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"Open Philosophy" (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opphil) invites submissions for the topical issue "Objects Across the Traditions", edited by Tom Sparrow (Slippery Rock University).


The aim of this topical issue is to showcase the myriad perspectives on objects that appear across the philosophical traditions and, especially, to encourage dialogue between these traditions. The question “What is an object?” is raised by analytic metaphysicians, object-oriented thinkers trained in the continental tradition, process philosophers, and pragmatists, among others. But too often the researchers working in these respective traditions are not drawing upon the same philosophical literature, so their research advances in isolation, running the risk of redundancy. Assuming there is value in drawing upon and synthesizing these disparate literatures, and that bridging the sub-disciplines in philosophy can provoke new thinking and surprising innovations, we aim to provide a forum for work that exemplifies the desire for an integrative approach to objects. The spirit of this topical issue is integrative and comparative, then, but it is not exclusively committed to accepting submissions only of this type.

Among the topics we seek to explore are:

  • What is an object?;
  • Intersections and divergences in the philosophy of objects;
  • Practical applications of object-oriented thinking;
  • The tension between process-ontological & substance-ontological approaches to objects;
  • Comparative approaches to objects;
  • The politics of objects;
  • Histories of the philosophy of objects.

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter's e-technology,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,
  • no publishing fees.


Submissions will be collected by May 31, 2018. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Philosophy, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/opphil

Please choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Objects”.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s25438875_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf
All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Tom Sparrow at tom.sparrow@sru.edu. In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.