Call for Papers

Sisters in Arms. Reinventing the Bond between Philosophy and Theology after the 'Empirical Turn'

Bewerbungsfrist: 20.09.2018



Although fundamental research is still in high esteem, it is clear that all academic disciplines meet the challenge of the so-called empirical turn. This implies that research should deal with what is often labelled as “real-life problems” and be relevant to society at large. An empirical basis or component of the research should guarantee this relevance. On another level, it seems that philosophy and theology have received more competition from other humanities than ever before. While some decades ago civil society looked at philosophers and theologians for moral guidance, nowadays disciplines like psychology, sociology and evolutionary studies have taken over this role to a certain extend. These disciplines collect empirical data to arrive at descriptions of the present situation. These are subsequently often used to answer topical questions, whether this was originally intended by the research or not. In this last step the descriptive research often takes on a normative weight. Given this climate, what is the specific strength of fundamental or speculative reflection like it has been developed traditionally in philosophy and theology? Is it in danger of becoming obsolete? Is it still meaningful to keep on aiming for a bond between philosophy and theology as strengthening both disciplines? Or should one rather aspire an empirical turn, as slogans like ‘lived theology’ or ‘lived philosophy’ seem to indicate? These questions are all the more urgent insofar as religion is concerned. The comeback of religion and metaphysics in philosophy of the last decades has led to models of reflection with a highly speculative appearance which seem to have lost interest in engaging in societal debates. In the meantime, theology is under severe attack from religious studies approach for its abstract or dogmatic character. The call for a theological turn to ‘lived religion’ is widespread. Are the times of an obvious bond between philosophy and theology past? What do the disciplines have to offer each other, as critical sparring partners in times in which their academic position is all but self-evident, as is religion itself? Is the divide between analytical and continental varieties of both disciplines symptomatic for the trend mentioned before or is there a chance for mutual reinforcement? Can theology and philosophy perhaps reinvent their coalition as one of ‘sisters in arms’, that is, of aiming for unfashionable approaches of academically neglected questions?



Researchers are invited to contribute to the parallel sessions by presenting a paper (20’ presentation + 10’ Q&A) on the conference topic. Papers on the general topic of the journal, namely the intersection between philosophy and theology are also welcome. Applicants send an abstract of max. 250 words to: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

Extended deadline is September 20, 2018. Notification of acceptance will follow asap.

Note: the organizers have the intention of following the SWIP/BPA guidelines. See:

Here you find the link to the full text of the call for papers.



Call for Papers

Geschichtsphilosophie und Eschatologie. Perspektiven nach Jacob Taubes. 12. Berliner Kolloquium Junge Religionsphilosophie

Bewerbungsfrist: 07.12.2018

Manuskripte und Vortragsskizzen können Sie bis zum 07. Dezember 2018 per Post oder E-Mail an die untenstehende Adresse senden. Eingereichte Skizzen sollten nicht länger als 5000 Zeichen und in deutscher oder englischer Sprache verfasst sein. Schicken Sie bitte außerdem einen kurzen CV. In einer freien Sektion können Sie eigene Projekte vorstellen, die nicht ins oben skizzierte Themengebiet fallen. Auch Manuskripte für diese Sektion sollten 5000 Zeichen nicht überschreiten.

Für jeden angenommenen Beitrag zum Thema werden 45 Minuten des Kolloquiums reserviert; die Vorträge sollten einen Umfang von 20 Minuten nicht überschreiten. In der freien Sektion sind pro Beitragenden 20 Minuten vorgesehen (10 Minuten Vortrag / 10 Minuten Diskussion).

Hier finden Sie den Gesamttext des Call for Paper.

Call for Papers

Special Issue: Habermas on Religion

Bewerbungsfrist: 15.12.2018



Religion has become a central theme in the later work of Jürgen Habermas, leading him to correct and specify positions taken in his earlier writings. For the occasion of his 90th birthday on June 18, 2019, the European Journal for Philosophy of Religion is publishing a Special Issue on “Habermas on Religion“ and is launching a Call for Papers.



[] Hille Haker (Loyola University, Chicago)

[] Cristina Lafont (Northwestern University, Chicago)

[] Martin Matustik (Arizona State University, Phoenix)



Papers must be in English and should not exceed 9,000 words including abstract etc. All papers will be subject to double-blind peer-review, following international standard practice. Manuscripts are to be submitted through the Online Manuscript Submission System accessible at (registration needed). Please make sure to indicate that the article is submitted in response to the CfP “Special Issue: Habermas on Religion / Viertbauer & Junker-Kenny”.

Hier finden Sie den Volltext des CfP.