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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 192.
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        Date: 2018-11-16 11:28:42+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 

> From: Enrico Postiglione 
> Date: 16 November 2018 at 10:01:12 GMT

Special Issue Call for Papers: 
'Ancient Perspectives on Technology'

Archai Journal: The Origins of Western Thought

Deadline for submissions: 15th December 2018
Guest Editor: Enrico Postiglione (enrico.postiglione@unimore.it) (University of Modena & Reggio Emilia)

Archai is published by Archai UNESCO Chair in Brazil (University of Brasília/Annablume) 
and in Portugal (Coimbra University Press, IUC), both printed and electronic free online access.

All manuscripts will undergo blind-review by peers.

Archai is indexed by Web of Science (Thomson Reuters/ESCI), Scielo, L'€™Anné Philologique,  
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Social Sciences (ERIH Plus), Philosopher'€˜s Index, Latindex, Cengage Learning, 
Google Scholar, BASE and Portal de Periódicos da CAPES. It has Impact Factor 5.171 
in the Scientific Journal Impact Factor and it got a very high grade (A2) of its field 
(Philosophy) in the latest Qualis CAPES evaluation.

Call for Papers:

Technology may be fittingly considered a distinguishing feature of the contemporary world. In the last decades, technological development widened the range of human possibilities and Hi-tech flooded from laboratories and specialised contexts into everyday life, reshaping the way in which mankind interacts with his environment. In this (so-called) '€˜Anthropocene era'€™, artificial intelligence, biomechanics, transfer of consciousness, robotics etc. would be the pieces of evidence of a new alleged ability to bend nature to our purposes. Technological development would dig a rift between us and the animal world from which we originated, putting under pressure concepts such as human, mind, nature, beauty, life/death and so forth. Hence, technology is at the core of a heated debate today and research splits into hard critics and faithful supporters. All of them, however, cannot do without a compelling account of the relation between human nature and technology, to define future scenarios. In principle, indeed, technology leaves open an infinite range of possibilities; but are there any problems implied by technology? Should we think of boundaries and limits to be established for technological advancement? Or, on the other way around, should we rethink philosophical concepts according to the possibilities that technology provides to us?
The fact that technology keeps moving forward urges philosophers to address these tasks. Yet, they are not new: quite the opposite, the debate on the relation between human beings, nature, and techne is a longstanding one. It grounds its roots in ancient sources and many ancient accounts can be glimpsed behind the contemporary debate. Regardless of the technological degree of sophistication, ancient perspectives on this relation could cast a new light on it, contributing to the understanding of what is it to be a human. Yet, while in contemporary philosophy technology plays a prominent role, ancient perspectives on techne are often neglected.  This Special Issue focuses primarily on ancient philosophy, from Greek to Hellenistic and early Christian philosophy to see how ancient philosophers'€™ argumentations on human, technology and nature cope with the contemporary discussions and how the contemporary achievements of technology recast ancient accounts. This volume aims to encourage the proposal of ancient views on techne (defended or criticized) and highlight their usefulness towards a resolution of the contemporary disputes about advanced technology.


Possible Topics for Submission (broadly construed), include, among others: 

--         The relation between Physis and Techne

--         Techne, beauty and the fine Arts

--         Technology, nature and the mind

--         Technology and Personhood

--         Human teleology and technology


Language: English

Please submit papers prepared for blind review (maximum 50,000 characters including spaces)  directly to enrico.postiglione@unimore.it by December, 15th 2018. Articles must include a 100-250 word abstract as well as a list of up to five keywords.

Please send all documents in .doc format. 

Pease see the author guidelines for full details of manuscript submission requirements, here: http://periodicos.unb.br/ojs311/index.php/archai/about/submissions

For any further questions or advice, please feel free to contact the guest editor directly at enrico.postiglione@unimore.it

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