International Conference “Philosophy for/with Children Inside and Outside of School”

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International Conference of Philosophy for/with Children

“Philosophy for/with Children Inside and Outside of School”


University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

October 28 – 29, 2022


Philosophy for/with Children (P4/wC) emerged in the 1970s as an educational program designed to encourage students to think for themselves. Through the efforts of philosophers and educators, P4/wC has spread to over 80 countries on all continents, being practiced at the moment both inside and outside of school. Suitably, new practices have developed, some continuing but others being quite different from the initial approach (Lipman et al.).

This conference is an invitation to reflect on how all those concerned with P4/wC do philosophy in the classroom and/or other environments. The main objective of the conference is to question the practices of philosophy with/for children inside and outside of school, regardless of whether philosophy has or does not have a place in the curriculum and whether teachers and parents encourage or discourage children to think for themselves.

The International Conference “Philosophy with/for Children inside and outside of school” will take place in Bucharest, Romania, on October 28 and 29, 2022, under the auspices of CIVIS.


  • Department of Practical Philosophy and History of Philosophy
  • Center for Education in Philosophy


  • LIDILEM Laboratory (Laboratoire de linguistique et didactique des langues étrangères et maternelles), University of Grenoble-Alpes

The working languages of the Conference are English, French, and Romanian.

The conference will be in a hybrid format.

The login links will be sent by e-mail to the registered people.



  • La philosophie avec les enfants et les adolescents: une double visée, démocratique et philosophique, MICHEL TOZZI, Honorary University Professor in Educational Sciences at the Paul-Valéry University of Montpellier. President of the People’s University in Narbonne
  • The role of moral problems and moral dilemmas in the Community of Philosophical Inquiry, FÉLIX GARCÍA MORIYÓN, Honorary professor of the Department of Specific Didactics of the Autonomous University of Madrid
  • La philosophie pour enfants: finalités, objectifs, démarches, FRANÇOIS GALICHET, Honorary Professor at the University of Strasbourg
  • Enjeux politiques et éthiques de la philosophie avec les enfants, EDWIGE CHIROUTER, University Professor, Philosophy of Education, University of Nantes. INSPE. CREN. Holder of the UNESCO Chair for “Philosophy Practices with Children: An Educative Basis for Intercultural Dialogue and Social Transformation”
  • Après 20 ans à mener des recherches sur la pratique du dialogue philosophique: quel bilan en tirer, quels défis à relever?, MATHIEU GAGNON, Professor at Department of Preschool and Primary Education, University of Sherbrooke (Québec)
  • Key questions for Philosophy with children – A philosophy didactical approach for teacher education, BETTINA BUSSMANN, Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy KGW of the University of Salzburg
  • L’apport des chercheures pour l’animation de dialogues philosophiques dans la cité, ANDA FOURNEL, Teacher – Researcher at the Department of Language Sciences & LIDILEM Laboratory, Grenoble Alpes University / JEAN-PASCAL SIMON, Associate Professor at the Department of Language Sciences & LIDILEM Laboratory, Grenoble Alpes University
  • Beyond the confines of the usual speaking and of the usual thinking. Practicing philosophy with children using the philosophical classics as starting points, LUCA MORI, Ph.D., Lecturer of History of Philosophy at the University of Pisa, Degree Course in Sciences and techniques in clinical and health psychology
  • Comment sont traitées les questions des enfants eux-mêmes dans une école où la philosophie est absente ?, MARIN BĂLAN, Ph.D., Lecturer at the Department of Practical Philosophy and History of Philosophy, The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Director of the Center of Education in Philosophy


  • P4/wC practices and other philosophical practices
  • Practical philosophy and P4/wC
  • Challenges and possibilities in P4/wC inside and outside of school
  • P4/wC practices: European experiences
  • P4/wC practices: Romanian experiences
  • Pedagogical aspects of the P4/wC practices
  • The place and role of P4/wC practices in school (primary and secondary)
  • P4/wC practices in the public space (outside school)
  • Critical, creative, and caring thinking in P4/wC practices
  • P4/wC practices in the online version: advantages and disadvantages

If you have study interests in P4/wC, we invite you to propose one presentation for one of these sessions.


  • Presentations will be scheduled for 30 minutes (including discussion).
  • A presentation can be given in English, French, or Romanian.
  • An author can propose only one presentation, but a presentation can have several authors; no extra time will be allocated for a contribution with several authors.
  • You can prepare a short PowerPoint presentation of the material.


  • Presentation proposals should have an abstract format.
  • All abstracts must be written in English, regardless of the language in which the presentation is given.
  • Your abstract should contain the following elements:
    • Theme/Topic proposed for exploration
    • Whether you intend to present in person or virtually
    • The title of your presentation
    • Abstract body (around 300 words)
    • Key-words: 4-5 words or phrases
  • Abstracts should be accompanied by a short CV, also including some details about the author(s):
  1. Full first and family name(s)
  2. Professional affiliation(s)
  3. City, country
  4. Contact details: e-mail address
  • Please prepare a variant for blind review, with all self-reference and personal data suppressed.
  • All documents (abstract, abstract variant for blind review, and CV) must be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.docx or .doc) only, via e-mail, to the e-mail address:

Clarifications regarding the submission of abstracts

  1. Only proposals whose topics correspond to the theme of the conference are accepted.
  2. Every submission is checked for plagiarism before being sent for review.
  3. The organizers reserve the right to change the Theme/Topic under which the abstract was originally submitted.


  • Abstract submission deadline: September 20, 2022
  • Abstract submission will be open on September 1, 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection: October 5-10, 2022
  • The Conference schedule will be posted around October 20, 2022.
  • Listeners Registration (participating in the conference without presentation): October 23-25, 2022.
  • Conference Days: October 28-29, 2022


Viorel Vizureanu (President), Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania

Vihren Buzov, Professor, Vice-Rector for Quality Management and Accreditation, Head of Department of Philosophical Sciences, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Eugenia Bogatu, Associate Professor. Department of Philosophy and Anthropology, Faculty of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova, Republic of Moldova

Jean-Pascal SIMON, Associate Professor, Department of Language Sciences & LIDILEM Laboratory, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Cristian Iftode, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Practical Philosophy and History of Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania



Marin Balan (Director), Ph.D., Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania / Director of the Center for Education in Philosophy

Anda Fournel, Ph.D., Teacher – Researcher, Department of Language Sciences & LIDILEM Laboratory, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Lilian Ciachir, Scientific Collaborator and Coordinator of the activities and programs of the UNESCO Chair, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania


Marin Bălan

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania


  • The activities of the conference will take place in a hybrid format.
  • The University of Bucharest does not cover any costs for participants.
  • The conference is not funded or sponsored.
  • No fee for participation.
  • Photography, video, or audio recording of the presentations and/or distribution of the Conference material is prohibited unless written permission has been acquired.

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Programul Font-End Masterclass poate fi vizualizat mai jos. Participantii care parcurg cu succes cele 6 sesiuni de training-uri vor primi certificate de participare. 

Inscrierile se realizeaza prin completarea formularului de AICI, pana luni, 21 februarie 2022.

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  • 21 februarie – 6.00PM – 7.30PM | Ce este HTML și când îl utilizăm

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CfP: Hybrid Inclusive Approaches to the Medical Humanities Summer School Athens, May 25-28th, 2022

CIVIS network, the University of Athens, the Autonomous University of Madrid, and the University of Bucharest are pleased to announce the launch of the hybrid Inclusive Approaches to the Medical Humanities, the first CIVIS summer school on medical humanities.

Taking place in person in the ancient philosophers’ historic sites of Athens, from May 25th to May 28th, 2022, as well as online, this summer school welcomes undergraduate, Master, and PhD students from the fields of healthcare (medicine, dentistry, midwifery, nursing) and humanities (philosophy, history of medicine). Participants will learn to balance the scientific part of medicine with the humane and humanistic part of it through medical and health humanities concepts. Consequently, they will deepen the understanding of the current challenging problems within modern medical practice to enhance the doctor-patient relationship and diminish the burnout syndrome as students and future healthcare providers. 

Speakers will offer specific lectures providing examples of applied medical humanities based on their expertise and experience. The tentative list of main subjects is:



Stigma in Pandemics (Past-present-future)

Historical point of view


Marianna Karamanou (Athens)

Jonathan McFarland (Madrid)

Valentina Gazzaniga (Rome)

Ourania Varsou (Glasgow)

Accessing Bio-Medical Information Resources and Communicating in a Healthcare Setting

Anamaria Nicola and Octavia Madge (Bucharest)

Narrative Medicine

Gavin Miller (Glasgow)

Katja Herges (Tübingen)

Lisa Kall (Stockholm)

Current Ethical Challenges of Biomedical Research/Genome Editing

Emanuel Socaciu and Constantin Vică (Bucharest)

Garðar Árnason and Oliver Feeney (Tübingen)

Metacognition in Medical Practice

and Education

Gabriela Florea and Ioan Mirea (Bucharest)


For in-person participants:

  • 1 ECTS credit will be given for completing all planned learning activities and answering a questionnaire on the final day of the program.
  • The program will also include extracurricular activities such as visiting relevant sites for the history of medicine and philosophy in Athens.
  • CIVIS network will offer 20 mobility scholarships for partner universities’ participants (Aix-Marseille University, University of Bucharest, Free University of Brussels, Autonomous University of Madrid, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Stockholm, University of Tubingen).

Also, online participation is limited to a certain number.

All submissions, either for in-person or online participation, should be sent at no later than March 15th, 2022.

Please include:

  • CV (including University affiliation, field, major, GPA, awards, recognition) – in English

Short essay (2,000 words maximum) in which the applicant will offer a personal answer to the question “How are the medical humanities important to the 21st Century?” – in English

CfP: Rethinking Modernity – Transitions and Challenges

Call for presentations
Rethinking Modernity – Transitions and Challenges International conference
Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy,

CCIIF – The Research Center for the History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas


According to the general historical perspective of philosophy, modernity refers to a large period of time that has its beginnings at the heart of the Renaissance and the age of Cartesian rationalism. At a first glimpse, modernity has been deeply rooted on the principle of subjectivity as the source of knowledge, senses, wills and actions. Therethrough, modern philosophy consecrated the perspective that the subject, depicted as the creative force capable to secure the order and the structure of knowledge – might perform cultural, social and political actions by engaging ideals prescribed both by the power of reason – for Early Modernity – and by the association of intellective and sensitive capacities – for Late Modernity. However, this rigorous and systematic approach of modernity became later on complicated, suffering certain transitions and amendments raised especially by Nietzsche’s and Heidegger’s philosophical works, challenging “modern theories” to embody a new way of thinking for which traditional “fundaments” should be absent. This new understanding which became symptomatic for postmodernist philosophers considered modernity as:

  1. A historical homogenous era, dominated by the ideal of a historical evolution of human thought as a continuous vision on temporality, strengthened by the use of reason as an infallible source of knowledge;
  2. An ethos determined by a nomological order prescribed by reason considered as a fundamental source to access principles;
  3. A self-legitimation of scientific knowledge, in the spirit of Thomas Kuhn.

However, as Rossi claims in his Comparison between modern and postmodern ideas (1989), we cannot tackle the multiple understandings of modernity and its cognitive approaches without evaluating the impact of Bacon’s “idols”, that reflected, in the spirit of the beginning of modernity, reductive and illusionary images. In fact, debates referring to the use of reason, the complexity of the subject, the ambiguity of sciences and the contribution of technology to the new spirit of our era are not “dogmatic”, as postmodernism rather claimed. Such debates reflected a deep awareness of the historical and social continuous dynamics that created multiple – and sometimes, contradictory – conditions for different philosophical traditions, that have not been excused of transitive processes, conceptual challenges and critical clashes, complicating any hermeneutical attempt of deconstructing modernity as a whole (as Derrida or Gadamer rightfully observed). Transitivity capacitates not only cultural realms, values and norms, but also logical relationships that engage core-notions such as identity, equality, temporal succession, spatial movement. These transitions affect the power of discourses and propositional knowledge to prescribe the norms and values of truth.

The linguistic analysis has been challenged to address those changes that take place between an active and a passive propositional knowledge. In the generative grammar of Noam Chomsky, transformation is an operation capable of projecting a syntactic structure in terms of another syntactic structure. As communication has been reshaped, spirituality faced, at its turn, new milestones, partially impacting the rise of capitalism and the ascetical value of work, as Weber would argue. Religious modernity reflects the Christian heritage facing modern andcontemporary manifestations of culture and science, whereas the Jewish modernism of the 19th century accelerates social and cultural changes of modern European societies.

As Early and Late Modernity dispute their authority on different ideologies – Rationalism, Enlightenment, Romanticism – and cultural revolutions – from which the Renaissance and the Rise of the Protestant Reform are the most notorious – artistic modernity and the 19th century confront the rise of authoritarian regimes and the effects of the Industrial Revolution: Baudelaire, in the name of artistic modernity, and the tradition of the Frankfurt School, in the name of post-industrial societies, are the most reputed figures that explained this particular historical time.

Last, but not least, this social and political dynamics reframed the centres and peripheries of the modern world. Imm. Wallerstein indicated the role played by economic processes in creating the system of global economy which is still active nowadays and which is based on a complex balance between states of the centre and those belonging to the periphery. This system is dominated by the extension of a central influence that creates a pole of trends, values and beliefs that are widespread progressively by engaging mimetic reactions of underdeveloped communities facing the success of progressist societies. Modernity overcomes, therefore, a powerful wave of Western commitments that created the idea that modernity has, by all means, an Occidental paternity, and a holistic trend of centralising and uniformalising lifestyles, that made possible globalization.

Taking into consideration such aspects of transitions and challenges addressed to modern thought we invite you to take part at the international conference Rethinking Modernity – Transitions and Challenges. Participants are welcomed to submit papers that originally and creatively address topics from any philosophical area: Practical and theoretical philosophy, philosophy of culture, philosophy of art, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion etc.

Considering the impact of the COVID-19 on education, philosophical trends and social challenges, we invite scholars and researchers to submit papers to a special panel on Modern responses to pandemic challenges.

Deadline: Participants are welcomed to submit the applications (abstracts of 300 words and a short narrative CV) by the end of 20th February at Evaluation results will be communicated by the end of February. The conference is scheduled on April 8, 2022.

CFP: Transhumanist future trends: a world depicted by cyborgs, bio-enhancement and gene technologies

Special Issue of The Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophy Series:

Transhumanist future trends: a world depicted by cyborgs, bio-enhancement and gene technologies

The Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophy Series will devote its further issue to a special volume inspired by the most recent book of Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, We have always been cyborgs (Bristol University Press, 2021[1]). Sorgner’s account tries to highlight new perspectives on trans- and posthumanism, focused on three major thematic realms: Digital Data, Gene Technologies, and the Ethics of Transhumanism.

Authors interested in submitting their contributions for evaluation in order to be published in No 2, Issue 71, scheduled for 2022, are kindly asked to develop original articles, unpublished previously elsewhere, by following the editorial protocol of the journal[2], on the following, but not restricted, topics inspired by Sorgner’s book:

  • AI, brain-computer interfaces, genetic technologies, life extension
  • Critical aspects of transhumanism linked with digitalization
  • Human perfection, cyborgs, bio-enhancement, uploaded minds, immortality
  • Pessimistic and nihilistic turns of transhumanism
  • Norms, values and utopias inspired by transhumanism
  • Philosophical determinations of policy-making standards for contemporary digital culture and gene ethics
  • Personal and political interests in data collection
  • Panoptical effects of the virtual world
  • Bio-enhancement as key-solution to reduce violence and increase empathy and solidarity

Book reviews that critically address different hermeneutical insights of Stefan Lorenz Sorgner`s volume, We have always been cyborgs, are welcome, too.

Deadline and publication details

Articles and reviews should be submitted to the next e-mail addresses, and, by the 1st of September, 2022. After a process of double-blind peer review, articles will be scheduled for publication, forthcoming no later than November 1st, 2022.

The Annals of the University of Bucharest – Philosophy series, is a philosophical open-access research journal, published by the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy.

The Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophical series, is a scholarly double blind peer reviewed journal. The journal publishes articles considered of relevance for those interested in the field of philosophy and is addressed both to the Romanian and international philosophical community, with a special accent on East- and Central-European area.

The Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophical series, is devoted to the exploration of different topics of Philosophy.

Currently the journal is indexed by ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index – Web of Science), EBSCOhostPhilosopher’s Index with Full Text , ERIH PLUSCEEOLDOAJ.




After Justice: John Rawls’ Legacy in the 21st Century – CfP

University of Bucharest, 5 and 6 November 2021

Call for papers

Abstract submission new date: June 30, 2021.

“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought.”

2021 marks the centennial of John Rawls’s birth and the 50th anniversary of A Theory of Justice’s publication. Rawls’s role in reviving substantial normative interrogations in political philosophy has long been acclaimed by moral and political philosophers, as well as by economists, political scientists, and legal theorists. Even while Rawls himself was rather reluctant to engage directly with ongoing critique of, or answers to, current events, much of the scholarship that he has inspired has massively extended his conceptual distinctions and insights, lines of argument, justificatory structures, and vocabulary, to cover increasing domains in the humanities and social sciences. Our conference explores the legacy of John Rawls and the various ways in which his philosophical thought can be used to understand the transformative political events and crises of the contemporary world that have brought a renewed set of interrogations and have changed the social and political landscape.

Keynote speakers
: Katrina Forrester (Harvard University), Rex Martin (University of Kansas), Bruce Haddock (Cardiff University), and Peri Roberts (Cardiff University).

We welcome all paper contributions addressing Rawls’ philosophical legacy, but are especially interested in the following range of topics:

  • Political philosophy:
    • Ideal vs. non-ideal theory (civil disobedience, structural injustice, racial and gender injustice);
    • Critiques of and alternatives to contractualism;
    • Normative ethics and normative political theory;
    • Methodology of normative reasoning in political philosophy (e.g., models of public reason and justification, thought experiments and political critique);
    • Democratic theory;
    • Pluralism and democratic institutions.
  • Social philosophy:
    • Debates about the constitutive elements of practices and institutions of justice (e.g, subject-matter of justice, types of distributive goods; individualism vs. holism);
    • Luck, equality of opportunity and social justice;
    • Social practices and social critique; new social movements: feminism, anti-racism and post-colonial studies, multiculturalism, environment;
    • Conceptual and normative analyses of the state, institutions, and rules and rule-following;
    • Critique of the capitalist Welfare State, Property-Owning-Democracy, Basic Income, Stakeholder Society, Pre-distribution versus redistribution.
  • Legal philosophy:
    • Natural law vs. legal positivism;
    • Constitutionalism and rule of law;
    • Global and international justice;
    • The genealogy of rights.
  • Moral philosophy:
    • Applied ethics and ethical theory;
    • Methodology of moral reasoning (e.g. reflective equilibrium, division of normative labor, burdens of judgment);
    • Meta-ethics, constructivism, intuitionism;
    • Moral psychology (e.g. the linguistic analogy, virtues of moral insight);
    • History of ethics and moral thought. Kant, Mill, Sidgwick.

The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (including 4 to 5 keywords from the list of topics above) and should be sent to the following address: Please indicate your institutional affiliation alongside the abstract.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online.

Important dates
Abstract submission: J̶u̶n̶e̶ ̶1̶5̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶1̶, June 30, 2021.
Notifications: August 15, 2021.
Conference: November 5 and 6, 2021.

Global Justice Seminar, November 6, 2021: A roundtable on how to achieve fairness in the global COVID-19 vaccine distribution conducted by Thomas Pogge (Yale University).

Publishing opportunities
We intend to publish one special issue in Public Reason, and another one in the Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophy series. Depending on the papers, maybe also one special issue in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

The Scientific Committee members are Onora O’Neill (University of Cambridge), Catherine Audard (London School of Economics), Ovidiu Caraiani (University Politechnica of Bucharest), Adrian Miroiu (The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration), Adrian Paul Iliescu (University of Bucharest), Romulus Brâncoveanu (University of Bucharest), Eugen Huzum (Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch).

Convenors: Dorina Pătrunsu (University of Bucharest), Camil Pârvu (University of Bucharest), Andrei Poama (Leiden University), Nicolae Dobrei (The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration), Emilian Mihailov (University of Bucharest), Constantin Vică (University of Bucharest), and Radu Uszkai (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies).