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Rivista di Estetica is now an Open Access Journal

The following issues are already available:,
and others will follow soon.

New Brill Journal: Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Tiziana Andina, University of Turin, Italy
Gianmaria Ajani, University of Turin, Italy
Werner Gephart, University of Bonn, Germany

Publication Scheme
Each issue will be intended as a monographic volume devoted to a specific topic.

The journal welcomes submissions in any domain of art and law. Published articles have to undergo editorial and blind peer review. Considering the highly interdisciplinary character of the journal, the editorial board is composed of leading experts in different fields of the humanities.

Art and Law.
Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: duties and responsibility

: La Venaria Reale, Turin; Venice.
Timing: July 3rd-9th, 2017
Language: English

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Stefano Rodotà, 1933-2017

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International Summer School. Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: duties and responsability
Venaria Reale, July 3rd-9th

The works of Joseph Beuys, made with the use of organic material, degrade in time; Pier Paolo Calzolari instead uses stabilized natural materials. The works of Anselm and Wolfgang Laib require daily maintenance; the complex installations by Dieter Roth can only be reactivated by his son to whom he hands the work with instructions to install it.
Works of this type open up important questions:

Which and how many variations can a work of art bear while still being the same?

What are the margins of the owner’s intervention in terms of exhibition and conservation of the work?

What role does the restorer play today?

Contemporary works of art imply a number of challenges both on the side of philosophy, for problems that concern their identity, and on the legal side, as regards their protection.
There are many contemporary materials, in addition to the more traditional ones: lights, smells, sounds, food, consumables and waste, to name just a few. All of them ask important questions in terms of preventive conservation and restoration.

The summer school will examine the theoretical and practical issues raised by the contemporary arts in the context of law, philosophy and conservation.

The examination of theoretical issues will take place by exploring the many case studies produced by the arts, and will unfold in dialogue with the artists and the industry. The theoretical work also provides a basis for the consideration of the structural characteristics and dynamics that characterize the contemporary art world.








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I work therefore I am (European). Metamorphosis of Labour: Social Identity, Mobilization, Integration, Representation

International Conference 9-11 November 2017, Brussels

Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Project I Work Therefore I am (European)

Speakers and participants

Emiliano Acosta (Vrije University of Bruxelles), Tiziana Andina (University of Torino), Gabriele Bischoff (EESC), Roberto Ciccarelli (Journalist at Il Manifesto), Silvia Contarini (University of Paris Nanterre), Rocco Cangelosi (CIME), Georges Dassis (EESC), Virgilio Dastoli (CIME), Marc De Vos (University of Ghent), Filip Dorssemont (University of Louvain - to be confirmed), Maurizio Ferraris (University of Torino), Monica Jansen (University of Utrecht), Jean Lapeyre (Collège d’Europe - to be confirmed), Mara Santi (University of Ghent), Morag Shiach (Queen Mary University of London), Elly Schlein (European Parliament), Richard Sennett (LSE, NYU - to be confirmed), Enrico Terrone (FMSH), Massimiliano Tortora (University of Torino), Gertrudis Van de Vijver (University of Ghent), Luca Visentini (European Trade Union Confederation).

Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre and University of Torino)
Tiziano Toracca (University of Torino)

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) La Fonderie (Museum of Industry and Labour)

In contemporary Europe, labour occupies a central position in human existence: since the industrial revolution it is the principal criterion of reciprocal recognition and of universal mobilization. In a multi-level governance system like the EU, through their profession people feel recognized by the others: they are. Indeed, labour is more than a mere economic relationship, it rather pertains to an identitarian process and it is an anthropological phenomenon radically influencing human existence, a way to defend ourselves against death and, probably, what makes the difference between human beings and animals. The conference aims at analyzing labour in light of the transformation of European identity and of its interaction with the latest social, economic and political trends such as deindustrialization, pervasive enlargement of markets, digitalization and virtual relationships, social polarization and migratory fluxes. We aim to investigate the contradictions of the relation between labour and identity, such as the fact that very often labour does not produce any social integration but, on the contrary, hides forms of alienation. Moreover we aim to investigate the connection between the crisis of labour and the new forms of slavery - this particular feature is connected to mobilization. The existential role of labour in our lives - even when problematic - suggests that the humanities could help understanding why and how people need to work and to be integrated in a community. Other questions that may be explored include how the advent of competitive forces have blurred the lines between work and free time, and how they did reshape the notions of work-life balance and flexibility through the crisis.

  • Philosophy and Technological Innovation 

  • Politics and Civil Society 

  • Law and Social Sciences 

  • Literature and Cinema 

The conference languages will be English and French.
Both established and early-career scholars are invited to submit proposals to present papers specifying the roundtable in which they would like to participate. Anyone wishing to participate should submit an abstract of max 350 words (about 15 minutes presentation) plus a brief biography, by email to by 6 August 2017. Acceptances will be notified by 20 August at the latest.
The selected papers will be published in an edited collection following the conference. Registration details will be announced no later than August. 

Further details on the Conference and the Call for Papers can be found on 
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This week

Tre meditazioni su verità, non-verità e post verità
Venezia, 3 luglio 

Sale Apollinee, Teatro La Fenice, ore 18.00

Maurizio Ferraris (Università di Torino), Imparare dalla post-verità
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Public Interpretation. Sharing Meaning in the Era of Extreme Virality
Turin, July 4

Aula “Guzzo”, via Po 18, h. 09.00

International Doctoral Symposium jointly organized by the University of Potsdam, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the University of Turin, in cooperation with MIUR (Italian Ministry for University and Research) and DAAD (German Service for Academic Exchange)

9:00 Introduction and welcome speech
9:15 “Theses on Public Hermeneutics”: Prof. ZHANG Jiang, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
9:45 Discussion

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 “Semiotics of the Common Sense”: Prof. Massimo LEONE, University of Turin
11:00 Discussion
11:30 The Shift in Meaning (On the Language and Communication Strategies in the
German Right Wing Movements and Groupuscules): Amir DIZDAREVIĆ, Jan RATHJE, Rocio ROCCO, and Nora YEHIA, University of Potsdam
12:o0 “A Picture of the Internet: Conflict, Power and Politics on Pixelxanvas”: Dr. Mattia THIBAULT, University of Turin
12:30 “Blue Whale: The Joy of Public (Over)Interpretation”: Bruno SURACE, University of Turin
13:00 Discussion

13:30 Lunch break

15:30 “Information, Semiosis, and Semiospherical Turbulences”: Prof. Eva KIMMINICH, University of Potsdam
16:00 Conclusions: “Learning from Post-Truth”: Prof. Maurizio FERRARIS, University of Turin 

Discussants: Vincenzo IDONE CASSONE, University of Turin
Prof. JIN Huimin, Research Fellow of Institute for Literature Studies, CASS
Prof. LI Hongyan, the Editor-in- Chief of Social Sciences in China Today
Prof. QUAN Da, Program Officer of European Division, International Cooperation Bureau, CASS
Prof. Stefania STAFUTTI, University of Turin
Prof. WU Bolong, Director of European Division, International Cooperation Bureau, CASS
Prof. ZHANG Zhengwen, Vice President of Graduate School, CASS
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International Conference: “What’s next?!” Hype and Hope from Human Reproductive Cloning to Genome Editing
Turin, July 6-7

Sala Principi D’Acaja, Rectorate Palace, Via Verdi 8 and Via Po 17

Debates on assisted reproduction and embryo research are being revived through genome editing, artificial gametes, and mitochondrial donation. These technologies initiate discussions that involve the scientists themselves. However, the self-regulatory concern of science was already existent during historic events between the 1960s and 1970s. Also a proposed need for regulation holds for past events such as the birth of Louise Brown and Dolly the Sheep. In this debate, the technological promises are balanced against risks for future generations; which resembles similar patterns of arguments that were triggered after earlier inventions. Science fiction never stopped bringing individual and collective issues of these technologies to the public. Films and novels counter hard facts with stories of vulnerable and affected subjects addressing potential consequences, side effects, and risks of biotechnologies. Our conference focuses on moral issues in both current and past debates for the purpose of learning from disruptions of ‘hype and hope’ for future debates on reproductive technologies. With an analysis of social conflicts and cultural paradigms that are negotiated in the representational arts, we aim at understanding how stories can help shape moral arguments and ethical evaluation.

09:30 Maurizio Mori | Torino University | Italy 
09:45 Maurizio Balistreri | Torino University | Italy & Solveig Lena Hansen | University Medical Center Göttingen | Germany          
“Moral and Fictional Discourses on Reproductive Techniques and Genetic Engineering”

Session 1: Reflecting Moral Issues
Chair: Vera Tripodi | Torino University | Italy
10:15  Daniela Cutas | Umeå University | Sweden
“Sci-Fi Parenthood and the End of Love”
11:15  Anna Smajdor | University of Oslo |  Norway
“Brain Dead Gestation: a Feasible Alternative to  Ectogenesis”
11:45  Robert Ranisch | Tübingen University | Germany
“Genome Editing and Eugenics: Different Narratives and what we Can Learn from the Past”
12:15  Discussion of Session 1

Public Event
Keynote I:
15:30 Demetrio Neri | University of Messina | Italy 
“The International Debate on Genome Editing”
17:00  Francesco Verso | Writer, Rome | Italy
“How to Select Moral Issues for Science Fiction   Stories”
18:00  Carl Gerber | Screenwriter, Berlin |  Germany & Nana McLean | Biologist, Berlin | Germany
“Youterus - Design and Discussion for the Future of  Pregnancy”

Friday, July 7, 2017 
Keynote II:
09:30  Maria Aline Salgueiro de Seabra Ferreira |  University of Aveiro | Portugal
“The Disappearing Mother in Science Fiction and Utopia: The Promises and Perils of Ectogenesis”

Session 2: Bioethics and Science Fiction 
Chair: Matteo Galletti | Firenze University | Italy
10:45  Carola Barbero | Torino University | Italy “Today it’s Fiction, Tomorrow it Will be Real: The Challenge of Science Fiction to Aristotle’s   Definition”
11:15  Mirko D. Garasic | IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca | Italy
“The Evolution of Physical Enhancement in Cinematography”
11:45  Discussion of Session 2

Session 3: (Re)Constructing Genes – (Re)Constructing Debates
Chair: Silvia Zullo | Bologna University | Italy
14:30  Antonella Ficorilli | Bioethicist, Ph.D. | Rome| Italy & Fabrizio Rufo | Sapienza University of  Rome | Italy
“Public Trust in New Genome Editing Techniques:  Responsible Conduct of Research and Governance Policies”
15:00  Oliver Feeney | National University of  Galway| Ireland
“Editing the Debate: Critically Assessing the Nor mative Reactions to Gene-Editing”
16:00  Ari Schick | Tel Aviv University | Israel
“New Metaphors for Old Dilemmas: Genome Editing and the Perils of Anticipatory Bioethics”
16:30  Discussion of Session 3
Concluding Remarks
17:00  Solveig Lena Hansen | University Medical Center Göttingen | Germany & Maurizio Balistreri | Torino University | Italy
“… and what’s next?!” - Summary and Future Directions by Organizers
18:00 End of the Conference
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Conferenza di presentazione del nuovo polo museale Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – Collezione Cerruti
Rivoli, 7 luglio

Castello di Rivoli, Manica Lunga, ore 11

Un importante accordo, siglato da Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti e Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, conferisce al primo polo dell'Arte Contemporanea italiano una straordinaria collezione sconosciuta ai più restituendo in tal modo alla collettività un patrimonio inestimabile, frutto della vita discreta e riservata di Francesco Federico Cerruti, imprenditore/collezionista scomparso nel 2015 all’età di 93 anni.
Un progetto ambizioso che prevede la ristrutturazione della villa che lo stesso Cerruti aveva fatto costruire a Rivoli, a pochi minuti dal Castello, per custodire le sue opere e che diventerà nel 2019 la sede della Collezione Cerruti.
Appartengono alle Collezione Cerruti opere che spaziano dal Medioevo e dal Rinascimento all’Ottocento fino alla modernità, per una collezione privata difficilmente paragonabile ad altro in Europa. Una collezione da visitare nella sua interezza, così come voluto dallo stesso Cerruti che, dopo una vita spesa a custodire gelosamente i suoi capolavori, lascia ai posteri il compito di farla scoprire nella sua bellezza e complessità.

Introduce il Direttore,
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Antonella Parigi, Assessora alla Cultura e Turismo Regione Piemonte
Andreina Cerruti, Presidente della Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte
Dario Gallina, Presidente Unione Industriale di Torino
Luisa Papotti, Soprintendente archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Torino
Paolo Emilio Ferreri, avvocato
Salvatore Settis, storico dell’arte
Cristina Accornero, storica
Armando Baietto / Giusi Rivoira, architetti
Pietro Rigolo, storico dell’arte e archivista
Marcella Beccaria, capo curatore
Maurizio Ferraris, filosofo


Voci dai Libri. Laboratorio senza segreti. Con Maurizio Ferraris e Ugo Nespolo.
Vernante, 15 luglio

Cascina delle Rocche, Loc. Moncucco 50, ore 21.00

Un filosofo e un artista, tra i protagonisti della cultura italiana, dialogano in una sera di mezza estate nel magico scenario della cascina delle Rocche, perfetto belvedere tra le colline e i vigneti delle Langhe.
Conduce Renato Grimaldi
Scarica la locandina

20th International Association for Critical Realism 2017 Annual Conference. “Human Emancipation and the Problem of Violence”
Turin, July 19-21

Campus Luigi Einaudi, Lungo Dora Siena 100

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

The conference invites papers from those interested in critical realism in its different forms, and with a broad interest in the issues contained in the theme. It is intended also to be the occasion for a meeting and dialogue between two different traditions of contemporary realist thought, Critical Realism and New Realism.

KEYNOTE Speakers
Prof. Margaret ARCHER – University of Warwick
Prof. Maurizio FERRARIS – University of Torino
Prof. Andrea MACCARINI – University of Padova
Prof. Alan NORRIE – University of Warwick
Prof. Colin WIGHT – University of Sydney

Dr. Roberto F. Scalon – Promoter (CPS) Prof. Tiziana Andina (DFE)
Prof. Roberta Ricucci (CPS)
Dr. Sara Lagi (CPS)

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Opera aperta

Il 26 giugno è andata in onda l'ultima puntata, prima della pausa estiva, di Opera Aperta, il programma ideato e condotto da Maurizio Ferraris, realizzato con la collaborazione di Claudio Del Signore e di Gino Roncaglia, in onda da lunedì 22 maggio alle 23.05 su Rai5 su Rai 5. La puntata, dedicata alla Memoria, ha visto Ferraris discutere con Sara Guindani filosofa, Daniela Padoan scrittrice, Francisco Martín  Cabrero ispanista e Matteo Borri storico della scienza.

Opera aperta si interrompe per la pausa estiva, e riprenderà il 18 settembre, con il seguente palinsesto:

Puntata 7, 18 settembre
Cosa è la realtà, come ci confrontiamo tutti i giorni con essa? Siamo consapevoli di quello a cui ci mette di fronte la realtà?  
Ne parlano con Maurizio Ferraris i filosofi Felice Cimatti e Mario De Caro, il critico letterario Raffaele Donnarumma, e la filosofa Daniela Angelucci.
Puntata 8, 25 settembre
Tutto può fare paura. Eppure la paura la cerchiamo e ricerchiamo. Diceva Thomas  Hobbes che l’unico sentimento che aveva mai provato in vita sua era la paura. Senza questo sentimento non ci potrebbe essere il coraggio. Ma da dove nasce la paura, è qualcosa che alberga in noi o che viene dall’esterno?
Maurizio Ferraris ne discute con il critico e saggista Filippo La Porta, con il filosofo Giacomo Marramao, con Germano Dottori, docente di studi strategici e con la psicoanalista Marisa Fiumanò.
Puntata 9, 2 ottobre
 Cosa è oggi la Cultura? Cosa si può definire con questo nome, da che parte dobbiamo guardare per essere certi della conoscenza? Ne parla Maurizio Ferraris con i suoi ospiti: il teologo e filosofo Vito Mancuso, la scrittrice Chiara Valerio, il filosofo Luigi Perissinotto e il regista Claudio Cupellini.
Puntata 10, 9 ottobre
 Mobilitazione totale o mobilitazione parziale, cosa è la tecnica, a cosa serve? Chi la utilizza?
Ne discute Maurizio Ferraris con i suoi ospiti: il filosofo Pietro Montani, Germano Dottori docente di studi strategici, il germanista Michele Cometa e la cuoca Eliana Vigneti.
Puntata 11, 16 ottobre
 Dimităr Josifov Pešev, uomo senza qualità e senza eroismi, politico di seconda fila in una piccola nazione la Bulgaria, salvò 48.000 ebrei durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Cosa è l’esempio? Sono le idee che si professano o i gesti che si compiono?
Ne discute Maurizio Ferraris con i suoi ospiti, Gabriele Pedullà narratore e critico, Sandra Plastina filosofa, Ugo Nespolo artista, e Angela Condello filosofa del diritto.  



Argumenta. Journal of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy
Issue 4 May 2017
Carola Barbero, Andrea Iacona, Alberto Voltolini Graham Priest Timothy Williamson Luis Estrada-González Takayashi Yagisawa Vittorio Morato Cristina Nencha Mark Jago Nicola Spinelli Mark Sainsbury Talia Morag Paolo Leonardi Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Samuel Iaquinto, Valerio Buonomo, Lee Basham

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

Argumenta accepts articles, discussions and reviews in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of logic, philosophy of law, political philosophy, epistemology, ethics, and any other area of analytic philosophy, broadly conceived. 
All the contributions will undergo a standard double blind refereeing procedure. 

Scholars anywhere in the world are invited to submit their papers, answer the regular calls for papers and calls for guest editorships. 
Please follow this link:



PhD Scholarships 

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
10 four-years grants are offered by the faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy for its PhD programme. Each grant amounts to 68,000 €; for research visits abroad the grant can increase up to 50%. Substantial extra funding is available for participation to international conferences, schools, workshops, research visits. The language of the PhD program is English.

The deadline for applications is 3 July 2017. For more info, the call, and applications look at:

The university is located in one of the most fascinating European regions, the Dolomites ( This young university has already established itself as an important research institution, both in Italy and abroad. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017, the university is the tenth world’s best small university, is the fifth best among all the Italian Universities with computer science departments, and it is the second best young Italian University.

The KRDB Research Centre of the faculty ( is widely recognised as one of the internationally leading groups in knowledge representation research, with a synergy between foundational and application-oriented research. Among the various available PhD topics described in the call, the KRDB Research Centre is looking for PhD students interested in Conceptual Data Modelling and Ontology Design, Intelligent Information Access and Query processing, Information Integration, Semantic Technologies, Knowledge Representation, Computational Logic, Artificial Intelligence, foundations of Process-aware Information Systems.

To get in contact with the KRDB Research Centre and discuss about the opportunities of this call contact prof. Alessandro Artale at


Congresso Internazionale. “60 anni de La Struttura Originaria (60SO)”
Brescia 24‐26 febbraio 2018

Deadline: 30 settembre

Direzione scientifica
Ines Testoni, Vincenzo Milanesi, Giulio Goggi, Ilario Bertoletti

Giorgio Brianese, Massimo Donà, Giulio Goggi, Leonardo Messinese, Davide Spanio, Luigi Vero Tarca, Ines Testoni

Comitato scientifico
Francesco Altea, Giuseppe Barzaghi, Enrico Berti, Francesco Berto, Sara Bignotti, Giorgio Brianese, Hervé Cavallera, Piero Coda, Umberto Curi, Nicoletta Cusano, Biagio de Giovanni, Massimo Donà, Adriano Fabris, Maurizio Ferraris, Umberto Galimberti, Giulio Giorello, Sergio Givone, Giulio Goggi, Luca Illetterati, Natalino Irti, Paul Livingston, Romano Madera, Giacomo Marramao, Leonardo Messinese, Giuseppe Micheli, Vincenzo Milanesi, Salvatore Natoli, Federico Perelda, Ugo Perone, Arnaldo Petterlini, Bruno Pinchard, Graham Priest, Gennaro Sasso, Carlo Scilironi, Italo Sciuto, Pierangelo Sequeri, Davide Spanio, Andrea Tagliapietra, Luigi Vero Tarca, Francesco Totaro, Gianni Vattimo, Mauro Visentin, Vincenzo Vitiello

Call for Papers
Coloro che sono interessati, devono inviare un abstract entro il 30 settembre all’indirizzo:

La struttura degli abstract deve essere la seguente:
Cognome Nome
Professione (o studi in corso) e indirizzo email
Testo (carattere: Times New Roman; dimensione carattere: 12; numero caratteri, spazi inclusi: minimo 4000, massimo 8000; interlinea singola)
Bibliografia (corrispondenza tra citazioni nel testo e voci bibliografiche: massimo 10 voci)

L’accettazione dei contributi sarà resa nota agli autori entro il 15 ottobre
La programmazione sarà predisposta entro il 30 novembre
Iscrizioni entro il 31 dicembre
Per ulteriori informazione, scarica la call cliccando QUI

On the nature of variation: random, biased and directional
Anfiteatro da Fundação FCUL, University of Lisbon, 3-4 October 2017
Deadline: 15.07.2017

Invited speakers
Eva Boon (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Holland), Pietro Corsi (University of Oxford, UK and EHESS, Paris, France), Leonore Fleming (Utica College, USA), Gerd Müller (Universität Wien, Austria), Sahotra Sarkar (University of Texas at Austin, USA and Presidency University, Kolkata, India), Arlin Stoltzfus (Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, NIST, USA).

Adaptationism pervades all aspects of biological thinking. One crucial challenge to adaptationism stems from recent genomic analyses suggesting that non-adaptive processes such as drift and mutation dominate genome evolution. A different challenge to adaptationism comes from studies of phenotypic evolution suggesting that developmental processes co-determine the direction of evolution. One way to capture the common theoretical thread of these two challenges is the following: genomic and phenotypic variation bias evolutionary outcomes because they are not “random”. If variation is not random, then it is either biased or directional. If the processes of generation of genomic and phenotypic variation were biased, then evolutionary outcomes would depend not solely on natural selection, but on the nature of these biases: mutational and developmental biases would therefore be processes of fundamental evolutionary importance. If the processes of generation of genomic and phenotypic variation were directional, then evolutionary outcomes would depend not solely on natural selection, but on the capacities of the organisms to respond adaptively to environmental challenges.

Call for abstracts
The present call for abstracts is directed to philosophers of biology, philosophers of science, historians of biology, evolutionary and theoretical biologists. The aim of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary context for evaluating the historical, empirical and theoretical dimensions of the debate concerning the nature of variation and the proper role for variation in evolutionary explanations, how the debate has unfolded and how it shapes current evolutionary thinking in the life sciences. We particularly seek contributions that tackle the following issues:

1. How useful is the doctrine of variational randomness? And how should it be characterised?

2. In what sense would the existence of processes of generation of biased or directional variation challenge (empirical) adaptationism?

3. Is phenotypic variation random in the same sense as genomic variation?

4. Are all processes of genomic change random in the same sense?

5. How can evolutionary thinking benefit from concepts of randomness used in other sciences (e.g., mathematics, physics)?

6. To what extent do indeterministic processes play a role in mutation? 

7. What mutation systems other than CRISPR-Cas violate current notions of randomness? 

8. How can evolutionary thinking benefit from an analogy with cultural processes of variation-generation?

Deadline for submission: 15.07.2017

Notification of acceptance: 05.08.2017

Proposals should be approximately 500 words long. 

Please send them to Davide Vecchi < >.

Elena Casetta, Silvia Di Marco, Jorge Marques da Silva, Carina Vieira da Silva, Davide Vecchi.

Funded by the FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) through the Philosophy of the Life Sciences Group of the Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (strategic project UID/FIL/00678/2013) and the R&D Project Biodecon (PTDC/IVC-HFC/1817/2014).

For more information, please visit:

World Congress of Philosophy 2018. Learning to be human
October 1, 2017

Beijing, August 13-20, 2018

The World Congress of Philosophy is organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) in collaboration with one of its member societies. The XXIV World Congress will be held in Beijing, China, from August 13 to August 20, 2018, under the auspices of the Chinese Organizing Committee. The complementary aims of the 2018 Congress include an emphasis on exploring dimensions of the human and inquiring into the challenges facing humanity:

To globalize philosophical investigations to encompass the diverse forms of philosophizing by past and present thinkers across cultures, with special attention to critical reflections on philosophy itself and the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world.

To open the philosophical area to enable philosophers to address emerging global issues through fruitful interactions with other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with other activities in economic, social, political, and religious spheres, as well as with diverse cultures and traditions.

To encourage philosophical reflections to become public discourses on recurrent human concerns, such as ecology, justice, and peace.

***Submissions should not exceed 1,800 words (or 3,000 characters for papers submitted in Chinese), and should be accompanied by a 200 words abstract (500 characters in Chinese). The submission should include an indication, prominently displayed, of the section for which the contributed paper is intended and shall be written in one of the official languages of the Congress.

Online submission is open now.

All persons who want to participate in the Congress are welcome to submit their abstract and paper. Abstract and paper should be intended to one of the 99 Sections for contributed papers announced in the tab menu "Sections for Contributed papers"

There are three ways of submitting the abstract and paper:
(1) Online submission
Click here to reach the Online submission Page.
(2) As attachment to an email message:
(3) the archaic way of sending the documents by post: 

Chinese Organizing Committee
24th World Congress of Philosophy Secretariat
Department of Philosophy—Peking University, No.5 Yiheyuan Road Haidian District, Beijing, P.R.China 100871

We strongly recommend all participants to use the online abstract and paper submission for their convenience and for reduction of costs.

Ardeth #3: MONEY: The Economies of Architecture
Theme Editor: Jeremy Till

Deadline: 21 July 2017

This special issue of Ardeth invites contributors to discuss the economies of architecture, with the following as potential areas to explore:

  • The Economies of Work: following Deamer et al, how are the various modes of architectural work (in practice, in education, in competitions) overseen by economic systems, and what are the possibilities to escape the dominance of the norms?
  • The Economies of Theory: the so-called ‘post-critical’ turn in architectural theory and practice may be read as at best a pragmatic acceptance of, at worst a complicity with, the prevailing economic orthodoxy. What types of theory might best provide a new critical edge that opens up that orthodoxy to inspection and transformation in an architectural context?
  • The Economies of Stuff: architectural operations are at heart about the manipulation of stuff, and this stuff is generally treated as commodity. What are the possibilities for new forms of the supply chain, of the commons, of reuse and so on that reconsider the use of stuff beyond its exchange value.
  • The Economies of Value: architecture, at least the 1% version of its stars, is employed to increase the cultural capital, and hence economic value, of development. Essays that investigate this process are invited, as well as those that look at the way that architecture might intervene in alternative value systems such those of social and environmental capital.
  • The Economies of the Future: with the spectre of the collapse of capitalism haunting much current political debate, we need to start thinking about other economic models and their spatial implications. This section of the issue asks how such alternative models might inflect on architectural operations, from the nature of practice to new spatial and material figurations.

Submission guidelines

 Articles should be written in standard English or Italian. Only original work will be considered for publication, i.e. outcomes of research conducted by the author/s which have not yet been published anywhere else and are not currently under review by any other journal.

Ardeth accepts manuscripts in two submission types: Peer Reviewed Manuscripts and Solicited Manuscripts. These manuscripts are primarily text based (length 3÷6,000 words including notes, captions, and references). Essays should be grounded in relevant discourse, offer an original and critical contribution of a theoretical or a more empirical nature, and be supported by appropriate visual apparatus. Images have an argumentative and not illustrative nature.

Manuscripts should be sent to the Editorial Board specifying the call for papers the manuscript answers to (i.e. Ardeth #3_Money):

Detailed guidelines are available on the magazine website:



Dossier Sens public. L’ontologie du numérique. Entre mimésis et réalité
1er juillet: remise des textes

Dans sa longue notice (auto)biographique publiée sur Le Tiers livre, François Bon prédit en ces termes la fin de sa vie et l'aboutissement de son oeuvre : Évolution progressive et définitive du site Tiers Livre en arborescence d’oeuvre transmedia et préparation d’un verre sphérique inaltérable et indestructible incluant la totalité de cette oeuvre unique.
Déclare dans son dernier billet de blog : “J’aurais pu faire ma vie autrement, mais je n’y avais pas pensé avant”. Cependant, la révélation que l’auteur habitait depuis de nombreuses années dans son site Internet provoque un certain émoi et beaucoup de sensation et d’interrogation dans le monde numérique et littéraire.
Non sans humour, l'écrivain souligne la fusion qui s’opère aujourd’hui entre les espaces numérique et non numérique, ou du moins le brouillage constant des frontières entre ce qui relève traditionnellement du « réel » et de l'« imaginaire ». En vérité, ce brouillage n’a rien d’inédit, aussi dirons-nous que le numérique permet de réinvestir certaines problématiques ontologiques qui ont traversé l’histoire de la pensée – en y ajoutant au passage ses propres paradoxes.
D’un côté en effet, la notion de représentation a été largement utilisée pour analyser l’effet de nos écrans numériques, bien que l’on puisse regretter l’aspect restrictif d’une telle approche qui, essentiellement concentrée sur la dimension visuelle des médias numériques, occulte tout ce qui se trouve du côté des pratiques – l’analyse du concept d’interface, proposée par Alexander Galloway permet d’ailleurs d’y remédier (Galloway, 2012). D’un autre côté, le terme « réalité » (augmentée ou virtuelle) n’a cessé d’être convoqué afin de définir le statut des mondes numériques – l’adjectif « virtuel » ayant alors pour fonction d’affirmer une progressive perte de la matérialité du rapport avec l'espace dit réel (Serres 1994, Koepsell 2000, Virilio 1996). Aujourd’hui enfin, de plus en plus de chercheurs s’accordent à dire que nous vivons dans un espace hybride (Beaude 2012, Vitali-Rosati, 2012, Floridi 2014), où les distinctions entre réel et numérique n’ont plus de sens…

Dans ce contexte, les narrations transmédia s’emploient elles aussi à repousser les frontières entre mondes fictionnels et monde(s) réel(s), en s’appuyant notamment l’engagement des spectateurs (Jenkins, 2008). Les produits en réalité augmentée mélangent désormais la vision du monde qui nous entoure avec des éléments ludiques ou issus de la fiction. Le statut de ces nouvelles narrations est complexe : comment qualifier les tweets de Clara Beaudoux dans son Madeleine project, ou ceux de Guillaume Vissac dans Accident de personne ? Comment décrire le projet tentaculaire qui se construit depuis près de 20 ans autour du Général Instin, investissant l'espace web autant que l'espace urbain ? S'agit-il d'écriture documentaire, journalistique ou fictive ? Cette question est-elle encore seulement pertinente ? Quel est le statut de produits comme le jeu Pokemon Go ou les Street view trek proposés par Google ? Si le brouillage des frontières ontologiques est devenu un caractère constitutif du numérique, il n’en soulève pas moins de nombreuses questions : peut-on véritablement déclarer que les notions de représentation, de réel, ou de virtuel sont définitivement périmées? Ou faudrait-il, au contraire, réaffirmer leur intérêt et leur pertinence, du moins d’un point de vue heuristique ? Peut-on parler d’une problématique « ontologique » dans la culture numérique ou s'agit-il d’une querelle de mots ?

Ce dossier se conçoit comme un champ d'exploration de ces problématiques, dans une perspective résolument interdisciplinaire, accueillant tout autant la philosophie, l’esthétique, les études littéraires, la sémiologie, la sociologie ou les sciences de l’information et de la communication. Des arts numériques à la littérature hypermédiatique, en passant par les web documentaires et les jeux vidéo, de nombreux domaines permettent en effet d’investiguer ces dichotomies apparemment périlleuses entre représentation et réalité, réel et imaginaire, fiction et documentaire… Parmi les sujets traités, pourront notamment figurer (à titre indicatif) :

- le rapport entre espace numérique et espace non numérique
- les récits de soi
- les créations en réalité virtuelle
- la réalité augmentée
- les interactions entre jeux vidéos et monde réel
- le rôle documentaire des produits numériques (web documentaires, web-séries…)
- les récits transmédia et l’engagement des publics
- l'emploi du web sémantique ou des objets à des fins créatives
- l'actualité du concept de mimesis
- les enjeux du concept de vérité à l'époque du numérique

Les textes, compris entre 35 000 à 60 000 signes (illustrations bienvenues), doivent être adressés à la rédaction de Sens public (

- 1er juillet : remise des textes
- 31 août : avis d'acceptation
- 1er octobre : publication du dossier
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Call for Papers: Linguistic Justice and Analytic Philosophy
Special issue of _Philosophical Papers_
Deadline: October 1st, 2017

*Guest editors*: Filippo Contesi (Jean Nicod Institute), Moti Mizrahi (Florida Tech) and Enrico Terrone (Turin)

Expected contributors include *Eric Schwitzgebel* (University of California, Riverside), *Hans-Johann Glock* (Zurich), *Elisabetta Galeotti* (Eastern Piedmont) and *Eric Schliesser* (Amsterdam)

The topics of linguistic discrimination and linguistic justice have received little attention from contemporary analytic philosophers despite the fact that there is a growing body of evidence in linguistics and social psychology about implicit negative biases towards speakers and writers perceived as non-native. In fact, issues of linguistic discrimination and justice are particularly urgent in analytic philosophy because English is undoubtedly the lingua franca of contemporary analytic philosophy. For this reason, it is important to think about what it means to be a person for whom English is not a first language and who tries to participate in the academic life of contemporary analytic philosophy.

The aim of this special issue of _Philosophical Papers_ is to consider the circumstances of being a non-native speaker and writer of English in analytic philosophy. In addition to philosophical and meta-philosophical perspectives, we also encourage submissions from different approaches and disciplines, including psychology, linguistics and the social sciences.

Possible questions for discussion include:

- Is there linguistic discrimination or injustice in analytic philosophy? If so, what should we do about it?
- Are the percentages of non-native-speaker faculty members of the most reputable analytic philosophy departments comparable to those in arts and humanities and STEM departments? What should any differences teach us?
- How can diversity of native languages and cultures be beneficial, if at all, to analytic philosophy?
- Are perceived linguistic fluency and eloquence important factors in philosophical writing and presenting? Should they be?
- Is it true, as is sometimes claimed, that publishing philosophical work in the most reputable venues in contemporary analytic philosophy only requires linguistic competence of a level that is reasonably easy for a non-native writer to achieve?
- Should English (or any other language) be the lingua franca of contemporary analytic philosophy?
- Should study and research in analytic philosophy be a global and cosmopolitan enterprise?
- What if any extra policies can or should professional journals or institutions adopt to address any specific difficulties faced by non-native speakers and writers?
- Are there any precedents in the history of intellectual communities, including contemporary ones and those in different philosophical traditions, that can provide a useful model of how to approach the language issue in analytic philosophy?
- How does the language issue intersect with issues of race, ethnicity or nationality (or other issues)? How important are such intersections (or lack thereof)?

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 1 October, 2017. This issue of _Philosophical Papers_, comprising both invited and submitted articles, will appear in *March 2018*.

Authors should submit manuscripts electronically, as a PDF or MS Word document attachment, to the Managing Editor at Authors must include their full name, affiliation, and address for email correspondence with their submission.

Further inquiries may be addressed to Filippo Contesi ( or Ward Jones (


(3/2018)  "Empirical Evidence and Philosophy"
Advisory Editors: Petar Bojanic (University of Beograd), Samuele Iaquinto (University of Milano), Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milano)
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Deadline for submission: September 30th, 2017

(1/2019) "The science of futures. Promises and previsions in architecture and philosophy"
Advisory Editors: Alessandro Armando (Politecnico di Torino), Giovanni Durbiano (Politecnico di Torino)
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Deadline for submission: January 30th, 2018

(2/2019)  "Philosophy and Literature"
Advisory Editors: Carola Barbero (Università di Torino), Micaela Latini (Università di Cassino)
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Deadline for submission: April 30th, 2018

(3/2019) "Bridging Traditions. Chinese and Western Philosophy in Dialogue"
Advisory Editors: Wang Chengbing (Beijing Normal University), Erica Onnis (University of Turin)
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Deadline for submission: September 30th, 2018

101:3 July 2018: Food
Advisory Editors: Tiziana Andina (, Carola Barbero (, Carolyn Korsmeyer (
Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2017


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