LabOnt Newsletter - Special Edition

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Dear friends,
With this last newsletter of year 2016 we want to anticipate projects, conferences, events, publications that will take place in the New Year and wish you all a great winter break
 and a Happy 2017!
All the very best,
The members of LabOnt

Ontology of Art

Analytic Aesthetics and Contemporary Art

Editors-in-Chief: Tiziana Andina and David Carrier. Published by Bloomsbury Academic


Philosophers and cultural historians typically discuss works of art in abstract terms. But the true significance of art for philosophy, and philosophy for art, can only be established through close analysis of specific examples. Art is increasingly being used to introduce and discuss problems in philosophy. And many works of art raise important philosophical issues of their own. But the resources available have been limited. Analytic Aesthetics and Contemporary Art, the first series of its kind, will provide a productive context for that indispensable enterprise. The series, upcoming in 2017, promotes philosophy as a framework for understanding the study of contemporary arts and artists, showcasing researches that exemplifies cutting-edge and socially engaged scholarship, bridging theory and practice, academic rigor and insight of the contemporary world.

Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law upcoming the next March

New International Journal: Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law

Editors-in-Chief: Tiziana Andina, Gianmaria Ajani, Werner Gephart
Associate Editors: Angela Condello, Enrico Terrone

Editorial Board: Prof. Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre), Prof. David Davies (McGill University), Prof. Alessandra Donati (University of Milano Bicocca), Prof. Thomas Dreier (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), University of Freiburg), Prof. Paolo Heritier (University of Turin), Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin) Prof. Pierpaolo Forte (Director of Museo Madre, Naples and University of Sannio), Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law), Prof. Paolo Heritier (University of Turin), Prof. Desmond Manderson (Australian National University), Alberto Oddenino (University of Turin), Greta Olson (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen), Prof. Stewart Motha (Birkbeck, London), Prof. Alberto Oddenino (University of Turin); Prof. Eva Schürman (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg), Prof. Michel Wieviorka (École des hautes études en Sciences Sociales), Dr. Sabine N. Meyer (University of Osnabrueck), Prof. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster School of Law, London), Prof. Peter Schneck (University of Osnabrueck), Reinold Schmücker (University of Münster), John Searle (University of California, Berkeley), Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin).


ASA Pacific Meetings, April 5th-7th 

The Labont at the upcoming meeting of the  American Society for Aesthetics
Panel: When the Beauty Crosses the Path of the Behest: Investigating the Intersection of Legal and Aesthetic Judgment
Under the auspicious of the journal Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law.
Organizers: Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre), Andrea Baldini (Art Institute of Nanjing University).
Panelists: Gianmaria Ajani (University of Turin), Tiziana Andina (University of Turin), Andrea Baldini (Art Institute of Nanjing University), Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre), Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin).


ARDETH. A magazine on the power of the project

 Published by Rosenberg & Sellier

“Ardeth – Architectural Design Theory – is a new magazine dedicated to the power of the project of architecture. Whereas most magazines in the architectural field address outcomes (i.e. architectures) or authors (i.e. architects), Ardeth chooses instead to address their work: the project. Ardeth explores the falsifiability of design hypotheses through a shift from subjects and their good intentions, as taught in Universities and reclaimed in the profession, to objects as the products of design, at work within the social system that contains them.” 



Rivista di Estetica in EBSCO starting from 2017

Rivista di Estetica is proud to announce that in the upcoming 2017 it will be included in the new database project developed by EBSCO in collaboration with the Modern Language Association.

EBSCO’s suite of academic products and services offers a fully integrated research solution that benefits both users and librarians. The combination of EBSCO’s discovery technology, industry-leading collection of full-text content and high-end subject indexes will improve the research experience for the scholars and users.


Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: Duties and Responsibility

International Summer School
Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: Duties and Responsibility

Labont (University of Turin) and the Foundation Centro per la Conservazione e il Restauro dei Beni Culturali “La Venaria Reale” are proud to announce their International Summer School: Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks

July 2017 | Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale | Turin



Nasce AcaMedia, il nuovo progetto del Collegio Carlo Alberto e della Università di Torino (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze della Educazione, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Laboratorio di Ontologia) teso a fornire al ricercatore italiano strumenti volti a migliorare e ottimizzare la diffusione della produzione scientifica.
AcaMedia si propone di offrire una serie di servizi utili all’internazionalizzazione della ricerca italiana, tramite puntuali consulenze editoriali:
  • Publishing advice: Servizio volto a supportare i ricercatori nel processo di pubblicazione di monografie e articoli scientifici presso case editrici e su riviste internazionali.
  • Dissemination and archivial advice: Servizio volto a valorizzare e monitorare nel tempo la produzione scientifica dei ricercatori italiani.
  • Evalutation advice: Servizio volto a valorizzare e monitorare nel tempo la produzione scientifica dei ricercatori.
Per ulteriori informazioni scarica il Comunicato Stampa o contatta la direzione:

Documedialité al Collège d’études mondiales, Parigi

Documedialité. Nouvelles formes d’archivation et de classification de la production en SHS

Le projet Documedialité entre dans sa deuxième année.

Description. Le Collège d’études mondiales de la Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme a confié au philosophe Maurizio Ferraris un projet de recherche sur les nouvelles formes de documentalités. Le groupe de réflexion Documédialité a pour objectif d’élaborer de nouvelles formesd’archivation et de classification de la production en SHS, celle-ci excédant de plus en plus la seule dimension du livre pour dialoguer de manière très productive avec les médias. Parallèlement, il travaillera à l’élaboration de nouveaux critères et algorithmes finalisés à la documentation et à l’évaluation de l’impact de la recherche dans le domaine des SHS.


DOCUMENTA. Progetto per l’analisi delle nuove forme di documentalità

Il Labont è lieto di annunciare di aver stipulato una convenzione con la Fondazione Italiana del Notariato per la promozione e lo sviluppo del progetto "DOCUMENTA. Progetto per l’analisi delle nuove forme di documentalità"

Il Notariato ( appare oggi come l’ambito scientifico e professionale capace di unificare i tre elementi della legificazione, della documentazione e della interpretazione, trasformandosi in una struttura dinamica e culturalmente innovativa nel quadro di un ripensamento del diritto nell’età del web.
Le ricerche sulla documentalità (la sfera dei documenti in quanto elementi costitutivi della realtà sociale) elaborate dal Prof. Ferraris e dai suoi collaboratori nel quadro del LabOnt, e i seminari e dibattiti internazionali intorno alla documedialità (il nuovo ruolo dei documenti nella età del web) promossi dalla Chaire documedialité diretta da Ferraris presso la Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme di Parigi forniscono dunque un quadro teorico capace di rilanciare il concetto e la funzione del notariato.

Maurizio Ferraris, John Searle, Il denaro e i suoi inganni

In uscita per l'editore Giulio Einaudi di Torino, nella collana Le Vele, il nuovo libro di Maurizio Ferraris e John Searle Il Denaro e i suoi inganni, curato da Angela Condello.


Ontology of Nature

Which biodiversity definition for biodiversity conservation?
R&D Project. Ref. PTDC/IVC-HFC/1817/2014

BIODECON enters its second year.

Since 2016, LabOnt is a partner of Biodecon, a R&D project based headed by Elena Casetta at the Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon. 

Description. Although the biodiversity crisis has risen up the policy agenda more than twenty years ago, there is still no agreement on a definition of “biodiversity”: no less than 85 definitions have been counted in the relevant literature. More generally, different understandings of the term “biodiversity”—in particular, the scientific and the commonsensical one — pose a threat to biodiversity conservation for at least two reasons. On the one hand, effective conservation policies need the engagement of several actors, including scientists, decision makers, governments, jurists, policy makers, land users, as well as the general public; and the biodiversity crisis cannot be handled without the effective communication and cooperation among them. On the other hand, if biodiversity is defined in fundamentally different ways, agreement on strategies for biodiversity conservation may be gravely impaired. “BIODECON—Which biodiversity definition for biodiversity conservation?” has two aims: to put forward the formal and material constraints that a definition of biodiversity should satisfy in order to be effective in conservation actions; and to relate these constraints with conservation policies, by taking into account both the scientific and societal challenges implied in conserving biodiversity.
See 2016 events


New Realism

New International Conferences on New Realism

In 2017 Prof. Maurizio Ferraris will hold a series of international conference dedicated to New Realism:

  • University of Heidelberg, Philosophische Seminar, Germany; January 31st.
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A.; March 25th–April 2nd.
  • Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, March 2017.
  • Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China; April 22nd-30th.
  • University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf, Germany;  May, 19th-20th
  • Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, May 2017.
  • Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria; May 26th-27th.
  • Peking University, Beijing, China; August 13th-20th
For a complete press review: Rassegna Nuovo Realismo



"Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law", first issues:
- Tiziana Andina, Art: The question of definitions in Philosophy, Brill

- Peter Goodrich, First Sight: Thresholds, Portals, Entries into Law, Brill

"Rivista di Estetica" new issues:
Discrimination in Philosophy, Advisory Editor: Vera Tripodi (University of Turin), 01/2017
- Law and the Faculty of Judgement. A trans-discplinary debate. Advisory Editor: Angela Condello (Roma Tre University), Carlo Grassi (IUAV University of Venice), 02/2017
- The Auditory Object. Advisory Editors: Elvira Di Bona (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute), Vincenzo Santarcangelo (University of Turin), 03/2017

Grazie alla collaborazione con il Dipartimento di Filosofia della Beijing Normal University di Pechino, esce la prima traduzione in lingua cinese del Manifesto del Nuovo Realismo.
- Maurizio Ferraris, 新实在论宣言, Beijing Institute of Technology Press,Beijing

A vent’anni dalla edizione originaria uscita in inglese, in italiano e in portoghese, la conversazione tra Jacques Derrida e Maurizio Ferraris esce per la prima volta in lingua francese.
- Jacques Derrida - Maurizio Ferraris, J’ai le goût au secret, Hermann, Paris

Inoltre in uscita, nel 2017, le seguenti traduzioni di alcuni testi di Maurizio Ferraris:
- Mobilização Total, Edições 70, Lisboa
- Émergence, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF)
- L'imbécillité est une chose sérieuse, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF)


International Teachings 

PIC M.A. Philosophy Curriculum in Turin

Tiziana Andina. "Philosophy of Art" 

Drawing on the philosophies of art developed by the continental authors and studies of Anglo-American philosophers, the course presents a panorama of the philosophy of art. It discusses definitions offered from the analytical school including Danto's representationalism, Dipert's theories of artefactualism, Dickie's institutional and procedural theories and Levinson's historical and cultural theories. From the continental theories it reflects on Hegel's notion of philosophy of art, Heidegger and Gadamer's hermeneutic tradition and Alexius Meinong's theory of objects.

Graham Harman. "Metaphysics: Three Hidden Keys to the History of Philosophy"

The course will be a brief but intense examination of three key concepts that are not normally discussed in courses on Western metaphysics, but which I will present as being central to the discipline: duomining, indirect causation, and the continuum. The readings will be intellectually challenging, though not overwhelming in terms of length.

Available HERE the video of the opening lesson of the course: Ontology: EMERGENCE, INTENTIONALITY, DOCUMENTALITY (Prof. Maurizio Ferraris)


International Conferences

The second annual workshop of the International Society for Nietzsche Studies will be held March 3–4, 2017 at the University of Chicago, hosted by the Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values.

Confirmed speakers:
• Bernard Reginster (Brown University)
• Mattia Riccardi (Universität Bonn)
• Donald Rutherford (University of California – San Diego)

Invited discussant:
Tiziana Andina (University of Turin)
Jessica N. Berry (Georgia State University)
Reid Blackman (Colgate University)
Maudemarie Clark (UC Riverside)
Manuel Dries (The Open University)
David Dudrick (Colgate University)
Michael Forster (University of Chicago | Universität Bonn)
Ken Gemes (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck – University of London)
Christopher Janaway (University of Southampton)
Scott Jenkins (University of Kansas)
Peter Kail (Oxford University)
Paul Katsafanas (Boston University)
Harold Langsam (University of Virginia)
Brian Leiter (University of Chicago)
Paul S. Loeb (University of Puget Sound)
Mark Migotti (University of Calgary)
Alexander Prescott-Couch (University of Chicago)
Christopher Raymond (Vassar College)
Alex Silk (University of Birmingham)
Gudrun von Tevenar (Birkbeck – University of London)
Benedetta Zavatta (CNRS - Paris)


Singularity, Generality and Exemplarity in Legal Discourse

 McCormick 101, Princeton University Art Museum, New York
May, 25th-28th

18th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2017, hosted by the Cardozo Law School  in collaboration with the University of Roma Tre – Law School)

The use and practice of exemplarity are rooted in classic rhetoric, literature, politics and law. Because of the shift from pre-modern to modern ways of thinking – as modern knowledge came to privilege abstraction over exempla, the general over the singular and particular – exemplarity lost its way.

The aim of this Roundtable is to discuss how in the contemporary legal discourse exemplarity regained relevance in human and legal thought: it constitutes the “compromise” between different orders: positive law (civil law, common law) and natural law, general and particular, abstract and concrete, societal and individual. Exemplary judgments (at a national and at an international level, e.g. Landgericht Köln – N. 151 Ns 169/11; Enel v. Costa; Scordino v. Italy) bridge the divide between traditional dichotomies, such as Common Law/Civil Law and positive law/natural law — by linking the ordinary (cases that are already described by a norm, which provides for them) and the extreme (cases that challenge the normative order because they are not yet provided for by law).


International Conference: I work, therefore I am (European)
Jean Monnet, Erasmus + Projects

Bruxelles,, 9th-11th November,

Direction: Maurizio Ferraris
Conception & Coordination: Angela Condello, Tiziano Toracca
Partners & consultants: Piervirgilio Dastoli (Movimento Europeo), Luigi Moccia (University of Roma Tre), Filip Dorsemmont (UC Louvain), Monica Jansen (Utrecht University), Massimiliano Tortora (University of Torino)

In contemporary Europe, labour occupies a central position in human existence: it is the principal criterion of reciprocal recognition and of universal mobilization. In a multi-level governance system like the EU, through their profession people feel recognized by the others: they are. Labour is more than a mere economic relationship: it is an identitarian process. How does social identity interact with European identity?
By bringing together academics, stakeholders, politicians and intellectuals from different European countries around the topic of labour considered from both a juridical-political and a humanistic perspective, we are proud to announce the international conference – “I work, therefore I am (European)”, which will take place in Bruxelles, in November, 9th-11th.


Human Emancipation and the Problem of Violence

International Association for Critical Realism 2017 Annual Conference
The 20th IACR Annual Conference
July 17-21, 2017, University of Turin, ITALY

How do we understand human emancipation and the problem of violence in modern societies today? Violence as a philosophical problem of the modern age, has to be understood in terms of the public and institutional act of legitimating, justifying or ennobling its use in line with modern cultural or political programs. In this scenario, the social sciences are in danger of becoming a sounding board for dominant ideological thought, their task to clothe the narratives of the power elite with a pseudo-scientific aura. In its original and dialectical forms, and with its later discovery of metaReality; with its understanding of human emancipation, human history, ideology, and the relationship between human science and natural order, Critical Realism offers a variety of entry points able to resist this danger.


Mind, Brain, and Body.  
A neuroethical perspective. Meetings on Neuroscience and Society

XI International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics and Fourth Conference of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (SINe)
Padua, May 17th – 19th, 2017


Scientific and Organizing Committee
Andrea Lavazza, Centro Universitario Internazionale, Arezzo
Giuseppe Sartori, University of Padua
Michele Di Francesco, IUSS, Pavia (SINe President)
Giulia Piredda, IUSS, Pavia Sarah Songhorian, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan Marco Viola, IUSS, Pavia

The Conference Program will be available on the website of the Italian Society for Neuroethics (


The Policy of Cultural Rights: Socio-Legal Perspectives on Cultural Diversity

Workshop at the Instituto Internacional de Sociología Jurídica de Oñati (IISJ)
20-21 July 2017


Coordinators: Miren Manias‐Muñoz (University of the Basque Country) and Lucero Ibarra Rojas (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)
Angela Condello will be among the invited speaker

The workshop "The policy of cultural rights: socio‐legal perspectives on cultural diversity" aims to open a place of interaction for socio‐legal scholars who wish to share work that deals with how the state and law influence the possibilities of development for different cultures in diverse societies.

Read more

Dissemination and Media

L'Imbecillità è una cosa seria da 10 settimane primo in classifica  fra i libri di filosofia su


Continua l'appuntamento su Terza Pagina con nuovi ospiti

Terza Pagina è il settimanale di attualità culturale di Rai 5 che propone una selezione delle principali notizie del periodo, scelte e presentate da Armando Massarenti, responsabile del supplemento culturale Il Sole-24 Ore-Domenica. Terza Pagina va in onda ogni venerdì alle 23:15 su Rai 5 e in replica il sabato e la domenica su Rai Scuola, alle 09:00 e alle 13:30, e il martedì alle 01:10 su Raitre.

Le prossime puntate:
I PUNTATA – Il web è reale o virtuale? Con Alberto Romele, Juliet Floyd e Luca De Biase
II PUNTATA – Tramite il web comunichiamo o registriamo? Con Jacopo Domenicucci, James Katz e Roberto Casati
III PUNTATA - Il web serve a comprendere o ci costringe ad agire? Con Enrico Terrone, Gino Roncaglia e Juliet Floyd
IV PUNTATA – Il web ci aliena dagli altri o ci rivela a noi stessi? Con Juan Carlos De Martin, James Katz e Roberto Casati
V PUNTATA – Il web è frutto di una costruzione o di un'emergenza? Con Paolo Fabbri, Juan Carlos De Martin e Gino Roncaglia
IV PUNTATA – Il web ci rende emancipati o sottomessi? Emanuele Alloa, Juan Carlos De Martin e Gino Roncaglia


Zettel e Lo Stato dell'Arte dal 2017 su Rai 5 e Rai Cultura

Prosegue la collaborazione di Maurizio Ferraris con Rai Cultura.
Dal 2017 riprende, con una nuova formula, Lo Stato dell'Arte, il programma di Rai Cultura dedicato ai grandi e piccoli temi d’attualità, in onda tutte le settimane su Rai 5.

Nel 2017 sarà in onda nuova versione di Zettel, il programma, dedicato alla filosofia che si propone di presentare alcune opere del pensiero filosofico, selezionate secondo un criterio tematico, attraverso l’intervento, il racconto e la riflessione di Maurizio Ferraris e Felice Cimatti.


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