CfP: Comparative History of Philosophy

Call for Abstracts

9th June 2017

Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences, University of Milan

Confirmed Keynote: Prof. Enrico Pasini (University of Turin)
History of philosophy has grown into one of the main fields in philosophical research, with a flourishing and ever-expanding scholarly literature. Specialization followed, almost as a natural consequence of the growth of history of philosophy. Philosophers now specialize in a variety of specific historical periods and topics, such as Eastern Philosophy, Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modernity, Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, Early Analytical Philosophy and so on.
In recent years, the methodological side of historical philosophical research has attracted the attention of both philosophers and historians. This has happened, we believe, as a consequence of the maturity of history of philosophy and because it raises specific meta-philosophical and historiographical questions. In 2016, two international conferences were dedicated to this topic: the international Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society in Geneva and the 17th Graduate Philosophy Conference at the Boston College. In 2017, the conference “Distant Reading and Data Driven Research in the History of Philosophy”,  held in Turin, added the digital humanities approach to the debate.
We announce a call for papers for an exploratory, one-day symposium on the idea of a comparative history of philosophy to be held at the University of Milan on 9th June 2017.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the methodology of the history of philosophy by focusing on the role that a comparison between different philosophies and periods might play. We believe that a comparative history (or histories) of philosophy is a new approach to the discipline worthy of more scrutiny.