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Call for Papers: Whitehead Psychology Nexus Workshops

The Whitehead Psychology Nexus Workshops were launched in 2002 in  
Fontarèches. This Easter, we will celebrate the 15th anniversary of  
these inter- and trans-disciplinary meetings and it seems appropriate  
to publish a collection on that occasion.

We seek to gather two types of provocative communications: on the one  
hand, philosophical discussions of the present state of affairs in  
psychology lato sensu (papers on process thought as it appears to  
influence current thinking in science, the arts and the humanities are  
welcome); and, on the other hand, critical studies of the relevance of  
the imaginative generalizations of Whitehead for psychology and/or of  
the impact contemporary psychology on Whitehead’s system of thought.  
The common denominator of all these inquiries should be the process  
worldview understood in its widest sense, not a strict use of PR’s  
technicalities (although they are not discouraged).

Papers should not be longer than 3000 words, follow the Chicago manual  
of style, and be accompanied by a 200 word abstract and a short bio.  
Paper proposals should be sent asap to The  
deadline for the papers themselves is Feb 1, 2017
. Confirmation of  
acceptance will be made promptly. A later submission is possible but  
the publication would then be postponed for a second volume, to be  
published in 2018.

The Whitehead Psychology Nexus is an international open forum  
dedicated to the cross-examination of Alfred North Whitehead’s  
“organic” or “process” philosophy and the various facets of the  
contemporary psychological field of research and debate. It seeks to  
encourage psychology in a Whiteheadian atmosphere and Whiteheadian  
scholarship informed by psychology. Bold speculations balanced by  
“complete humility before logic, and before fact” (Process and  
Reality, 17) are especially valued. “It is a disease of philosophy,”  
stresses Whitehead, “when it is neither bold nor humble, but merely a  
reflection of the temperamental presuppositions of exceptional  
personalities” (PR17). Openness (as in “open forum”) means here—at the  
very least—two things. With regard to the focus of the evoked cross- 
elucidation: no philosophical or psychological system of thought is a  
priori excluded, provided that it allows discussion in a Whiteheadian  
spirit. Whitehead claimed that “to sustain a civilization with the  
intensity of its first ardour requires more than learning. Adventure  
is essential, namely, the search for new perfections” (Adventures of  
Ideas, 258).