Conference 2021



Arthur Schopenhauer and his role in logic and religion is marked by opposites: Whereas Ernst Bloch said Schopenhauer was “the most Christian philosopher”, Fritz Mauthner called him the “prince of atheists”. Whereas Dale Jacquette explained that Schopenhauer had “dubious qualifications as logician” and therefore did not really belong to this discipline, Albert Menne stated that „Schopenhauer had an excellent command of the rules of formal logic (much better than Kant, for example)“. The views on Schopenhauer as a religious and logical philosopher are therefore highly controversial. Only recently, however, it has become known to research that Schopenhauer was as intensely concerned with logic and mathematics as he was with religion. However, it has long been known that many of the topics discussed by Schopenhauer are in the field of tension between logical justification and religious conviction such as suicide, theodicy, salvation, instrumental reason, enlightenment, optimism and pessimism, nihilism, mysticism, irrationalism to name but a few examples.

Abstracts on all aspects of research on Logic and Religion in Schopenhauer are welcome. Here is a list of possible topics:

  • Logic, Mathematics and Religion in Schopenhauer’s System

  • Religious Examples in Schopenhauer’s Logic and Eristics

  • Schopenhauer’s Logical Analysis of Christianity/ Buddhism/ Hinduism/ Sufism etc.

  • The Logic of Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Religion

  • Logic of Nihilism or Pessimism in Schopenhauer

  • Theodicy and Logical Justifications

  • Rational Arguments for or against Suicide

  • Religion and Enlightenment in Schopenhauer

  • (Ir)rationality of Religion; Instrumental Reason and Religion

Abstracts must have a maximum of 600 words and be written in English according to our template; they must be submitted via Easychair (note that prior registration with EasyChair is required) by May 31. In the submission, one of the keywords must be „Logic and Religion in Schopenhauer“. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the congress.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the congress proceedings, which will be available during the congress. After the meeting authors will be invited to submit a complete version of their works, which will be peer-reviewed and published in Historia Logicae (College Publications). Peer-reviewed papers of previous WoCoLoR’s appeared as special issues of Logica Universalis (Springer), Sophia (Springer) and the Journal of Applied Logics (College Publications). For more details click here.


Christopher Janaway (University of Southampton, UK): Religion and the „Metaphysical Need“


Jens Lemanski (University of Hagen, Germany)