FNS 2015: 2nd Call For Abstracts
"Nietzsche, Life, and the Art of Living"

University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, UK

September 18-20, 2015

Plenary Speakers
  • Keith Ansell-Pearson (University of Warwick)
  • Kathleen Higgins (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Alexander Nehamas (Princeton University)
  • Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)
  • Paul van Tongeren (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Call For Abstracts

Without doubt, the concept of life holds a preeminent place in Nietzsche’s thought, and he is often depicted, along with the likes of Wilhelm Dilthey and Henri Bergson, as part of the tradition of ‘the philosophy of life’ (Lebensphilosophie). This conference proposes to undertake a fresh examination of Nietzsche as a philosopher of life and to inquire into the connections between the concerns of the philosophy of life and those of the art of living in his work and its legacy: How are physics and ethics related in Nietzsche? And how are we to understand the aesthetic turn he often gives to his ethical proposals? These and related questions will be considered in the light of philosophy’s traditional claim over other disciplines to be able to teach the art (techne) of conducting one’s life; and the aesthetic tradition popularised by Foucault in the 1980s under the labels ‘the aesthetics of existence’ and ‘care of the self’. The conference will feature plenary talks by leading figures in this field of Nietzsche-studies.

The Society welcomes abstracts for 30-minute papers on the following topics:

  • Nietzsche’s relation to the tradition of the philosophy of life, including his reception of, and relation to, forgotten and neglected figures in this tradition. 
  • Nietzsche’s relation to ‘life’ thinking from Aristotle to Heidegger.
  • The status and role of the will to power in his mature philosophy.
  • Nietzsche’s relation to current developments in complexity thinking in the new physics and the new biology.
  • The ethics of life, including questions of normativity, eudemonia or flourishing, affirmation and perfectionism.
  • The relation between physics (physis) and ethics (ethos) in Nietzsche’s thinking, including key notions like: self-knowledge, self-discovery, self-transformation, experiment, attempt (Versuch).
  • Nietzsche's relation to the traditions of the art of living, including Socratic, Hellenistic, and modern sources and trajectories.
  • The turn from the work of art to human life as work in Nietzsche, including key notions like: self-stylisation, self-legislation, self-creation.
  • Nietzsche’s relation to the ‘aesthetics of existence’ (Foucault) as a form of individual self-realisation.
  • Life as a woman / vita femina: gender perspectives on Nietzsche’s concept of life and the art of living.

Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words. Please submit your abstract by email to [log in to unmask]. as a pdf attachment prepared for blind review, by March 31, 2015.

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