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Raymond Ruyer

Special issue of Philosophia Scientiæ  21/2 (juin 2017)

Guest editors: Fabrice Colonna (Paris), Fabrice Louis (Laboratoire d’Histoire des Sciences et de Philosophie – Archives Henri-Poincaré – UMR 7117)

Submission Deadline: 01/05/2016

Acceptance Notification: 01/09/2016

Nearly thirty years after Raymond RUYER’s death, in 1987, his work is still under the influence of a paradox. He has been revealed to the public by La Gnose de Princeton, a philosophical hoax where the philosopher described his view of the world. Yet, since then, experts’ questions about the ontology have little studied the originality of its forms of monism.

This call for papers aims to amend part of this deficit. We therefore submit to researchers to write from the following topic: what makes Ruyer’s monism so special? The way he “returns materialism,” or he develops his critique of dualism with its key concepts (form, absolute domain, self-fly, trans-space-time dimension) may be specified by confronting Ruyer with other authors.

Examples can include but are not limited to: Leibniz for his monadology, Bergson for his concept of perception, Simondon for its design information, Wittgenstein for his criticism of the internalism, Dennett (for the first part of the Ruyer’s work … ).

But we can also question more precisely on the influences that allowed his philosophy to evolve. The most important of these developments is the one which occurs between his Esquisse d’une philosophie de la Structure (1930) and La conscience et le corps (1937). He turned to finalism while defending a few years earlier the mechanism. Some articles published during this period allow us to understand this evolution.

Finally it is useful to ask whether the arguments used “to return materialism”, physicalism more generally, are still relevant. Bearing in mind the evolution of knowledge in biology, artificial intelligence, his books (La Genèse des formes vivantes et La Cybernétique et l’origine de l’information ), we can ask ourselves if his arguments are still compelling?

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in French, or English, and prepared for anonymous peer review.

  • Abstracts in French and English of 200-300 words in length should be included.

  • Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters (spaces and footnotes included).

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