Responsibility and Justice for Future Generations in Dialogue with Phenomenology

Editors: Matthias Fritsch and Ferdinando G. Menga

We invite scholars to develop ways in which phenomenology and related perspectives can help reconceive, or provide justificatory underpinnings for, responsibility towards future generations, or critically engage with extant approaches or mainstream theories. Many extant theories of intergenerational justice in the fields of ethics, politics, and law, crucially recur upon moral intuitions that in the case of justice for future people may no longer remain unquestioned in their genesis, or extrinsic to the theoretical structure. Furthermore, extant theories may insufficiently interrogate a primacy inadvertently granted to the present, or they may bypass the question of temporality by advocating a meta-temporal approach, or fail to genuinely address the function that futurity plays within an ethics that seeks to address the issue of future generations. Finally, given the otherness of future people, an ethics for the future should consider the pivotal role that the alterity of the moral other plays in the realms of ethics, politics and law. Suggested topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

  • Intergenerational responsibility and justice from a phenomenological, hermeneutic, or post-structuralist perspectives.
  • Phenomenological, hermeneutic, or post-structuralist critiques of major extant theories devoted to the issue of intergenerational obligations.
  • The importance of the notion of futurity (of generations) in ethics, politics, and law.
  • The relation between future ethics and environmental ethics in phenomenology (e.g., in eco-phenomenology).
  • A phenomenology of future generations: whose generations – of humans, non-human animals etc.?
  • The role of future ethics and future democracy in the thought of primary authors in the areas of phenomenology and/or post-structuralism (such as Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Lévinas, Derrida, Marion, Nancy, Waldenfels, etc.)

New deadline for submission: August 31st, 2017.
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Philosophy and Literature

Editors: Francesco Campana and Mario Farina

The issue of Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy aims to reconsider the philosophical and literary debate of the second half of 20th century. In that debate, phenomenological tendencies, classic literary theory, hermeneutics and the latest analytic attempts devote their efforts to comprehending literature as a whole. Hence, we invite all the interested scholars to investigate the problem of the relationship between philosophy and literature. Appreciated are both strictly methodological contributions (about the theoretical and epistemic status of literary phenomena) and analyses dedicated to literary artworks and literary genres in their relation with other disciplines. Suggested topics for this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hermeneutics and literary theory.
  • Phenomenological analysis of literature.
  • Ontological and/or epistemic conditions of possibility of the literary object.
  • Relationship between philosophy and literature.
  • Philosophy and the novel.
  • Relationship between poetic genres and literary theory as a whole.
  • Intermediality, interdisciplinarity and literature.
  • Literature, cultural studies and gender studies.
  • Politics and literature.

Deadline for submission: December 15th, 2017.
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Phenomenology and Linguistics
Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)


Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy
Edited by Metodo Associazione, Milano - Italy
ISSN  2281-9177

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