CFP 2025 - John Locke and Classical German Philosophy


Volume 6 of Studi Lockiani (2025), edited by Gianluca Garelli & Luca Corti

Call for articles to be published in Studi Lockiani: Ricerche sull’età moderna, vol. 6, year 2025. The Journal publishes articles, notes, discussions and reviews.

This volume is devoted to exploring the many connections, influences, and relations between the philosophy of John Locke and the authors of what is known as classical German philosophy.  

Notably, beginning at least with the publication of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason – where the “famous Locke" constitutes a pivotal reference (embodying, among other things, the model par excellence of "empiricism" in the sections on "history of pure reason") – the epoch of Classical German Philosophy was characterized by constant confrontation with Locke’s insights. This confrontation is sometimes extensive and explicit. In the case of Hegel, for instance, it takes the form of a polemical attack on the "metaphysicizing empiricism" that can be found in his Lectures on the history of philosophy. Hegel’s published work such as Faith and Knowledge and the Encyclopedia’s second "attitude of thinking," §§ 37-39 also contain references to Locke. In other authors, on the other hand, Locke's thought instead seems to emerge as a stable polemical stereotype (this is the case of Fichte’s Transcendental Logic, for instance). Finally, in still other cases, Locke is an eloquent and paradoxical absence: this is the case, for instance, of the "philosophical empiricism" characterizing the last phase of Schelling's thought (with his critical rethinking of post-Cartesian modernity). – However, this dialogue with Locke is not restricted to epistemology: it also involves other areas, such as political philosophy. Notably, Locke’s concept of "property" and its philosophical justification was one of the main targets for German thinkers. 

This volume aims to illuminate Locke's multi-layered presence in post-Kantian philosophical debates, in order to grasp the role played by his thought in the fermentation processes of classical German philosophy (by focusing not only on the Essay on the Human Understanding but also his ethico-political writings). 

Abstracts consisting of 500-800 words shall be submitted by April 30, 2024. Please use “Abstract, [your name]” as the subject of your email. In the text of the email, please include 1) the title of your paper, 2) your institutional affiliation, and 3) your preferred email contact address. Please exclude any identifying information from the abstract itself. Notifications of acceptance of the paper proposals will be sent out by May 31, 2024. Papers shall then be submitted by December 31, 2024.  Papers can be written in English (preferably), Italian, German, Spanish or French. The Journal normally accepts articles no longer than 10,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. However, longer submissions are considered in exceptional cases.

The Journal also publishes notes and discussions consisting of no more than 5,000 words and reviews of no more than 1,000 words.

For further details, including article guidelines and instructions on how to submit, please check the Submissions page.

For any questions about submitting a paper, please feel free to contact the editorial team via email at:

Submission deadline for paper proposals including a 500-800-word abstract: April 30, 2024
Notifications of acceptance of paper proposals: May 31, 2024
Paper submission deadline: December 31, 2024
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Confirmed contributors: Luca Corti, Giuseppe D’Anna, Guido Frilli, Roberto Morani