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Violence and Conflict in Alexandre Kojève’s works

“Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence” - Special Issue

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Published on Monday, November 14, 2022 by Lucie Choupaut

Summary

Alexandre Kojève is well known for having initiated a whole generation of intellectuals into a certain reading of Hegel. From the claim that the struggle for recognition must be necessarily a “bloody” one to the assessment that the replacement of those elites whose authority has expired may call for their annihilation, not to mention his equation of biological “death” with human freedom or his interpretation of revolutionary terror as a pedagogical tool to bring forth the perfect citizen of the post-historical age, Kojève´s corpus offers not few topics in which to ground such a reexamination. The special issue of Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence (PJCV) seeks cutting-age articles from contributors which openly explore the aforementioned topics as well as others along the same lines.

Announcement

Argument

Alexandre Kojève is well known for having initiated a whole generation of intellectuals into a certain reading of Hegel. His idea of the end of history has been linked by some of its popularizers to the expansion of liberal democracy around the globe. According to this version the western welfare order since 1945 owes to thinkers like Kojève a great part of its success all the more so because he worked for it in a practical manner from his post in the French ministry of economy. Whatever the truth of this version, the fact is that in its wake some essential aspects of Kojève´s thought become blunt, if not altogether disappear. These aspects refer to his treatment of conflict and violence and are worth an insightful reexamination.

From the claim that the struggle for recognition must be necessarily a “bloody” one to the assessment that the replacement of those elites whose authority has expired may call for their annihilation, not to mention his equation of biological “death” with human freedom or his interpretation of revolutionary terror as a pedagogical tool to bring forth the perfect citizen of the post-historical age, Kojève´s corpus offers not few topics in which to ground such a reexamination.

Topic Proposals

Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence (PJCV) seeks cutting-age articles from contributors which openly explore the aforementioned topics as well as others along the same lines such as (although not restricted to):

  • Morality, violence, and general will in Alexandre Kojève
  • The merits and/or limitations of Kojève’s interpretations on conflict and violence in Hegel’s philosophy.
  • Kojèvean interpretations of current social or international conflicts.
  • The anti-political nature of Kojève´s End-State against the backdrop of Schmitt´s political decision.
  • The Lacanian subject and the Kojèvean struggle to the death
  • Alexandre Kojève and Vichy France.
  • The Hegelian notion of “Bildung” in Alexandre Kojève.
  • Stalinism and Kojève´s Universal and Homogeneous State.
  • Conflict, violence, and Alexandre Kojève’s standpoint on the “intellectual”
  • Pedagogy, authority, and propaganda in Kojève´s work
  • The College of Sociology and the Kojèvean notions of exchange and distribution.
  • Kojève´s anti-utopian bias.
  • The Buddhist roots of Kojève´s “annihilation”
  • The issue of the compatibility between Kojève’s theory of the “end of history” and conflict and violence in the 21st century.
  • Kojève and competing views on world history with respect to conflict and violence.

Editor

This special issue will be edited by Luis Javier Pedrazuela, research fellow at the University of Leeds.

Submission guidelines

Interested parties should send a proposed abstract of 200-300 words to idoetaluisj@gmail.com and andreas.wilmes@trivent-publishing.eu

by February 17, 2023.

Authors will be informed of acceptance no later than March 15, 2023.

Full papers should be submitted by September 8, 2023, should follow the PJCV template available online, and should be maximum 20 pages in length.

The final publication is planned for May 2024.

Website

Reviewing process

PJCV double-blind peer reviews all material it receives. Once an article is submitted, it is initially received by the editor-in-chief. In order to make a decision, the editor-in-chief (together with the guest editor, in case of a special issue) will send the manuscript for parallel approval to two reviewers specialized in the subject of the manuscript. Reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests on any manuscripts we send to them. Reviewers then advise the editor, who makes the final decision on the acceptance of the article. After acceptance and the submission of the updated manuscript following the reviewers’ comments, the article is checked for review compliance, after which it goes into publication.

Editorial Information

Editor-In-Chief

Andreas Wilmes, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest (Hungary)

Associate Editors

  • Joan-Antoine Mallet, University Paul-Valéry (Montpellier III)
  • Robert Manning, Quincy University
  • Claudiu Mesaros, West University of Timisoara

Advisory Board

  • Jeremiah Alberg, International Christian University, Tokyo (Japan)
  • Sandrine Baume, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Luc-Etienne de Boyer, Lycée Camille Claudel, Digoin (France)
  • Elisabetha Brighi, University of Westminster, London (United Kingdom)
  • Antonio Cerella, Kingston University, London (United Kingdom)
  • Virgil Ciomoș, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  • Emanuel Copilaș, West University of Timisoara (Romania)
  • Grégory Cormann, University of Liège (Belgium)
  • David Dawson, University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Greg McCreery, University of South Florida (United States of America)
  • Paul Dumouchel, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto (Japan)
  • Denis Forest, University Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) (France)
  • Mihaela Frunză, Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  • David Goa, University of Alberta (Canada)
  • Bruno Godefroy, Sun Yat-Sen University (Zhuhai)
  • Pierre Guenancia, University of Bourgogne, Dijon (France)
  • Vicente de Haro Romo, Universidad Panamericana (México)
  • Cristian Iftode, University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, Institute for Strategic Research (France)
  • Samuel Lepine, University Jean-Moulin (Lyon III) (France)
  • Florin Lobont, West University of Timisoara (Romania)
  • Michela Marzano, University Paris-Descartes (Paris V) (France)
  • Julie Mazaleigue-Labaste, University Panthéon Sorbonne (CNRS, Paris I)
  • Basarab Nicolescu, University Pierre et Marie Curie (CNRS, Paris VI)
  • Wolfgang Palaver, University of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Jean-Luc Périllé, University Paul-Valéry (Montpellier III) (France)
  • Patrick Singy, New York Union College (United States of America) 
  • Mihai Spariosu, University of Georgia (United States of America)
  • Laurenţiu Staicu, University of Bucharest (Romania)
  • Thomas Sturm, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Michel Terestchenko, University Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)
  • Raphaël Verchère, University Claude-Bernard (Lyon I) (France)

Places

  • Etele út 59-61
    Budapest, Hungary (1119)

Date(s)

  • Friday, February 17, 2023

Keywords

  • Alexandre Kojève, violence, conflit, philosophie, guerre, hégélianisme

Contact(s)

  • Luis Javier Pedrazuela
    courriel : idoetaluisj [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Andreas Wilmes
    courriel : andreas [dot] wilmes [at] trivent-publishing [dot] eu

To cite this announcement

« Violence and Conflict in Alexandre Kojève’s works », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, November 14, 2022, https://calenda.org/1029698

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