Identity and Difference – Special Issue CfP

Identity and Difference

Identity and Difference

Please see the below call for papers from guest editors Rafael Winkler (University of Johannesburg) and Abraham Olivier (University of Fort Hare).


Identity and difference raise a host of philosophical questions ranging from metaphysical problems concerning the nature of multiplicity, alterity, personal identity and subjectivity to ethical and political issues such as inclusiveness, diversity, solidarity and resistance. Since the second half of the 20th century these notions have enjoyed special attention as the vast literature on the metaphysics, ethics and politics of identity and difference testifies. This includes a wide array of works by continental philosophers (Deleuze, Lyotard, Heidegger, Levinas), analytical philosophers of mind (Parfit, Shoemaker, Dennett, Searle) as well as moral and political philosophers (Taylor, Rawls). The significance of place and time for the constitution of personal and political identities and differences has also been receiving considerable attention recently, opening up philosophical debates in literature, art, architecture, anthropology and geography.


The special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology invites contributions from all traditions of philosophy and other related disciplines on this rich discussion of identity and difference.

Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Identity and difference in metaphysics/phenomenology/philosophy of mind/political
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • The meaning or experience of identity and difference
  • Selfhood, personhood, autonomy, alterity
  • The nature of and relationship between subjectivity and political collectivity
  • The relations between personal identity, time, memory, space and place
  • The formation of cultural identities and global change
  • Identity politics and the politics of difference

Submissions and Enquiries

The deadline for submissions is the 4th of May 2015 for publication in JBSP. Manuscripts should be circa 8000 words in length (including references and footnotes).

All manuscripts must be prepared for anonymous review and submitted to [email protected].

Further enquiries can be addressed to Rafael Winkler (Guest Editor) at [email protected], Abraham Olivier (Guest Editor) at [email protected] or Ullrich Haase (Editor-in-Chief) at [email protected].


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