2017 Conference – Teleology Conceptual Corpse or Plastic Concept?

Teleology: Conceptual Corpse or Plastic Concept?

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
Kingston University London
2017 Graduate Conference

Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2EE
Friday 9 June 2017, 10.00–19.00

Keynote speakers:

  • Catherine Malabou (CRMEP)
  • Sami Khatib (American University of Beirut)

The 2017 CRMEP Graduate Conference will revisit the concept of teleology after and beyond its seemingly irredeemable fall from grace in the second half of the 20th century. Between numerous critiques and intermittent revivals of the image of history as an ideal and uninterrupted continuity driven by teleological movement, teleology itself appeared as something akin to a Begriffsleiche: a conceptual corpse roaming the periphery of philosophical discourse after its death – a theoretical implausibility at best and a political disaster at worst.

At the beginning of the 21st century, there is a growing suspicion that we might not have done away with teleology once and for all, indispensable as it is for thought on history, biology, technics and other domains. It is in this context that this conference will pose teleology as a problem to contemporary philosophical practices and investigate some of the ways in which the concept continues to impose itself on us. This imposition is of such a kind as to necessitate a critical reworking of the concept, beyond its ‘post-modernist’ critique, to shed light on its continuing presence within a whole number of fields of enquiry that it helps to construct.

We welcome papers from different philosophical perspectives on a range of topics including but not limited to:

  • The conceptual history of teleology
  • Teleology and history
  • Teleology and race
  • Teleology and sex
  • Teleology and the life sciences
  • Teleology and technics/technology
  • Teleology and politics
  • The persistence of teleology as historiographic methodology
  • Teleology as narrative form / narrative as teleology

Abstracts of 250–300 words should be sent to teleologycrmep@gmail.com

Deadline now extended to 15 March 2017.