Call for Abstracts – Hermeneia International Symposium

Call for Abstracts


Metaphysics and the Linguistic Turn

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) – Florianópolis-SC, Brazil

August 17-19th, 2015

What is the kind of language suited to phenomenological description? Is this language able to avoid aporias that come from classical metaphysics? Or is every language essentially metaphysical? These questions have received different approaches, many of them with relevant repercussions for contemporary philosophy. Reflections on language are central whatever the work we consider in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. Martin Heidegger’s fundamental ontology tries to reach a primordial way of thinking by forging a vocabulary that presents the phenomena as such, while uncovering the originary meaning of fundamental concepts by means of a destruction of the metaphysical tradition. After the Kehre, Heidegger underlines the “originary words” that founded philosophy, such as logos, moira, physis, and so on, in order to reveal the “unthought” (das Ungedachte) of metaphysics, and to prepare the thinking of another beginning. Unlike Heidegger, who traces metaphysics back to a genealogy in which it becomes consolidated, Hans-Georg Gadamer rejects the very idea of a “language of metaphysics,” and proposes instead the dialogue as the medium in which metaphysical assumptions may be revealed and confronted. Conversely, Jacques Derrida accuses Heidegger of not being able to overcome metaphysics, whereas the onto-theology of latter remains within the metaphysics of presence – logocentric and phonocentric. With this on mind, Derrida approaches the aporia of metaphysics through terms as trace, iterability, dissemination, difference, and non-presence. Paul Ricoeur’s discussion on the symbolic character on language and the correspondent idea of a surplus of meaning shades new lights on language and metaphysics, while Emmanuel Levinas identifies the surplus with the metaphysics itself, as the very condition of possibility of ethics.

We welcome submissions on the relation between metaphysics and the linguistic turn achieved by contemporary phenomenology and hermeneutics.  Themes to consider are:

a)    Human Sciences and Metaphysics
b)    Ethics, Politics, and Language
c)    Hermeneutics and Deconstruction
d)    Poetry, Art, and Metaphysics
e)    Metaphysics, Historicity, and Temporality
f)     The Language of Metaphysics


Scholars interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit an electronic abstract that fits in one of the themes of the thematic axes mentioned (named “Abstract,” format: doc or rtf, with the following information: paper title, thematic axis in which the paper is included, abstract between 400 and 500 words in Times New Roman typeface size 12, interspaced 1.5, justified paragraphs) and attach a separate title page named “Author Information” that includes the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and email address. We expect participants to have 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Proposals in Portuguese, English, and Spanish can be submitted by e-mail at <>. Notification of acceptance will be available at the official page,, by April 30, 2015.

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2015


Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston University)
George Heffernan (Merrimack College)
Jean Grondin (Université de Montreal)
Jeffrey Bloechl (Boston College)
Mário Angel González Porta (PUC-SP)
Paulo Cesar Duque Estrada (PUC-RJ)
Róbson Ramos dos Reis (UFSM)
Tomás Domingo Moratalla (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

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