CFA – Pragmatism and the Analytic-Continental Split (deadline: May 7, 2017)

We invite abstracts on the conference’s theme; pragmatism and it’s connection to the continental and analytic traditions. We welcome a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches to the theme of the conference.


Invited Speakers (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr. Michael Bacon (Royal Holloway)
  • Prof. Shannon Dea (University of Waterloo)
  • Dr. Jeremy Dunham (University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Christopher Norris (Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Robert Stern (University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University)
  • Prof. James Williams (Deakin University)

Conference Organisers:

  • Joshua Black (University of Sheffield)
  • Neil W. Williams (University of Sheffield)

We will be accepting abstracts of up to 500 words. Please prepare abstracts for blind review, and send to by the 7th of May. Formats preferred are .doc, .pdf, or .txt. Cover sheets should include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and the title of your proposed paper. Notification of acceptance by 5th of June. Visit the website for more information.


Possible topics might include:

  • The early analytic response to pragmatism.
    • Bertrand Russell and William James
    • Frank Ramsey and Charles Peirce
    • Truth and meaning
  • Pragmatism’s influence on continental philosophy
    • James’s pragmatism and the French tradition (Bergson and Renovier)
    • Semiotics in Peirce and post-structuralism
    • Phenomenology and pragmatism
    • Radical empiricism and Deleuze
  • Pragmatism and critical theory.
  • Deconstruction and pragmatic analysis
  • Reactions to idealism in the three traditions
  • Pragmatism and embodiment
  • The relevance and meaning of “experience” in the three traditions
  • Wittgenstein and pragmatism
  • The relation of philosophy to science in the three traditions
  • Metaphysics
    • Process philosophy in the three traditions
    • Nominalism and realism
    • Possibility of metaphysical inquiry
  • Types and importance of “realism” in the three traditions
  • The connection between philosophy and politics
  • Pragmatism and inquiry
    • The role of science
    • The role of logic
    • The possibility of normative inquiry
    • The role of the community
  • Should philosophy be useful?
    • Philosophy and activism
    • Philosophy and education
    • Philosophy and public discourse
  • Should philosophy be accessible?
    • Style and clarity in philosophy
    • Elitism in philosophy
    • Philosophy and the everyday