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CVS Series. John Benjamins – Amsterdam

Controversies in the contemporary world

Controversy is a ubiquitous phenomenon in human theoretical and practical life. It manifests itself in various forms, ranging from virulent polemics to polite and well-ordered discussion. It expresses dissent, and may either lead to irreconcilable conflicts or pave the way to conflict resolution.

It occurs in private and everyday social life, in the courtroom and in politics, as well as in science, the arts, philosophy, and theology. Wherever it occurs, controversy sharpens critical thinking and prevents mental and social stagnation. Rather than a peripheral phenomenon, controversy is the engine of intellectual and practical progress.

The progress and the evolution of science feeds the confrontation between opposing and often divergent views. However, one often tends to consider scientific theories as monologue acts belonging to a single individual or research group, quite apart from the contribution intrinsically received even from the theories opposed to one’s own.

In this volume, our intention is to investigate the role and the relevance attributed to controversies nowadays. Inspired by Marcelo Dascal’s theory of controversies, the volume includes studies in the theory of controversy or any of its salient aspects, studies of the history of controversy in its forms and their evolution, case studies of particular historical value or current controversies in any field or period, edited collections of documents of a given controversy or family of related controversies.

The general purpose of this volume is to identify a taxonomy of controversies, and also to sense a line of development for the phenomenon of controversies itself.

At the same time, we want to ask ourselves about the impact and the spread of controversies in the contemporary world, eminently intended as a heuristic element facilitating knowledge.

Furthermore, the aim of the volume is to provide the reader with a selection of current theoretical and practical perspectives on controversies, and to offer a broad picture of the complex range of definitions, meanings and practices connected to it, also giving voice to critical and intersectional positions.

Since controversy necessarily involves dialogue, manuscripts focusing exclusively on one position will not be considered.

We welcome chapter proposals focusing on the following topics, but not exclusively:

 

  • History of Controversies
  • Controversies Case Studies
  • Controversies in Art, Philosophy, Theology, Science
  • Controversies and Rhetoric
  • Controversies and Conflict Management
  • Controversies and Argumentation
  • Controversies about Ethics
  • Controversies about Politics
  • Controversies about Aesthetics
  • Controversies and Pragmatics
  • Controversies and Religion

 

Deadline details

Abstract Submission Deadline:  July 31th

Confirmation of Acceptance: September 1st

Complete Manuscript: November 1st

Review Report: February 1st

Reworked Manuscript Submission: March 31th

Publication: October 31st

Length of the manuscript: Manuscripts should contain no less than 7500 and no more than 8000 words, including notes and references.9000 – 1000 words

  • Proposals (original research) should be 400–500 words long and should be written in English. Non-native English speakers are advised to have their text checked by a native speaker before submission. In case of doubts regarding the consistency in the use of either British or American English, it is the prerogative of the editor ask the author, as a binding condition for the admission of the paper, to produce the Certificate Verification Key, by the American Journal Experts (www.aje.com).
  • All submissions should be sent to the editor of the series, Giovanni Scarafile (gscarafile@gmail.com)
  • After receiving the proposals, the editor of the series will select the approved papers.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions; and feel free to circulate this call for paper among those who may be interested.

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CVS Series. John Benjamins – Amsterdam

Dialogue and Controversies

From many points of view, dialogue is a concept taken for granted in many theoretical and practical areas.

However, as noted by the Jewish philosopher Abraham Kaplan, often there is a confusion between dialogue and “duologue.” The meaning of the neologism reveals how an authentic dialogue arises by the overcoming of a purely monological approach, based on the predominance of the ego, as a necessary condition to approximate the other.

The dialectic between the authentic and inauthentic component of the dialogue thus detects a different attitude toward otherness.

Such a dialectic has many common points with controversies which occur just at the moment in which a relational exchange is able to overcome the pretension of the hegemony exerted by one part on the other involved in the same exchange.

When that happens, according to Marcelo Dascal’s theory of controversies, a discussion or a dispute may evolve into a controversy in which the assertion of one’s point of view is implemented in a manner respectful of all interlocutors.

In this volume, we wish to investigate the controversial dimension inherent in each dialogue. For this reason, the aim of the volume is to provide the reader with a selection of current theoretical and practical perspectives on dialogue, and to offer a broad picture of the complex range of definitions, meanings and practices connected to it, also giving voice to critical and intersectional positions.

At the same time, we are interested to publish the latest researches devoted to authors who have dedicated their entire speculation to dialogue.

We welcome chapter proposals focusing on the following topics, but not exclusively:

  • Dialogue and Religion
  • Philosophy of Dialogue
  • Dialogue as a Practice
  • Anthropology of Dialogue
  • Philosophy of Listening
  • Dialogue and Politics

 

Deadline details

Abstract Submission Deadline:  July 31th

Confirmation of Acceptance: September 1st

Complete Manuscript: November 1st

Review Report: February 1st

Reworked Manuscript Submission: March 31th

Publication: October 31st

Manuscripts should contain no less than 7500 and no more than 8000 words, including notes and references.

  • Proposals (original research) should be 400–500 words long and should be written in English. Non-native English speakers are advised to have their text checked by a native speaker before submission. In case of doubts regarding the consistency in the use of either British or American English, it is the prerogative of the editor ask the author, as a binding condition for the admission of the paper, to produce the Certificate Verification Key, by the American Journal Experts (www.aje.com).
  • All submissions should be sent to the editor of the series, Giovanni Scarafile (gscarafile@gmail.com)
  • After receiving the proposals, the editor of the series will select the approved papers.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions; and feel free to circulate this call for paper among those who may be interested.

 

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

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