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 Metaphysics of Politics / Politics of Metaphysics

The Association of Philosophy Students invites all students interested in writing original papers for the student philosophy journal Čemu (What for?).

The topic of the new 24thissue of the Čemu journal encompasses relations between metaphysics and politics, which include the mutual relation of metaphysics towards politics (or that which is political), and politics towards metaphysics (or that which is metaphysical). The metaphysical in politics and the political in metaphysics, therefore, take the center stage of this topic. Apart from the emphasis on the specificity of these relations, the topic stays open for philosophical intervention in both of these fields, combining and intertwining the theoretical and the practical completely.

The metaphysics of politics is concerned mostly with the analytical reading and interpretation of political theories and authors, with the goal of finding first foundations and principles of the political and of that which is political in general. This includes the scrutiny of the genesis and the foundations of key political concepts such as sovereignty, subjectivity, legitimacy and freedom in the political sense. Moreover, this also includes contemporary interpretations of classical authors in whose work the metaphysical and the political are often unified. The metaphysics of politics examines the initial, often tacit, assumptions of political theories. Those theories are not the ones characterizing the economic, political (in a narrower sense) or ideological content of a particular theory, but those representing the preconditions for certain economic, political and ideological contents. Therefore, the papers which will fit this sense of the topic will necessarily have a connection with political anthropology and with the problems of metapolitics.

The politics of metaphysics relates to the historical-political reading of metaphysics or, more specifically, to the search of political elements within metaphysics. We do not search for the principles of the political anymore, but for the political contents and implications of the metaphysical in a historical context. Topics encompass the analysis of all greater metaphysical systems which appear in given socio-political contexts with the goal of trying to ground a certain political or social order. The politics of metaphysics is, in that sense, more of an external and contextual reading of metaphysics, while the metaphysics of politics is immanent reading and the reinterpretation of politics, that is, of that which is political.

Metaphysics and politics realize goals inherent to them only in their unity and through studying them in such an unity it becomes possible to discern the Whole, which includes the origin of, grounding of and the desire for authentic elements (if any are present) in the individual and collective existence of man. The metaphysical approach to politics and the political approach to metaphysics illuminate and define both metaphysics and politics. There is no political theory which does not have a metaphysical foundation, nor is there any metaphysics which emerges outside of a certain socio-political historical context. The metaphysical is therefore deduced from the immanent history of ideas with the goal of finding an indispensable political content which is also adaptable to time and variable with respect to external changes. On the other hand, only through the detailed study of shifts in the discourses following political thought can we arrive to the search for terms of that which is truly political.

NOTICE: In this issue (24th) we will also accept papers outside of the main topic, that is – papers which fit the topic will only compose one part of the new issue.

We kindly ask authors to send their summaries (up to 3600 characters with spaces) no later than 1 July and their finished papers until 1 August. The e-mail where papers should be sent to is: cemu.ffzg@gmail.com.

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