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Notiziario Labont n. 351 (29 marzo-4 aprile)

The Labont would like to thank Wuhan University, which is organising a fundraising event to support Turin, and the many colleagues who expressed their sympathy
and solidarity in this difficult time that Italy is going through. 

Jocelyn Benoist, Paris-Sorbonne University
Ronald E. Day, Indiana University
Antonia Egel, University of Salzburg
Pascal Engel, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales
Günter Figal, University of Freiburg
Markus Gabriel, University of Bonn
Werner Gephart, Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Recht als Kultur”
Graham Harman, Southern California Institute
Hyun Höchsmann, East China Normal University
José Luis Jerez, Flores University
Liao Cancan, Wuhan University
Hernández Marcos Maximiliano, University of Salamanca
Jolan Orban, University of Pécs
Ouyang Xiao, Wuhan University
Lucia Re, University of California at Los Angeles
Jon Snyder, University of California at Santa Barbara
Bernard Stiegler, Institut de recherche et d'innovation, Centre Georges-Pompidou
Сергей Троицкий, St Petersburg University
Wang Chengbing, Beijing Normal University

A warm thank you to all of you!




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Festival della Comunicazione: audiopensieri sull'epidemia

Gli audiopensieri sono riflessioni originali e inedite sull’impatto sociale, economico e culturale dell’emergenza coronavirus, direttamente dalla voce di grandi personaggi della società italiana. I protagonisti del Festival della Comunicazione, in attesa di rincontrarsi a Camogli dal 10 al 13 settembre, restano a fianco del proprio pubblico anche in queste settimane, con una serie di contenuti audio (tutti inediti e originali) che approfondiscono l’emergenza sanitaria che stiamo vivendo attraverso spunti di riflessione profondi e di ampio respiro. [Continua a leggere]

Maurizio Ferraris, Ci saranno solo vincitori
Ascolta il podcast

Pearson lancia «KM0. verso l’esame di Stato»

Redazione Scuola - Il Sole 24 Ore (23 marzo 2020)
Ventidue videolezioni tenute da docenti d'eccezione, tra i massimi esperti italiani nelle rispettive discipline, per preparare gli studenti all'Esame di Stato: Pearson Italia, casa editrice leader mondiale nel settore education, lancia “Pearson KM0. Verso l'esame di Stato”, un progetto per preparare i ragazzi all'Esame in un momento difficile come quello attuale. “Pearson KM0. Verso l'esame di Stato!” offre videolezioni in diretta su argomenti chiave del programma di numerose materie, che approfondiscono singoli aspetti per una comprensione più profonda delle discipline e per stimolare l'interesse dei ragazzi. [Continua a leggere]


Philosophy Bytes. Filosofia Antica dalla Quarantena

In questi tempi difficili proviamo a fare ciò che sappiamo - o almeno ci piace - fare: parlare di Filosofia Antica.
Dal 26 marzo, sulla nostra pagina Facebook e sul nostro canale YouTube, caricheremo piccole divagazioni su autori, testi e problemi di Filosofia Antica, realizzate dal gruppo torinese - a partire dagli studenti della triennale - e da amici e colleghi che hanno gentilmente aderito o aderiranno a questo progetto. 

Labont Seminars 2020
Torino, 7 Aprile, 16.00-18.00

Fausto Corvino, Labour commodification and alien control: a neo-republican perspective

Abstract. In this chapter I address the issue of structural domination related to the condition of labour commodification, such that the individual has no reasonable alternative to obtain a livelihood other than to rent out her labour performance. I begin my discussion by briefly introducing the neo-republican concept of freedom as non-domination and explaining why I consider it preferable to the liberal theory of freedom as non-interference to adequately frame the situation of subjugation to which commodified workers are exposed. Therefore, I analyse how both neo-republicans and labour-republicans have dealt with the economic implications of the account of freedom as non-domination, and differently from them I shall propose the counterview that the whole issue regarding market domination should be solved at the systemic level. In this sense, wage workers can be said to be dominated precisely and solely insofar as they are excluded from the control of a set of resources that is sufficient to avoid seeking basic subsistence in a market relation and to resist exploitative offers, while every unjust agreement that occurs at the point of production is only a matter of exploitation but not of domination. Then, I shall defend this account (exploitation without interpersonal domination) from two powerful objections. The first one concerns the very empirical fact that job contracts are usually incomplete, hence an employer might be said to practice arbitrary interference over an employee when the former provides the latter with a job contract less enjoyable than she could have reasonably expected. The second objection pertains to the alleged arbitrariness of a property system that allows for some people to be left without the means of production, against which the double counter-argument might be raised that property laws are not arbitrary in the republican sense if properly invigilated and that the borders of the proletarian group are permeable – namely, a person born in the proletarian group might rise above her initial condition through individual effort.

Il seminario si terrà via Webex.



Adam Andrzejewski (Ed.), New Ontologies of Art
Rivista di Estetica, n. 73 (2020)

Ontology of art is flourishing, with a plethora of research papers and monographs dedicated to this area appearing each year. It is commonly believed that ontology of art is one of the main fields in aesthetics. This is not surprising since many, if not all, aesthetic questions presuppose some level of ontological inquiry. Sadly, lasting achievements in ontology of art have proved elusive. The vast number of existing, mutually exclusive positions within the area suggests that there is a hidden possible solution within it that has not been elaborated so far. For philosophers and art theorists it is evident that the art world constantly brings forth new art objects and practices that undermine established ontological categories and concepts. This indisputable fact is a trigger for brave and novel investigations within and beyond much of the work in ontology of art, traditionally understood. The papers collected in this issue of Rivista di estetica represent different styles and methodologies of philosophical inquiry. Thanks to this fact we can call them
“new ontologies of art”, since research into artworks and their relation to humans calls for insights from several perspectives.


Maurizio Ferraris, Prima pagina
Adam Andrzejewski, Introduction
Alessandro Bertinetto, Improvisation and ontology of art
Iris Vidmar Jovanović, TV series and their boundaries
Andrea Giomi, Towards an ontology of digital arts. Media environments, interactive processes and effects of presence
Sanja Ivic, Paul Ricouer’s hermeneutics as a bridge between aesthetics and ontology
Carlos Vara Sánchez, Rhythm ’n’ Dewey: an adverbialist ontology of art

Elena Filippi, Narciso nel Quattrocento: percezione, conoscenza, arte
Elena Mancioppi, Nicola Perullo, Estetica aromatica. Odore, politiche dell’atmosfera e impegno percettivo
Antonio Valentini, Tragedia attica e filosofia. Osservazioni sulla funzione cognitiva dell’arte tragica
Nicola Di Stefano, Vincoli biologici e regole fenomenologiche.Osservazioni sulla percezione del suono

Filomena Diodato, Ambienti mediali a cura di P. Montani, D. Cecchi, M. Feyles

Maurizio Ferraris, Learning to live. Six essays on Marcel Proust
Brill, forthcoming 2020

Can one learn how to live? And maybe from a book?
When I read it the first time In Search of Lost Time, I was 14. When the oldest memories date back to ten years earlier at most, the lost time and the depth of the years was an even more mysterious and attractive topic than sex. I looked into the abyss of time before I could actually experience it. And it was not so bad.
In a way, once you have read In Search of Lost Time, you could abstain from living, even though the most sensible thing after this experience is to live looking at life through the glasses that Proust gave you.

Labont Informs

Coronavirus, gli audiopensieri di scienziati e scrittori
La Repubblica (22 marzo 2020)

Dal 23 marzo, sul  sito del Festival della Comunicazione di Camogli (, si possono ascoltare audiopensieri di scienziati e scrittori. Preziose considerazioni, sempre originali e inedite, ottime pillole di saggezza e strategie di sopravvivenza  sull’effetto Coronavirus nella nostra società, fatte da  alcuni dei protagonisti del Festival, in attesa della prossima edizione, in programma a Camogli dal 10 al 13 settembre. Tra le voci degli  gli audiopensieri che fanno parte dell’iniziativa #iorestoacasa promossa dal Mibact, oltre a PaoloCrepet,  Gianrico Carofiglio, Mario Tozzi, Gherardo Colombo, Cinzia Leone, Maurizio Bettini, Guido Barbujani, Massimo Montanari, Marcello Flores, Salvatore Bragantini, Massimo Recalcati, Aldo Cazzullo, Stefano Massini, Federico Rampini, Pierluigi Pardo, Maurizio Ferraris, Francesco Olivari, personaggi del giornalismo, dell’economia, della comunicazione, dell’arte, della  scienza. [Continua a leggere]

Manifesto di convocazione del Forum Education nazionale
Forum Education (20 marzo 2020)

Quello che chiediamo con questo documento è una mobilitazione civica per l’attuazione di proposte operative nel breve e nel lungo periodo. Intendiamo definirle in modo partecipativo, entro un ampio confronto, attraverso l’azione congiunta delle amministrazioni comunali (non solo delle città metropolitane ma anche delle aree interne), delle famiglie, del corpo docenti, dei dirigenti scolastici, del privato, del privato sociale, delle parti sociali e del governo centrale. In tale prospettiva, proponiamo un grande incontro nazionale da tenersi a Milano durante il quale venga proposta una lista di punti operativi condivisi che suggerisca le emergenze su cui concentrare gli sforzi e alcune esperienze di sviluppo educativo locale del nord, centro e sud che hanno favorito il successo formativo e che possano essere di esempio come risposta alle emergenze individuate Questo per avviare una mobilitazione nazionale e una fattiva interlocuzione tra le istituzioni. [Scarica il comunicato completo]

To chcete žiť večne?

Maurizio Ferraris - Central European Forum Salon

Môj starý otec v Prvej svetovej vojne bojoval na fronte v dvanástich bitkách na rieke Isonzo. Prišlo mu to úplne normálne, jednoducho, muselo sa. Ja som už nejaký čas vládou odsúdený ostať doma, vo svojom byte v Turíne, v istom zmysle som teda tiež na fronte, len obklopený kopami kníh a cédečiek. To mi pripadá ako privilegovaná situácia, nielen v porovnaní s nasadením môjho starého otca, ale aj so situáciou veľkej časti ľudstva, ktorá doposiaľ žila. Tento svoj (a váš) uvoľnený čas získavam na zaznamenávanie toho, čo mi v týchto dňoch chodí hlavou. [Read the full text]

Mit Nudeln gegen die Isolation

Arno Orzessek - Deutschlandfunk Kultur (21 March 2020)

Das Kuschelwesen Mensch hat es gerade nicht leicht. Es soll Abstand halten zu seinen Mitmenschen. Ein wenig Trost wäre da ganz schön. Pasta kann Abhilfe schaffen – zumindest einen Abend lang, behauptete die „FAZ“ und druckte ein Bolognese-Rezept ab. [...] Persönlicher äußerte sich der Philosoph Maurizio Ferraris in seinen „Notizen aus der Quarantäne“, die in der NEUEN ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG erschienen: "Am Virus kann man sterben, wie an so manchen anderen Dingen auch. Früher oder später sterben wir alle, was ja für unser Denken weiterhin einen Skandal darstellt. Den Tod kann man nicht denken. Aber es hat sein Gutes, dass das Coronavirus politisch korrekt ist und die Älteren, die schon länger leben, bevorzugt (ich darf das sagen, weil ich mit meinem zarten Alter von 64 Jahren selber ein ideales Opfer bin)". [Lesen Sie weiter]

Intervista a Tiziana Andina. Il legame sociale tra generazioni si è rotto
“I giovani si sentono schiacciati da un futuro che avvertono come minaccioso” spiega la filosofa astigiana che insegna Filosofia Teoretica all’Università di Torino
Gazzetta d'Asti (20 marzo 2020)

Perché dobbiamo fare qualcosa per le generazioni future quando loro non hanno fatto mai nulla per noi? A questo interrogativo risponde il nuovo libro di Tiziana Andina, astigiana, professoressa ordinaria di Filosofia Teoretica all’Università di Torino.

Trasgenerazionalità; cosa significa questo termine e quali sono le sue implicazioni più evidenti?
La transgenerazionalità è il legame che unisce diverse generazioni. In genere siamo più sensibili al legame biologico - la relazione tra genitori e figli - mentre cogliamo con più difficoltà il legame sociale [continua a leggere]






General Call for Papers

Argumenta has now a new Editorial Board. You can check it here.

The Editorial Board of Argumenta invites scholars in the disciplines listed below to submit a paper, according to the rules of the Journal listed in this page. In order to submit a paper, please click on the “Submit your paper” button on the Home page of the journal. Papers will be double-blind refereed and, if accepted, published in the first available issue. Here is the list of disciplines within which the journal will consider submissions:

  • Aesthetics
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Ontology
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Political Philosophy

Argumenta is the official journal of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA). It is published in English twice a year only in electronic version, and has already benefitted from the cooperation of some of the most distinguished Italian and non-Italian scholars in all areas of analytic philosophy.

All the contributions will undergo a standard double-blind refereeing procedure.

Fiction and Imagination as Grounds for Counterfactual Reasoning, Scientific Modeling, and Thought Experiments
Submission deadline: April 30th, 2020
Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2020

Guest Editors:
Carola Barbero
Matteo Plebani
Alberto Voltolini

Invited contributors:
Frederick Kroon
Arnon Levy
Fiora Salis

In recent times, a huge debate has arisen as to the role of imagination, especially in its relation with fiction, in shaping modal, philosophical, and scientific reasoning. Counterfactual discourse involves the consideration of unreal scenarios, whether possible or even impossible. Both philosophy and science make reference to thought experiments, which seems to be like short fictional stories. And scientific models may be compared with games of make-believe, insofar as the latter mobilize physical objects as props for imaginary characters. In this special issue, we want to primarily address the following topics:

·         Does fiction mobilize some specific form of imagination?
·         Is there a real divide between fictional and nonfictional works?
·         In what sense does imagination support counterfactual reasoning?
·         Is practical reasoning counterfactual reasoning?
·         Are thought experiments a form of fictional narration?
·         Are scientific models really related to pretence play?
Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 8000 words.  For the presentation of their articles, authors are requested to take into account the instructions available under Information for Authors. Submissions must be suitable for blind review. Each submission should also include a brief abstractof no more than 250 words and four keywords for indexing purposes. Notification of intent to submit, including both a title and a brief summary of the content, will be greatly appreciated, as it will assist with the coordination and planning of the special issue.
For any query, use please the following addresses: or or


Ritorno alle origini: genesi ed evoluzione del pensiero di Martin Heidegger
Submission Deadline: 30 April 2020

Intorno agli anni ’20 del XX secolo, Martin Heidegger va maturando una riflessione sull’«essere» che, avvalendosi del metodo fenomenologico, darà luogo ad una nuova ontologia. Essere e tempo, pubblicato nel 1927, si presenta anche come l’esito di un processo di gestazione che nei corsi e negli appunti delle lezioni, nei testi di conferenze e nel materiale inedito che lo precedono, può ancora trovare risorse e sollecitazioni per il riattraversamento di un pensiero la cui radicalità non ha smesso di interrogare storici e filosofi. In questi anni, peraltro, appare centrale l'intreccio con alcune questioni più marcatamente teologiche (si pensi alle interpretazioni paoline o allo studio dell'antropologia agostiniana) non solo rispetto ad una più generale comprensione dell’orizzonte speculativo dell’ermeneutica heideggeriana, ma anche rispetto alla domanda circa la storicità dell'esistenza e l'irruzione del tempo kairologico nella vita effettiva (come avviene nella prima comunità cristiana), con la conseguente ridefinizione del senso dell’essere non più come semplice presenza o ousia, ma come parousia: la questione del senso si carica di una peculiare tonalità drammatica in cui aleggia la tentazione di convertire l’“inquieta preoccupazione” che caratterizza ogni vita effettiva in una metafisica “acquietante”. La progressiva ontologizzazione del lessico heideggeriano che vira dalla nozione di «vita» a quella di «essere» dopo la chiamata a Marburgo nel 1923 o che produce una più spiccata attenzione alla questione della «differenza», pone rilevanti interrogativi non soltanto riguardo a continuità o discontinuità del pensiero heideggeriano, ma anche rispetto agli “effetti” che questo pensiero ha prodotto (e continua a produrre) nel dibattito filosofico del nostro tempo. Si tratterà allora, al di là delle comunque pertinenti analisi di filologia heideggeriana, di riconsiderare il progetto teorico di un pensiero che, nelle sue prime movenze, si è interessato ai dibattiti fenomenologici come a quelli teologici, nel tentativo di comporre fratture e conflitti come, ad esempio, quello del periodo friburghese tra l’elemento fattuale della vita e la categorializzazione del vissuto, ovvero il contrasto tra la “matrice oscura” della soggettività e l’aspetto semantico o ideale o intenzionale presente nell’esistenza effettiva. La pubblicazione ormai quasi integrale dell’intera opera di Martin Heidegger (in cui, è bene rammentarlo, lo stesso filosofo è tornato più volte retrospettivamente sulla genesi del suo percorso di pensiero), permette di ripensare criticamente una produzione teorica che, come mostrano proprio gli scritti che precedono Essere e tempo, aveva assunto la dimensione storica dell’individuo come orizzonte unico dell’esperienza possibile articolata nelle forme di una fenomenologia della vita e che, lentamente e a partire da più o meno esplicite «svolte», si incamminerà verso il tentativo di oltrepassare il lessico e i concetti della metafisica tradizionale.

Il “Bollettino filosofico” indica alcuni possibili temi:

  • Ermeneutica della fatticità
  • l’ontologia della vita
  • il problema della “differenza”
  • il confronto con la teologia
  • dis-occultamento e fede
  • l’appropriazione dell’improprio e la storicità dell’esistere
  • problemi lessicali e concettuali nel confronto con la tradizione
  • la critica al progetto fenomenologico
  • dalla fenomenologia all’ontologia fondamentale

Gli autori interessati a pubblicare i loro lavori sono invitati a spedirli via e-mail allegati in formato WORD e PDF al Direttore della rivista, Prof. Pio Colonnello ( e alla Redazione (

 Si prega di allegare sia una versione del contributo anonima intitolata «Manoscritto» sia una «Pagina Copertina» separata in cui siano indicati il nome completo degli Autori, una breve nota bio-bibliografica, l’Università o l’Istituto di appartenenza e i recapiti.

Gli articoli potranno essere scritti in italiano, inglese, francese, tedesco e spagnolo, e non dovranno superare le 50.000 battute; il manoscritto dovrà inoltre contenere un abstract in italiano e in inglese che non superi le 150 parole. Ogni proprietà del file che potrebbe identificare l’Autore deve essere rimossa per assicurare l’anonimato durante la procedura di referaggio.

I contributi verranno inviati a uno o più reviewer indipendenti secondo la procedura del double blind peer review. I reviewer potranno richiedere all’Autore di un contributo, se accettato, di modificarlo o migliorarlo per la pubblicazione. Per la procedura di selezione iniziale, non vi sono linee guida circa la formattazione. Nel caso in cui il contributo venga accettato per la pubblicazione in Bollettino Filosofico, verrà richiesto all’Autore di produrre una versione finale che rispetti le linee guida scaricabili qui:

La deadline per l’invio degli articoli è il 30 Aprile 2020. Il numero della rivista verrà pubblicato entro dicembre 2020 (annata XXXVI).

Per ulteriori informazioni rivolgersi all’indirizzo:


Aesthetics of Contemporary Work: Depictions, Narratives, Conceptualization
Deadline for submission: May 2, 2021
Advisory Editors: Angela Condello (University of Messina), Tiziano Toracca (University of Turin, University of Gent), ZHAO Kuiying (University of Nanjing) 
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This issue aims at analysing the depiction and conceptualization of contemporary work in the fields of art and philosophy. By addressing “contemporary work” we refer to a temporal phenomenon (i.e. to the idea of work as it is perceived in the era of globalization) and we thus encourage submissions concerning artworks (performative arts, figurative arts, comics, photography, literature, cinema, tv series, web series) or concerning philosophical re-conceptualizations of the world of work over the last forty years (1980-2020).
Work is today among the most debated themes in public discourse not only because it represents an anthropological aspect of continuity of human action and one of the main forms of social recognition and exchange (especially starting from the re-evaluation of work that occurred in the Middle Ages, with the birth of the middle class in contrast to aristocracy), but also because it has gone through radical transformations whose reasons and consequences are at the centre of a pluri-disciplinary, international and political debate.
The concepts of “work” and “labour” today are often used not properly: this is proved by the large bibliography produced on these themes as well as the fact that the meaning of the terms ‘work’ and ‘labour’ is far from clear and thus hard to categorize. Labour appears to be a stratified phenomenon mixing hyper-modern elements with hyper-arcaic ones; that crosses all modernity; that is based on formal, logic and positive parameters but that at the same times implies emotional, uncountable symbolic elements (e.g. fatigue, happiness, realization), forms of representation, concepts like identity or social status.
It is a loose category, which links together very different phenomena all far in reality (in space and time) and in our imaginary.
The issue welcomes papers addressing the following questions:

  • To which extent can we define human action according to the criteria defining the working life
  • How does work distinguish man from other species (if it does)?
  • What is the opposite of work? Otium? Freedom?
  • How can the exemplary worker be depicted? As a citizen?
  • Which myths and symbolic structures are at play in similar representations?

Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.

The Senses of Smell: Scents, Odors and Aromatic Spaces
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020

Advisory Editors: Nicola Perullo (University of Pollenzo), Elena Mancioppi (University of Pollenzo)
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It is often said that smell is not essential for civilized and urban life. Nevertheless, private environments as well as public spaces, bodies, objects and food are increasingly deodorized and/or scented. In fact, in everyday experiences, the sense of smell is a driving force of human behavior and has a pivotal role in orientating emotional reactions, expectations, choices, preferences, and judgments.
Since the eighties of the 20th century, a new interest, both in human and in natural sciences, seems to have been flourishing in order to recognize its processes, functions and effects. Many studies have shown its relevance in identity formation, social life, bodily health and psychological well-being, and olfaction turns out to be deeply influential in the perceptual engagement with the environment and in the relationship with the otherness and the familiar.

However, in philosophy, with exceptions, the sense of smell is still a marginal and accidental object of inquiry. It is mainly linked to subjectivity, recollection, idiosyncratic association, intuition and sagacity. From a phenomenological and aesthetic perspective, odors are temporary and transient phenomena; furthermore, they are difficult to grasp also by language and taxonomy, as difficult attempts throughout history to fix stable classification and terminology show.
This issue of “Rivista d'Estetica” has two main aims. On the one hand, to shed light on potentialities, inconsistencies, cognitive features and aesthetic values of olfactory perception; on the other, to suggest interpretations of smells and flavors understood as affective stimuli used not only in arts (for example theatre and performance art), but also in culinary practices, space and product design, chemical industry, perfumery, etc.
Articles must be written in English and should not exceed 40.000 characters.

Art and the End-of-art. The continental roots in Danto’s philosophy of art
Submission Deadline: May 2nd, 2020

Advisory Editors: Francesco Lesce (University of Calabria), Luisa Sampugnaro (University of Calabria), Lorenzo Vinciguerra (University of Amiens)

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The most famous writings by Arthur C. Danto published since the early Eighties have given rise to various reactions in the philosophy of art and in the aesthetic debate. A rich literature and many initiatives focused on his studies about art testify to this. To a large extent this success depends on the originality of dantian theses on the self-reflexive accomplishment of art and about the rise of a democratic “pluralism” characterizing the post-historical period. Beyond the strong link with the Analytic aesthetics under which Danto develops the artwork ontological question, it’s necessary to recognize the author broadly has fallen into debt with ‘continental’ philosophy. Plato, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Kojève are among the most famous names into the wide constellation of the author’s references, in which European philosophy is anything but marginal. This issue of Rivista di Esteticaaims to interrogate the continental roots of Danto’s philosophy of art. More specifically, it intends rethinking the way in which Danto takes advantage of this tradition finding in its context the criteria to reach a theoretical foundation of contemporary art. Two main problematic axes will therefore need to be interrogated: a) the crux of the relationship between essence and history concerning art; b) the way, the quality and the articulation of the aesthetic experience of which Danto highlights the cognitive factor as a key one. Both these axes unfolds a problematic legacy that this number intends to analyze. Rivista di Esteticaencourages submissions on these and related questions. Articles must be written in Italian and should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.



 NEW!  7th International Research Conference - Mechanisms for Formation of Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones (CEFZ)-2020
Saint Petersburg, 7-10 October 7-10 2020
Submission deadline: 10 April 2020

There are two sides to the formation of cultural memory. The first one is a memorial zone. The second, a more extensive one, is a zone of oblivion, of that which has been excluded from ordinary cultural practices but still shapes cultural borderlines and defines processes of identification. The main objective of the Conference is to reveal and conceptualize the methods and terminology involved in the study of mechanisms underlying the formation of cultural exclusion and frontier zones. This year, in addition to the more traditional issues, we also welcome papers written from a specific perspective which may be defined as “Biology of boundaries and a Pandemic of restrictions”. Participants can write on biopolitics, phantom borders (especially with reference to animals and microorganisms), bio-geo-politics (A. Makarychev), anatomy of limits, the boundaries and borders of the (collective) body, cultural isolation, the care of the self (le souci de soi) as the care of the impermeability of borders, anthropology of borders, the virus of memory, a pandemic of the past, memorial immunity, migration, biology of comfort and the limits of comfort, biology of the trans-generational relations.

Application in Russian or in English should be submitted by the 10th of April, 2020 and abstract of presentation (recommended length is 200–300 words) should be submitted by the 10th of May, 2020
An application containing applicant’s full name, affiliation, contact information (e-mail, phone, post address) as well as information on mode of participation (personal or virtual) should be send to the following e-mail address: When an application is received, the Committee sends to an applicant a letter confirming its receipt and containing invitation (in case of personal participation).
The results of the research presented at the conference will be published in the form of articles in the Journal of Frontier Studies. The Author Guidelines for preparing articles for publication and sending them to the editor is attached.
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14th SIFA conference - Shaping the future: What Is the Role of Philosophy?
Noto (SR), 23-25 September 2020
Submission deadline: 30 April 2020

The Conference is open to all topics and themes in the analytic tradition, and will host five special topic symposia.

Plenary Speakers: Elizabeth Fricker (University of Oxford), Dan Sperber (Institut Nicod, Paris), Sarah Stroud (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Keynote Address Speakers:

Aesthetics: Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland, College Park)
Epistemology: Marian David (Karl-Franzens Universität, Graz)
Logic & Philosophy of Science: Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh)
Metaphysics: Anna Marmodoro (Durham University and University of Oxford)
Moral Philosophy: Mario De Caro (University Roma Tre and Tufts University)
Philosophy of Action: Luca Ferrero (University of California, Riverside)
Philosophy of Language: Claudia Bianchi (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan)
Philosophy of Law: Aldo Schiavello (University of Palermo)
Philosophy of Mind: TBA
Political Philosophy: Andrea Sangiovanni (Kings College, EUI Fiesole)
The conference will host the following five special topic symposia:

Becoming Familiar with Robots: Antonio Chella (University of Palermo), Agnieszka Wykowska (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia), Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)
Cognitive Liberty: Philosophy Meets New Brain Technologies: Andrea Lavazza (CUI Arezzo, chair), Christoph Bublitz (University of Hamburg), Marcello Ienca (ETH Zurich), Massimo Reichlin (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
Ontological Pluralism and the Arts: Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland, College Park), Enrico Terrone (LOGOS Research Group in Analytic Philosophy), Chiara Palazzolo e Mario De Caro (University Roma Tre)
Interpretation of Right and Disagreement: Damiano Canale (Bocconi University), Andrea Porciello (University of Catanzaro), Vittorio Villa (University of Palermo), Silvia Zorzetto (University of Milano)
Practical Reasoning: Jeremy Fix (University of Oxford), Caroline Arruda (University of Texas), Lilian O’Brien (University of Helsinki)

The SIFA invites contributions for the following parallel sessions:

Logic & Philosophy of Science
Moral Philosophy
Philosophy of Action
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Mind
Political Philosophy

Guidelines for the submission of abstracts

Submissions will be blind-refereed and selected on the basis of quality and philosophical significance.
Contributed papers will be scheduled for a 30 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion.
Abstracts must be written in English and prepared for blind review: any self-reference and personal data should be suppressed. Abstracts should indicate the title of the paper and the parallel session for which it is submitted or a clear reference to the symposium. Please select parallel sessions among the conference topics. 
Please submit a short abstract of 300 words, and a long abstract of no more than 1000 words (references included).
Long abstracts should not only contain the position defended or the issue discussed, but also indicate the outline of the argument.
Please select only one parallel session for your submission.

Deadline for submission is April 30th, 2020
Notification of acceptance is expected by June 15th, 2020

EasyChair login page for SIFA2020

Young scholar prize

Up to four SIFA bursaries of 250 euros each will be awarded to young scholars on the basis of the quality of the abstracts. Master and PhD students, and young scholars (max. 5 years from PhD award) not permanently affiliated to higher education institutions are eligible for the prize. In addition to regular submission, select “SIFA Young Scholar Prize” among the conference topics on EasyChair and send a short CV to — YOUNG SCHOLAR PRIZE should be in the object of the email.


NB: In order to take part in the Conference, SIFA members should have paid the 2020 subscription.
Participation in the conference is subject to a registration fee.
If paid BEFORE August 1st, 2020:
Euro 50,00: faculty
Euro 25,00: others
If paid AFTER August 1st, 2020:
Euro 70,00: faculty
Euro 35,00: others 
Early registration will be open on: June 22nd, 2020.
Conference fee includes: registration, conference materials, and coffee breaks.

4th Annual International Multi-Disciplinary Conference 2020
University of Malta Junior College, 16-18 September 2020
Submission deadlines:

Paper proposal/Poster and bio-note 30 June 2020
Full poster submission 31 August 2020
Full paper and abstract for publication in online proceedings 31 August 2020

We invite papers of a multi-disciplinary nature according to the following areas of knowledge and

  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Arts & the Humanities
  • Education
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Sustainability & the Environment
  • Medical & Health Sciences
  • Law & Human Rights
  • Maths & Physics

Papers/posters presented in the conference might be submitted for publication in the journal

Registration deadlines:
Early Bird registration and payment 31 July 2020
Standard registration and payment 31 August 2020
Late registration and payment 15 September 2020
For details pertaining to submissions, registration procedures and conference regulations, please refer
to the Conference Policy and Regulations document (2020).

Ġ.F. Abela Junior College, Ġużè Debono Square, Msida MSD 1252, Malta
Tel +356 2590 7244 Fax +356 21 243036
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Directeurs d’Études Associés» (DEA)
Date limite de candidature : 31 mars 2020

Créé en 1975, à l'initiative de Fernand Braudel en accord avec le Secrétariat d’État aux universités, Direction des enseignements supérieurs et de la recherche, le programme «Directeurs d’Études Associés» (DEA) est le plus ancien programme de mobilité internationale de la Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme. Il permet d’inviter des personnalités scientifiques étrangères originaires de tous les continents pour une durée d’un mois à six semaines afin de soutenir leurs travaux en France (enquêtes de terrain, travail en bibliothèques et archives).

Modalités financières
Une indemnité de 3 300 € est accordée, destinée à couvrir les frais de transport et de séjour. En outre, la FMSH assure son aide pour l'obtention du visa vers la France ainsi qu’un soutien logistique (aide pour trouver un logement et pour l'accès aux bibliothèques).

Critères d’éligibilité 

  • Le programme est exclusivement destiné à des professeurs ou des directeurs d'études étrangers, titulaires de doctorats ou de titres équivalents et exerçant dans des établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche.
  • Les candidats doivent être âgés de moins de 65 ans au moment de leur séjour.
  • Un séjour en France doit être justifié.

Critères et processus de sélection 
Les projets seront expertisés notamment au regard des éléments suivants :

  • La qualité scientifique du projet et la méthode développée
  • La pertinence de venir en France au regard du projet présenté

Une fois expertisés, les dossiers seront sélectionnés par une commission composée du président, de responsables scientifiques de la FMSH et de spécialistes extérieurs à la Fondation.

Les résultats seront communiqués aux postulants au plus tard juillet 2020.

Éléments du dossier de candidature et calendrier

  • Un curriculum vitae de 4 pages maximum (comportant la date de naissance)
  • Une liste de publications scientifiques
  • Un projet de recherche de 4-5 pages avec les dates de séjour, et une bibliographie
  • Une lettre de soutien d'un chercheur français serait bienvenue

Les postulants sont invités à déposer en ligne au plus tard le 31 mars 202017h00 (heure de Paris) leur dossier de candidature, rédigés en français ou en anglais.

Les candidatures doivent être déposées sur la plateforme :

Sur la plateforme, dans votre candidature en ligne pour le programme DEA, indiquez bien pour l'année de l'appel : "2020" et session de l'appel : "janv-mars 2020".

Global Food Venture, 3rd Edition
Deadline for applications: April 05, 2020

The “Global Food Venture Programme”, is an educational offer of EIT Food to PhD students from European and H2020 associated countries. The programme aims to boost the entrepreneurial and business creation skills of doctoral candidates, in order to tackle challenges of our food system.

There are two open calls for applications in 2020: GFVP Stage I and Stage II

GFVP Stage I - Idea Development
40 highly motivated PhD students from across Europe will get together for a life-changing, immersive entrepreneurial experience in Madrid to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and develop business propositions in the food space.
·       10 day Summer School in Madrid
·       Mentoring by an EIT Food partner
·       Mobility grants

GFVP Stage II - Business pre-Incubation
25 PhD students with solid business ideas in food & agtech will be selected for a bootcamp in Lausanne and coached over a period of 6 months to bring their idea to next level. Best projects will join a 2nd bootcamp in Europe and our final pitch competition with innovation prize awards!
·       1 week Pre-Incubation Bootcamp in Lausanne
·       1 week immersion Bootcamp in key European ecosystem
·       Mentoring by an EIT Food partner
·       1 day Final Event with pitch competition and innovation prizes by the EIT Food

Participation is fully covered by EIT Food and free of charge for the students.   
EIT Food Innovator Fellowship, 2nd Edition
Deadline for applications April 15, 2020

The EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is an educational project aimed for PostDocs and young professionals who want to undertake a path of entrepreneurial training and professional growth through the proposal of a research idea that will evolve towards a business idea to creating impact in the Food Ecosystem.

Here the summary video of the last edition:

The program roadmap includes:
1) Individual application through the presentation of an innovative idea in the context of the grand challenges of the Food System (50 candidates will be selected);
2) The creation of a multidisciplinary team (3-5 members) who will share the idea during the Foodathon in Leuven (Brussels) on June 12th-14th.
3) The winning teams will continue with a 4-month mentoring process and two weeks of training (one at the end of September and one at the end of October), with the final goal to co-create a final business idea pitch to present at the annual EIT Food Summit.


2020 SILFS Prize for Women in Logic and the Philosophy of Science
Submission Deadline: 31st of March 2020.

The Italian Society for Logic and the Philosophy of Science (SILFS), in order to promote and support the contribution of underrepresented groups to the fields of logic and the philosophy of science, establishes a prize called “SILFS Prize for Women in Logic and the Philosophy of Science”.
Eligibility: all scholars who recognize themselves as women, irrespective of their role, institution, and/or nationality.

Applicants are requested to submit an original work (not previously published) written in English (Max 10.000 words, abstract and references not included) on any relevant topic of logic or the philosophy of science broadly conceived; proposals connected to topics and approaches that the community of logicians and philosophers of science would recognize as novelties with respect to its mainstream scientific production are particularly welcome.

Papers should be prepared for blind review and sent in a pdf format to the Secretary of the SILFS, Giuseppe Sergioli:

La commissione valutatrice per il Premio SILFS per le donne in Logica e Filosofia delle scienze 2020 sarà composta da: Cristina Amoretti (Università di Genova), Raffaella Campaner (Università di Bologna), Elena Casetta (Università di Torino), Agata Ciabattoni (Technische Universität Wien), Giovanna Corsi (Università di Bologna), Luisa Damiano (Università di Messina), Mariangiola Dezani-Ciancaglini (Università di Torino), Laura Felline (Independent researcher), Eleonora Montuschi (Università di Venezia, Cà Foscari), Sara Negri (University of Helsinky), Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam), Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano).
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Maurizio Ferraris
Full professor
University of Turin
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Tiziana Andina
Full professor
University of Turin
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Rivista di Estetica 

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Open access:

Aesthetics and Contemporary Art

Bloomsbury Academics
Series Editor(s)
: Prof. David Carrier, Prof. Tiziana Andina.


Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law

Editors-in-Chief: Prof. Gianmaria Ajani (University of Turin), Prof. Tiziana Andina (University of Turin),  Prof. Werner Gephart (University of Bonn).


Partner Institutions

Collegio Carlo Alberto

The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”

FMSH, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme

NCOR: National Center for Ontological Research

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Compagnia di San Paolo

Festival Mediterraneo della Laicità

Fondazione CRT

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