CFP: Sleep and Wakefulness: A Dyadic Life

March 4-5, 2019, University of Milan

The dichotomy between Sleep and Wakefulness seems to be an unavoidable feature of human life. It has important implications both on human experience and biology. Our aim is to raise questions about Sleep and Wake in various research fields especially Analytic Philosophy, History of Philosophy and Science, Theoretical Philosophy and Neuroscience. We are particularly interested in linking those different approaches in this two days conference.

The conference will take place at the University of Milan, 4-5 March 2019. The event is open to all public, without registration fee. Travel grants (sponsored by the International Brain Research Organization) are available for applicants who can not ask a refund to their home institution. Two attendance travel grants (sponsored by the University of Milan) are available for those who wish to participate to conference.

Interested persons should send to the organizers a statement in which they explain the reasons of their interest in the grant, together with an informal financial disclosure (i.e. Why do you wish to participate? Why should the organizers fund your participation?) sending an e-mail to this website.

Call for papers

Session of History of Philosophy and Medicine

Keynote Speaker: Maria Michela Sassi (University of Pisa)

Sleep and wakefulness, alongside the closely related phenomena of dreams and divination through dreams, have since long been objects of analysis in the philosophical and in the medical tradition. Teachings by Plato and Aristotle on the one hand, and by Hippocrates and Galen on the other, sparked a lasting epistemological, psychological, and medical debates. Various approaches to the analysis of such topics can be seen at different stages, i.e., Greek, Arabic, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, of the history of philosophy before the Freudian interpretation of dreams. We are interested in discussing the themes of sleep and wakefulness in these different philosophical traditions, together with the entailed issue of the mind-body problem, and whether the inquiry into their nature was carried out in a purely philosophical, medical or interdisciplinary way. As well, we are interested in shedding light on how theological frameworks might have shaped the discussion of the truthfulness of knowledge attained by divination in dreams, vision, and prophecy. Furthermore, we are open to investigations of problems relative to the body-soul relation resulting from such epistemological and theological speculation. Papers should cover one of the following areas or topics:

  • Epistemological, psychological, and metaphysical problems raised by the theories of sleep and wakefulness and the reception at different stages of the history of philosophy of certain theories until but not without the Freudian contribution.
  • Medical analysis of the processes of sleep, wakefulness, and dreams from a history of medicine perspective.
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the discussion connecting philosophy of nature and history of medicine.
  • Theological implications of such concepts in different philosophical traditions.

We invite speakers to submit a 500 words abstract for a 30 minutes talk (plus 15 min discussion) on topics related to “Sleep and Wake: Dyadic Life.” The deadline has been extended until 15 January 2019.

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Posted: January 13, 2019