Intersections of the Practices: Linguistic, Social, Legal
CONVENORS: Weronika Dzięgielewska, Wojciech Rzepiński
Philosophers generously deploy the notion of practice to describe different phenomena of social reality. This is true both for the social practices in general, but also for its subsets, such as the legal practice. There are multiple views both as to the features of a practice and as to the consequences of instantiating a practice. Some practices may be considered normative, some may participate in constituting social structures, the others may have compounding effects. The idea behind the workshop is to study the usage of the notion of practice in different contexts, especially whether the concept carries the same implications in different areas of philosophical inquiry. Our goal is to discuss with the participants of the workshop whether any common methodology for our thought and talk about practices could be proposed. If not, how do the different practices intersect and in what ways do they influence each other. It is therefore aimed at self-conscious understanding what the notion of the practice encompasses. As legal theorists, we are particularly interested in the intersections between legal practice and any other social practices.

We would like to propose the following research questions as a way of elaborating these issues. Of course, we are also open for individual interpretations of the suggested topic.
- How do the different social practices intersect?
- Is the talk about practice inherent for the positivist outlook on law?
- Does the claim that different social practices intersect belong to the positivist or nonpositivist theories of law?
- What do the different social practices have in common?
- Is there a common core of the social practices?
- Are the legal/social/linguistic practices unified?
- Is practicing law (understood as activities of legal professionals) a part of the legal practice?
- In which ways are the practices normative? Are they normative in the same way?
- Why do we deploy notion of the practices? What purposes does it serve?
- Can practices have a compounding effect, e.g. of compounding injustice? Do some practices have compounding effect on other practices?
- How do the thought and talk about reasons relate to the talk about practices?
- What is (if there is) a correspondence between practical reasoning and social practices?
- Does existence of a practice presuppose existence of a certain social structure or is a social structure generated by the practices?
- Is the argument from legal practice significant in legal argumentation?
- Are there any interdependencies between legal practice and legal scholarship?
- Which methods of inquiry are most suited for researching social practices?"

We would like to ask the participants of the Congress, interested in participating in our workshop, to submit a short abstract of 400 words until 30th of April. We plan to inform the selected speakers about the specific program of the workshop until the end of May.