and the Problems of
Thought, Language, and Culture

Call for Student Papers

Date: December 4-6, 2014
Location: Claremont, California
Submissions Due: Monday, September 15
Email to Joseph Petek ()

The Whitehead Research Project (WRP) is hosting a major international event that will provide the opportunity to reconsider Whitehead’s Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect, convening a number of the leading figures working on Whitehead who also acknowledge the importance of symbols more generally.

Symbolism is often thought to be of little relevance given the similar and integrated considerations of Process and Reality. Yet, Symbolism is unique in several ways: it relates the question of symbolization to a complex interference of modes of perception; it integrates language—whether written or spoken—into its field of manifestations, and it harbors the only example of a direct application of Whitehead's theory of prehension to issues of the construction of human society and, indirectly, ecology. Its mentioning of three social revolutions—American, French, and English—as well as its refutation of a social-contract theory, its psychological allusions in between physiology and society, and its persistent silence on God, demonstrates the uniqueness of this lecture series.


WRP invites PhD student submissions on the topic of Whitehead’s Symbolism.  Submissions should be in the form of full-length papers and must make a philosophical contribution.  Accepted papers will be distributed to the conference participants to be read prior to the conference.  At the conference, students will have short period in which to present their ideas.  Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words. All papers and abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to the co-organizer of the conference, , no later than September 15th.

Submissions should include:

  • Your paper (with no identifications of the author within the text)
  • Abstract (also without identifications)
  • A separate cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, telephone number, e-mail address and mailing address.