A new call for papers for a special issue of the BSP Journal titled Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe.
This special issue is an initiative of the Post-Europe Project (www.post-europe.org.uk).
In a period in which Europe seems to have lost its political cohesion, due to the growth of particular interests and the outbreak of nationalistic forces, the need to think of Europe not just as a continent, a political and cultural space, but rather as a philosophical idea, as a concept and a project, becomes especially urgent. This analysis does not correspond to any apology or plea for European unity on the base of an abstract idea, but aims rather to shed light on the conflicts and the differences that characterise the European space, determining its substance.
The theme of Europe as an idea with philosophical significance has played an important role in the work of many philosophers who have been part of or engaged with the phenomenological tradition: Husserl, Heidegger, Patocka, Fanon, Derrida. Additionally, other philosophers working in and around this tradition have offered important conceptual resources for understanding political crises and institutions: Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Kosík, Nancy. Both of these lists are obviously not exhaustive.
We welcome papers that address the concept of Europe and the current European political scene using resources drawn from this rich seam of philosophical investigation and analysis. Papers may address the question of Europe from a historical perspective or draw upon the conceptual resources developed within the phenomenological tradition to address current questions and challenges. We of course also welcome contributions that are critical of a phenomenological approach.
Papers should be between 6000 and 7000 words and be prepared for blind review. Author information should be sent in a separate document containing the author’s name, contact information and the title of the paper. All papers must include an abstract of 100-200 words. Please submit papers via the Journal’s submission system by 30 June 2015 with a note indicating the title of the special issue:“Phenomenology and the Idea of Europe”: