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Call for Papers

Call for Papers

2018 Meeting of the

Wesleyan Philosophical Society

The Question of Identity and Personhood:

Philosophical/Theological Reflections on the Self and Space


Location:  Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland TN

Conference Date: March 8, 2018

Proposals Due Date:  October 15th, 2017 


Keynote Speaker:  Kevin Timpe (Calvin College)

Conference Theme:

The notion of what it means to have personhood has been heavily debated since the beginnings of Western Philosophy: from Platonic concepts of the Self to Cartesian Dualism of the brain, from the tabula rasa to the contemporary constructs of community, space, and place. Yet no time in history has this discussion been more relevant for religious philosophy than with the recent advancements of neuroscience, materialistic worldviews, and a broader understanding of what it means to be a person with seemingly disparate fields ranging from disabilities studies to Kantian philosophy.

In an attempt to remove questions about the Self and personhood from the ivory tower, we should also allow space to explore some practical implications of our questions. Some teaser-topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How ought philosophers to define personhood and identity in light of contemporary theology, human evolution, and neuroscience?

  • How does cognitive and physical disability impact public perception of personhood?

  • Does public perception of the Self align with philosophical perceptions?

  • What are our embodied spaces?

  • What are the temporal spaces of personhood and identity?

  • In what ways is the Self material? Is the Self merely material?

  • Do we have a soul?

  • Is God and a “person” and/or does he have an identity?

  • How do material beings relate to spiritual beings?

  • How has philosophy been dualistic along side Christian theology (or vice versa)?

  • What does the Greek idea of a perfect body have to do with the Self and personhood? How might this notion affect “non-perfect” bodies?

  • How should philosophers think about ableism and disabilities in light of the Self and personhood?


WPS Undergraduate Essay Contest

The Wesleyan Philosophical Society is excited to announce the creation of the Outstanding Undergraduate Essay Award.   Three undergraduate students will receive this award, and each will be invited to present their work at the WPS conference. Each award winner will be given a $500 stipend, which will reimburse them for travel, lodging, and food expenses (conference registration is the student’s responsibility). Students should submit their papers for award consideration by Oct. 15.  Undergraduate students should a) use the official online submission form; b) send their full paper to the review coordinator (brint@snu.edu); and c) include within that paper a brief endorsement from a faculty scholar (e.g., their professor).

We will also consider submissions on any philosophical issue, with priority given to those dealing with the selected theme. Please submit proposals of 250-500 words using the official online submission form.  Authors may submit only one proposal. Each proposal will undergo a double-blind peer review process.  Please check the WPS website updates for hotel and meeting site information at: http://wps.snu.edu.