2019 NASPH Call For Papers: June 22 Extended Submission Deadline

North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics

14th Annual Meeting, October 3–5, 2019, University of Oregon

Keynote Speakers: Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University) Charles Scott (Penn State)
James Risser (Seattle University)

Papers on all themes related to philosophical hermeneutics are welcome. Sessions will consist of 30-minute presentations of papers followed by discussion. In the spirit of dialogue and meaningful reflection, presenters will be invited to make their papers available to be read in advance. While time to present papers is limited, submissions may be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Papers in English, formatted for blind review, must be submitted electronically to nasphermeneutics@gmail.com. Attachments in .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format are preferable. The new extended submission deadline is June 22, 2019. Papers by graduate students on relevant themes will be considered for the Hans-Georg Gadamer Essay Prize. Please indicate if you wish to be considered. Lastly, direct inquiries about the conference and the society to avallega@uoregon.edu or consult our website at http://www.nasph.org.

NASPH was formed in 2005 in order to further the study of philosophical hermeneutics and to foster dialogue in light of difference. While honoring the rootedness of philosophical hermeneutics in the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer we find that the force and value of philosophical hermeneutics lie in the development of dialogue that brings life to history and illuminates contemporary issues.

CFP for the journal Philosophies: Special Issue “Being-with Ethics: Mitsein and the Possibility of a Hermeneutic Ethics”

A call for papers/submissions for an upcoming special edition of the journal Philosophies on hermeneutic ethics can be found here

Special Issue Information

What can we say about an ethics grounded in hermeneutics? Most fundamentally, hermeneutics is concerned with the problems of interpretation and understanding. Historically, hermeneutics was concerned with theories for correctly interpreting and understanding texts. Philosophical hermeneutics is the study of the assumptions and pre-judgments (the fore-structures of understanding) undergirding what we take to be the case about the world, about ourselves, and about others. That is, philosophical hermeneutics is a form of meta-philosophy. Hermeneutic ethics captures the tension often thought to exist between the idea that ethical questions are best answered on a case-by-case basis and the idea that some sort of universal moral truths do indeed exist (and, accordingly should be heeded). From a hermeneutical point of view, ethical questions (like all questions) are situated (that is, bound by the context from which they arise), but at the same time – and to the extent that we are all intimately connected not only with each other but with the world(s) we inhabit in dynamic and irrevocable ways — an ethics grounded in hermeneutics entails a profound commitment to the welfare of others as well as a way to assess the relative value of different ethical decisions.

In this issue, papers are invited on the topic of an ethics grounded in hermeneutics, broadly construed. Possible questions and issues to be addressed are (1) whether an ethics grounded in hermeneutics is possible, (2) the relationship between what ethics is and what hermeneutics is, (3) how the ethics of key hermeneuticists or hermeneutic philosophers might be compared and contrasted, (4) an exploration of the concept of Mitsein (or Being-with), (5) the role of community in an ethics grounded in hermeneutics, (6) the extent to which hermeneutics, ethics, and philosophy itself are coextensive, (7) the role of intersubjectivity in ethics, (8) the role of tradition in ethics, (9) ethics and hermeneutic dialogue, (10) hermeneutics and the other, (11) the relationship between power dynamics and the possibility of (productive) hermeneutic dialogue, (12) the possibility of hermeneutically correcting for the power dynamics in human dialogue, (13) what a hermeneutically legitimate ethical decision-making process might look like, and (14) any other related topic.

Prof. Dr. Tina Fernandes Botts

Guest Editor

2018 NASPH Conference Program and Poster

The conference program for the 2018 NASPH conference in Naperville, IL is now available for download. You may access the conference program and conference poster here. (We hope to have our new website up and running in the next few months. Until then, our apologies for the two-step download process.)

NASPH at SPEP: What are Hermeneuts for?


Room 105, Thursday, Oct. 18th 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Dennis Schmidt, Western Sydney University, “What are hermeneuts for?”

Followed by a roundtable discussion with:

Peg Birmingham, DePaul University; Theodore George, Texas A&M University; James Risser, Seattle University; Charles Scott, Pennsylvania State University; Anne O’Byrne, Stony Brook University; Alejandro A. Vallega, University of Oregon.

Hotel Information for NASPH 2018–Updated Information

We have chosen the Hotel Indigo for our upcoming 2018 NASPH conference. We have rooms reserved for conference attendees. Please be sure to mention when booking that you will be attending the NASPH conference. If you have additional questions regarding transportation from the airport to the hotel, please contact Greg Lynch galynch@noctrl.edu.  

CONFERENCE LOCATION The conference will be held on the campus of North Central College (NCC) in Naperville, IL—about 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Conference sessions will be held in Ratio Hall on the second floor of Wentz Science Center (building #18 on the attached campus map.) NCC’s campus is in downtown Naperville and is within walking distance of a number of restaurants, bars, and the conference hotel. 

PARKING Attendees who are driving to campus should contact Greg regarding a parking permit which can be printed and placed on the driver’s side dashboard. The permit allows you to park in any campus lot. Campus parking is limited, so when classes are in session it may be difficult to find a spot. However, there is abundant street parking available in the surrounding neighborhood which does not require a permit. Most neighborhood spots have a 3 or 4 hour maximum, so please take note of the signs and move your car before the deadline to avoid getting a ticket. 

HOTEL A block of rooms has been reserved (under ‘NASPH conference’) at the Hotel Indigo at a discounted rate of $173/night. Hotel Indigo is located in downtown Naperville within walking distance of NCC. NCC has partnerships with several other area hotels which offer discounted rates. (Ask for the North Central Friends & Family discount.) These hotels are not within walking distance, but most are within 3 miles of campus (~$5 cab ride) and some offer free shuttles service to NCC and downtown Naperville.  Please note that the deadline for booking the reserved rooms at Hotel Indigo is Wednesday, August 22nd. After that, they will be opened to the general public and may no longer be available.

AIRPORT INFORMATION NCC is approximately 29 miles from Chicago-O’Hare airport and 33 miles from Chicago-Midway. Unfortunately, area hotels do not offer shuttle service to/from the airports. Cab fare is approximately $45 between to/from O’Hare and $50 to/from Midway. We are going to arrange a few shuttles from O’Hare to Naperville on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, as well as from Naperville to O’Hare on Sunday morning. We will try to accommodate as many conference attendees as possible, although since people will be arriving and departing at different times, we will likely not be able to accommodate everybody. If you are interested in using the shuttle, please email Greg Lynch (galynch@noctrl.edu) with your flight arrival/departure time and the hotel to/from which you are headed. We will send out an email ahead of the conference letting you know when and where the shuttles will be arriving. 

New Information: Cab fare to/from the airport can vary substantially from one company to another. From what I have found the best rates seem to be through Windy City Limousine and West Suburban Limousine. Note that both of these require you to make a reservation ahead of time. 

TRAVEL TO/FROM CHICAGO NCC is just a few blocks south of the Naperville Metra station on the BNSF line. The trip to/from Chicago Union Station takes approximately 1 hour.

Updated 2018 NASPH CFP–Extended Deadline June 24

The 2018 North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics annual conference, will be held at North Central College, Naperville, IL (Sept. 13–15). This year’s featured speakers are John D. Caputo (Villanova), David Ingram (Loyola University), and Stephen Watson (Notre Dame). Please note that we have extended the CFPdeadline to June 24. Also, we encourage interested graduate students to submit their papers for the new Hans-Georg Gadamer essay prize. See CFP for details. You may download a copy of the updated CFP here. (The link takes you to another site, which allows you to download the CFP. My apologies for “two-step” approach; however, we are in process of developing a new, more user-friendly site.)   We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Cynthia Nielsen
NASPH secretary