The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest is calling for papers on the Philosophy of Philokalia for an issue dedicated to this topic.

Philokalia is a collection of spiritual edification texts compiled by Sts Makarius of Korinth and Nikodemus the Hagiorite (first publication: Venice, 1782; started being published in Romanian in 1946). The collection, which is still used today in private and in public readings, especially during communal gatherings in Orthodox Christian Monasteries, is of specific interest to philosophers not only because it relates to some of the key texts in Orthodox Patristic literature on the soul, the heart and the unification of body and soul, but also because it illuminates key metaphysical issues in Orthodox Philosophy of Religion, such as the nature of divine energeiai and how they differ from ancient Greek and medieval concepts of illumination and union with God.

The list of potential related topics below is indicative of the breadth and scope of potential contributions (and is by no means restrictive).

-Metaphysics and the Philokalia (nature of heart and nous, energeiai, God, process of deification; Nature and Mysticism in Philokalia; soul and death in Philokalia- the artificial and the natural in Philokalia)

-Epistemology and the Philokalia (ways of knowing God in Philokalia; ways of knowing the true self; relation of Freedom and Askesis to Knowledge; the role of the spiritual father in knowing God)

-Ethics and the Philokalia (ancient Greek Ethics and the Philokalic texts; Love and Eros in Philokalia; nepsis, compunction and freedom as preconditions of Ethics in Philokalia; the rope of spiritual father in doing good; protection of the Natural Environment and the role of Nature in salvation; Hesychastic Ethics ).

-Aesthetics and the Philokalia (ancient Greek aesthetic theories and the Philokalic texts; the Ethics and the Aesthetics of Philokalia; differences and similarities between Ethics and Aesthetics in Philokalia; Hesychastic Aesthetics).

-Political and Legal Philosophy and the Philokalia (ancient Greek political theories and monastic life and society in Philokalia; ways of transforming communities and social relationships through the Philokalic texts; culture and civilisation in Philokalia; equality, social freedom and political liberty in Philokalia; legality and morality in the Philokalic texts).

The Philosophy of Philokalia special issue will be published in the journal „The Annals of the University of Bucharest – Philosophy Series” (which is indexed by Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection’s Emerging Sources Citation Index – ESCI, EBSCOhost, Philosopher’s Index with Full Text, ERIH Plus, The Central and Eastern European Online Library – C.E.E.O.L and DOAJ; see for further info This special issue will be edited by a committee of specialists in the field led by Professor Viorel Vizureanu (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucarest, Romania), Professor Dan Chitoiu (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Iasi, Romania) and Dr. C. Athanasopoulos (Open University, UK).

Contacts: Professor Vizureanu ( and Dr C. Athanasopoulos (

Deadlines: Send a short CV (of no more than 150 words) and an abstract (of no more than 300 words) of your contribution by February 1st, 2020. Full papers (of no more than 12,000 words) are due by 30.11.2020.