CFP: Nietzsche, science, imagination

Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Ankara, 2-6 August 2010

Nietzschean Thinking: Beyond the Two Cultures (Ankara, August 2010)

Submissions are still being accepted for a workshop panel on the theme of Nietzsche, science, and imagination as part of the 12th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) in Ankara Turkey, Aug. 2-6, 2010. The topic of the conference is Thought in Science and Fiction.

Scientific knowledge continues to make inroads into areas of human culture once deemed the preserve of the humanistic disciplines. At the same time, scientists are increasingly aware of the ‘feedback loop’ between culture, body, and natural environment, such that scientific reductionism has become increasingly untenable. More than ever, the openness and plasticity of individual and cultural imagination is recognized as complementary to, rather than a refutation of, the latest developments in physics, biology, and medicine. In light of science’s increasing application to the disciplines of philosophy, cultural studies, religious studies, psychology, and anthropology, this workshop will explore the relation between (and potential synthesis of) the scientific and imaginative dimensions of Nietzsche’s thought.

The workshop welcomes papers that explore the relevance of Nietzsche or Nietzschean approaches to problems in social, political, and cultural life that raise issues of science and imagination. Papers that focus on Nietzsche’s work, as well as papers that apply a broadly Nietzschean approach to contemporary social and cultural issues, are welcome.

If you are interested in participating, send an email to Saul Tobias and include a brief proposal and your contact details.

Conference description and complete details of this workshop (Section V).

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