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Call for papers "Ethics of play"

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Call for papers "Ethics of play"

Time: November 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Event Type: conference
Organized By: Alice Koubová
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2014

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The conference’s goal is to open a discussion on the mutual resonances and confrontations among different approaches to what could be called the Ethics of play. These approaches use play as an essential framework, ontological model, or the very form of reality in which ethics may be approached, structured, manifested or achieved.

The notion of play is pervasive in contemporary philosophy. To mention but a few manifestations, Heidegger, in Einleitung in die Philosophie, considered the possibility of defining Dasein’s being-in-the world as play, a concept that overcomes the opposition between subject and object. Fink’s ethics is fundamentally situated in play as a symbol of the world. Gadamer understands play as a medium of co-existence in which one may sustain transformation through dialogue.  Sartre referred to play as the fundamental attitude that can free us from the oppressive “spirit of seriousness”.  Wittgenstein’s language games open a new space of meaning where ethics cannot be expressed but which still manifests a tendency in the human mind that must be deeply respected. Badiou’s ethics of play is an imperative for the subject to be a-substantial in order to uncover the nomadic dimension of human existence. The theory of performativity seeks the capacity of the ungrounded subject to give an account of itself through permanent (critical) engagement in power games. In critical theory play may serve as an instrument of emancipation thanks to its ability to demystify ideologies and the tyranny of the everyday. Let us also mention the essential connections of this subject with an ethics of ambiguity (Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty), with relational ethics and the ethics of care, as well as with enactivism.

These approaches, although different, share a common feature: respect for what is happening, for reality in play, for the other, and for the world rather than dominance over the real and oneself through individual voluntarism. They all challenge sheer realism and lead beyond the classical distinction between gnôsis, praxis and poïésis. Thanks to the fact that play provides a very particular distance from reality, relief from excessive requirements on responsibility might test the malleability and potentialities of social and gender roles, and enable the maintenance of critical thinking combined with the structuration of a specific order of acting/decision making.


Please send your 200-word proposals for 20-minute-long presentations to the following e-mail address:, no later than June 30, 2014.

We shall inform you on the submission’s reception by July 15, 2014.


On behalf of the organizing team:

Annabelle Dufourcq (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague)       

Alice Koubová (Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)


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