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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 email@example.com. 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