but it is desirable in the case of less influential authors.

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Articles should be submitted by September 30, 2023, via Editorial Manager
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If you are unsure whether your contribution might fit, send an abstract (500–1000 words) before April 15, 2023 to the guest editors and we will get back to you by May 31, 2023.

Call for Papers

New Social Perspectives in Medieval Philosophy

Guest editors: Jenny Pelletier and Ana María Mora-Márquez (both University of Gothenburg)

Call for articles to be published in History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis 28 (2025)

In the past forty years, the analytical tradition in philosophy has experienced a social turn with the result that areas such as social epistemology, social philosophy of science, and social ontology are at present some of the most innovative and vibrant. We have reason to think, however, that this recent turn must have had a precedent in past philosophical traditions where the social was part and parcel of philosophical discussions and elucidations. In particular, we believe that the late Middle Ages is one of those past traditions.
With this in mind, we have proposed a special issue to the Brill journal History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis, with a focus on the social in medieval philosophy. The journal has accepted to publish the special issue in a rolling model in which articles appear online first upon acceptance after peer review.
We welcome abstracts that shed light on aspects of medieval philosophy where the social is crucial, particularly in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of science and social ontology or metaphysics. The following is a list of possible topics:
* For social epistemology and philosophy of science: the roles of testimony, trust, epistemic authority, peer disagreement, social objectivity and rational criticism (for instance the role of fallacies in critical examination) in the production and dissemination of (scientific) knowledge; pragmatics in reasoning; the sociology of medieval science.
* For social metaphysics: the nature and production of social entities (or objects or facts) such as social groups (e.g. religious orders, corporations, political communities, the family, nations), money, property, artifacts, and so forth; the role of language and the will in their production; the role of obligations, norms, and practices in structuring and individuating social groups; the possibility of non-human social groups.

Submission information:
Please email an abstract of 500–800 words and a short CV by 30 June, 2023 to the either Gust Editor at: or

We plan to organize a workshop in early 2024 to discuss full drafts of the contributions with a final deadline for submission in March 2024.
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