Pli invites submissions for the next volume (22) on the topic of
Contingency. Recently, contingency has been reassessed (Meillassoux, After Finitude) in ways which bring that notion back into the centre of the contemporary philosophical debate. For the next volume of Pli we welcome papers that aim to understand or shed new light on this important notion.
“The root of freedom in God is the possibility or contingency of things, by which it happens that innumerable things are found which are neither necessary nor impossible, from which God chooses those which do most to testify to his own glory.” Leibniz, Contingency and Necessity.
“In this externality, the determinations of the Notion have the show of an indifferent subsistence and isolation [Vereinzelung] in regard to each other, and the Notion, therefore, is present only as something inward. Consequently, Nature exhibits no freedom in its existence, but only necessity and contingency.” Hegel, §248, Encyclopedia.
“The Logos breaks up into hieroglyphics, each one of which speaks the transcendent language of a faculty. Even the point of departure—namely, sensibility in the encounter with that which forces sensation—presupposes neither affinity nor predestination. On the contrary, it is the fortuitousness or the contingency of the encounter which guarantees the necessity of that which it forces to be thought.” Deleuze, Difference and Repetition.
Possible topics include:
- Contingency, necessity and probability.
- The necessity of contingency in Quentin Meillassoux.
- Early modern understanding of contingency in Leibniz and/or Spinoza.
- Contingency after Kant.
- The Hegelian rehabilitation of the principle of sufficient reason.
- Nietzschean becoming.
- Contingency and Heideggerian 'facticity'.
- Contingency and the Event
Submissions should be articles no longer than 8,000 words, accompanied by an abstract, and sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Alternatively submissions can be sent in the form of a single hard copy plus a copy on disk as a Word, ODT or RTF file. Include an e-mail address for future correspondence. The deadline for submissions is the 30th of June 2010.
Please refer to the 'Notes for Contributors' on the journal's website.
Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy,
Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
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