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CFP: Philosophia Naturalis: Making Sense of Relations and Realities

By Wuthrich

A session organized by the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism (Texas Tech University) to be held at the Central Division APA Meeting in

Denver, 22-25 February 2023

The various recent approaches to quantum worlds appear to be reaching a consensus: that spacetime is quantized, relational, and emergent out of a fundamentally new, pre-geometric order that exists “before” and “below.” Conventional reality, then, emerges as an explicate order from more fundamental, relational pre-geometric and pre-quantum implicate order(s), which exist beyond conventional science and philosophy. This pre-geometric implicate order has the potential to answer the two most fundamental questions in all of the philosophia naturalis: what is the origin of spacetime and the fields within it, and ultimately, why is there something rather than nothing? Hence, the sub-Planckian order promises profound consequences, not just for foundational (meta)physics, but also for cosmic evolution in quantum cosmology and human knowledge of it.

Many scholars have explored these ideas, most notably the physicists David Bohm and Carlo Rovelli, and within the tradition of relational and process philosophy (Peirce, Bergson, Whitehead, Derrida, Deleuze, Guattari, DeLanda, et al.). The session invites papers to discuss historical and current positions towards a genuinely holistic philosophia naturalis, which unites philosophy and science beyond the traditional rational-empirical academic disciplinary boundaries.

Please send your abstract (300-500 words) to Elize Bisanz – [email protected]— by July 30th, 2022.

Submission deadline: July 30, 2022

Conference date(s):
February 22, 2023 – February 25, 2023

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