CFP : Conflict and violence in Plato’s philosophy

Call for Papers

Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence

Special Issue on conflict and violence in Plato’s philosophy
Edited by Joan-Antoine Mallet (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)

PJCV is seeking articles dealing with philosophical issues that arise in connection with the conception of conflict and violence within Plato’s philosophy. Conflict and violence are often regarded as two of Plato’s main interests in his political thought, especially when he discusses the dread and danger they bring to the city. However, is it possible to understand conflict and violence in Plato’s work only from this political and rather pejorative standpoint? It is possible to see conflict and violence in Plato’s philosophy as something else, rather than a threat to the harmony of the community? In other words, is it possible to conceive a positive value of conflict and violence in Plato’s philosophy? Moreover, and on a larger scale, can conflict and violence be reduced only to Plato’s political philosophy? Is there a non-political understanding of conflict and violence for Plato?
We invite contributions dealing with all facets of conflict and violence in Plato’s philosophy. A variety of philosophical perspectives are welcome, including but not restricted to history of philosophy, continental tradition, phenomenology, analytical philosophy, non-Western philosophy, theology, psychoanalysis… We are also interested in approaches from other fields in relation to Platonic philosophy as history, anthropology, archeology and philology. We are looking for global analyses of conflict and violence in Plato’s work and/or particular studies focused on one or a few dialogues. The selected articles will be published by Trivent Publishing in December 2020.
Possible general topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

●    Sources and influences of Plato’s conception of conflict and violence (Homer, Hesiod, Presocratics, …)
●    Socrates, crime, conflict and violence
●    Plato and the Sophists about crime and violence
●    Plato’s politics and ethics
●    Plato’s conception of war (polemos and stasis)
●    Plato’s critical approaches of political violence
●    Plato’s views about crime and retribution
●    Plato’s view about potential way of solving conflicts
●    Plato’s conception of sacrifice
●    Violence and myths in Plato’s work
●    Plato’s metaphysics and ontology
●    Plato’s epistemology
●    Plato’s aesthetics
●    Conflict and violence in Neoplatonism
●    Influence of Plato’s legacy on philosophical interpretations of conflict and violence

Those interested in contributing to this issue should submit an abstract of 100–250 words to Joan-Antoine Mallet at joan.mallet@trivent-publishing.eu no later than April 1, 2020. Authors will be informed of acceptance by no later than May 1, 2020. Full papers should be submitted by June 15, 2020, be written in the PJCV template available on trivent-publishing.eu/pjcv.html, and have a maximum of 20 pages.


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