Stasis announces a new call for papers for a thematic issue to be published in the summer of 2021: “Nature and Philosophy”. This issue will become a logical continuation of the recent issue ("Terra, Natura, Materia"; Vol. 9. No. 1. 2020) devoted to the same topic.
We invite you to submit your papers. The deadline for submissions is 15.02.2021.
Nature and Philosophy is the working title of the next special edition of our journal. This edition continues the series of publications on the philosophy of nature and a new materialist politics, the first part of which was included in the volume entitled Terra, Natura, Materia (Vol. 9. No. 1. 2020). The second volume also focuses on the connections between the philosophy of nature, politics, and science. One of the most important characteristics of the materialist turn in today’s theory is a closer interaction of the humanities, social, natural, and hard sciences. Philosophy introduces a new agenda to this dialogue in an attempt to bridge the gap between scientific ontology and philosophical epistemology. The bridging of this gap is based on recent research in science and technology with a rethinking of historical process from the perspective of the nonhuman: the history of humankind is enclosed in the history of things, and world history in the history of the earth. Alongside that, the classical concept of nature is subject to serious criticism: perhaps, in the contemporary context, it is more expedient to speak of geophilosophy or the philosophy of the earth rather than of the philosophy of nature. This criticism stems from its being rooted in the idealist tradition characterized by a system of opposites and general anthropocentric presumptions. In geophilosophy, economy collides with ecology, which provides the condition to reflect upon a kind of planetary politics — planetary not so much in the sense of the global, or international, as rather in the sense of an interspecies one. It is politics at the level of the biosphere, the noosphere, or the technosphere, which involves animals, plants, humans, mountains, sounds, viruses, artificial intelligence, etc. Albeit based on a critique of the classical philosophy of nature, a new materialist politics does not, however, cancel it out. On the contrary, one of the most distinctive recent trends is the return of the philosophy of nature, which acquires new meanings in the course of its critical re-evaluation and reveals the possibility of alternative progressive readings. There are non-trivial connections and parallels found between the new materialisms and the philosophy of nature — from the atomism of Democritus and Epicurus or Lucretius, the natural philosophy of Schelling, and Hegel’s philosophy of nature, to the new materialism of Marx, calling for a shift from the criticism of heaven to the criticism of Earth.
Issue editor: Oxana Timofeea
An International Journal in Social and Political Philosophy and Theory
Print ISSN 2310-3817 Online ISSN 2500-0721
Published since 2013 by European University at St Petersburg
Frequency: semiannual (December-January and June-July)
Languages: English, Russian
Editor: Artemy Magun
Stasis publishes articles on social and political philosophy and theory. It seeks to provide an international intellectual format that can open a common space between the English- and Russian-language philosophical traditions. The journal welcomes interdisciplinarity and covers a broad range of topics, from the purely philosophical, such as negativity, to the culturally and historically specific, such as social movements, religion, and sexuality.
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