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DF, 2, 2017: The Science of Thought. Oswald Külpe’s Philosophical Realism, ed. by Chiara Russo Krauss

When Oswald Külpe untimely died 100 years ago, in 1915, at the age of 53, he was one of the most reputed and promising philosophers and psychologists of his time. As a psychologist, Külpe had established the Würzburg school, devoting himself to the experimental investigation of (imageless) thought. Besides that, Külpe contributed to general psychology, to the study of feelings, attention and many other topics. As a philosopher, Külpe developed Realism in an original and interesting manner. In his unfinished masterpiece Die Realisierung, he analyzes the intellectual path towards reality in the natural sciences, but also in the Geisteswissenschaften and metaphysics. His contributions to logic, ethics, aesthetics, together with his original interpretation of Kant’s thought and his discussion of contemporary German philosophy show his deep and partly still unexplored commitment to philosophy.
Unsurprisingly, Külpe’s legacy is manifold. Besides his critical relation to Wilhelm Wundt, his ideas influenced many psychologists and philosophers, including the young Martin Heidegger in his juvenile writing on the problem of reality.

Contributions concerning all of these aspects of Külpe’s thought are welcome. We aim at a definition of Külpe’s intellectual figure as a whole, including his role in the history of philosophy and of psychology, discussions of his theories and insights, his relationship with other personalities and his influence over them.

We welcome texts in Italian, English, French and German language. An english abstract of no more than 150 words must be included. Manuscripts will undergo a standard process of double blind review. Only original, unpublished manuscripts are eligible.
Please send your .doc or .docx anonymous file together with another document including your personal data to Riccardo Martinelli, University of Trieste, at the following e-mail address: <>.

Deadline: December 31, 2016
Decision: February 28, 2017
Final version: April 30, 2017.

We warmly recommend to notify in advance, after the publication of the call for papers, the intention to contribute.

Please note that the final version must be conform to the stylesheet and include, only if the case, the corrections or improvements that the referees may request.

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