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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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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

Il colore del denaro. Viaggio filosofico alla scoperta del significato profondo dei soldi
Torino, 4 luglio

Grattacielo Intesa Sanpaolo, h 18:30
 
Tutti noi usiamo il denaro, anche senza possedere teorie economiche. I soldi non hanno odore eppure hanno un colore. Il colore dei soldi cambia nel tempo, dai sacchi di sale al bitcoin, ma rivela l’essenza del mondo sociale, che non può prescindere da documenti, tracce, registrazioni e dai loro supporti. 
La filosofia può aiutare a capire che cos’è il denaro? John Searle, uno dei maggiori filosofi contemporanei, e Maurizio Ferraris, Vicerettore e accademico dell’Università di Torino, presidente del Laboratorio di Ontologia, ne parlano nel libro di recente pubblicazione per i tipi di Einaudi ‘Il denaro e i suoi inganni’. 
Con la conduzione del Vice direttore Luca Ubaldeschi, Gian Maria Gros-Pietro, Presidente di Intesa Sanpaolo, e Piero Gastaldo, Segretario generale della Compagnia di San Paolo, ne discutono con l’autore Maurizio Ferraris in un incontro organizzato in collaborazione con il Museo del Risparmio nell’Auditorium del grattacielo della Banca. Sarà presente anche la curatrice del saggio, Angela Condello.
Ingresso gratuito previa prenotazione da giovedì 28 giugno sul sito www.grattacielointesasanpaolo.com/news/

 
 

This week


Fondamenti culturali della relazione di cura
Pistoia, 28 giugno
UNISER, Polo Universitario di Pistoia Via Pertini, 358, h 16

Il 28 giugno, contestualmente alla Summer School "Psicogeriatria: originalità metodologica e degli obiettivi” organizzata dalla AIS (Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria), Vera Tripodi (Università di Torino) terrà una lezione dal titolo "Fondamenti culturali della relazione di cura".

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Le radici dell'esperienza giuridica
Catanzaro, 29 giugno 

Complesso Monumentale S. Giovanni, h 11:20
 
Contestualmente al VIII Convegno Nazionale della ISLL (Italian Society for Law and Literature) che si terrà a Catanzaro il 28 e il 29 giugno, Angela Condello (Università di Torino) terrà un intervento dal titolo "Per una nuova retorica del diritto".
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Seminari ART: Improvisation and Interpretation
Turin, 2 luglio

Palazzo Nuovo, Aula di Antica, h 10
 
Lunedì 2 luglio alle ore 10, nell’Aula di Antica a Palazzo Nuovo a Torino, il Prof. Robert T. Valgenti (Lebanon Valley College) terrà una conferenza dal titolo "Improvisation and Interpretation".
Abstract: The goal of this seminar is to explicate Luigi Pareyson's reflections on "improvisation" in his 1954 work Estetica --in light of his broader aesthetic theory of formativity, and within the current discourse regarding the aesthetic status of improvisation.  For Pareyson, it would be safe to say that the act of improvisation-conceived within the process of artistic formation-is always also an act of interpretation, and thus in a general sense reflects the features central to Pareyson's hermeneutic theory.  Moreover, it can be argued that improvisation highlights particular aspects of interpretation that arise when the artist is faced with physical material in the process of the work's formation-aspects that are unique to the purity of the artistic process and that might not be present when humans interact with physical material in general, or when humans engage in the interpretation of knowledge or cultural forms.  Improvisation has, as its central feature, an engagement with physical material that gives rise to the impetus and ultimate fruition of the work of art.  Unlike theories of interpretation that question the artistic relevance of an act of improvisation when compared to traditional works of art, Pareyson places us on the verge of the work's emergence from physical matter, and in so doing, uncovers the limits of new realist ontologies.

International Association of Aesthetics Interim Conference 2018
Helsinki, 5-7 
luglio
Aalto University

Dal 5 al 7 luglio 2018 la Aalto University, Espoo/Helsinki, ospiterà il convegno dell'International Association for Aesthetics (IAA) dal titolo Margins, Futures and Tasks of Aesthetics
Keynote speakers:
 
Yuriko Saito (Rhode Island School of Design)
Elisabetta di Stefano (University of Palermo)
Jack Halberstam (Columbia University)
Andrew Light (George Mason University & World Resources Institute).

 

Forthcoming


News on Mobilitazione Totale


Ferraris: “Salario di mobilitazione: un’idea per i nuovi poveri dell’era digitale”
Agenda Digitale

 
La rivoluzione documediale ha comportato il riconoscimento del principio “a ognuno secondo le sue capacità” (spariscono le rendite di posizione), anche se siamo ben lontani dall’affermazione del principio “a ognuno secondo le sue necessità”. Il che è particolarmente drammatico se si considera che le capacità richieste dal mondo documediale sono estremamente più sofisticate di quelle richieste da qualsiasi società precedente. Una parte crescente di umanità viene scacciata dal mondo del lavoro e attribuisce la responsabilità di quanto accade a entità numinose e vaghe: l’Europa, il Capitale, i Migranti.  [Continua a leggere]
 
Ferraris: “Web è comunismo realizzato, ma resta lo sfruttamento: ecco l’era documediale”
Agenda Digitale

 
Come definire la rivoluzione documediale? Partiamo dalle sue “rivelazioni”: l’esplosione della registrazione, il passaggio dalle merci ai documenti, il passaggio dal lavoro alla mobilitazione, e l’affermarsi di una forma di vita più vicina sotto molti aspetti al comunismo idealizzato di Marx che non al capitalismo. Ma andiamo per gradi.
[Continua a leggere]

 
 

News on New Realism and Post-Truth


Reality and Possibility: A Defense of Kant against New Realisms
Gaetano Chiurazzi - Research in Phenomenology (Volume 48, Issue 2, 197-208)

 
Abstract: The movement of New Realism, which in Italy has been launched by Maurizio Ferraris, is conceived explicitly in opposition to Kant. In his defense of the distinction between ontology and epistemology, Ferraris starts from the presupposition that it is Kant himself who is responsible for their confusion because of his transcendental philosophy and its consequent constructionism. In this paper I will defend Kant’s perspective, explaining his reasons (or his concept of reason), even against Meillasoux’s “speculative realism.” The basic idea is that Kant’s transcendental philosophy requires a new philosophical attitude, which implies a shift from reality to possibility as the fundamental philosophical category, since only possibility enables a critical perspective on reality.
 
 

News on Il Denaro e i suoi inganni


Il denaro e i suoi inganni
Riccardo De Bonis - Doppiozero

Il dialogo tra filosofi ed economisti è reso complesso dalle differenze di linguaggio e di concezione del mondo tra le due discipline. Ma è un dialogo che vale la pena portare avanti, per non correre il rischio di trincerarsi negli specialismi. Dall’interdisciplinarità abbiamo tutti da guadagnare. Ci sono state molte discussioni tra filosofi ed economisti. Si pensi al discorso sull’idea di giustizia sviluppatosi tra John Rawls e Amartya Sen, al confronto su liberismo e liberalismo che ha contrapposto Benedetto Croce e Luigi Einaudi, o alle chiacchierate sulla natura del linguaggio tra Ludwig Wittgenstein e Piero Sraffa. Si può provare a intessere un’altra discussione partendo da Il denaro e i suoi inganni, pubblicato da Einaudi. Nel libro John Searle e Maurizio Ferraris hanno presentato le loro concezioni della moneta (per semplificare userò nel testo denaro e moneta come sinonimi).  [Continua a leggere

 

Dialoghi di estetica | Rubrica di filosofia e arte


Dialoghi di Estetica | Rubrica di filosofia e arte. Parola a Federica Boràgina e Giulia Brivio
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di Davide Dal Sasso 

Parola alle fondatrici di “Boîte”, Federica Boràgina e Giulia Brivio, il progetto editoriale “in scatola” che vuole rendere l’arte accessibile attraverso la scrittura. Muovendo dall’omonima rivista “in scatola”, il dialogo prende forma attraverso riflessioni sull’accessibilità e la condivisione dell’arte, sulla sua teorizzazione, sul tempo per apprezzarla e le possibilità della scrittura.

Uno degli aspetti che contraddistingue Boîte, il vostro progetto editoriale attivo ormai da quasi dieci anni, è la scelta di rendere l’arte accessibile attraverso i materiali che mettete a disposizione con la vostra rivista.

L’arte contemporanea richiede spesso capacità di osservazione e selezione, soprattutto perché può facilmente diventare esclusiva. Fin dall’inizio, abbiamo proposto una alternativa a questa dimensione lavorando con risorse scientifiche e adottando un approccio divulgativo basato sull’offerta di strumenti che possono facilitare l’avvicinamento all’arte e l’accesso ai contenuti.
Continua a leggere
 

Nuova serie dei Quaderni di "Rivista di Estetica"

LabOnt ha il piacere di annunciare l’avvio della nuova serie dei Quaderni della Rivista di Estetica dedicati alle arti contemporanee pubblicati dall’editore Rosenberg & Sellier Il primo volume sarà dedicato allo street artist Andrea RAVO Mattoni e sarà curato da Davide Dal Sasso .
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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

Pic submissions open
LabOnt announces that submissions to Pic (Philosophy International Curriculum) for the a. a. 2018/19 are now open!
Starting from October 2016, the University of Turin offered a new MA program in philosophy completely taught in English: the Philosophy International Curriculum. The program aims at providing a thorough insight into a comprehensive range of philosophical problems and at developing the distinctive transferable skills arising from an advanced philosophical education. A core curriculum on classical texts and issues is available, along with courses reaching out to forefront debates not only in current philosophy but also in foundational issues concerning contemporary politics, arts, and the sciences. 
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Calls



Conferences

Analytic Aesthetics and Film Studies
University of Warwick, October 26-27, 2018
Organizing committee: Dr Mario Slugan (Ghent University/University of Warwick), Dr Enrico Terrone (Università di Torino/Collège d'études mondiales): aesthetics.film.studies@gmail.com
Submission deadline: 2 July 2018

Confirmed keynotes:
Dr Catharine Abell (University of Manchester).
Dr Andrew Klevan (University of Oxford).

“Analytic Aesthetics and Film Studies” will explore how film scholars and practitioners can contribute to the analytic aesthetics as much as how analytic aestheticians can contribute to our understanding of film. It welcomes analytic aestheticians working on film and film scholars and practitioners interested in contributing to the debates in analytic aesthetics.
Topics for papers and pre-constituted panels may include but are not limited to:
  • Analytic aesthetics’ actual or potential contribution to film theory, history, criticism, or practice
  • The potential or actual contribution of film theory, history, criticism, or practice to the analytic aesthetics
  • The history of analytic aesthetics’ engagement with film
  • The present-day status of analytic aesthetics in film studies
  • The treatment of philosophical subjects in film (philosophers as filmmakers, filmmakers as philosophers, film-philosophy)
  • Challenges from film history and theory to analytic accounts of representation in film (including both fiction and depiction)
  • The role of film theory in the development of analytic aesthetics
  • The nature of distinction between film theory and philosophy of film
  • Moving images beyond the realm of films: TV series, video games, virtual reality, video art... How are they currently accounted for in analytic aesthetic and in film studies? How can the cooperation between the two disciplines improve the research on such moving images?
  • Which films count as works of art? What does it mean for a film to be a work of art? What is the relationship between film as an art form and the art system as a whole? How can the dialogue between analytic aesthetics and film studies shed some light on these issues?

Speakers will be notified of decisions by the end of July. There will be no conference fees. The conference is open to both individual papers or pre-constituted panels (with 3 speakers each and a chair). In the case of individual papers, please submit abstracts between 500 and 1000 words (references included) together with a title and 5 keywords. The abstracts should be prepared for blind review (with name, institutional affiliation, contact details, and the title of the proposal in a separate file). In the case of pre-constituted panels, the conveners are asked to submit a panel proposal including the title, a 300- to 500-word justification for the panel and 300- to 500-word abstracts (references included) for each of the three presentations making up the panel accompanied by a title and 5 keywords. Also included should be names and institutional affiliation for the three presenters and the name, institutional affiliation, contact details, and institutional affiliation for the chair. Panel conveners will be also requested to conform to the Good Practice Policy making sure that at least two of the panellists (including the convener/chair) are female. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 746619 and the British Society of Aesthetics.
Website: https://aestheticsfilmstudies.weebly.com/


Fifth International Research Conference "Mechanisms for Formation of Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones" (CEFZ)
Submission deadline: 15/08/2018


Saint Petersburg State University  Institute of Philosophy (http://philosophy.spbu.ru/en) Russian Academy of Sciences  Sociological institute  Research Center for  Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones (http://socinst.ru/ru/node/558) are pleased to announce the Interdisciplinary Round Table “The Problem of Identity in Cultural Exclusion Zones of the Urban Environment”  (in the framework of the Fifth International Research Conference Mechanisms for Formation of Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones (CEFZ)-2018, http://cult-exclusion.ru/en/konferenczii1/tekushhie/fifth-international-research-conference-mechanisms-for-formation-of-cultural-exclusion-and-frontier-zones-(cefz)-2018), to be held on 4 of October 2019, at Saint Petersburg State University (Institute of Philosophy). 
Over the past century, culture has become objectively urbanistic: the proportion of the planet’s population living in towns and cities has passed 50% and the trend is for steady growth. The population of urban centres is a particular cultural type – its socio-psychological make-up has not been deeply studied, although it is obviously characterized by certain defined markers (urban myths, codes of memory, characters, behavioural norms, antagonistic tendencies). During a phase of the precipitous urbanization of the human species, there occurs both the withering away of social structures that are unconnected to digital culture, and the spontaneous formation of zones of cultural exclusion and displacement, of barriers, in a process dubbed “teichopolitics” by international researchers (from the Greek το τείχος, meaning “city wall”). Nonetheless, it cannot be said that the issue of the factors contributing to identity exclusion, or to the exclusion from some or other form of interaction whether within society itself or within a territorial conglomeration, has been fully researched.

The Call for Papers is open until 15 August 2018.

We welcome the submission of paper proposals in English, Russian, German or Italian, until 30 June 2018, to http://cult-exclusion.ru/ostavit-zayavku; sergtroy@yandex.ru; culturaitalia@yandex.ru.
Paper proposals should be included in one of Thematic Tags:
1. The problem of identity in the urban environment;
2. Cultural exclusion zones in the urban environment;
3. Intercultural studies on contemporary’s urbanistic theories of sustainability.
4. The philosophy of the City;

Proposals must include:
1. Title, author(s), institutional affiliation, email(s);
2. Thematic Tag;
3. Abstract (200 - 300 words) & key words;
Visit (CEFZ) - 2018 website at: http://cult-exclusion.ru/en/konferenczii1/tekushhie/fifth-international-research-conference-mechanisms-for-formation-of-cultural-exclusion-and-frontier-zones-(cefz)-2018.
Please do write us, should you have any question concerning the (CEFZ)-2018 Interdisciplinary Round Table “The Problem of Identity in Cultural Exclusion Zones of the Urban Environment”.
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Journals

RIVISTA DI ESTETICA
Website

(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
Download Call for Papers
 
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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New issue of Pólemos. Materiali di filosofia e critica sociale
Filosofia e cartografia. Prospettive storiche, teoriche, estetiche e politiche
Theme editors: Tommaso Morawski e Ernesto C. Sferrazza Papa
Submission deadline: 15/07/2018

Tra i grandi rimossi della tradizione occidentale, va segnalato il rapporto che lega riflessione filosofica e sapere cartografico. Non si è ancora sufficientemente riflettuto su un insieme di problemi comuni a queste due discipline che ne mostri le reciproche implicazioni: tra questi il problema della verità, il rapporto tra segno visivo e riferimento reale, l’uso politico dei saperi e dunque la loro relazione con la sfera del potere. Nonostante quest’aria di famiglia, il nesso tra le due discipline è stato scarsamente indagato, rimanendo oscuro e confuso. Negli ultimi anni, sia in area continentale sia all’interno della tradizione anglosassone, si è registrato un aumento costante di interesse per quest’area di ricerca grazie ai lavori di storici e teorici della cartografia, filosofi, politologi, giuristi e teorici dei media. In questa costellazione possiamo annoverare, tra gli altri, Brian Harley, Denis Wood, David Harvey, John Pickles, Stuart Elden, Jeremy Crampton, Gilbert Simondon, Bernhard Siegert, Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Franco Farinelli. In ogni caso, la ricerca sul tema è lontana dall’essere esausta. Scopo di questo numero di “Pólemos. Materiali di filosofia e critica sociale” è promuovere la traduzione e lo scambio di teorie, linguaggi e concetti da una disciplina all’altra. Si tratta in questo senso di ricostruire i rapporti storici, teorici, estetici e politici tra filosofia e cartografia. Forse mai come oggi i processi di globalizzazione e di mondializzazione, le nuove tecnologie di mappatura dello spazio, la dislocazione degli sguardi e delle pratiche dal piano tellurico a quello marittimo e aereo (quando non atmosferico, spaziale), obbligano il pensiero critico a rifiutare uno sterile isolamento dei saperi, per favorire la loro continua articolazione e ibridazione.
La rivista mira a ospitare contributi che esplorino i seguenti nuclei tematici:

  • Storia della filosofia e storia della cartografia
  • Ontologia degli oggetti cartografici
  • Uso politico del sapere cartografico
  • Cartografia critica e rapporto sapere/potere, con particolare attenzione all’epistemologia di matrice foucaultiana
  • Nuove cartografie della globalizzazione e della mobilità
  • Spazi virtuali, GIS e mappature digitali
  • Pensiero diagrammatico e cartografia
  • Enciclopedie del sapere e modelli cartografici
Gli articoli, per un limite massimo di 40.000 caratteri (spazi inclusi), accompagnati da un abstract di 1000 caratteri (in italiano e in inglese), devono essere proposti attraverso l’indirizzo e-mail cfp@rivistapolemos.it entro il 15 luglio 2018 (in uno dei seguenti formati: doc, docx, odt). Inviare cortesemente articoli e abstract in un univo documento che sia adatto alla revisione anonima. Sono accettati contributi in italiano, inglese, francese, tedesco e spagnolo. Gli autori che intendano sottoporre alla rivista contributi che eccedano i temi individuati sono invitati a discuterne preliminarmente con i curatori del numero monografico, inviando una mail ai seguenti indirizzi: tommaso.morawski@uniroma1.it ernesto.sferrazza.papa@gmail.com.
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Ardeth (Architectural Design Theory): Rights/Diritti
Theme editor: Carlo Olmo
Submission deadline: 15/07/2018

The range of actions deployed by design professions have seldom entered the debate regarding the relationship between city, rights, and powers. The legitimacy of design actions, though, undergoes the same fragmentation that, in a complementary fashion, questions both the credibility of physical limits in defining what a city is (for instance walls, urban morphology, the district) as well as the universal validity of the rights that are spatially defined by such units.
The project of architecture is often the carrier of a “tyranny of values” (Schmitt, 1966), as it breeds paradigms centered on form, on function or even on consensus, that, for instance, have indirectly reinforced the High-Tech trend, the naturalization of technology and of ecology in the project, as well as the various declinations of participatory action. Perhaps design can still offer itself as a complex dialogical form intended as the sum of technical and relational knowledge sets, and maintain its “discursive” role: nonetheless, the development of such a discursive potential implies the opening of a dialogue with the juridical (Butler, 2012) and historical disciplines (in light of the fact that even the hard sciences have been by now historicized) as well as with geography and the human sciences that deal with the urban dimension. On these premises, this call for papers proposes three main lines of reasoning.

The project as apparatus for the transfer and translation of values and rights
The principle of authority as answer to growing complexity allowed for the affirmation of a priori legitimized positions within international debate, from a form of creativity which coincides with star-architects and their signature, to scientifically tested – and thus guaranteed – systems of technical knowledge (Blau, 1976). Today, architecture and – in part design, answer not only to simplified representations of reality (Smart, Green, Sustainable architecture and city...), but also to systems of values and rights which are external to their own possibilities for negotiation and decision, and often decontextualized from the places in which they produce effects. In this situation, architectural design reads like a technical discipline relying on set ideologies, which cannot be the result of transactions and exchanges constructed along the way. Is this disciplinary marginality a given, or can it be improved upon?

The project as strategy for the statement and construction of rights
The political foundation of space has been constructed, ever since antiquity, on the definition of boundary (Barbera, 2017; Gaeta, 2004; Hansen, 1999).
Today, the coincidence between physical and juridical boundary appears to blur, while, on the contrary, the web of rights that have stratified over space have multiplied in representations and self-referentiality. How can the transformation of space through the tool of architectural projects facilitate the construction of new rights (of access, of ownership, of citizenship, of use, of cultural and symbolic representation) and guarantee their stability? This same constitutive bond governing space has succeeded, since V-Century Athens, in tying together narrative, democracy, rights and design (Loraux, 1997). Today, these concepts seem to indicate self-referential threads, working towards separate objectives: storytelling, electoral consensus, normativity of procedures, technical and economical efficacy, etc. Is this specialization of competence sets necessary and inevitable, or is it still possible to recompose these seemingly separate dimensions through the design of physical space?

The project as map for a space of fragmented rights
On the one hand, rights answer to a system of values and norms that were made autonomous from space, and rather functional to other dimensions (for instance, the financial sphere or even the World Wide Web). On the other, clusters of rights that are increasingly fragmented and hidden can define other types of spatial boundaries, for which neither ideologies of sprawl nor jeux d’échelles (Revel, 1996) seem to offer effective interpretive strategies. Megalopolises like Mexico City, São Paulo, Mumbai, Guangzhou, rely on boundaries governed by property legislations, on increasingly stronger physical barriers, on a model of city that works through closed sub-communities – gated communities- and through research clusters inaccessible to new ‘strangers in the city’ (as it happens, for instance, in the case of Google, Amazon, or Facebook in California). These are socially impenetrable enclaves, not only because the communities living there abide to informal rules that are much more rigid than formal ones (thus replicating forms of self-segregation like the ones regulating the favelas or those districts founded on religious exclusiveness), but also because those rules are legitimized and recognized by outside society as well, thus maintaining and reinforcing their conditions of separation. Today, the boundaries that politically shape space, which is often seen as globalized and abstract, are marked by rights that are increasingly “corporative” and often made invisible – as in the case of Asian smart cities designs. Which are the implications of this? In such conditions, where the separation of space coincides with a segregation of rights, which design action can be of use? Can the project of architecture critically confront conditions such as the ones described?

This call for papers addresses scholars that variously deal with the spatial, social and political dimension of urban transformations, and that through the proposition of theoretical argumentations, case studies, and field work, attempt to answer one or more of the following questions:
1. Can the project of architecture transfer a system of general values and rights within a specific action of spatial transformation? And if so, through which scientific alliances, and, even more importantly, with which outcomes?
2. Does the project of architecture have the power of dialoguing with the juridical foundation of space? If so, through which tools can this power be effective? 3. Can the design of space still be the tool through which to reframe narratives, democracy and rights?
4. Is it possible to unhinge the segregated system of rights through the action of the project, or should we give in to the clustered structure of contemporary urban space?
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ARGUMENTA. Journal of Analytic Philosophy
Deadline for submission: July 31st, 2018
Notification of acceptance: November 30th, 2018

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The Editorial Board of Argumenta invites the submission of papers in answer to the following call: Persons, Reasons, and What Matters: The Philosophy of Derek Parfit 
Guest editor
Fabio Patrone (University of Genova) 
Invited contributors
John Perry (Stanford University) 
Eric T. Olson (University of Sheffield)
Martine Nida-Rümelin (University of Fribourg)
 
For any query, use please the following address:
fabio.patrone@unige.it
  
Description
Derek Parfit’s influence has been substantial in the discussions on personal identity, rationality, and ethics in general. On the one hand, since his first works (Parfit 1971, Parfit 1984) he initiated a new trend in the classic debate about criteria of personal identity, putting forward different and more specific methodological requirements. With the so-called “identity doesn’t matter view” he stressed the importance of a metaphysical analysis of personal identity, arguing that (logical) identity doesn’t matter in survival. On the other hand, Parfit analysed the relation between rationality and time (Parfit 1984: Ch. 2), as well as the concerns about the future generations (Ch. 4), and argued in favour of a universal moral theory (Parfit 2011).
The purpose of this issue is to stress Parfit’s influence in the contemporary philosophical debate, and the significance of his revolutionary ideas. We welcome papers that analyse Parfit’s theses on (but not limited to) the following topics:
 
- Parfit “identity doesn’t matter view”
- Personal identity and its criteria
- Thought experiments
- Reductionism
- Time and rationality
 
References
Parfit D. (1971), “Personal Identity”, Philosophical Review 80, 3-27.
Parfit D. (1984), Reasons and Persons, Oxford: OUP.
Parfit D. (2011), On What Matters, Oxford: OUP.
 
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.
 

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