Call for Papers: Philosophy at Play

Conference: Philosophy at Play

Date: 12th & 13th April 2011

Location: University of Gloucestershire, UK

This will be an inter-disciplinary conference focusing on philosophical aspects of play.

The deadline for the submission of a 300-500 word abstract is the 11th October 2010. Notifications of acceptance / rejection will be sent by 30th November 2010. The full programme will be announced in January 2011.

Please email abstracts to

First Call For Papers:

Many philosophers have had something to say about play, and their ideas are as diverse and contradictory as play itself. Variations operate across time (ancient, modern and postmodern), place (‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ philosophies and points in between) and discipline (epistemology, ethics, metaphysics and so on). Yet rarely are the names or work of key thinkers evident in policy or practitioner discussions about play. This conference aims to build disciplinary and paradigmatic bridges between scholars of philosophy and scholars of play, particularly children’s play. Papers might include, but are not limited to:

· Philosophers on play

· Play in philosophy: ancient, modern and postmodern

· Play and aesthetics

· Play and power

· Play and freedom

· Play, space and time

· The dialectics of play

· Play, ethics and morality

· Game studies

· Philosophy of play as applied philosophy

· Philosophy of playwork

· Political philosophy, childhood and play

For further information or if you have any questions, please email

More information about the conference, including cost, venue and accommodation, will be provided at a later date.

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