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Johannesburg to host Philosophy and Eschatology Conference

11 Apr 2020 - 14:29

IBNA- Philosophy and Eschatology: or, Thinking of/from the End of the World will be ‎held in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 11-12, 2020. ‎

According to IBNA correspondent quoting from philevents.org, Eschatology, the narrative of the end of time or the world, is an integral aspect of various intellectual traditions. From the Western theological tradition to Afro-pessimism, it also underlies the modern idea of progress and its dialectical counterpart in Hegel and Marx, as well as the works of Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Bataille, Blanchot, Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy.
It has inspired some authors in the phenomenological tradition to rethink the transcendental reduction and view the world, in its sheer rustling presence, in the horizon of its eventual collapse. For Levinas, on the other hand, it offers the subject a relation to justice beyond history. Eschatology furnishes philosophy with (among other things) a way of thinking about the final end, what is most extreme and unsurpassable. It is in that respect also concerned with the limit or end of thought. 
Eschatology has more recently entered the discourse of the ecologist and the eco-phenomenologist on the devastation of the earth, that of the geologist and critical theorist on the Anthropocene, and that of global capitalism and the total catastrophes – natural, social, military, and technological – it threatens to unleash at every instant.
Topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:
·      Eschatology and religion;
·      Eschatology and phenomenology;
·      Eschatology and apocalypticism;
·      Eschatology, ethics, and political thought;
·      Eschatology, Afro-pessimism and African philosophy;
·      Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Blanchot, Heidegger, Derrida, Nancy, Kojève, Bataille;
·      African concepts of the end, time, worldhood;
·      Critical Race Theory;
·      Black theology;
·      Ancestry and history;
·      Akan, Bantu, and Igbo cosmologies (among others).
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday the 15th of April 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent early May 2020.

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