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Call for papers n. LXI/1 - The Intellectual Intuition



Call for papers n. LXI/1 – The Intellectual Intuition.


Deadline: November 25, 2021


The editorial staff of the philosophy journal «Il Pensiero» selects original contributions in the form of essays and reviewsfor the issue dedicated to the topic:


The Intellectual Intuition.


The deadline for submitting contributions is November 25, 2021; the answer will be communicated by the editorial staff by February 28, 2022. Contributions must not exceed 45.000 characters, including spaces and notes, and must be accompanied by an abstract in English and Italian of up to 1200 characters and 5 keywords (in English and Italian).


The issue of the dossier is scheduled for April 2022.



Editors: Giannino Di Tommaso and Rocco Ronchi – University of L’Aquila.


Despite the seeming univocity that would appear to be inherent in it, the notion of “intellectual intuition” unveils a remakable semantic depth that covers an unsuspected and wide variety of meanings, even if we consider it with reference to a narrow time frame of its centuries-long history (from the end of the 18th to the first part of the 19th century), or to a geographical and cultural context limited to Germany alone. In that brief period, intellectual intuition came onto the picture of the German philosophical world establishing itself with impetuous rapidity and contributing significantly to shaping and orienting it. In the space of a few years, the notion went from designating a purely negative faculty, rigorously excluded from the human cognitive sphere and referable exclusively to a hypothetical divine intellect (Kant),to indicating an essential cognitive resource and an indispensable prerequisite in philosophy (Fichte), and soon became the exclusive tool and privileged apparatus for the construction of the idealistic philosophical system (Schelling). Hegel, on his part, after the initial provisional adhesion to intellectual intuition in Schelling's sense, will not delay in considering it a smoky expedient aimed at hiding the actual lack of thought and at avoiding the «effort of the concept», which authentic philosophical practice demands and which, instead, the constitutive immediacy of that notion cannot provide. Then, the fact that intellectual intuition has played an essential role not only in the development of the thought of the greatest exponents of classical German philosophy but also in different areas and liminary to the philosophical one, such as poetic creation and artistic activity in general (Hölderlin), considerably increases its interest and contributes to making it a precious and very fruitful object of investigation.


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