Call for Papers

The Psychology of Worldviews

30th April, 2019

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The ‘Studi Jaspersiani’ Journal will dedicate its next volume (2019) to The Psychology of Worldviews.

Karl Jaspers published The Psychology of Worldviews in 1919. With this work – which demanded intense philosophical studies – Jaspers didn’t only unwittingly force his transition from the psychologist to the philosopher but also took his first steps towards the Existenzphilosophie. With the concepts of limit situations, casing [Gehäuse] and his focus on the self [Existenz], Jaspers recognized the crisis that ran through the academic philosophy of his time, increasingly distant from the processual nature of human life and the nihilism of modernity, shattering all traditional horizons of mental orientation. With his book, explicitly meant to be a work of “Verstehende Psychologie” Jaspers sought to name and categorize the powers of the living process, synthesizing individual dispositions [“Einstellungen”] and objective “Weltbilder” with the idea of world views. By using Max Weber’s methodical instrument of the “Idealtypus”, Jaspers described types of human thought and orientation, thereby abandoning the traditional universalistic claim of philosophical systems and paved the way for a new philosophical approach that seeks the truth in the process of existential individuation and communication.

The Psychology of Worldviews – in some ways an unfinished work, certainly a transitional work, on the basis of the epistemic perspective from which it starts – offers today many stimuli for returning to think about philosophy, its relation to psychology, its ability to react to the multiplication of interpretations of the world, and at the same time about the need of the human being, in recognizing its own limitations, to constantly push beyond them.

The seventh volume of “Studi Jaspersiani – Journal of The Italian Karl Jaspers Society”, dedicated to The Psychology of Worldviews, therefore does not only aim to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of a classic of philosophy, but starting from the revival of the spirit that animates it, it aims to reflect on the authentic capacity of philosophical psychology to open our eyes to the world, to let ourselves be crossed by it, and to offer some answers to the new questions of meaning that emerge from our present.

The volume will be organized around thematic groups:

  • The heritage of historicism on the worldviews
  • The comparison with nihilism
  • Jaspers and Kant
  • The relationship between philosophy and psychology
  • Jaspers and the “Verstehende Psychologie“
  • Weltanschauungen and interculturality
General Rules and Policy
Every year, the Karl Jaspers society calls for a theme which will be the object of the subsequent “Studi jaspersiani” Journal.

Authors interested in presenting their contribution to this theme can submit it following the instructions (in order to send the contribution you need a registration after that you can log in).

The paper must not contain the Author’s name in the subject, or any reference to the Author.

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The paper must contain an abstract in English reviewed by a English native speaker, not exceeding 250 words. The paper will be a file (pdf or doc) to be attached during submission. It must not exceed 45.000 characters (spaces and footnotes included) and can be written in Italian, English, French or German.

Any elements of the file that might identify the Author must be removed in order to guarantee anonymity during the referee process.

The contributions will be forwarded to one or more independent reviewers, according to the blind refereeing process. Reviewers may anonymously ask the author to modify or improve their contribution for its publication.

For the initial selection procedure, no guidelines are set for formatting; in those instances where the contribution has been accepted, a final version will be asked of the author. Guidelines can be found here.

The Journal does not accept proposals outside of the call for papers announced for each number. Further collaborations (reviews) must be previously agreed upon with the editorial staff, attaching a brief profile of the author and his or her research areas.

Notification of acceptance, conditional acceptance, rejection 
The editorial staff will give notification of the refereeing outcome via email. Contributions which do not comply with the Journal’s ethical code will be rejected. The editorial staff may, under the recommendation of the reviewer(s), accept an article, provided that possible modifications and integrations be implemented.

Final version deadline 
Once the manuscript is accepted, a definitive version containing the final formatting and possible integrations must be sent within 3 months afer the Call for papers deadline.