Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies
is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, international journal
dedicated to comparative thought. It seeks to explore common spaces and differences between philosophical traditions in a global context.
Without postulating cultures as monolithic, homogenous, or segregated wholes, it aspires to address key philosophical issues which bear on
specific methodological, epistemological, hermeneutic, ethical, social, and political questions in comparative thought.Confluence
aims to develop the contours of a philosophical understanding not subservient to dominant paradigms and provide a platform for diverse
philosophical voices, including those long silenced by dominant academic discourses and institutions. Confluence
also endeavors to
serve as a juncture where specific philosophical issues of global interest may be explored in an imaginative, thought-provoking, and pioneering
way. We welcome innovative and persuasive ways of conceptualizing, articulating, and representing intercultural encounters. Contributions
should be able to facilitate the development of new perspectives on current global thought-processes and sketch the outlines of salient future
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James Garrison (University of Vienna, Austria)
Robert Bernasconi (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Claudia Bickmann (University of Cologne, Germany), Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac University, USA),
Jonardon Ganeri (New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE), Raghunath Ghosh (University of North Bengal, India), Peter S. Groff (Bucknell University, USA), Paulin
Hountondji (Emeritus, National Universities, Benin), Heinz Kimmerle (Emeritus, University of Rotterdam, Netherlands), Michael Krausz (Bryn Mawr
College, USA), Ram Adhar Mall (Jena, Germany), Dismas Masolo (University of Louisville, USA), Lorraine Mayer (Brandon University, Canada), Seyyed
Hossein Nasr (George Washington University, USA), Frederick Ochieng Odhiambo (University of the West Indies, Barbados), Ryosuke Ohashi (Emeritus,
Kyoto University, Japan), Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown University, USA), Ofelia Schutte (Emerita, University of South Florida, USA), Lenart Škof
(University of Primorska, Slovenia), Georg Stenger (University of Vienna, Austria), Willie L. van der Merwe (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands /
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Franz Martin Wimmer (Emeritus, University of Vienna, Austria)
Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies
seeks to initiate and sustain a dialogue between comparative philosophers working in and on
diverse philosophical traditions. Towards this end Confluence
endeavors to provide a forum for those voices that have, till date, been sidelined
from mainstream philosophy. In an attempt at creating conditions that will enable and foster such a dialogue, the journal's editors believe that
standard ways of doing philosophy must be reconfigured by innovative formats. Standard scholarly articles (subjected to double blind reviewing) will
accordingly be complemented by symposia and autobiographical essays.
Symposia consist of scholars invited to engage in a dialogue on a topic relevant to comparative philosophy. The topic is set by the editors in close
collaboration with the symposium's anchor. The anchor opens the dialogue with an Introductory Statement
. In their commentaries, fellow symposiasts draw
upon the philosophical tradition in which they specialize. The anchor in turn replies to these. Symposium papers are carefully edited by Confluence's
editors. However, they are not peer-reviewed, the rationale being that the explicit lack of anonymity involved in this kind of dialogue is equally fruitful
in producing papers of high quality. Symposia offer participants a unique opportunity to engage with the work of colleagues working on similar topics in a
spirit of mutual learning and constructive criticism.
Autobiographical essays provide the opportunity for senior philosophers to reflect back on the trajectories of their philosophical lives. These essays
provide a glimpse into the personal motivations leading them to pursue cross-cultural philosophy, both in their home countries and elsewhere. In the
latter case especially, we hope the essays will reveal if and how integration into a foreign, academic system facilitated their turn to cross-cultural
philosophy. We also hope these narratives will be useful to younger scholars pursuing careers in comparative philosophy.
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We also welcome suggestions for future symposia. If you wish to actively support our project, by for example peer-reviewing or refereeing submissions, please send
us a short email with the following details: Name, Institutional Affiliation, Area of Specialization, List of Latest Publications.
Guidelines for Authors
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