Dialogue and Universalism









Deadline:  March 30, 2021

Guest-Editor: Professor Robert Elliott Allinson, Chair, International Society for Universal Dialogue


The Age of the Enlightenment, the period ranging from the mid-17th century to the late 18th century, was regarded as a quintessinal epoch of intellectual development and a proliferation of  the intellectual production in arts, letters, politics and sciences. It established a set of values regarded as a precursor to our current intellectual era. This special issue of the journal, Dialogue and Universalism will address and reexamine the core values of the  enlightenment, summarized by Steven Pinker in his book, Enlightenment Now as reason, science, humanism and progress. The enlightenment was based on the view that critical thinking, rational analysis, and the power of human, logical thinking could be applied to addressing issues in political, social, educational, scientific and religious arenas to better society as a whole. We live in an era of increasing suspicion of reason and science. In contrast, in the Enlightenment period, philosophers, scientists, lawyers, artists and writers of the period looked to the power of human reasoning to limit tyranny, superstition, ignorance and the asymmetry of power in order that individual freedom could produce more happiness and fulfillment for human beings. UNESCO now has a World Logic Day to emphasize some of these very issues.

Topics to be considered (but not limited to) include the following:

      1. Particular philosophers, writers of the Enlightenment:

Which values of a particular philosopher can be regarded as significant in the endurance of the values of the Enlightenment?

There are well over one hundred thinkers whose writings could be considered within the Enlightenment period. Examples of some who could be considered are as follows: Spinoza, Hume, Rousseau, Beccaria, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Diderot, Jefferson, Adam Smith, Condorcet, Kant, Mendelssohn, Goethe, Schiller, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Astell, Staszic, Krasicki, Radischev, and Kollataj.

        2. Although considered a “Western” phenomenon, are there similar Enlightenment periods that can be regarded as preceding the 17th-18th century one?  For example, should we include: Ancient China during the Spring-Autumn and Warring periods; the Islamic Golden Age; the Mughal period in India; the Tang Song period of China? How were these similar and different from the Western Enlightenment?

        3. Do Enlightenment values still matter in the 21st century? How? Why? Which ones? Is Pinker’s list an accurate summary of Enlightenment values? Are revisions or refinements of these values required?  If so, how can philosophers and intellectuals develop ways to reenergize these values, foster dialogue between science and superstition, between oppression of citizens and development of human potential; how can philosophy play a more dynamic role in the dialogue? What would constitute a dialogue between civilizations of the East, the West and Africa? How would such a dialogue contribute to the construction of global values for our current era? What are the possibilities of a universal set of values for our times?


Guidelines for Submission:

  1. A short c.v., an abstract, max 250 words outlining your argument; B., the abstract should be an original analysis and argument (not a summary or description), due December  30, 2020. (notice of acceptance within one month)
  2. Full previously unpublished paper (max 8,000 words) with five key words, intertextual headings and full footnotes, due March 30, 2021. (notice of acceptance within six weeks)
  3. Referee reports will not be included.
  4. It is to be noted that Dialogue and Universalismis essentially a philosophical journal. Thus,  all submitted papers should include some philosophical themes and analyses. With this qualification, the journal accepts interdisciplinary works.

Your contributions are warmly welcomed.

Please send submissions and any inquiries to:

Professor Robert Elliott Allinson:  rallinson@soka.edu 




Guest-editors: Marie Pauline Eboh, Mogobe Ramose and Jonathan O. Chimakonam

Deadline:  December 30, 2020

The barbaric murder of George Floyd, a 46 year old African American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020, by a  European American police officer, led to the “Black Lives Matter” protests that inspired a global movement against racism. The murder of Mr. Floyd was not the first and will not be the last, until, at least, the racial politics of colour-branding is discontinued. “Color-branding” means the use of color categories such as black, red, yellow, brown, pink, and white, etc., to symbolize and separate human beings into unfair and divisive racial hierarchies.

The recognition of this pervasive form of injustice calls for a systemic and global rethinking of color-branding practices as well as other forms of racism.

The dismantling of color-branding, an essential part of racism, can only strengthen the powerful and well-intentioned „Black Lives Matter” movement. The symbolism and connotation of “white” and “black” are neither accurate nor innocent descriptors.  Chinese are not yellow,  Indians are not red, Africans are not black, and Europeans are not white. Unlike the forms of racism rooted in ethnic, cultural, or religious differences, color-branding forms of racism create a visible badge of otherness to accompany its denial of the humanity of the “other.” Symbolizing, categorizing, and describing fellow human beings in terms of color only serves the purpose of legitimating pernicious and artificial social hierarchies through visible marks of “otherness” while fabricating justifications for the systematic denial of rights, opportunities, and even life itself.

Dialogue and Universalism invites interested researchers and race scholars in philosophy and related disciplines to submit manuscripts for consideration on the theme RACISM. Manuscripts should focus on, but not limited to, any of the following sub-themes:

Mutations (and/or) Varieties of Race and Racism

Sociological and Philosophical Analyses of Race and Racism

Metaphysics of Race: Color, Ethnicity, Ancestry, Nationality, Religion

Color Branding and Essentialism

Color Branding and Logics of Domination


Important Information

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (150 words): November 1, 2020

The deadline for the submission of full manuscripts: December 30, 2020

Word count: max 8000

Please, remember that Dialogue and Universalism is a philosophical journal, so all the submitted papers should include at least philosophical components; Dialogue and Universalism also accepts interdisciplinary works.

Please, follow the instructions for Dialogue and Universalism submitters; see http://dialogueanduniversalism.eu/index.php/author-guidelines/

Abstracts and full manuscripts should be submitted to the email addresses: dialogueanduniveralism@ifispan.edu.pl  and ebohmarie@gmail.com

For enquiries, please write to: jonathan.okeke@up.ac.za or to ebohmarie@gmail.com 

We kindly invite you to join our publishing project

The guest-editors and the Dialogue and Universalism team


23 September, 2020.




Deadline —  30 October 2020












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