Contemporary Relevance of Hegelian Naturalism: Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Outcomes.
International Conference, University of Parma (IT), June 19th-21st 2019


Venue: University of Parma, Via M. D’Azeglio 85
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (DUSIC)
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Alison Stone (Lancaster University)
Catherine Malabou (Kingston University, London)
Heikki Ikäheimo (University of New South Wales)
Christopher Yeomans (Purdue University, Indiana)
Emmanuel Renault (Université Paris Nanterre)
Sebastian Rödl (Universität Leipzig)
Luca Illetterati (Università di Padova)
Arvi Särkelä (Universität Luzern)
Luca Corti (Università di Padova)
Mario De Caro (Università di Roma Tre)

The conference will address interdisciplinary issues connected to a naturalistic reading of Hegelian thought, with special reference to the social sciences, neurosciences,
biology, and philosophy of biology. Hegel’s philosophy is in fact devoted to a revision
of the transcendental philosophy by highlighting that thinking and cognition originate
from the natural requisites of the subject. In this sense, his philosophy entails a novel
naturalism accounting for the concrete interdependence between nature and thinking,
life and mind, and enhancing our understanding of human nature and its social
outcomes. This version of naturalism not only has relevance for the contemporary
philosophical debate on this category of thinking, but it can also be elaborated through an interdisciplinary approach.


What is Hegelian naturalism about, and why is it philosophically relevant? Can Hegel’s philosophy improve our understanding of topics related to different disciplines?
Is a dialogue between Hegelian thinking and the previously mentioned disciplines methodologically possible?


In order to answer those questions, the conference will gather Hegelian scholars and
researchers from different disciplines.


Call for Papers:

We will appreciate contributions focusing on the following topics:
1) Relevant Hegelian topics discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective:
Hegel’s conception of spirit and naturalism
Free will and philosophy of action
The role of the notion of life in Hegel’ philosophy
Social recognition
Embodied cognition
Hegel’s philosophy and the natural sciences
Philosophy of right
Social labor and the economic sphere
2) Interdisciplinary aspects connected to:
Social sciences
Mind-body problem
The relation between life and mind
Biology and philosophy of biology
Evolutionary psychology
Cognitive and brain sciences

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts of about 200 words prepared for blind review should be sent
before April 15ht 2019 to:

Accepted submissions will be notified by May 10th.

There are no registration fees, but contributed speakers will have to cover their travel
and staying costs by themselves.


Scientific Organization
Guido Seddone (Georgetown University and the University of Parma)
Italo Testa (University of Parma)


– This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 704127 –


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