Creativity as Meaning-Constitutive Human Agency

A Panel on “Creativity as Meaning-Constitutive Human Agency”
as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Philosophy
27-30 May 2019, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts

The Philosophy Unit of ATINER is organizing a Panel on “Creativity as Meaning-Constitutive Human Agency”, 27-30 May 2019, Athens, Greece as part of the 14th Annual International Conference on Philosophy sponsored by the Athens Journal of Humanities & Arts.

This panel is focusing on the common/general language of creativity’s study formation in an interdisciplinary semantic space. Our main effort will be to help move towards this problem’s solution. Philosophy (epistemology) will be viewed as an interdisciplinary framework for psychological, linguistic and artistic critic’s interdisciplinary studies’ integration. The epistemological aspect of the problem consists in regarding creativity as a meaning-constitution process in human reasoning, activity and social organization. The heuristic power of the phenomenological and lingua-communicative (analytical philosophy of language) approaches will be estimated. The cognitive dimension of creativity will be observed, mainly in a socio-phenomenological perspective, as a meaning-constitution subjectivity and posterior process of intersubjective meanings’ sedimentation process, in the flux of cultural translation. Hopefully, it will be demonstrated to what extent the intersubjective meanings’ sedimentation process has been connected with the so-called “meaning-shift” and “split-sense” and how it leads to the new meaning connotations’ emergence. For this reason, special attention will be paid to the so-called “hard problem” of natural language’s (vernacular’s) creativity: epistemology of metaphor and the role of tropes in general in meaning-constitution activity. You may participate as presenter of one paper or as an observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Myceanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit a 300-word abstract via email only ( by 15 April 2019 to: Dr. Natalia Smirnova, Professor & Head, “Philosophical Problems of Creativity” Department, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russia. Abstracts should include: Title of Paper, Family Name (s), First Name (s), Institutional Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of the submission. Please use the abstract submitting form. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

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