Call for Papers

Karl Jaspers and Dialogue between Religions

15th October, 2017

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The ‘Studi Jaspersiani’ Journal will dedicate its next volume (2018) to Karl Jaspers and Dialogue between Religions.

Karl Jaspers, one of the two great figures in European existentialism, dominated the twentieth century with his weighty contributions to philosophy and psychiatry and his extraordinary Wirkungsgeschichte. His hermeneutics of religion, in particular, primarily of “Biblical religion” but also of the oriental religions, marked a key milestone in the last century for the philosophy of religion and for reflection on the problem, now more than ever a focus of public debate, of the co-existence of different faiths in a world characterised by pluralism and religious polymorphism. His concept of “philosophical faith” (philosophischer Glaube) and his dialogues with prominent protestant theologians such as R. Bultmann, K. Barth and H. Zahrnt documented the possibility, characteristic of the great tradition of western philosophy, of locating a hermeneutic “third way” between militant atheism and confessional dogmatism: a concept which is now more worthy of attention than ever, in this age of globalisation and resurgent fundamentalism.

The congress on “Karl Jaspers and Dialogue between Religions” organised by the Italian Karl Jaspers Society and the Department of Classical Studies, Philosophy, History and Geography (DAFIST) at the University of Genoa, wich had been held May 4 and 5, 2017, will look at Jaspers’ work and its contribution to dialogue between religions and to the issues of communication, tolerance and acknowledgement. In the light of Jaspers’ relationship with oriental philosophy and culture, the congress will investigate whether, and how, Jasper’s thought can inspire a new east-west dialogue on the subject of religion.

Contributions which centre on the epistemic, ethical and historical-theoretical aspects of Jaspers’ thoughts regarding this theme will be given privileged consideration, also in light of his significant connections to some of the leading physicians and scientists of the time.

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.