CFA: Loneliness in Philosophy and Psychology

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Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis, is the keynote at this online conference in July 2021. Call for abstracts open now.

Loneliness in Philosophy and Psychology
July 13-15, 2021

Loneliness is thought to be one of the great public mental health crises of our time. Much research is being devoted to finding possible remedies. Yet it is not at all clear whether we have a sufficiently developed understanding of what loneliness is and how it should be conceptualized. This online conference brings together philosophers and psychologists to advance the discussion. The keynote will be given by Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis.

More information is available on the conference website:

The organisers are looking for contributions that consider the conceptual aspect of loneliness research from a psychological or/and philosophical perspective. Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):
> Is a unified account of loneliness possible or even desirable?
> What is the relation between loneliness and depression?
> Is loneliness a psychiatric pathology?
> Is loneliness a feeling or an emotion?
> Can loneliness be thought of as a kind of perception? If so, what is being perceived?
> What is the role of other people in someone’s loneliness?
> Is loneliness part of the human condition?
> Is there a connection between loneliness and self-awareness?
> Can you think of loneliness in narrative terms?
> Does loneliness affect the sufferer’s moral identity?
> Do collectives incur a moral duty to protect their constituents from social > isolation?
> What are the implications of various concepts of loneliness for therapeutic work?

Please submit an abstract of 250 words (for psychologists) or 500 words (for philosophers) to Axel Seemann ([email protected]). The headline should read “Submission Loneliness Conference”. The presentation format is a 20-minute Zoom talk with 10 minutes for discussion.

The submission deadline is April 1st, 2021. Contributors will be notified by May 1st.