Conference Guidelines

The questions we are thrilled to answer during the one day conference at John Felice Rome Center are the following:

1. What is the meaning of values? What is the role of values within the definition of our own identity? How does their meaning change within a political context? Do politics and aesthetics affect our moral identity? What is the role of values within the state of nature?

2. According to Marcuse: Art cannot change the world, but it can contribute to changing the consciousness and drives of the men and women who could change the world. Following Adorno's and Marcuse's arguments, how does art accomplish its primary task of raising human consciousness against the reified world of commodities?

3. Nietzsche's philosophy was heavily influenced by Schopenhauer's theory, yet Nietzsche completely disagreed on two fundamental issues in aesthetics: the role of disinterestedness in the aesthetic experience and the role of genius in artistic creations. On what grounds is this disagreement based? How was Nietzsche able to subvert Schopenhauer's position? Which perspective do you find more sustainable?


Submission Information

- We welcome papers and respondents that will reflect on the writings of any philosopher, especially on those of Plato, St. Augustine, Locke, Hume, Hobbes, Marx, Nietzsche, Adorno, Arendt, Sen and Marcuse. We will consider submissions of high quality in any area of philosophy, especially those related to aforementioned authors.

-  All submissions must be prepared for blind review. The paper must have no identifying information

- Submitted papers must be no more than 2500 words in length

- Each talk should not exceed 15 minutes

- Submitted papers must be received as .doc, .docx or .pdf files no later than 30 October, 2013 (email to

- Submitted papers must be received as .doc, .docx or .pdf files no later than 8 November, 2013 (email to