ABSTRACTS: “THE LAST CHAPTER”
October 3-4, 2013
deadline: May 1, 2013
Lehigh University Philosophy Department invites submissions for our first
annual philosophy conference.
Submissions should address one of two dimensions of the conference
theme: either aspects of the often under-read or overlooked final chapters,
sections, or moments of philosophical texts, or philosophy's relation to the
idea of its own "final chapter" or of that of some other domain.
for submissions focusing on the theme’s first dimension – texts -- include ,
but are not limited to: How do the
text's concluding thoughts stand in relation to the remainder of the work? How
do they inform or deform the coherence of the philosophical project at
hand? How does one properly end a
philosophical work? Is it important to attend to the last chapter? Papers may
treat specific texts or specific oeuvres: e.g., the Critique of Pure Reason or
Kant's oeuvre, Tractatus 7 or Wittgenstein's oeuvre, Leviathan or Hobbes’s
oeuvre. Submissions are welcome on any
period of philosophy or employing any method of following philosophical
Papers focusing on the theme’s second
dimension might address such questions as these: Does or should philosophy see
itself as aiming for a concluding chapter or as eventually reaching an end? Is our enterprise necessarily interminable?
If not a conclusion, what other ends, if any, does or should philosophy seek?
How does or might philosophy distinctively address the end(s) or endings in
other disciplines or domains of life?
submission of detailed abstracts (750-1000 words) should be in MSWord or pdf
format. Reading time for presented
papers is 30 minutes. Send abstracts as attachments to
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, with “conference submission” as the subject. Please
include in body of e-mail your name, paper title, institutional affiliation,
and contact information. For further information, please contact:
• Paul Guyer, Jonathan Nelson Professor
of Humanities and Philosophy, Brown University
• Nancy Sherman, University professor,