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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Congress of Philosophy: Person and Society: Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, Braga, Portugal: November 17-19, 2005

In the tradition inaugurated by the organization of the First National Congress of Philosophy in 1955 and the First Luso-Brazilian Congress of Philosophy in 1981, the Faculty of Philosophy (Braga) of the Catholic University of Portugal and the Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia plan to host an International Congress of Philosophy in November, 2005. In the very year in which we shall celebrate the centenary of Emmanuel Mounier's, Jean-Paul Sartre's and Emmanuel Levinas's births as well as the first 150 years after the death of Sören Kierkegaard and 50 after the deaths of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Albert Einstein, the Congress wishes to offer the occasion to bring into discussion the great philosophical questions concerning the nature of the human person and his/her place in society and the cosmos. Besides those who are involved directly in the study and teaching of philosophy, the Congress would like to address the interests of theologians, jurists, educators, psychologists, as well as researchers in the natural and human sciences. The aim is to reaffirm the ongoing relevance of the philoso­phi­cal issues that every generation is obliged to confront anew and differently. For this reason, the Congress seeks to explore, taking into account both the historical and the phenomenological dimensions of the problem, the perspectives on the human person for the twenty-first century according to the following thematic areas:

  1. Anthropology
  2. Art and Communication
  3. Economy and Politics
  4. Ethics and Justice
  5. Gender Questions
  6. History of Ideas
  7. Metaphilosophy
  8. Mind and Body
  9. Multiculturalism
  10. Ontology and Metaphysics
  11. Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  12. Philosophy and Literature
  13. Problems in Bioethics
  14. Religion and Culture
  15. Science and Technology
  16. Society of Information


The languages used in the addresses given in the Congress by its participants will be Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Italian; the organization will try to provide translations of the addresses given by the invited speakers. In each of the three days, there will be plenary sessions and symposia proffered by internationally known thinkers. In addition, there will be parallel sessions for those who wish to give a paper in the domain of one of the above-mentioned thematic areas. With the understanding that the presenta­tion of these papers is not to exceed 15-20 minutes, the organization asks those inte­rested to send a summary of a proposal (300 words maximum) until April 15, 2005.

The organization further requests that a complete text of the accepted proposals be sent until September 15, 2005 . A selection of these texts will be published.

The costs for participation will be the following (registration before October 15; after that, please, add 20 Euros): 50 Euros for professionals; 20 Euros for students (undergraduates).

For further information, please contact: João J. Vila-Chã, PhD. Faculdade de Filosofia Praça da Faculdade 1 P - 4710-297 Braga e-mail: jvila-cha@facfil.ucp.pt PORTUGAL rpf@facfil.ucp.pt