Institute for American
originally located in Highlands, North Carolina USA
IARPT International Conference
July 29 Ė August 1, 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
Empiricism, pragmatism, and naturalism, in their wide variety of forms, have had adherents on both sides of the Atlantic, but the cross-cultural and international currents of their mutual development have often been overlooked. These traditions have developed not only in connection with their own local contexts but, surprisingly often, with a much more far-reaching context as well. Moreover, they have had an affinity with philosophical/religious/cultural traditions in East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East, which continues to enrich each one.
The theme of the 2013 IARPT International Conference is the interchange among cultures in the development of these traditions, focusing especially on the interaction on the two sides of the Atlantic. Because Spain is the host country, papers that deal with these themes in the context of Spanish philosophy and theology would be particularly welcome; however, we invite proposals on a broad range of topics pertinent to theme. For example, how do the connections between James and Unamuno shed light on each thinkerís work? How have phenomenology and postmodern thought influenced the development of pragmatism in Germany and France? How have existentialism and radical empiricism influenced each otherís development? What relationships exist between Marxism and pragmatism, empiricism, and naturalism? Does the notion of ďpure experienceĒ in James shed any light on apparently similar notions in various Buddhist traditions (or vice versa)? How does the naturalism pervading Chinese traditions of philosophy compare to that developed in Western traditions? These questions are merely suggestive. Proposals are welcome from a wide variety of perspectives. As in the past, proposals are also invited in areas different from the theme of the conference but relevant to IARPTís mission statement. Proposals for panels are also invited.
Proposals should contain a descriptive title and brief (no more than 500 words) but informative and readable description of the paper to be presented, with some indication of why the proposer considers the paper to be an important contribution. Proposals should also include a brief (150-word) biographical sketch of their authors.
All proposals should be sent in Word format to both Robert Smid (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Les Muray (email@example.com). We are still accepting proposals.
Iím very excited to host IARPT in Pamplona next year! Alas, traveling across the Atlantic is not cheap these days, and I realize that the cost of travel will likely be the deciding factor for many of you. While Iím no travel expert, whatever knowledge I have Iím happy to share. Feel free to contact me with questions about traveling to and staying in Pamplona.
Iíll say a few more words about Pamplona and its environs below, but I want to begin by stressing that this region of Spain is gorgeous. Touring the surrounding countryside of Navarre is my favorite thing about living in Pamplona. Drive 15 minutes and youíre in the mountains.
Hereís some basic information to get you started on your search:
There are a variety of direct and indirect flights from the U.S. to Madrid, and from Madrid you can fly to Pamplona. Probably this is your easiest option, and it might also be the cheapest, so itís worthwhile to explore these flights early and often.
Probably you can also fly to Pamplona via Barcelona, but I think the Madrid connection is cheaper, because most people fly through Madrid. If you have your heart set on visiting Barcelona before or after the conference, however, it is fairly easy to take the bus or train between Pamplona and Barcelona (4-5 hours).
Also, if you fly through Madrid, sometimes the short connection to Pamplona adds a disproportionately large amount to the total ticket price (or to get a more reasonable fare you have to wait in the terminal for six hours). In that case, it might be better to take the train for the last leg of your trip, which is very pleasant, costs between 56 and 90Ä round-trip, and takes about 3 hours. (The train website, wwwrenfe.com, does not work well; let me know if you need help with a reservation.) Keep in mind you will need to take a taxi (about 30Ä) or shuttle to get to the train station from the airport (and back again on your return).
Other options: the nearest international airport to Pamplona is in Bilbao, so itís possible that you might find a better option flying to Bilbao via Paris or London. For example, if there are some good deals flying to London, you might save by breaking up the trip; flying within Europe is relatively cheap. But then you need to find your way to Pamplona on the ground. There are no flights from Bilbao to Pamplona. One way to do this is to take a taxi to the bus station (about 25Ä) and then take a bus to Pamplona (20-30Ä round trip). Buses run about every 3 hours and the trip takes about 2 hours.
Iíve heard that you can take the train from Paris to Pamplona, via several connections, for only 70Ä. But Iíve never done it.
Staying in Pamplona
Getting here is the hardest part. Hotels in Spain (outside Barcelona) are reasonable by American standards, and staying in the charming old part of Pamplona will likely one of the best parts of your trip. The conference itself will be held at Hotel Tres Reyes (www.hotel3reyes.com), located on the edge of the old part. Rooms (including a slight discount for conference participants, Iíve been told) are 80Ä per night for a single, 90Ä for a double, breakfast buffet included. You might want to take a look at the dozen or so decent hotels that can be found in the old part. For example, try Hotel Maisonnave (65Ä) or Hotel Eslava (55Ä). For the sake of convenience and historic ambience, I highly recommend staying within the old part (the area within 600m or so of the central square, Plaza del Castillo). But beware of super-cheap bargains: some places that are listed as hotels really only do business during the festival of San Fermin and are kind of seedy. The Gran Hotel La Perla is very nice; itís where Hemingway stayed. I think you can ask for his room.
The thing to do in Pamplona is go out for pintxos (similar to tapas, usually served on top of a slice of bread) and wine in the old part, moving from bar to bar. You cannot visit Pamplona and not go out for pintxos! In fact, I recommend that while youíre here, you follow the local pattern: start with a light breakfast, have a tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelet) and espresso around 11, eat a big lunch around 2, and then in the evening have a light dinner of pintxos. Itís more economical, and youíll sample more of the local cuisine that way.
And please think about touring the area before or after the conference. As I mentioned above, Navarre and its neighboring regions (Aragon, La Rioja, the Basque country, southern France) are gorgeousóthe hidden treasures of Spain. When people think of touring Spain, they usually think first of the southern coast and cities like Seville, Grenada, Cordoba, etc. The cities of the north are not as spectacular, but on the other hand the northern countryside is much more beautiful. From Galicia to the Basque country, the northern coast of Spain is green and very mountainous, full of picturesque villages, sheep farms, sidrerŪas (cider houses), etc.óa more rustic Old World charm. Just in the vicinity of Pamplona, itís amazing what you can reach in one hourís drive: the elegant coastal city of San Sebastian, the Pyrenees and southern France, the wine country of La Rioja. You could even begin your trip by walking the Camino de Santiago from the French border to Pamplona (about 60 km)óreputed to be the most beautiful section of the Camino.
°Espero veros pronto en Pamplona!
Call for Papers for the Third International Congregess on Ecstatic Naturalism
Paper proposals of 500 words are welcome by January 15th on any aspect of the philosophy or the theology of ecstatic naturalism, a perspective originally developed by Professor Robert S. Corrington. The theme for this yearís Congress is the role of art and aesthetics in ecstatic naturalism, more specifically how the aesthetic sphere might augment or replace the sphere of religion both on a personal and on a communal level. Papers are also welcome on the comparison of ecstatic naturalism and process theology, the pre-history of ecstatic naturalism, the role of psychoanalysis in ecstatic naturalism, and on applications of ecstatic naturalism to other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, literary theory, and psychology.
The plenary speaker for the Congress is Ursula Goodenough, author of The Sacred Depths of Nature.
Proposals should be sent to: Leon J. Niemoczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metaphysical and Religious Naturalism:
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The theme of the 2012 HIARPT conference encompassed exploration, defense, and criticism of the various forms of metaphysical and/or religious naturalism that have been proposed in the past, are being argued for in the present, or are thought to be inviting possibilities for the future.
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