Special Issue "Philosophies on Analogy"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Katarzyna Gan-Krzywoszyńska

Department of Logic and Methodology of Science, Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Szmarzewskiego 89C, 60-568 Poznań, Poland
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Interests: methodology of humanities; analytic philosophy; philosophy of dialogue; contemporary Latin-American philosophy; theory of analogy and its applications
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Juan Manuel Campos Benítez

Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla, Av. Juan de Palafox y Mendoza No. 229 Centro Histórico, C.P 72000. Puebla, Pue. Mexico
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Interests: medieval logic and philosophy; New Spanish logic and philosophy; possible world semantics; relations between philosophy and logic; applications of logic; analogy
Guest Editor
Dr. Piotr Leśniewski

Department of Logic and Methodology of Science, Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Szmarzewskiego 89C, 60-568 Poznań, Poland
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Interests: logic of questions and its applications; methodology of humanities; analytic philosophy; philosophy of dialogue; theory of reconciliation and transitive justice; theory of analogy and its applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite contributions to the Special Issue of Philosophies on Analogy as a means for documenting works presented at the Second World Congress on Analogy hosted by the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, 24–26 May 2017. We also invite contributions which were not presented at the congress, but which are thematically and methodologically consistent with its program and spirit.

Thus, this Special Issue follows the intention of the congress to promote interdisciplinary research, philosophical reflection, and discourse across multiple methodological perspectives about analogy. The subject of analogy appears in many contexts and under many disguises attracting attention of those who deal with it in one way or another: philosophers, logicians, mathematicians, biologists, artists, computer scientists, linguists, psychologists, etc. There are many definitions and conceptions of analogy, but it is always considered as a universal tool that enables us to discover, explore, compare, analyze, understand and illustrate similarities and differences. Formally speaking, analogy can be defined as a relation between relations; it is connected with proportions and remains pervasive in science, art and religion. If we agree that inter-cultural, inter-ideological and inter-religious dialogue is a crucial issue, the humanistic approach to analogy seems to be of the greatest importance.

We invite papers addressing, among others, the following issues:

  • Notions of analogy through history
  • Methodological studies on analogies in formal sciences: logic, mathematics, statistics, game theory, decision theory, computer science, information theory, system theory
  • Logical theories of analogy: history and philosophical backgrounds
  • Philosophical concepts of analogy and their applications
  • Analogy-making processes in sciences
  • Homologies, analogies and the rise of evo-devo—studies on philosophical foundations of biological sciences
  • Analogy and philosophical foundations of the humanities—studies on the analectic method and analogical hermeneutics
  • Philosophy, science and art—multifarious links: analogies

The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2018, but accepted contributions will be published as soon as their editorial process is finalized.  

Dr. Katarzyna Gan-Krzywoszyńska
Prof. Dr. Juan Manuel Campos Benítez
Dr. Piotr Leśniewski

Guest Editors

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  • analogy
  • analogical reasoning
  • analogical models
  • analectic method
  • analogical hermeneutics
  • homology
  • analogia entis
  • analogia legis
  • analogia iuris
  • analogy-making
  • arguments from analogy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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