CFP: RO:TPP – “What is Life?” special issue

Call for Papers: What is Life?

Radical Orthodoxy: A Journal of Theology, Philosophy and Politics is an internationally peer reviewed journal dedicated to the exploration of academic and policy debates that interface between theology, philosophy and the social sciences.  The editorial policy of the journal is radically non-partisan and the journal welcomes submissions from scholars and intellectuals with interesting and relevant things to say about the nature and trajectory of the times in which we live.  The journal intends to publish papers on all branches of philosophy, aesthetics – including literary, art and music criticism – as well as pieces on ethical, political, social, economic and cultural theory.The journal will be published four times a year; each volume comprising of standard, special, review and current affairs issues. The journal will also attempt to pursue an innovative editorial policy by publishing pieces both longer and shorter than those typically published in mainstream academic journals (along with those of standard length).The first issue of the journal will appear on-line in autumn 2011: a double special issue on the theology, philosophy and politics of ‘life’.  In recent years, a new vitalist metaphysical discourse has attempted to rearticulate classical philosophical and theological problems in terms of a metaphysical language of process.  However, some important questions need to be asked of new vitalist philosophies.  For example, what is the relationship between new vitalism and orthodox naturalism and biologism?  What, exactly, is the precise nature of the relationship between ‘new’ and ‘old’ vitalisms? Is new vitalism simply a reworking of the positivist dream of ‘a unified science’, or does it represent something of break with scientific metaphysics?   What other vitalisms, either social or theological, can contest the wider intellectual legitimacy of new vitalist discourses? This inaugural issue will explore such questions through an assessment of the nature and significance of ‘life’ for contemporary philosophical, theological and social scientific debates.  In particular, the journal will welcome submissions on the following subjects:

  • Life and creativity
  • Everyday life
  • Life and the gift
  • Grace and nature
  • Thomism and vitalism
  • Life and phenomenology
  • Michel Henry
  • The historical significance of ‘Deleuzianism’
  • Nihilism and eliminative materialism
  • Bio-politics
  • The philosophy of biology
  • The theology, philosophy, politics of the neurosciences
  • Life and cybernetics
Deadline for submissions is 31st August 2011. Radical Orthodoxy: A Journal of Theology, Philosophy and Politics uses the Open Journal Systems open access journal, and encourages submissions to be posted to this journal’s website by creating an account, signing up as an ‘author’, and submitting the manuscript through the manuscript submission process.

[Note: We realize that the deadline is only a week away and should have promoted the CFP on this website earlier. We had promoted this CFP on other mailing lists but then neglected to do so here as well. Please accept our sincere apologies for the very brief announcement on this website.]


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