Aristotle: Law, Reason and Emotion

Call for papers : Aristotle: Law, Reason and Emotion

The 2015 Conference of the International Association on Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR) in Washington (26 July to 1 August) has the theme Law, Reason and Emotion. We have been invited by Springer to make a proposal for a second book on Aristotle, this time with a specific focus on Law, Reason and Emotion. Like the first book, Aristotle and the Philosophy of Law: Theory, Practice and Justice (2013), we want to make also this time a book with a wide reach: from very specialized texts of scholars in Ancient Philosophy to texts which – although referring to Aristotle in a relevant way - treat the subject primarily from a contemporary legal or political perspective.

Workshop in Amsterdam on 19-21 November 2014

To make a first reconnaissance with the subject and to establish some common ground between the different disciplines, we will organize a workshop in Amsterdam on 19-21 November 2014.

We want to focus in the workshop and in the book on three areas:

- a treatment of emotions in Aristotle’s corpus;

- texts of Aristotle on emotion compared to texts of legal and political writers in his own time, like Lysias and Demosthenes;

- a comparison of the treatment of emotions in Aristotle’s theory with the work of one or two theorists on law, politics or psychology in more recent times or with the discourse of legal historians.

Those who want to present a paper will have to submit an abstract (max 500 words) before 1st of May 2014, and a full paper (max 10.000 words) before the 1st of September 2014. The papers will be distributed to all participants. The workshop will have the form of a round-table presentation and discussion. 

Admission for the workshop is free. Registration and contact:  All contributions for the workshop will be reviewed for the book and a proposal for Springer will be made.

We will invite some keynote speakers and will post a second call as soon as the invitations are accepted.

IVR conference 2015 in Washington

The special workshop on Aristotle and the Philosophy of Law will be organized for the fifth time at the IVR conference 2015, this time on the theme: Aristotle, law, reason and emotion. Next to the presentations of the papers of the Amsterdam workshop, there will be the possibility to submit new papers.

The new papers that are submitted for the special workshop at the IVR conference will also be reviewed for the book and can be inserted in the already proposed book. The final draft for the book can then be submitted to Springer shortly after the conference.


Nuno M. M. S. Coelho:  Lecturer in Ethics and Philosophy of Law at University of São Paulo,

Liesbeth Huppes-Cluysenaer: Research Director of a project on cultural legal heritage and comparative legal theory ( at the University of Amsterdam,

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