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The New Metaphysics: Analytic/Continental Crossovers

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“Open Philosophy” (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opphil) invites submissions for the topical issue “The New Metaphysics: Analytic/Continental Crossovers”, edited by Jon Cogburn (Louisiana State University) and Paul Livingston (University of New Mexico).


The aim of this issue is to explicate and further develop recent work bridging traditional divisions between analytic and continental philosophy.

Since the waning days of logical positivism, analytic philosophers have tended to understand philosophy as having a “core” of metaphysics construed broadly enough to include work in epistemology, logic, and the philosophy of mind. Continental philosophers, on the other hand, have traditionally viewed either phenomenology or value theory as most central to the philosophical enterprise. Despite pursuing common problems and sharing much common heritage, analytic and continental philosophy have remained methodologically and sociologically divided.

There have always been bridges across the divide, though. For example, French philosophers such as Jacques Bouveresse, Frédéric Nef, and Claudine Tiercelin as well as German philosophers such as Markus Gabriel and Ernst Tugendhat have engaged profoundly with analytic philosophy while philosophers on the analytic side, such as Hubert Dreyfus, Wilfrid Sellars, John McDowell, and Robert Stern have engaged deeply with phenomenology and the German idealist tradition. And the recent spate of discussion concerning speculative realism and object-oriented ontology in continental philosophy has brought to the fore many questions central to analytic metaphysics, albeit now historically informed by continental traditions such as critical theory, German idealism, phenomenology, and post-structuralism. This “metaphysical turn” (and its discontents) in continental philosophy has both opened broad new vistas of potential work across the divide and made us more attentive to the work of scholars such as Lee Braver and Samuel Wheeler who all along have been working in both traditions.

Among the topics we seek to explore are:

  • Metaphysical realism and anti-realism;
  • Realism and anti-realism about specific topical domains (e.g. ethics, mathematics, temporality);
  • Logic and the formalization of arguments;
  • Philosophy of mathematics;
  • Process versus substance metaphysics;
  • Metaphysics of time and space;
  • The existence of the external world;
  • Totality and critique;
  • Transcendence and transcendental arguments;
  • Phenomenology after the return to metaphysics;
  • Panpsychism and pantheism;
  • Non-conceptual content and/or the problem of the event;
  • Interpretations, defenses, and criticisms of dominant figures in one tradition using the resources of the other.

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 due by June 10, 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: The New Metaphysics”.

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 Jon Cogburn at jcogbu1@lsu.edu and Paul Livingston at pmliving@unm.edu. In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.