Call for Book Chapters: Philosophical responses to the ecological emergency

Vernon Press invites book chapters to be included in a forthcoming scholarly volume on philosophical responses to the ecological emergency. Contributions from all disciplines are encouraged to be submitted, with those from human geography, comparative religion, neuroscience, biology, and political science especially welcome.

The volume will focus on interconnecting ideas from east Asian philosophy, particularly Zen and the meditative traditions, with evolutionary biological approaches, looking at how perspectives on interconnectedness influence responses to the ecological context. 

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • The impact of meditative, awareness-inducing practices on people's capacity to respond to the ecological emergency.
  • Addiction as a metaphorical model for the ecological emergency (cf. “hungry ghosts” phenomenon).
  • Plant/systems intelligence
  • The academy in the spotlight (pursuing knowledge vs. pursuing wisdom in the ecological emergency).
  • Political approaches to attitude polarization
  • Ecology and politics (e.g. Ecosocialism)



Abstracts Due: April 24, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: May 24, 2020
Finalized Draft Due: October 24, 2020
Finalized Paper: January 24, 2021


Submission Details

Proposals should be between 300-700 words, and should clearly describe the author’s thesis and provide an overview of the proposed chapter’s structure. All proposals should be prepared for blind review, removing any reference to the author. As a separate document, authors should provide a short CV containing contact information and relevant publications, presentations, and/or research.  Please email questions and submissions to Lucy Weir at:


This proposal is due on April 24th 2020.

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