CfP: philosophia naturalis. Making Sense of Relations and Realities.

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Call for Papers
February 22, 2023 to February 25, 2023
Colorado, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Philosophy


APA CENTRAL GATHERINGS 2023 2/22/23 TO 2/25/23


A Session Organized by the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism

philosophia naturalis
Making Sense of Relations and Realities

The various recent approaches to quantum worlds appear to be reaching a consensus: that spacetime is quantized, relational, and emergent out of a fundamentally new, pre-geometric order that exists “before” and “below.” Conventional reality, then, emerges as an explicate order from more fundamental, relational pre-geometric and pre-quantum implicate order(s), which exist beyond conventional science and philosophy.

This pre-geometric implicate order has the potential to answer the two most fundamental questions in all of the philosophia naturalis: what is the origin of spacetime and the fields within it, and ultimately, why is there something rather than nothing? Hence, the sub-Planckian order promises profound consequences, not just for foundational (meta)physics, but also for cosmic evolution in quantum cosmology and human knowledge of it.

Many scholars have explored these ideas, most notably the physicists David Bohm and Carlo Rovelli, and within the tradition of relational and process philosophy (Peirce, Bergson, Whitehead, Derrida, Deleuze, Guattari, DeLanda, et al.).
The session invites papers to discuss historical and current positions towards a genuinely holistic philosophia naturalis, which unites philosophy and science beyond the traditional rational-empirical academic disciplinary boundaries.

Please send your abstract (300-500 words) to Elize Bisanz –— by July 30th, 2022.

Contact Info: 

Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas/ USA

The Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism is the first and oldest organized center for research on the life and works of American physicist, mathematician, logician and engineer Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), one of the greatest interdisciplinary scientists in history.

Its mission is to provide a collaborative space and intellectual network to experience the immediate benefits of cross-disciplinary research.

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