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LabOnt newsletter informs about scientific, didactic, and dissemination activities ("Terza missione") of the research group and its associate members.

Il notiziario del LabOnt è redatto da Francesco Camboni e Erica Onnis.
Rivista di Estetica
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SCOPUSISIRevues.orgThe Philosopher’s IndexRépertoire bibliographique de la philosophie, ERIH, Articoli italiani di periodici accademici (AIDA), Catalogo italiano dei periodici (ACNP), Google Scholar.
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Progetto Start@Unito
Tiziana Andina, Maurizio Ferraris:
 Cos'è la Filosofia


LabOnt ha il piacere di presentare il corso Cos’è la filosofia realizzato nell’ambito del progetto Start@UniTo dai Professori Maurizio Ferraris e Tiziana Andina in collaborazione con Davide Dal Sasso.

Il Progetto Start@UniTO, realizzato dall' Università di Torino con il contributo della Compagnia di San Paolo, intende promuovere e facilitare la transizione dalla scuola secondaria di secondo grado al sistema didattico universitario attraverso la realizzazione e la diffusione di venti  insegnamenti offerti interamente on-line. Gli insegnamenti riguardano discipline dei primi anni accademici di quasi tutti i corsi di studio dell’Ateneo - dalla fisica alla sociologia, dall’informatica all’antropologia culturale, dal diritto alle lingue, dalla matematica alla zoologia - e sono pensati appositamente per chi deve avvicinarsi agli studi universitari; sono facilmente accessibili perché si trovano su una piattaforma multimediale dedicata.
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Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law

An Interdisciplinary Journal

www.brill.com

Editors-in-Chief:
Tiziana Andina, University of Turin, Italy
Gianmaria Ajani, University of Turin, Italy
Werner Gephart, University of Bonn, Germany

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Latest issue
What is Art? The Question of Definition Reloaded
by Tiziana Andina
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ACAMEDIA
Per il miglioramento della qualità della produzione scientifica

 

Il progetto ACAMEDIA nasce dalla collaborazione tra Collegio Carlo Alberto e i Dipartimenti di Filosofia e Scienze dell'Educazione e di Psicologia dell'Università degli Studi di Torino.

Si rivolge a docenti e ricercatori dell’Università di Torino e delle Università italiane appartenenti alle aree delle scienze filosofiche, psicologiche, politiche e sociali e offre servizi di:

  • Publishing advice
  • Dissemination and archivial advice
  • Evalutation advice
  • Sostegno ai ricercatori
www.acamedia.unito.it





Maurizio Ferraris
President of LabOnt

Download the CV and the bibliography HERE

 



Tiziana Andina
Director of LabOnt

Download the CV and the bibliography HERE

 

Highlights

The Philosophy and Art of Wang Guangyi
Tiziana Andina and Erica Onnis (Eds.) Bloomsbury Academics, 2018 (forthcoming)



Index

Introduction
Tiziana Andina, Erica Onnis 

1. Defining the Human and Humanizing the Divine
Luca Illetterati, Gratings, Barriers and Boundaries. Wang Guangyi’s Transcendental Painting
Demetrio Paparoni, Wang Guangyi. Popular Study on Anthropology

2. Duplicating the Scene
Tiziana Andina, Wang Guangyi’s “Material Spirit”: a Religion Embodied in Art
Enrico Terrone, The Tears of Pictures. Duplication and Inflection in Wang Guangyi’s Oeuvre, 

3. Bridging the Cultural Divide Through Pop
Erica Onnis, The (Reverse) Power of Propaganda. Reflections on “Great Criticism”
Xian Zhou, A Critique of Wang Guangyi’s “Great Criticism: Coca Cola”

4. Words and Images: Two Instruments to Describe the World
Babette Babich, Wang Guangyi and the Culture of the Cover: on Contemporary Pop Art and Political Theology
Davide Dal Sasso, The Globalist Dimension of Art. Wang Guangyi and Transculturalism

5. Erasing the Emotions
Carola Barbero, Grief and the Power of the Mind
Andrew Cohen, Thinking with Idols. A Conversation with Wang Guangyi

6. The Circle of Life: Presenting and Representing Food.
Mary Bittner Wiseman. Food Art, A Hymn to Nature 
Nicola Perullo, Food in Wang Guangyi’s Art

7. In Dialogue with Wang Guangyi
Demetrio Paparoni, Nothingness, God, the Soul and the World. A Conversation with Wang Guangyi 
Yan Shanchun, Dark Learning, Mysticism and Art. A Conversation with Wang Guangyi

Tiziana Andina and Erica Onnis with Wang Guangyi in his studio, in Beijing.


 

This Week




Tre interventi di Maurizio Ferraris al "Festival della Comunicazione 2018"

Camogli, 6-9 settembre


Musica e parole. Un ricordo di Umberto Eco
6 settembre, h 22:15
Cicerone, il grande oratore e politico romano, aveva fama di essere l’uomo più spiritoso dell’antichità. Umberto Eco, il serissimo studioso di San Tommaso, semiologo, romanziere, bibliofilo, faceva posto nella sua sterminata memoria alla più completa raccolta di barzellette del secolo. Ci raccontano il suo precoce umorismo due amici di infanzia e di gioventù e di tutta la vita, Gianni Coscia e Furio Colombo. I suoi allievi e poi colleghi, Valentina Pisanty e Riccardo Fedriga, ricordano qualcuna delle sue infinite battute di spirito. Roberto Cotroneo, Paolo Fabbri, Maurizio Ferraris, Marco Santambrogio, vecchi amici e colleghi, descrivono i momenti più impensati in cui lo hanno visto ridere e giocare con le parole. Tutti concordano che la Settimana Enigmistica non ha mai avuto lettore più attento.

Il tecnologo e il tuttologo
7 settembre, h 10:15

La rivoluzione viene dalla tecnica. Con Maurizio FerrarisSalvatore Aranzulla e Marco Santambrogio.

Capitale finanziario e Big data
8 settembre, h 17
Fino a pochi anni fa si pensava che il destino del capitale nel XXI secolo fosse nello sviluppo del capitale finanziario (Thomas Piketty, Il Capitale del XXI secolo). Ma con i Big data non è più così: il capitale documediale (definiamo così la somma prodottasi negli ultimi anni tra una massa documentale senza precedenti e un flusso di media che non procede più uno-a molti ma molti-a-molti) integra al proprio interno non solo i flussi finanziari, ma gli orientamenti politici, lo stato di salute, i gusti estetici, le inclinazioni sessuali, le preferenze estetiche e culturali, le credenze religiose. Sarà questo il capitale del XXI secolo? E come si potrà ridistribuirlo attraverso nuove forme lavoro?
Con Maurizio Ferraris, Luca De Biase e Alessandra Perrazzelli.


Philosophical Perspectives. The 13th conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy
Novara, 4-7 September

University of Eastern Piedmont

The 13th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA) Philosophical Perspectives will be held at the University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara.

4 September h. 15.40-16.30
Enrico Terrone, The Appreciator’s Performance. Virtual Reality and the Ontology of Film

5 September, h. 10.30-11.10
Carola Barbero, The Power of Incompleteness
Download the complete program clicking HERE


Il tempo delle donne. Come gestirsi la vita tra tempo e denaro
Milano, 7 settembre 
Teatro dell'Arte, h 13
Cosa hanno in comune tempo e denaro? Che sono entrambe risorse scarse e che bisogna guadagnarsele. Sì, perché anche il tempo libero nella società frenetica va conquistato. Ed è sempre più difficile, c’è una nuova insidia: i social. In questa doppia scalata le donne sono più penalizzate, perché hanno meno tempo libero e non si muovono ancora alla pari nei mondi del lavoro. Due testimonial dall’agenda molto impegnata raccontano la loro vita quotidiana a caccia di tempo e spazi per sé.
Ne discuteranno Giovanna Paladino, direttrice del Museo del Risparmio di Torino, e Angela Condello, filosofa del diritto.
Interverranno anche Ilaria D’Amico, giornalista tv, Milena Gabanelli, giornalista, Dori Ghezzi, cantante e presidente Fondazione De André e Yvonne Sciò, attrice, regista e produttrice. L'evento è organizzato da Maria Luisa Agnese (Corriere della Sera).
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Forthcoming


Pre-conference Philosophy Symposium. Ontology in a Contemporary Context
Malta, 17 September

Junior College - University of Malta
In some way or another, ontology concerns what there is. Some hold that the purpose of ontology is merely to draw two different lists, one of the things that are part of the world and the other of things to which we refer in everyday undertaking but which are not really part of the world. Others hold that ontology should focus on how things exist, and not merely to draw the two aforementioned catalogues; for instance whether the things that are jotted on the list of existents exist more or less in the way we think and talk about them, or whether our mind and concepts determine how we think of and perceive them. In this one day symposium, we shall seek to tackle contemporary issues related to ontology from both Continental and Analytic perspectives (as well as from the intersection of the two).

Maurizio Ferraris (keynote speaker)The documedia capital
Francesco CamboniSolidarities as a theoretical challenge for social ontology
Marco Inchingolo, Expressive Properties. Projection or Perception?
Valeria Martino, Ontology of Exemplars  
Erica Onnis, Emergence, Reduction, and in between. A Collectivist Ontology
Download the complete program and abstracts clicking HERE

International Conference. Breaking Barriers  
Malta, 18-20 September

University of Malta

In the light of previous experiences gained in the hosting of international conferences, the University of Malta Junior College is once again organising an international and multi-disciplinary conference entitled: The Junior College Multi-Disciplinary Conference: Research Practice and Collaboration. The scope and intent of this event are to create on the Junior College campus an intellectual and cultural hub characterised by the collegial efforts in research and development of local academics as well as creating a multi-disciplinary dialogue between different international academic institutions. This conference also intends to further place the Junior College on the local and international academic roadmap.

10:30-11:15 Keynote speaker: Maurizio Ferraris “If it is Free, You are the Producer”

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Two conferences by Tiziana Andina at the University of Navarra
Navarra, September 11

University of Navarra, M5 Amigos Building

On 11th September, Tiziana Andina (University of Turin) is going to talk on "What is Art? The Question of Definition Reloaded" (h. 14.30-16.30) and on "Remarks on Transgenerational Societies" ( h.18-20) at the University of Navarra.

 

News on New Realism and Post-Truth


¿Un nuevo realismo?
Ramón Rodríguez - Revista de Libros

... Es esta deflación de realidad y verdad lo que encocora al nuevo realismo, que aparece así, en una primera lectura, como la imagen invertida del posmodernismo triunfante en los ochenta y noventa. Sus dos principales promotores no lo ocultan: tanto Maurizio Ferraris como Markus Gabriel muestran desde las primeras páginas de sus libros que se dirigen contra él y que lo que elaboran es esencialmente una refutación de sus postulados básicos. Y para ello adoptan un estilo de escritura directo, sencillo y relativamente comprensible, casi divulgativo, y una estrategia mediática muy elaborada: congresos bien publicitados, manifiestos (“Manifesto del New Realism”, publicado en La Repubblica por Ferraris), múltiples debates en los medios y centros culturales, especialmente en Italia. [Sigue leyendo]

Nuevo Realismo, atajasolaces de la irracionalidad posmoderna
Eduardo Zeind Palafox  - El Cotidiano


Maurizio Ferraris, italiano filósofo, en artículo publicado en el periódico “La Reppublica” (“Il Ritorno al Pensiero Forte”, 8 de agosto de 2011) ha criticado el “populismo mediático”, que es causante, según afirma, del pensar débil (débil, afirmemos, es todo pensamiento relativista, carente de lógica, accidental, efectual, descontextualizado) propio de las masas. Dialoguemos con tal texto, someramente, para atisbar las consecuencias sociológicas que el estulto pensar acarrea. El “populismo mediático” obliga a crear cosas que agraden a todos, es decir, a las masas. ¿Y qué agrada a todos?  Los tópicos, harto criticados, por ejemplo, por G. Orwell, que en texto llamado “Confessions of a Book Reviewer” (“Tribune”, 3 de mayo de 1943) sostiene que los tópicos de los críticos literarios causan en los lectores emociones hacia libros inanes, vacuos, y por el excelente periodista Karl Kraus, que con “Die Fackel” afanó “desecar el ancho pantano de los tópicos” (“Die Fackel”, abril de 1899). [Sigue leyendo]

Wer hat Angst vor der Wirklichkeit?
Willy Hochkeppel - Neue Zuercher Zeitung 


Vor vier Jahren veröffentlichte der deutsche Philosoph Markus Gabriel einen Sammelband unter dem Titel «Der Neue Realismus» – und erntete überwiegend Hohn. Was sollte neu sein am Realismus, der doch so alt war wie die Philosophie selbst? Dieser neue Realismus verstand sich als «direkter» Realismus, der sich oft auch ostentativ naiver Realismus nennt. [...] Auch dass Gabriels italienischer Kombattant Maurizio Ferraris in Sachen Realismus ein «Manifest» glaubte verfassen zu müssen, war dem Unternehmen, wenn man es so nennen will, eher abträglich. [Lesen Sie weiter]
 


News on Emergenza


Emergenza - Book Review
Simone Furlani - European Journal of Philosophy


With the title of this work, Maurizio Ferraris refers to the urgent need of investigating the modalities and dynamics of the "emerging" of conscious thought, of its coming into being and its process of formation. It is indeed a matter of urgency to recognize that thought cannot prescind from the perception of a reality that does not allow itself to be translated into a positive datum and that, consequently, turns out to be always incongruous with patterns of understanding. Because of this "resistance" of reality, its perception by our understanding is rendered problematic. At the same time, it is precisely this friction between reality and intellectual patterns that trigger the process of knowing and originates consciousness. [Download the full text]

La otra historia de Maurizio Ferraris
Iñaki Urdanibia - Kaosenlared


El profesor de filosofía en la universidad de Turín donde dirige elCentro interuniversitario de ontología teórica aplicada, y profesor asociado en el Käte Hamburger Kollegs de Bonn, en Alemania; no queda ahí la cosa sino que también es editorialista de La Repubblica, y director de la Rivista di Estetica y co-director de Critique, amén de autor de una cincuentena de libros; este polifacético profesor enseña deleitando en sus incursiones en la historia de la filosofía, y en la historia en general, además de aportar indudables lecciones, éstas están realizadas con una singular mirada empapada de un fino humor y una afilada ironía, lo que hace que su lectura resulte entretenida cosa llamativa en este tipo de textos en los que la jerga especializada suele brillar con deslumbrante presencia ; de ello ya dí cuenta anteriormente, no hace ni un año, en esta misma red. [Sigue leyendo]
 


News on L'imbecillità è una cosa seria


De resistencia y cotidianidad 
Andrés Cruz Carrasco - La Ventana Ciudadana


Ser realista no excluye tener la convicción de que otro mundo es posible. No se trata de ser conformista. Se trata de esforzarse por conocer lo que se quiere cambiar para ir camino a lo que queremos. El filósofo italiano Maurizio Ferraris sostiene: “Conocer las fricciones de la realidad, la dificultad de las transformaciones y, sobre todo, la estrepitosa imbecilidad humana es la única manera de poder transformar el mundo”.   [Sigue leyendo]
 



Teachings


Tiziana Andina & Maurizio Ferraris
Che cos'è la filosofia (on-line) (FIL0265)
Corso di laurea in Filosofia
 
Tiziana Andina
Filosofia teoretica (FIL0120)
Corso di laurea in Filosofia
Nel framework del corso di Filosofia Teoretica si terranno tre cicli di seminari integrativi. Il primo, tenuto da Erica Onnis, sarà dedicato al rapporto fra emergenza e riduzionismo in scienza e filosofia. Il secondo, tenuto da Francesco Camboni, riguarderà la definizione del concetto di solidarietà tra ontologia sociale e teoria politica. Il terzo, tenuto da Valeria Martino, sarà dedicato al tema dell'esempio tra oggetto e idea.
Ulteriori informazioni saranno disponibili a settembre sulla pagina del corso.
Ontology (FIL0170)
Corso di laurea magistrale in Filosofia
As part of the course of Ontology a supplementary seminar on "What is (aesthetic) empathy?" will be held by Marco Inchingolo.

Carola Barbero
Filosofia della letteratura (FIL0189)
Corso di laurea magistrale in Comunicazione e Culture dei media
Filosofia del linguaggio (LET0399)
Corso di laurea in Filosofia
Philosophy of Literature (FIL0230)
Corso di laurea magistrale in Filosofia

Elena Casetta
Filosofia della natura (STU0311)
Corso di laurea in Filosofia
Philosophy of Biology (FIL0226)
Corso di laurea magistrale in Filosofia
 
Angela Condello
Human Rights Culture in the European Union (FIL0241)
Law and Humanities, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza di Roma Tre: https://lawandhumanitiesrome.org
(spring semester 2018-2019)

 


Labont informs


Government of Canada – International Scholarship Opportunity
LabOnt is pleased to provide you with information on the competition for the 2018-19 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – Canada’s most prestigious and highest valued award for doctoral researchers today.
The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is designed to support world-class students pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian institutions. The scholarship awards $50,000 per year for three years. The program is open to both Canadian and international students. Students must be nominated by the Canadian institution at which they plan to study.
The 2018-2019 competition was launched on June 19, 2018 and the nomination deadline will be on October 31, 2018 at 20:00 ET. Please note that institutions may have internal deadlines.
Please click here to access the launch memo, and kindly consult our website at www.vanier.gc.ca for further details on our program, including how to apply.
Program Brochure


Calls


Conferences


 NEW Framing Recipes: Identity, Relationships, Norms
Submission deadline: 15/09/2018

Conference organized by the Culinary Mind Network (European Network for the Philosophy of Food)
Conference organizers: Andrea Borghini (Milan), Francesca Mastrovito (Bologna), Cain Todd (Lancaster), Patrik Engish (Fribourg) 

This inaugural conference of the Culinary Mind Network, hosted by the Philosophy Department at the University of Milan, is devoted to the study of recipes from a philosophical perspective. Philosophers have tackled important questions pertaining to the ethics of our dietary choices and the aesthetic worth of foods. But many dimensions of eating remain by and large unexplored, including recipes. Recipes are key tools in any culinary culture, instructing diners on how to prepare dishes in a safe, nutritious, pleasing fashion. Their oral transmission, by means, for instance, of rhyming descriptions, was arguably pivotal to the thriving of the human species. In the past two centuries, the propagation of restaurant culture, including menus, themselves arranged in terms of recipes, has significantly contributed to the ascent of recipes, and probably also to the custom of writing them down. Today, cookbooks have come to be a major sector of the publishing industry. TV shows and media are also treating recipes in a manner more and more akin to items of popular culture like songs and movies. Not only do some recipes now benefit from the legal and socio-economic advantages of being vicariously protected through the culinary cultures listed under the Intangible Cultural Heritage list; recipes associated with so-called geographical indications, e.g. gorgonzola and Parmigiano cheese, have been protected by intellectual property rights for a long time. Still, the increasing importance of recipes in the public sphere is not matched by a scholarly study of them. Particularly lacking seems to be a theoretical framework through which to adequately express questions and positions driving the public debates concerning recipes.
The conference aims to cover the theoretical gap in the study of recipes by addressing three major themes: identity; relationships; and norms. 
Topics regarding the identity of recipes include: 
✓    definition of recipes;
✓    uniformity and disuniformity among recipes;
✓    identity of recipes through time; 
✓    taxonomies of recipes (e.g. NY style pizza/pizza margherita/pizza); 
✓    relationship between recipes and the foods that stand for them; 
✓    relationship between recipes and ingredients; 
✓    relationship between recipes, meals, and diets;
✓    comparisons between recipes and songs/architectural plans/plays in sports. 
The constitutive relationships that characterize recipes include:
✓    recipes and territory; 
✓    recipes and producers (e.g. artisanship, gender roles, milieus of production); 
✓    recipes and consumers (e.g. expertise, exoticism, cultural encounters)
✓    places and spaces of production. 
Finally, the conference aims to study the norms guiding the naming, production, and consumption of recipes. For instance: 
✓    norms concerning the constitutive authority to label a recipe; 
✓    norms concerning the cultural appropriation of recipes (especially at the production stage); 
✓    norms concerning the intellectual property rights related to recipes; 
✓    norms concerning the manners to consume a recipe;
✓    norms concerning the interplay between aesthetics and ethics in labeling, producing, and consuming recipes.
The conference will bring together a strong and assorted cohort of scholars and experts (e.g. cooks, writers) on recipes, with a primary philosophical focus. At this time, we are welcoming submissions for either paper or panel presentations. Paper presentations should be approximately 3000 words in length and contain key ideas and arguments suitable for a 50-minute session (35 minutes of presentation plus 15 minutes discussion). Panel presentations should be 1000 words in length. Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please send submissions to andrea.borghini@unimi.it; deadline September 15, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be by October 1, 2018.
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Journals

RIVISTA DI ESTETICA
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(3/2019) "Bridging Traditions. Chinese and Western Philosophy in Dialogue"
Advisory Editors: Wang Chengbing (Beijing Normal University), Erica Onnis (University of Turin)
Mail to: erica.onnis@unito.it; rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: September 30th, 2018

Description

For centuries, Western philosophy and Chinese thought developed following parallel and sometimes opposite paths. One of the main issues of comparative philosophy is whether their distance can be overcome and what this reconciliation could imply. This issue of Rivista di Estetica will inquire the possibility of a philosophical commensurability between Chinese and Western thought, through the study of the differences and the (possible?) commonalities between their metaphysics, ethics, methodologies and ontological conceptions of nature and man, as far as the analysis of how cultural traditions can migrate from East to West and vice versa. “Rivista di Estetica” encourages submissions on these and related topics from Western and Eastern area to consider both points of view. Papers must be written in English or in Italian and should not exceed 40.000 characters, notes and blank-spaces included.


(1/2020) "New Ontologies of Art"
Advisory Editor: Adam Andrzejewski (Uniwersytet Warszawski) 
Mail to: adam.epoche@gmail.com; rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: January 30th, 2019

(2/2020) "Thinking with Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics, and the Arts"
Advisory Editors: Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin), Ugo Volli (University of Turin), Davide Dal Sasso (University of Turin)
Mail to: davide.dalsasso@labont.it,  rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: May 1st, 2019

(3/2020) "Ethics of the Environmental Crisis"
Advisory Editors: 
Davide Pala (University of Rijeka) and Carlo Burelli (University of Rijeka)
Mail to: rivista.estetica@gmail.com, davide_pala@hotmail.com, burelli.carlo@gmail.com
Submission deadline: March 31st, 2019
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New issue of Argumenta: Naturalism and Normativity in Hegel’s Philosophy
Guest Editor: Guido Seddone (University of Parma)
Submission deadline: 31/10/2018

Invited contributors: 
Antón Barba-Kay
(The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.)
David Ciavatta (Ryerson University, Toronto)
Katerina Deligiorgi (University of Essex)
Elena Ficara (Universität Paderborn)
Dean Moyar (John Hopkins University, Baltimore) 
Terry Pinkard (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.)
Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego)

For any query, please use the following address:
guido.seddone@unipr.it

Deadline for submission: October 31st, 2018
Notification of acceptance: January 31st, 2019

Description
The aim of this special issue is to tackle Hegel’s approach to the constitution of the normative on the basis of natural premises and to investigate his original version of naturalism. In the ambit of the American analytical philosophy, scholars like Sellars, Brandom and McDowell have already pointed out that Hegel’s thought is based on the inferential analysis of the logical and pragmatic elements constituting the mind, reason, self-consciousness and the normative. More recently authors like Terry Pinkard, Michael Thompson and Robert Pippin have highlighted that the Hegelian philosophy leads to the investigation about the natural requisites and premises of the cognitive and intentional stances, pinpointing that a naturalistic method of scrutiny is in play. Hegel’s naturalism is therefore a novel version of naturalism enhancing our understanding of the cognitive, intentional and social human dispositions by addressing their dependence on natural elements like life, desires, instincts and perception. As a naturalist Hegel claims that philosophy deals with natural entities and that the occurrence in human life of non-observational entities like mind, cognition, self-consciousness, etc. has to be explained as emerging from and depending on natural requisites that the empirical sciences can directly observe like organic and biological properties. The domain of the normative is, following Hegel, constituted by means of the self-conscious life, namely the capacity to articulate concepts and to constitute a social dimension based on norms and interpersonal interaction. Self-conscious life and the normative, namely the domain of freedom and autonomy, are not explained in his thought as irreducible to and independent from nature understood as the domain of causality, but rather as elements proper of a natural substratum with which they establish a mutual dependence. Briefly illustrated, his naturalism consists in keeping the difference between the normative and nature and, nonetheless, avoiding any sort of dualism or unsolvable contrast between them. The advantage of this approach is explaining these two ambits as reciprocally dependent: self-conscious life does not originate by the separation from nature, but rather by establishing and understanding its own bonds and dependence to nature. In contrast to other more naive versions of naturalism, which separate mind from nature by underlining the former’s emergent character, Hegel’s one maintains that the relation nature-mind is based on the mutual dependence between these two ontogenetic factors of human life and that the cognitive and social dispositions originate from the naturalization of logical and inferential categories of thinking. Consequently, understanding the normative requires a naturalized approach to the cognitive and social aspects constituting what Hegel calls Geist, namely the normative substance subjected to a historic evolution and deployed for explaining the logical structure of human civilization. Finally, this special issue intends to account for the naturalistic premises of normativity in order to extend our understanding of the philosophical category of naturalism and to enhance the comprehension of normativity from a naturalized perspective.

Contributions addressing the following topics are welcome:
  • Self-conscious life and normativity
  • Normativity and recognition
  • Free will
  • Continuity between life and mind
  • The constitution of self-consciousness from natural premises 
  • The relation between the individual organism and its genus (Gattung)
  • The relation between the propositional content of the normative and the social interaction.
  • Does the notion of freedom belong to the normative or is it a regulative contentless notion?
  • Interdisciplinary aspects related to neuroscience, philosophy of biology and evolutionary psychology.

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 abstract of no more than 250 words and five keywords for indexing purposes. To submit a paper, please visit this page.
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.
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New issue of Philosophy Kitchen
Parts, Wholes and Systems. The Concept of Emergence in Philosophy of Biology and of Mind

Theme Editor: Erica Onnis (Università di Torino)
Submission deadline: 30/10/2018

After over fifty years of mistrust and caution, the notion of emergence is once again the object of interest for both philosophers and scientists. On the one hand, physics and the natural sciences have had to deal with phenomena that could be well described by this concept (for example, ferromagnetism and superconductivity); on the other hand, complexity science has taken the emergence of new patterns and new systemic properties as the mark of many complex physical, biological and social systems(for example, the behavior of social insects or flocks of birds, the organization of the Web into web-communities, or the formation of cognitive processes starting from brain activity). Finally, the notion of emergence is used in contemporary metaphysics, as well as in philosophy of mind and in the philosophy of biology, to better define some relations of ontological and nomological dependence.
Being used in very different scientific and philosophical fields, the notion of emergence undoubtedly seems to be a useful conceptual tool; on the other hand, though, precisely because it appears in such different disciplines, there is no univocal agreement on its definition and on its explanatory power, especially in relation to complex problems such as those linked to the nature of life and of the mind. Are the latter emerging properties? If so, how can one clearly define an emerging property? And again: does emergence concern the way we know and explain phenomena (epistemological emergence), or is it rather the veritable introduction of new realities - or levels of reality - into the world (ontological emergence)?
Emergence seems to have two unquestionable characteristics: emerging properties depend on lower-level processes, but present a certain degree of autonomy and irreducibility with respect to the latter. These two characteristics, however, are insufficient to define precisely what is emerging and what is not, provided that there really are authentic cases of emergence (which is sometimes called into question).
This issue of Philosophy Kitchen has a dual goal: on the one hand, to examine the methodological value of the concept of emergence, as well as its theoretical complexity and ambiguity; on the other, to investigate how this notion can shed light on two phenomena that, despite the progress of knowledge, seem to resist any philosophical or scientific explanation, namely life and consciousness.

The proposed contributions must correspond or come close to one of the following thematic areas:
The scope of the concept: do emerging phenomena indicate an epistemological gap or an objective metaphysical difference? In other words, is the concept of emergence metaphysically innocent, indicating a (perhaps temporary) insufficient knowledge of the world? Or does it force us to admit new levels of reality and/or causal powers?
What theoretical framework does the concept of emergence belong to? Does accepting an emergentist vision coincide with abandoning physicalism? What is the relationship between emergence, physicalism and reductionism?
The usefulness of complex systems theory in putting the concept of emergence in the right scientific and philosophical perspective.
The problem of life and consciousness. Can emergence shed light on the origin of life and consciousness?
 
Deadline for submission of proposals: October 30th, 2018
Accepted languages: Italian, English, French and German
Procedure: send an abstract of up to 6000 characters, including the title of the article and an outline of its structure, to philosophykitchen@gmail.com by October 30th, 2018. Proposals will be evaluated by the editors and editorial board and the results will be announced, by email, by November 30th, 2018, including a new deadline for the presentation of the article, which will undergo a double-blind review.
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