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September 20, 2013

CFP: “Karel Kosík and Dialectics of the Concrete”.

​Deadline: December 31, 2013

“Karel Kosík and Dialectics of the Concrete”.
Prague, 4– 6 June 2014

A conference organised by the Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy,
Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

In 1963 Karel Kosík published his path-breaking book Dialectics of the Concrete. It made an
impact on both Marxist and non-Marxist thinkers, in Czechoslovakia and throughout the
world. In this work Kosík set for himself an ambitious task – to re-think the basic concepts of
the Marxist philosophical tradition and to employ them in the analysis of social reality. In the
course of his analysis he touched on a wide array of issues that are still relevant today,
including the problem of mystification or the “pseudo-concrete,” the social role of art, the
conception of reality as a concrete totality, the conception of the human being as an onto-
formative being, the systematic connection between labour and temporality, the
relationship between praxis and labour, and the explanatory power of the dialectical

We would like to explore Kosík ́s seminal work in both breadth and depth. To that end, we
welcome papers addressing the following topics:

• Kosík in dialogue with other thinkers, such as Hegel, Marx, Labriola, Gramsci,
Lukács, Heidegger, Marcuse, Popper, Gonseth, and Weber.
• Kosík ́s response to other currents of thought, especially phenomenology,
structuralism, existentialism, critical theory, and positivism.
• Kosík’s work in relation to other varieties of Marxist humanism.
• Dialectics of the Concrete in the context of Kosík ́s overall philosophical œuvre.
• Dialectics of the Concrete and its influence on political theory, aesthetics,
theology, cultural anthropology, sociology, pedagogy, and other fields.
• The reception and critique of Kosík ́s Dialectics of the Concrete in different parts
of the world, such as East-Central Europe; in Germany, Italy, Russia, and
Scandinavia; the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone, and Lusophone
worlds; China, Japan, and other countries in Asia.

Papers addressing other topics related to Kosík's work are also welcome.

The conference will be conducted in English. Proposals – including a title and an abstract of
100 – 200 words – should be sent by 31 December 2013 to landa@flu.cas.cz. Submissions
must be in .doc or .rtf format. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 30 January 2014. A
conference fee of 100 Euros (60 Euros for students) will cover the costs of organising the
conference (including conference accessories and coffee breaks). Details about the method
of payment will be announced after abstract acceptance. The conference proceedings will be
published as a book in 2015.

Posted by jmkirsch at September 20, 2013 11:59 AM