The idea of freedom stands at the center of practical philosophy, embedded in a thick web of relations with concepts such as subjectivity, rationality, morality, and existence. It draws its force from the tension between two
roles: on the one hand as a fundamental metaphysical or anthropological determination of human beings; on the other as designating a political ideal that can more or less be realized or fail to be realized in concrete forms of life. Rousseau's opening flourish in The Social Contract, "Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains," underlines this tension. In this sense the idea of freedom stands not only practically but also conceptually under complex conditions, which need to be understood in order to grasp what we really mean by "freedom."
The Fifteenth International Philosophy Colloquium Evian invites philosophers to Lake Geneva to discuss issues concerning the conditions of freedom. It aims especially to encourage its participants to transcend the narrow confines of different traditions in philosophy. It is conceived particularly as a place where the divide between continental and analytic philosophy is overcome, or at least where their differences can be rendered philosophically productive. The passive mastery of French, German, and English (the three languages of discussion of the colloquium) is an indispensable prerequisite for its participants.
We invite proposals for presentations (maximum length: one page), along with a short CV (maximum length: two pages), by April 1st, 2009. Please send these documents via e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisation: Georg W. Bertram (Berlin), Robin Celikates (Bremen), David Lauer (Berlin); in cooperation with: Karin de Boer (Groningen), Karen Feldman (Berkeley), Jo-Jo Koo (Pittsburgh), Christophe Laudou (Madrid), Jérôme Lèbre (Paris), Diane Perpich (Clemson), Hans Bernhard Schmid (Basel), Chris Doude van Troostvijk (Strasbourg/Amsterdam)
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