CFP: Continuities in Modern French Philosophy

CFP: Continuities in Modern French Philosophy

University of Dundee, April 2nd-3rd, 2016

While much research into modern French philosophy has rightly emphasised the breaks between pre-war French philosophy and poststructuralism, the aim of this workshop will be to also explore some of the philosophical continuities between these two moments in the French tradition. We welcome papers exploring any aspect of the philosophical or historical continuities and influences on later poststructuralist thought of existential, phenomenological, Bergsonian and other movements in the first half of the twentieth century. The aim will be to explore the way in which the related problematics are taken up by early and late 20th century French philosophy, and to consider the degree to which working across the divide may allow a greater insight into the problems driving it, or open the way to creative reworkings of these problems. Appropriate figures for papers to examine include but are not limited to Wahl, Bergson, Beauvoir, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray, Deleuze, Derrida, and Foucault.


To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 300-500 words by email to Henry Somers-Hall ( by February 1st, 2016. Please entitle the email ‘Dundee workshop submission’. Each speaker will have 30 minutes to present their papers, plus time to respond to questions.


There will be space on the programme reserved for graduate students, from whom we especially welcome submissions.


Further information on the programme will be made available very soon.


The conference is supported by the AHRC as part of a project exploring the role of judgement in modern French philosophy (


Keynote speakers at the workshop will be:

Prof. Jeffrey Bell (SELU)

Prof. Howard Caygill (Kingston)

Prof. Alan Schrift (Grinnell)