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Philosophy in Times of Crisis

Call for Applications

Theme: Philosophy in Times of Crisis
Subtitle: Theoretical Perspectives East and West
Type: International Summer School
Institution: University of Tübingen
Location: Tübingen (Germany)
Date: 9.–14.8.2021
Deadline: 1.1.2021

From Jan Hauke Behrendt <>

The summer school aims to bring together leading experts and junior
scholars from the fields of social and political theory as well as
Chinese philosophy. Our starting point is the frequently proclaimed
crisis of liberalism which is often taken to affect the very heart of
Western political values and identity. At the same time, public
debate frequently points to Chinese Philosophy as a rival approach in
political theorizing. It is our goal to move away from such an
antagonistic framing. Rather, we aim to explore what resources
thinkers from east and west have to offer in times of crisis.

We will conduct the discussion in three sessions, each of them
devoted to a different level of analysis. In the first section, we
will focus on macro-level social phenomena. Central questions we want
to discuss are: What is the understanding of central terms such as
“political stability” and “legitimacy” in Confucianism and liberal
political theory? How can political stability be combined with social
progress? What is the role of political crises in Western and Eastern
thinking and what can learn from this?

The second section is devoted to meso-level phenomena, with a special
focus on social and ethical roles, since roles are not only a central
theme in Confucian thinking but also in Western reflection on
political responsibility and civic education. Here, we want to
understand what position we can accord to roles in political theory.
In what ways can they be central to a “good” or stable society? How
can we reform roles that seem outdated and what does this mean for
social progress?

The third session will be devoted to individual-level phenomena.
Questions we want to discuss include: How can roles be habituated?
What are the mental resources that allow for this? How does the
concept of habitualized roles relate to the idea of individual

The keynote speakers for this event are:
Joseph Chan, Thomas Fröhlich, Sally Haslanger, Rahel Jaeggi, Sungmoon
Kim, Bernd Ladwig, Karyn Lai, Sor Hoon Tan, Tadeuz Zawidzki

We invite applications from doctoral and post-doctoral students for
participation in the event. A small number of slots is available for
participants to present their own work on issues related to the
overall theme of the summer school. Limited funding is available to
(partially) cover travel and accommodation costs.

To apply please send the following materials to

- A curriculum vitae (including list of publications)
- A brief letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
- If you want to apply for a presentation: An abstract (500 words) on
 the conferences’ topics with information on the thematic focus
 (macro, meso or micro).

The deadline for applications: January 1st, 2021

Organizing team:
Anja Berninger (University of Stuttgart), Hauke Behrendt (University
of Stuttgart), Wulf Loh (University of Tübingen), Tobias Störzinger
(University of Göttingen)