CFA Graduate Conference "Histories of Failed Synthesis", November 12-13, 2015, Turin

Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy,
University of Turin, November 12-13, 2015

The Phd Program in Philosophy of the University of Turin (F.I.N.O.) and the
Turin Research Group on Early Modern & Modern Philosophical and Scientific
Thought announce a Call for Papers for a Graduate Conference in the History
of Philosophy.

Central to the conference is the question of ‘synthesis’, by which we mean
here the attempt to compose into unity the multiplicity and variety of the
real — be such unification a perceptive, intellectual, a priori, a
posteriori, ontological or epistemological one. From a philosophical point
of view, any synthesis implies two moments, the effort to disregard
divergent elements and the necessity to encompass them. This dichotomy may
reflect the irreducibility of the simple to the complex: thus syntheses
often fail.

The purpose of the conference is twofold: to consider how philosophy has
engaged this question throughout its history; and to shed light on the
unresolved tensions that failed syntheses have left extant. Topics of
interest might include (but certainly are not limited to):
- Eclecticism
- Synthesis as opposed/preferred to analysis
- Synthesis as Aufhebung
- Synthesis in philosophical theories of perception
- Integration – emancipation in the history of political theories
- Synthesis in epistemology
- Synthesis in the mystical tradition

The conference, in our intention, will provide a dialogue between different
perspectives, promoting an interaction between scholars and graduate
students both in the history of philosophy and of its particular
disciplines, and in phenomenology, theoretic philosophy and epistemology.

Each session will be opened by a keynote speaker, respectively Justin E.H.
Smith (Université Paris Diderot) and Nicolas De Warren (University of
Leuven). Graduate students' presentations shall last 20 minutes, followed by
10 minutes of discussion. Lectures and papers will be delivered in English.

The conference will be held the 12th and 13th of November, 2015 at the
University of Turin. There will be no registration fees for paper
presentations. The organizers plans to cover travel and accommodation costs
for six-eight selected graduate students.

Submission procedures and deadlines:
Graduate students should send a 500-words abstract, prepared for blind
review, as an rtf, doc, docx, odt or pdf attachment to: When submitting, please include the following
information in the body of the email: author's name, presentation title,
abstract, university affiliation.

Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2015.
A scientific committee will select the presentations. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent on July 30th, 2015. The conference program will be
announced by September 30th, 2015.
The best papers will be published in a monographic issue of a specialized

Organization: Edoardo Caracciolo, Claudia Matteini, Lucia Randone

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