Maurizio Ferraris “The Documedia Capital”
Nanjing, September 22.
For a little over a decade, we have been witnessing what I call "documedia revolution". With this expression I refer to a series of changes that have taken place in the fields of business, communication and the media - and therefore in labour in general. On the one hand, the sphere of documentality (as I define the set of formal and informal documents on which every human society is based) is expanding at unprecedented speed: documents are now produced automatically and in unparalleled numbers. On the other hand, the media are no longer vertical, but horizontal: every recipient of information is potentially, through social media, a producer of information.
On September 22, Maurizio Ferraris
will present his paper The Documedia Capital
at the University of Nanjing, as the opening lecture of the Nanjing University Series on Italian Contemporary Philosophy.
Il fruscio del denaro e il colore dei soldi. InsolvenzFest
Bologna, 21-22-23 Settembre
Rassegna dialogata a più voci sui temi del debito e delle insolvenze – nel settore privato, delle imprese e nell’economia pubblica – promossa dall’OCI (Osservatorio sulle crisi d’impresa), con il contributo di esperti di diritto, economia, filosofia, letteratura e giornalismo.
21 settembre, 16.40. Il giudice Massimo Ferro
(Suprema Corte di Cassazione) dialogherà con Emanuele Zinato
(Università di Padova) e Angela Condello
(Università di Torino) su “Il denaro e i suoi inganni” (Einaudi 2018).
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Torino, 24-25 Settembre
Palazzo Nuovo, Via Sant'Ottavio 20
LabOnt segnala che il 24 settembre a Palazzo Nuovo il Prof. José Manuel Silvero
(Universidad Nacional de Asunción) terrà una conferenza sul tema "Breve storia del pensiero paraguayano"; nell'indomani, avrà luogo la proiezione del film "Un suelo lejano", che descrive le esperienze di un professore di filosofia in un viaggio verso il Paraguay più profondo e dimenticato: il suo impegno educativo lo porta a impartire conferenze lontano dalle città a un pubblico contadino e generalmente analfabeta. In questo viaggio alla ricerca di non si sa che cosa, o forse sì, il professore visita la comunità di Nueva Germania, una sorta di colonia utopica fondata alla fine del XIX secolo da Bernhard Förster e sua moglie Elisabeth Nietzsche.
Il documentario è stato diretto da Gabriel Muro (Palta Films, Argentina) e presentato a Cuba nel dicembre 2016 all’interno del prestigioso Festival internazionale del nuovo cinema latinoamericano dell'Avana. È stato inoltre selezionato nel 2017 per partecipare al Festival internazionale del cinema indipendente di Buenos Aires.
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Miti del rancore, miti per la crescita: verso un immaginario collettivo per lo sviluppo
Roma, 26 settembre
Sala Zuccari, Palazzo Giustiniani, Senato della Repubblica, Via della Dogana Vecchia, 29
La società del rancore, emersa dall'ultimo «Rapporto sulla situazione sociale del Paese», fa riferimento a un immaginario collettivo regressivo, chiuso, che la rende incerta, impaurita e, per questo motivo, condannata a non crescere. Per analizzare meglio il fenomeno, il Censis, in collaborazione con Conad, ha avviato un progetto che racconta come è cambiato l'immaginario collettivo nell'evoluzione della società italiana ed esplora quali opportunità presenta il futuro.
Presentazione del nuovo progetto di ricerca sull'immaginario collettivo degli italiani:
Francesco Maietta - Responsabile Area Poltiche Sociali Censis
Luca De Biase - Giornalista
Maurizio Ferraris - Filosofo
Francesco Pugliese - Amministratore Delegato Conad
Massimiliano Valerii - Direttore Generale Censis
Maria Latella - Giornalista
Turin, 4-6 of October
University of Torino, Palazzo Nuovo, Ground Floor
The 2018 conference is hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences at the University of Torino, in Italy. The conference co-chairs are Angela Condello and Maurizio Ferraris.
The conference will be the inaugural event of a new Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Industry 4.0, called “Scienza Nuova” (at the University of Torino).
In particular, LabOnt is proud to announce that on 5th October shall take place a conference dinner and Lectio Magistralis
by John R. Searle
(University of California at Berkeley, USA)
(University of York, UK)
(Indiana University–Bloomington, USA)
(University at Buffalo, USA)
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La filosofia fuori di sé
Udine, 5-6 Ottobre
Aula Magna "Pasolini" del Liceo Marinelli-Auditorium Zanon
Si segnala che, contestualmente all'evento "La filosofia fuori di sé" che si terrà a Udine, il 6 ottobre Elena Casetta
(Università di Torino) terrà un intervento dal titolo "Il problema delle specie e le sue conseguenze per la conservazione della biodiversità".
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John Searle, Introduction to Social Ontology
Torino, 8 Ottobre 2018
Aula 37, Palazzo Nuovo, Via Sant'Ottavio 20, h. 12-14
Lunedì 8 ottobre, dalle 12.00 alle 14.00, durante il corso "Filosofia Teorica" della professoressa Andina, John R. Searle terrà una lezione di introduzione all'ontologia sociale. La lezione è aperta al pubblico.
Ontologia sociale. Una conversazione tra Maurizio Ferraris e John R. Searle
Torino, 8 Ottobre 2018
Via Po 18, Aula Guzzo, ore 17-19
Il Laboratorio di Ontologia (https://labont.it) è lieto di annunciare che lunedì 8 Ottobre si terrà un seminario dedicato all'ontologia sociale. I relatori saranno il Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (UniTo) e il Prof. John R. Searle (UC Berkeley). Il seminario, che si svolgerà in forma di conversazione, sarà moderato da Angela Condello, che ha curato "Il denaro e i suoi inganni" (di Searle e Ferraris, Einaudi 2018).
L'evento si svolgerà in lingua inglese ed è aperto al pubblico fino a esaurimento posti.
È gradita una conferma di partecipazione (inviare cortesemente una mail a: email@example.com).
L'evento è promosso in collaborazione con la casa editrice Einaudi.
5th International Chair of Philosophy ‘Jacques Derrida / Law and Culture’
Scienza Nuova: Towards Humanities 4.0
Turin, 15-16 of October
Sala Principi D’Acaja, Palazzo del Rettorato
Refuting the optimistic prophecies made in 1979 (the advent of the postmodern condition) and 1989 (fall of the wall and the end of history), a revolutionary tool appeared precisely in 1989: The World Wide Web. Conceived as an instrument of emancipation, the web has proved to be a very powerful constructor of social reality. Now, for over ten years, more or less since the introduction of smartphones, we have been witnessing a “documedial revolution”, which consists in the union between the institutive power of documents (the web is the largest archive that history has ever known) and the dynamism of the media (each of us is both a receiver and a producer of messages, whereas till not long ago we used to be only receptors).
This revolution has transformed not only knowledge but also the social world with a speed and a power whose only equivalent can be found in the capitalist revolution of the early nineteenth century. However, we have not yet conceptualized this transformation, because we are used to interpreting it as an evolution of capitalism: however, it is actually a radical transformation that introduces a discontinuity which must be analyzed, understood and addressed. The conference will take place on the occasion of the inauguration of "Scienza Nuova", the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Turin aimed precisely at studying the interdependence between technological innovations and social, industrial and philosophical transformations.
Paolo Bozzi Prize for Ontology: Maria Eichhorn
International Chair of Philosophy "Jacques Derrida": Bernard Stiegler
(Institut de recherche et d'innovation (IRI), Paris)
Speakers: Tiziana Andina
, Mario Carpo
, Maria Eichhorn
, Maurizio Ferraris
, Werner Gephart
, Sara Guindani
, Christiane Paul
, Pietro Montani
, Luca Morena
, Viviana Patti
, Julian Nida-Rümelin
, Filippo Santoni de Sio
, Bernard Stiegler
, Janna van Grunsven
LabOnt at the University of Malta
Last Monday, the "GF Abela Junior College" in Malta hosted the Pre-conference Philosophy Symposium "Ontology in a Contemporary Context", with talks by Maurizio Ferraris (Keynote Speaker), Francesco Camboni, Marco Inchingolo, Valeria Martino and Erica Onnis. Here is a picture was taken in front of the college, with Niki Young (University of Malta).
IFKīs fellows and the program of the winter term 2018/2019
1/10: Welcome Reception
8/10: Lecture: Kulturtechnik Digitalität? Über Ambivalenzen des Digitalen und die Notwendigkeit Einer "Digitalen Aufklä rung"
Der "Imperialismus der Verschriftung" reicht weit: Nicht nur wird der genetische Code des Lebens als DNA buchstabiert, sondern nahezu alle Anwendungen zeitgenössischer Digitalität werden durch Buchstabengebrauch initialisiert und sind algorithmisch fundiert in der Entscheidungslogik des Binäralphabets.
15/10: Eva Johach, Lecture: Quantenphysik, der "Postmodern Turn" und die kulturellen Logiken der Übersetzung
"Transgressing Boundaries“: Unter diesem Titel parodierte Alan Sokal Mitte der 1990er-Jahre die verbreiteten Versuche, die Quantenphysik für eine „postmoderne“ Auffassung von Wissenschaft und Wirklichkeit in Anspruch zu nehmen. Was dem Physiker Sokal nur als illegitime Grenzüberschreitung erscheinen konnte, möchte Eva Johach unter dem Gesichtspunkt kultureller Übersetzung neu beleuchten.
17-18/10: Workshop "Undisziplinierte Gespräche. Zwischen Wissenschafr und Kunst"
Zur Eröffnung des Herbstsemesters 2018/19 in Linz werden die neuen IFK_Fellows mit Lehrenden der Kunstuniversität Linz über ihre Themen und Projekte sprechen. Diese Begegnungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst werden nicht nur inhaltliche Fragen aufwerfen, sondern auch methodische, technische oder sogar biografische Aspekte.
Le mois de septembre à la Fondation
3/10: Rencontre avec Karol Modzelewski
À l'occasion de la parution de ses mémoires en français, "Nous avons fait galoper l'Histoire. Confession d'un cavalier usé",
Karol Modzelewski sera exceptionnellement à Paris pour présenter et signer son ouvrage.
3/10 Mondes caraïbes et transatlantiques en mouvement. Violences et contre-violences en contexte (post)colonial et (post)esclavagiste
Journée d’étude sur les révoltes anticoloniales (Martinique – Guadeloupe – Madagascar).
4/10: Le "54" ouvre ses portes
Dans le cadre de la Nuit du Droit, le CLAMOR animera le hall du bâtiment 54, lieu chargé d'une longue histoire judiciaire. Différentes interventions (projections, conférence, complaintes criminelles chantées ainsi qu’une exposition évoquant la mémoire du lieu et l’histoire de la justice) rythmeront cet événement. Entrée libre.
8/10: Chaire Global South(s): Genre, nation et laïcité
À partir d’une perspective féministe et décoloniale, analyse du lien entre genre, nation et laïcité dans le cadre européen et africain.
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
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for further details on our program, including how to apply.
(3/2019) "Bridging Traditions. Chinese and Western Philosophy in Dialogue"
Advisory Editors: Wang Chengbing (Beijing Normal University), Erica Onnis (University of Turin)
Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Deadline for submission: September 30th, 2018
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"
: Adam Andrzejewski (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Deadline for submission: January 30th, 2019
(2/2020) "Thinking with Umberto Eco: Philosophy, Semiotics, and the Arts"
: Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin), Ugo Volli (University of Turin), Davide Dal Sasso (University of Turin)
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Deadline for submission: May 1st, 2019
(3/2020) "Ethics of the Environmental Crisis"
Davide Pala (University of Rijeka) and Carlo Burelli (University of Rijeka)
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
Deadline for submission: October 31st, 2018
Notification of acceptance: January 31st, 2019
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.
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 email@example.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.
Collegio Carlo Alberto
The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”
FMSH, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme