Call for Special Issues: Ethics in Asian Philosophical Traditions

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice invites proposals for a special issue on topics interfacing contemporary ethics and Asian philosophies/comparative philosophy involving Asian traditions.

This dedicated issue forms part of the journal’s ongoing efforts to expand the repertoire of traditions, ideas and approaches typically considered in mainstream ethical philosophy, and to foster dialogue and engagement across cultures and methodologies. More specifically, we aim to:

  • introduce important ethical topics in Asian and comparative traditions to mainstream philosophical audiences in a way that is clear and accessible, and enable dialogue among scholars working on similar issues in different traditions,
  • advance inquiry into the foundations and methodology of the study of ethics through engagements with traditions in which philosophizing takes significantly different forms,
  • produce new conceptual resources for doing philosophy,
  • identify promising topics and new lines of inquiry that might meaningfully be brought into contemporary philosophical debates.

The topical range and format remain open, but the special issue should be in line with the general concerns and orientations of the journal and seek to make the content accessible to its general readership. In particular, please note that given the journal’s profile we cannot consider submissions which are exclusively of a historical or exegetical character. Some possible approaches include:

  • a focus on a specific theme that is significant in both a particular Asian tradition/set of traditions and in current philosophical discussion, and that meaningfully engages both,
  • collaborations involving scholars with expertise in a particular Asian tradition/set of traditions and in contemporary ethics,
  • explorations of methodological issues and problems involved in the cross-cultural of ethics.

Deadline for the first round of applications: October 1, 2020


Special Issues are a collection of 6-9 original papers, accompanied by an introduction usually written by the guest editors. Proposals have a maximum word count of 2.000 words and provide information about

  • the guest editor(s)
  • the topic and rationale of the collection envisaged
  • the authors
  • the planned contributions (via short abstracts)

They should also include an explanation of the importance of the topic and the selection of authors and themes.

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