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Society and Politics appears on the following dates:

April 30th

November 30th


Call for Papers


Society and Politics aims at publishing thematic and special issues and for this is seeking prospective guest editors that would be willing to submit proposals for thematic and special issues.

 


 

Boris Hessen and the Philosophy of Science

 

Invited editor: Sean Winkler

 

For this special issue of Society and Politics, we would like to invite papers that discuss the thought of Soviet physicist, historian and philosopher of science, Boris Hessen (1893 – 1936). Hessen is best known for delivering a talk at the 2nd International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in London, entitled “The Socio-Economic Roots of Newton’s Principia” (1931); one of the most infamous papers in the historiography and philosophy of science. In this paper, Hessen argued that every theoretical problem in Sir Isaac Newton’s natural philosophy could be traced to two sources: (1) economic production (i.e., technical problems that were relevant to the development of the newly-emergent capitalist economy) and (2) class morality (i.e., Newton’s ideological standpoint as a member of the rising bourgeoisie in late 17th-/early 18th-century England). Though an immediately provocative figure, Hessen’s notoriety was short-lived as not more than five years after his appearance in London, he became one of the millions to perish in Stalin’s purges. And although he was rehabilitated in 1956 during the “Khrushchev thaw”, scholars’ attempts to revisit his works have yet to spur an exhaustive study of his thought. Such an exhaustive study is necessary, because Hessen’s paper exerted a profound, subterranean influence on so-called “externalist” historiography of philosophy and science that has yet to be fully appreciated. Moreover, his writings on topics such as dialectical materialism, the history of science, relativity theory and quantum mechanics, are not well-known. The aim of this volume, therefore, is to encourage systematic studies of his thought as well as assessments of the relevance of his work for understanding the relationship between economic production, philosophy and science today.

 

Papers on the following topics are welcome (but not limited to):

  • English translations of Hessen’s other writings
  • Hessen as the founder of ‘externalist’ historiography of philosophy/science
  • Hessen’s influence on other thinkers (i.e., Bernal, Grossmann, Merton, Needham, etc.)
  • The role of dialectical materialism (i.e., Marxist, Leninist, Stalinist, Deborinite, etc.) in Hessen’s thought
  • Hessen’s understanding of the relationship between economic production and philosophy/science
  • Hessen’s interpretations of relativity theory and/or quantum mechanics
  • Contemporary applications of Hessen’s thought
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    Papers should not exceed 8,000 words and should be prepared for double-blind review. Submissions should be made by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 December 2018, with an anticipated publication date of 30 April 2019.

     

    Instructions for authors can be found at:

    http://socpol.uvvg.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53

     


     

    Consciousness in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy of Mind

     

    Invited editors: Martin Klein, Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum, Oliver Istvan Toth

     

    In recent years, the relationship between Medieval and Early Modern philosophy has received greater attention. Scholars have characterized this relationship both as a continuity and as a break. This is certainly true of philosophy of mind, where many Aristotelian assumptions and questions persisted, while the framework of substantial forms and their inherent powers was questioned. Also, in both Medieval and Early Modern history of philosophy the notion of consciousness has been the topic of new research: different scholars have tried to investigate the question how our contemporary concern with consciousness maps onto Medieval and Early Modern philosophy, as well as what implications medieval and early modern positions in philosophy of mind and epistemology have for possible views on consciousness. While some scholars point to similarities, others have warned that it is not clear whether the problem of consciousness even existed for some of the authors in these periods.

     

    For this special issue of Society and Politics we therefore invite papers discussing one of the followings topics:

  • Consciousness in Medieval philosophy
  • Consciousness in Early Modern philosophy
  • The influence of Medieval on Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
  • Influence and/or relevance of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness for the contemporary philosophy of mind
  • Methodology of research on Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
  • Historiography of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
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    Papers no longer than 8000 words, or book reviews no longer than 800 words, should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by March 31, 2018. Submissions must be prepared for double-blind peer review. Publication is scheduled for November 30, 2018.

     

    For the authors guidelines see:

    http://socpol.uvvg.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53

     


     

    Rewrite Conflicts: The Role of Losers, Heretics, and Outsiders in the History of Medicine

     

    Invited editor: Fabrizio Baldassarri

     

    A multifaceted narration characterizes the contrapositions between schools, factions, theories, and practices in the history of medicine. Yet, studying these conflicts helps to shed light on those actors, traditional historiographies usually relegate to secondary roles: surgeons, practitioners, apothecaries, botanists, astronomers, chymists, men and women devoted to the knowledge of simples. Especially when following losers, outsiders, heretics, and marginalized scholars, medical conflicts reveal epistemologically fruitful paths that help to track the changes buttressing early modern bio-medical revolution. While academic physicians required the support of theologians to rule out these practices as responsible for heresies, errors, and charlatanisms, kings frequently credited such outsiders as court physicians (i.e., Ambroise Paré, Guy de La Brosse), elevating their knowledge and experience to a crucial role. Slowly, these actors entered medical schools and academies, rewriting early modern history of medicine.

     

    This issue aims at reconstructing this conflicting situation and to analyse diverse cases of such outsiders and losers, moving from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries (wider focuses are accepted as well). Research articles coming from different fields (history of philosophy, psychology, science, medicine, botany, ideas, intellectual history, and history of life sciences…) are welcome.

     

    Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 December 2017. Paper will go through double-blind peer-review process. Publication is scheduled by 30 April 2018.

     

    For the authors guidelines see:

    http://socpol.uvvg.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53



     

    Pendulum Clocks in the Seventeenth Century Philosophy

     

    Invited editor: Filip Buyse

     

    According to his first biographer and last student, at the end of his life (when he was already blind), Galileo dictated a drawing of a pendulum clock to his son, Vincenzo. The author of the Dialogue (1632) had discovered that it was not the mass but the length of a pendulum that determines its oscillation time. Based on this concept of isochronism, Christiaan Huygens constructed - in collaboration with his technician - a sophisticated pendulum clock which he patented in 1665. In the same year, the author of Horologium oscillatorium sive de motu pendularium (1673) observed and analyzed the spectacular phenomenon of the synchronization of clocks.
    Huygens’ clock was not only constructed to measure time but also to determine longitude at sea. Moreover, this sophisticated device became a leading metaphor for early modern philosophers. This application was linked to a tradition that applied the mechanical analogy in philosophy. However, Huygens’ invention renewed the use of this metaphor completely. Philosophers started to apply the analogy in innovative ways in order, for instance, to clarify the mind/body-problem and the harmony between bodies in the universe.

     

    This issue of Societate și Politică (Society and Politics) aims at exploring these applications and related topics by seventeenth century philosophers such as Galileo, Huygens, Comenius, Geulincx, Leibniz, Spinoza and Boyle.

     

    Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to Filip Buyse at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     

    For the authors guidelines see:

    http://socpol.uvvg.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53

    All papers will go through a process of blind-reviewing. The deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2017.

     


    Whither United Europe? Competition and Cooperation in the New World Order

     

    Invited editors: Cristian Bențe & Irina Ionela Pop

     

     

    Since the first European Security Strategy (ESS), A Secure Europe in a Better World, adopted on December 12, 2003, the EU’s strategic environment has changed radically. The Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy of December 11, 2008 did not bring significant changes in the EU foreign and security policy. In April 2015, Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to the High Representative on the European Security Strategy, emphasized that the world is “more connected, more contested and more complex”. This should lead the Union to reflect more closely on the six components of its external action: a) stronger engagement in the Balkans and towards Turkey; b) preserving and developing the European post-war order; c) crises in North Africa and the Middle East; d) relations with Africa; e) transatlantic partnership and EU-NATO relations; and f) improving cooperation with Asia and an associated renewal of the system of multilateral institutions.

     

    Considering the new EU Global Strategy, which will be presented to EU leaders by June 2016, this special issue of Societate și politică (Society and Politics), seeks articles that investigate these strategic challenges and attempt at offering pertinent explanations and solutions.

     

     

    Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to: Cristian Benţe, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Irina Ionela Pop, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

     

     

    For the authors guidelines see:

    http://socpol.uvvg.ro/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53

     

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