The Prometheus Trust – “Living philosophic traditions”

Call for Abstracts:  The Prometheus Trust – 13th Annual conference: “Living philosophic traditions”   

June 29th – July 1st, 2018  – Mancetter, Warwickshire, UK

What does it mean to live within a philosophic tradition?  Does a conscious acceptance of our place within a tradition enhance both the tradition itself and our own living philosophy? Do we have obligations to any tradition from which we learn? How does a tradition avoid fossilization? How do we receive elements of a tradition from many generations back, and how do we hand on our understanding of them to future generations?

We are all familiar with the concept of a global society in which we communicate with our contemporaries across boundaries of culture, religion, philosophy, as well as those of the nation state, and we are ever more conscious of its rewards and its dangers. But what of the communion with generations passed and those to come?  Are there greater rewards and pitfalls in our dealings with the transgenerational society?

One thing is certain: we cannot opt out of tradition – it supplies us with a vast store of insights, concepts and assumptions together with works of art, languages, material wealth – all of which we hand on in varied ways to those who are to follow us. The problems we confront today have largely arisen from our inheritance, and our search for intelligent responses to them will, no doubt, involve us in a recovery of the wisdom that lies half-hidden in the same inheritance.

This conference welcomes papers on all aspects of this theme: the interaction of theory and practice; the personal experiences of contributors who are consciously aligning themselves with particular philosophical traditions; studies of those individuals or schools who have attempted to strengthen or revive traditions; questions of literacy and orality; of inclusivity and exclusivity; of new technology; of the generation of new traditions and the corruption of old ones; of individuality within philosophical communities and their traditions; teacher-pupil interaction within traditions; the place of art in reinvigorating and passing on traditions; and much more besides.The Prometheus Trust centres itself on the Platonic tradition, but is keen that the conference attracts those who are exploring and speaking from other traditions.  As usual, the Trust welcomes abstracts from academics and non-academics, specialists and non-specialists.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to at the latest by Friday, 6 April 2018.  Acceptance of these will be confirmed as quickly as possible – however, this could be after the submission deadline.

Papers should be around 2500-3000 words or 20 minutes’ presentation (we usually allow a further 15-20 minutes for a question and answer session after each presentation).