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Call for papers: Disputatio philosophica – From Past to Present

Disputatio philosophica – From Past to Present


The special issue of Disputatio philosophica: International Journal on Philosophy and Religion explores the meaning, the structure, and the history of philosophical disputations. We invite authors to submit their manuscripts that fall within the scope of the special issue.

Background of the special issue

Even in its colloquial use, the word ‘disputation’ is associated with philosophers and with philosophy. Oral or written, disputation is in a way a synonym for philosophising. Whether as a self-study and quiet but intense searching and turning over reasons for or against a matter of wonder in the mind of a philosopher, or as a dialogue which has become a part of our tradition of philosophising since ancient times, disputing is essential for philosophy.
There are different types of disputation, for example, its medieval form modelled on Socratic and Aristotelian methods of argumentation, characteristic of teaching at medieval universities, as well as the quodlibetal questions that were open to broader public. Disputations among several philosophers are being remembered and are considered important for its development. The dispute has always been the opportunity for collective involvement in seeking the truth, and it has been considered beneficial to take part in a conversation with the philosopher, but the recorded history tells us of famous verbal quarrels, even a mutual enmity born in a heated dispute. Rarely taking the form of the debate, current disputes are often being announced and expected like duels or boxing matches, watched by millions of viewers via live stream.

The dispute hasn’t always have a dialogical form. In the history of philosophy, philosophical letters were continuously used for vivid discussions and had a notable role, not minor than treatises. Further, academic cycles are not the only places for disputing or philosophising. From antique squares and other public areas, over modern assemblies in an interdisciplinary environment organised by salonistes, up to the cafés and contemporary attempts of dialogical communication in the virtual world, we are engaged in a reasoned defence of our thesis, we are disputing the philosophical problems.
A history of philosophy preserves different modes of disputing integrated into the pursuing and the teaching of philosophy. What ought philosophical disputations to be? Are their rules varying, and how to take part in the dispute?

Submission details

To view the author guidelines, please visit guide_authors_Disputatio_philosophica.pdf (srce.hr) .
Manuscripts fitting the format and style requirements should be submitted electronically on e-mail: disputatio@ffrz.hr .

Deadline for submissions: 28th February 2022