Call for papers for Tetsugaku vol. 4


Call for papers for Tetsugaku Vol.4, 2020

Special Issue : “Analytic Asian Philosophy”

Tetsugaku, the International e-Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan, calls for papers for the special issue, “Analytic Asian Philosophy” (Vol. 4, 2020).

Analytic Asian Philosophy is the emerging filed of philosophy that tries to shed fresh light on Asian philosophy, classical and modern, from perspectives of analytic and other contemporary philosophy, and to create novel philosophical views on the world and ourselves in the age of globalization.
It was pioneered by, among others, B. K. Mathilal, an Indian philosopher who attended Quine’s classes when he was educated at Harvard, and much discussed with P. F. Strawson and Dummett when he taught at Oxford. M. Siderits, T. Tillemans, J. Garfield and G. Priest are among present-day leading figures of this field. A number of Asian philosophers of new generation, who were trained in the Anglophone institutions, are following their initiatives.
Some of those philosophers have been occasionally applying contemporary logic, classical or non-classical, to make sense Asian thoughts that had appeared to be irrational or even non-sensual.
Asian philosophical traditions to be reinterpreted or reconstructed include Hinduism, Buddhism, theravāda or mahayāna, Chinese philosophy such as Confucianism and Daoism, and the Kyoto school of philosophy.
This special issue is one of the world’s earliest attempts to feature such innovative topic, expecting the following themes as its main target subjects.

– Reinterpretations of Asian philosophy in its broadest sense, historical or contemporary, from perspectives of analytic and other contemporary philosophy
– Original works on various philosophical issues in the analytic style in the broadest sense, that are inspired by Asian philosophy
– Contemporary logical reconstruction of Asian logic such as Indian or Buddhistic one
– Contemporary linguistic reinterpretation of Asian theories of languages such as Indian grammatical traditions
– [Deadline: 30 September 2019]
To submit your paper, please read carefully our Guidelines for Contributors.

Call for papers for Tetsugaku Vol.3, 2019 (closed)Spring

Special Issue : “Japanese Philosophy”

Tetsugaku, the International e-Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan, calls for papers for the special issue, “Japanese Philosophy” (Vol. 3, 2019).

In Japan, the field of philosophy was established in the second half of the 19th century, alongside the assimilation of Western philosophy. The development of this new field, however, did not mean a discontinuation with the scholarship and thought of the pre-Meiji period. Rather, Japanese philosophy developed through taking up traditions such as Confucianism and Buddhism and reflecting on them in a critical manner. It is not possible to specify exactly when the field bearing the title of Japanese Philosophy (Nihon Tetsugaku) appeared, however Nishida Kitarō, the leading figure of the Kyoto school, wrote in 1944 that: “I hope that in respect to philosophy, Japan will in the future manage to develop a grand Japanese philosophy.”
From the war years onwards, research in Japanese philosophy has been closely tied to the thinking of the Kyoto School. However, this still young academic field has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, particularly abroad. Today, we see the development of a variety of approaches, as well as an increasing amount of research focusing on topics other than the Kyoto School.
In this special issue, we wish to highlight this energetic global academic environment for research in Japanese philosophy, drawing attention to some of the latest work that is now taking place. Please consider submitting papers which engage in the following topics:

  • Japanese Philosophy of the Meiji and Taishō periods
  • Historical investigations into Japanese philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Kyoto School
  • Japanese philosophy and war, ideology
  • Comparative research – Japanese philosophy and East Asian philosophy (comparisons with Buddhism, Confucianism, etc.)
  • Comparative research – Japanese philosophy and Western philosophy
  • Investigations into language, culture and art in Japanese philosophy
  • Theories of the body, technology, and science in Japanese philosophy
  • Logic in Japanese philosophy
  • Beauty and Aesthetics in Japanese philosophy
  • Theories of time in Japanese philosophy

    [Deadline: 30 September 2018]
    To submit your paper, please read carefully our Guidelines for Contributors.

Call for papers  Tetsugaku Vol.2, 2018 (closed)

Special theme: Philosophy and translation

Tetsugaku, the International e-Journal of the Philosophical Association of Japan, calls for papers for the special issue, “Philosophy and translation” (Vol. 2, 2018).

The history of philosophy, East and West, is inseparable from questions of translation. The issues of translation range from its literal, conventional sense of interlinguistic conversion, to a much broader, cross-cultural and intracultural endeavour. Translation can also function between academic disciplines. Across this broad range, the scope of translation opens diverse paths in the crossing of borders. Translation can be seen as a window through which to reconsider the task of philosophy today. We can also use different prepositions to mark different aspects of the juncture between philosophy and translation: philosophy of translation, philosophy in translation, philosophy as translation.

Philosophical papers reflecting on translation in relation to the following sub-themes are welcome:

– Historical examination of philosophy and translation

– Linguistic analysis of translation

– Translation in relation to particular philosophical approaches (analytical, continental, pragmatist, etc.)

– Translation as an intralinguistic issue (translation as internal to the nature of language)

– Translation and the substance of comparative philosophy

– Translation as related to cross-cultural communication

– Philosophy, translation and human transformation

– Translation and the crossing of philosophical divides (for example, the continental and the analytical)

– Political implications of philosophy and translation

– Translation, the internationalization of higher education and the role of philosophy

 [Deadline:  30 September 2017]

To submit your paper, please read carefully our  Guidelines for Contributors.


Call for papers  Tetsugaku Vol.1, 2017 (closed)

Special theme: Philosophy and the University 

Philosophy has played an essential part in academics and education in universities, which were born in the medieval Europe, introduced into Japan and other Asian countries in the late 19th century, and are now spread all over the world. While the idea of a university has been discussed by many philosophers, including Kant, Fichte, W. von Humboldt, Hegel, Newman, Heidegger, Jaspers, Habermas and Derrida, our contemporary societies cast serious doubts on the ideals and roles of the university and philosophy.

With this critical situation in mind, we invite academic papers on the theme of “philosophy and the university” for our new E-journal. The following questions, for example, can be asked.

What is the situation of philosophy in the universities around the world today? How did philosophers examine the ideas of the university? What is the ideal form of a university from a philosophical point of view? What can and should philosophy do in and for the university? 

Deadline:  31 October 2016