CFP – Pli (Warwick)

Posted on April 11, 2007


Pli invites submissions for the next volume (Volume 19) which will be concerned with the notions of sense and nonsense.

‘The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.’

Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

‘In order to be able to draw a limit to thought, we should have to find both sides of the limit thinkable (i.e. we should have to be able to think what cannot be thought). It will therefore only be in language that the limit can be drawn, and what lies on the other side of the limit will simply be nonsense.’

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosphicus

‘Philosophy must be ontology, it cannot be anything else; but there is no ontology of essence, there is only an ontology of sense.’

Gilles Deleuze, Review of Logic and Existence

The question of the nature of sense, it’s genesis, its limits, and its relationship with its ever-present other, nonsense, is a question that connects a wide range of thinkers and traditions. Whether approached from a literary, psychoanalytic, structuralist, logical, or eminently philosophical perspective, the notion of sense occupies a unique role in philosophical discourse. In a time when philosophy is turning back from its linguistic turn, what new opportunities do sense and nonsense still hold? Can there be a truly ontological account of sense? This issue will be concerned with these problems. We would particularly welcome papers on literary authors, the Stoics, Hegel, Nietzsche, Derrida, Blanchot, Nancy, Merleau-Ponty, Wittgenstein and Deleuze.

Examples of topics that could be covered by papers are:

– Deleuze and the paradoxes of sense
– Sense and event
– The phenomenology of nonsense
– Sense contra essence
– Sense and Being in Hegel
– Stoic conceptions of sense
– Wittgenstein and nonsense
– Literary engagements with the limits of sense (Beckett, Carroll, etc.)

Submissions, no longer than 8,000 words, should be sent in the form of a single hard copy, plus a copy on disk as a Word or RTF file. Alternatively, we accept submissions by email to: . We only accept articles and will not review abstracts. The deadline for submissions is 30th July 2007. Please refer to the “Notes for Contributors” on this website. Include an e-mail address if possible for future correspondence.

Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy,
Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK