The International Philosophy Colloquia Evian address themselves
to philosophers who are interested in having multilingual discussions
(in French, English, and German) across and beyond the bounds
of philosophical schools and traditions. Participants in the Colloquium
may give talks and/or take part in the discussion without contributing
work of their own in the strict sense.
Aims: The Colloquium seeks an atmosphere of intensive philosophical
discussion. To this end the number of participants will be restricted
to approximately 25, and the schedule of sessions will entail
short paper-reading times and lengthy discussion periods. In this
way a maximal amount of time will be set aside for philosophical
discussion. All participants take part in the Colloquium during
the whole week. As a general rule, it is not possible to restrict
your attendance to selected days of the Colloquium.
Languages: The languages of the Colloquium are German,
English and French. Passive mastery of the three languages
of the Colloquium (French, German, and English), at least sufficient
so as to follow presentations and discussions in each of them,
is indispensable and a necessary condition of participation!
In discussions, participants are encouraged to speak whatever
of the three language they feel most at home in all the time,
regardless of the language of the talk that is being discussed.
Thus, the discussions of the colloquium will potentially always
be conducted in three languages at once. A passive understanding
of all three languages is therefore required in order to participate.
Participants do not have to be able to express themselves philosophically
in all three languages, but must be able to understand questions
and comments addressed to them regardless of which of the three
languages these are being phrased in. To facilitate understanding,
all the papers presented will be provided in written form (each
in its original language).
Talks: Talks may be presented in German, English or French
and are limited to 25-30 minutes. They should aim to facilitate
discussion by arguing for distinctive theses while being as brief
and clear as possible. The scheduling of sessions will depend
on the talks and presentations that are selected. There are no
Accommodation: The villa "La
Sapinière" in Evian-les-bains, classified as a
historic monument, lies in the midst of a large private park with
a huge stand of old trees, directly on the southern banks of Lake
Geneva. It was built in the last years of the 19th century by
an Italian banker. Today, the building is owned by the French
who runs the Centre Jean
Foa on its premises. The colloquium takes place in this villa,
which has a splendid view of the lake. Participants are housed
on the premises of the Centre Jean Foa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
are served in the villa as well.
Course: Each morning meeting consists of a panel of two
to three papers. Papers last 25-30 minutes each. The focus for
the morning meetings is on discussion, for which approximately
45 minutes per paper is planned. After an extended lunch break,
afternoon meetings consist either of another section with two
papers or of a summarizing discussion. One afternoon of the week
Costs: Participants will be charged 360 € (Euro) for
a double room and 490 € (Euro) for a single room. This fee
covers meals and accommodation for the duration of the colloquium.
In some cases of special need, individual arrangements can be
Georg W. Bertram (Berlin), Robin Celikates (Amsterdam), David
Lauer (Berlin). In cooperation with: Alessandro Bertinetto (Udine), Karin de Boer (Leuven), Karen Feldman (Berkeley), Jo-Jo Koo (Dickinson), Christophe Laudou (Madrid), Claire
Pagès (Paris), Diane Perpich (Clemson), Hans Bernhard Schmid (Wien),