CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

What is history of philosophy for me, why do I study it, why do I teach it, why do I write (about) it?

Source of Information: GGREN 2006-06-01
Date of Event: 2007-10-04 to 06
Location of event: Munich, Germany
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2006-07-07

What is history of philosophy for me, why do I study it, why do I teach it, why do I write (about) it?

The Munich Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance will be responsible for organising a conference on "models and methods of the history of medieval and renaissance philosophy", to take place October 4th through 6th 2007 in Munich in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Philosophie des Mittelalters und der Renaissance (Society for medieval and renaissance philosophy).

Who deals with philosophical texts of the middle ages and the renaissance gets involved with the past of philosophy. However: this is a rather minimal definition. Neither is there a consensus on what philosophy is and what constitutes a philosophical text, nor on which methods to use when dealing with such texts, nor on which are the desired results.

One of the results of such lack of consensus is evidently pluralistic vitality in teaching and in research. However: scholarly questions for the philosophical standards and hopes of each of us dealing with intellectual artefacts of the middle ages and the renaissance are rare. However: trying to think about how to answer such questions seems to be an apt task fur us, both philosophers and historians.

At our said conference we'll try to do so outside of the cosy atmosphere of private talks over a cup of tea or a glass of beer: in an open colloquy, and with respect reaching beyond the boarders of whatever "schools" there might be: we'd like to invite you to tell us (and each of you) why you are dealing as scholars in the field of history of philosophy with the texts you deal with the way you do. We expect (and do hope) to hear about quite different approaches. We expect (and hope) that this will help us to gauge better the methodological and epistemological extensions of our field, to confront us (for the first time or again) with rather basic questions, to confront us with ways of talking, reading writing and thinking that are unusual for us or even previously unknown to us, to help us to learn (more) about what historians of medaeval and renaissance philosophy do and might do.

If you think you'd like to tell us about your answer to the question "What is history of philosophy for me, why do I study it, why do I teach it, why do I write (about) it?": please let us have a provisional title of your paper and a rather short abstract (150 words ca.) no later than 2006-07-07.

(Accepted papers of the type sought by this CFP will not be read at the conference, but will be distributed to the registered participants not later than 4 weeks prior to the date of the conference; if your proposal should be accepted you will be one of three persons on a panel, you will have 10 minutes to present an abstract of the most salient points of your paper, and then there will be ample time of discussion.)

We will try to get enough subsidies for the conference to be able to welcome you here as guests who won't have to pay for their hotel accommodation and who will get their travel expenses reimbursed. Chances are good that we will be successful (up to now we always were). But we can't guarantee anything right now; sorry.

Please send your proposals, enquiries, whatever to Dr. Sabrina Ebbersmeyer, the main organiser of this conference at

[Dr. Sabrina Ebbersmeyer , Prof. Dr. Thomas Ricklin, Dr. Heinrich C. Kuhn]