Call for Papers

Volume 4: No. 2 (12)/2020 Philosophy and Psychiatry

This issue of our journal will be devoted to the relations between philosophy and psychiatry as well as to the cultural status of the latter.

Modern philosophy of psychiatry starts at the beginning of the twentieth century with the first edition of the General Psychopathology (1913) by Karl Jaspers. Since that time, psychiatry has moved through many different phases, each promising to be the final and most effective and true paradigm: social, biological, pharmacological, evolutionary, and neurocognitive, among others. It perhaps could be said that it is still the great dream of psychiatry to achieve the status of being a pure medical science. But its history reveals a rather different situation. It is in a constant quest for its own identity. One of the tasks of philosophy is to keep psychiatry from forgetting this fact, and to secure less mechanistic and more humanistic approaches, by denying its dream of the one-myth-theory that would claim the rights to offer the full understanding of the nature of the issues of mental health. To fulfil this task, philosophy of psychiatry must take the form of philosophy of culture, since culture is the factor shaping each moment of the history of psychiatry up to the present day.

Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture invites all high quality papers taking into account, with positive or negative evaluations, the fact that psychiatry is an interdisciplinary discourse, and that philosophy of psychiatry (or philosophy of mental health) intertwines with philosophy of culture.

The list of topics include (but is not limited to):

  • The relations between psychopathology and culture
  • Cultural factors in psychopathological experience
  • Pluralism in psychiatry and cultures of healing
  • History of psychiatry in the context of modernity
  • Applications of philosophy in psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychology
  • Questioning the Classifications and Diagnosis
  • Phenomenological Psychopathology
  • Scientific aspiration of mental health discourse
  • The mind-body problem in the context of psychopathology
  • Clinical practice and philosophy
  • The role and status of experts in mental health
  • The one-myth-theory in psychiatry
  • Antipsychiatry, critical psychiatry and postpsychiatry
  • New technologies in the context of mental health
  • Future approaches in psychiatry

Papers can be submitted by February 15th, 2020 to: eidos.ed@uw.edu.pl

They have to be previously unpublished and they cannot be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared for a double-blind review process.

Please, make sure that your paper complies with our submission standards which are posted here.

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Volume 4: no. 3 (13)/2020 Relations

This issue of our journal will be devoted to the category of relation.

“Relation” is a term used in a wide spectrum of trends in and domains of philosophy, both historical and modern. One could easily find it in ontology (what kind of beings are relations? What are relations between beings?), in classical logic (what formal relation between A and B gives one the truth?), in epistemology (what relation between subject and object gives one knowledge?) as well as in ethics (which kind of our actions, acting upon others, are good or morally desirable?). It is in the heart of a persisting question concerning the relation between mind and body, as well as in the classical definition of truth that defines it as the relation of adequacy between thought and reality.

 Particular philosophical investigations involve diverse “relation issues.” For example, in perhaps the most famous representative dispute about causality, it was considered as the accidental end of empirical relation between beings (Hume). For others, it is the a priori category conditioning all objects of knowledge (Kant). Some poststructuralist doctrines take relations as being-in-itself, and at the same time dethrone substance and consider the latter as of a second, derivative order. In phenomenology one can find research that concerns the relations of human beings to the world or the internal structure of relations of consciousness. In psychoanalysis – and it is the same for Bergson in this matter – the relation between the present and the past is of the fundamental (if not foundational) importance. We encounter the problem of relation whenever the transcendence and immanence problem is raised, whenever the question about the other is asked. The list of the philosophical areas where “the question of relation” is raised (either explicite or implicite) is probably inexhaustible.

To get closer to completing this history (or a better filled out conceptual map) one should also take into consideration philosophy of culture and the role relations play in the contemporary world. It should be noted that modern technological inventions (in such areas as communication, transport, architecture – to mention the most evident examples) together with the global mode of existence, are shaping the way we constitute thoughts, imagine and experience the relations we have with others, with values, with time and space, with mind and body, with our own subjectivity and with culture itself. So the very question of relations appears deeply rooted in the moment of culture and therefore relations are themselves in the strict relation with philosophy of culture. These are the topics we would like to address in this issue.

Papers can be submitted by March 31st, 2020 to: eidos.ed@uw.edu.pl

They have to be previously unpublished and they cannot be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared for a double-blind review process.

Please, make sure that your paper complies with our submission standards which are posted here.

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General CFP

Apart from Calls for Papers to thematic sections, Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture invites, on a continuous basis, all high-quality papers which address topics relevant for philosophy of culture. Contemporary culture can be characterized as highly complex, dynamic if not aporetic: as a realm of ever changing conceptual and axiological frameworks, and of plural or even competing meanings. In this perspective, what is needed is constantly renewed philosophical reflection, which not only addresses but also interprets and makes sense of different cultural processes. For philosophy of culture itself demands (perhaps, more than ever before) a form of deepened meta-reflection, which confront the problems of its essence, methods, and a role it should play. Therefore, we welcome both: original analyses of contemporary cultural phenomena and methodological considerations on the current status of philosophy of culture and its relations to other philosophical disciplines as well as to the humanities in general.

The essays should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to: eidos.ed@uw.edu.pl.

The essays have to be previously unpublished and they cannot be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared for a double-blind review process. Please, make sure that your paper complies with our submission standards which are posted here.

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