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LabOnt Weekly Newsletter
Notiziario LabOnt n. 108 (2 - 8 giugno 2014)
 

In evidenza St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics







[Call for Participants] International Summer School Announcement
SCUOLA INTERNAZIONALE DI FILOSOFIA
МЕЖДУНАРОДНАЯ ШКОЛА ФИЛОСОФИИ

07-19.07.2014
Sede: università ITMO di San Pietroburgo, San Pietroburgo, via Chaikovskogo, 11 / Адрес проведения: НИУ ИТМО, Санкт-Петербург, ул. Чайковского, 11
Website.
Le lezioni si terranno e russo e in italiano con la traduzione.Informazioni:
1. La Scuola sarà gratuita per i partecipanti.
2. Gli studenti di nazionalità italiana che intendono partecipare sono pregati di inviare copia del passaporto in formato elettronico entro il 31.05. 2014 al seguente indirizzo: piter55spb@gmail.com.
3.  Durante  la  Scuola  è  possibile  organizzare  un incontro con un eventuale relatore russo per gli studenti italiani che volessero fare il doppio dottorato in ITMO.
4.  I partecipanti potranno soggiornare presso lo studentato dell'ITMO (circa 12 euro al giorno).

Eventi

Torino. Heidegger
Oggi, venerdì 30 maggio al Circolo dei Lettori, via Bogino 9, ore 21
Presentazione del libro di Costantino Esposito edito da il Mulino
con i filosofi Gaetano Chiurazzi e Maurizio Ferraris
La nuova e completa introduzione all’opera heideggeriana invita ad analizzare ancora una volta la riflessione del filosofo esistenzialista, poiché rimane fondamentale per capire a fondo il presente.

Milano. San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy (SRSSP)
June 3-5, 2014
Website: http://www.unisr.it/view.asp?id=8833
Naturalism, the First Person Perspective and the Embodied Mind. Lynne Baker’s Challenge: Metaphysical and Practical Approaches
Presentation
The 2014 San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy organized by the research centers of the Faculty of Philosophy – PERSONA, CeSEP, CRESA, CRISI – will be hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy at San Raffaele University, Milan.
The School is open to contributions by researchers in philosophy with an interest in Lynne Baker’s latest work.
In particular, the School will be focused on the following areas:
1. Metaphysics and Theology;
2. Mind and Language;
3. Phenomenology;
4. Normativity: Ethics, Political Theory, Social Ontology.
To dowload the poster, click here: upload/poster SRSSP.pdf

Torino. International Conference: Images, Pictures and Mind
Ex-Graduation Room of the Faculty of Law, via S. Ottavio 20, Turin
University of Turin, Italy, June 4 – June 5, 2014
Program
June 4
9 -10.30
R. Casati (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France)
Naked, Integrated and Situated models
10-30-11 Break
11-12.30
K. Bantinaki (University of Crete, Greece)
Pictorial Experience and Awareness of Pictorial Style
14-15.30
G. Currie (University of York, UK)
Two-foldness in Painting and Cinema
15.30-17
P. Spinicci (University of Milan, Italy)
Anamorphosis and the Nature of Pictures
17-17.30 Break
17.30-19
C. Calabi (University of Milan, Italy), W. Huemer & M. Santambrogio (University of Parma, Italy)
Goodman on Notation and Depiction
June 5
9-10.30
J. Zeimbekis (University of Patras, Greece)
Picture Perception and the Cognitive Penetration of Vision
10.30-11 Break
11-12.30
A. Voltolini (University of Turin, Italy)
How to Vindicate Two-foldness

Milano. Concetto di opera d'arte e bene culturale
5 giugno, ore 14
Tiziana Andina, "Concetto di opera d'arte e bene culturale"l
6° Master Economia e Management dell'arte e dei beni culturali.
 


Prossimamente - Convegni e seminari

Colloque international: Les nouveaux réalismes
Jeudi 12 juin 2014 - Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, Maison de la Recherche 4, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris
Vendredi et samedi 13 et 14 juin 2014, Maison d’Italie, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris 7, Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

Colloque international: "Les nouveaux réalismes dans la culture italienne à l’aube du troisième millénaire. Définitions et mises en perspective". Avec la participation exceptionnelle de l’écrivain Walter SITI et en l’occasion de la publication de Maurizio FERRARIS, Manifeste pour un nouveau réalisme (Hermann).

LabOnt Seminar
Giovedì 12 giugno, ore 15-17, Aula di antica, Palazzo Nuovo, Torino
Domenica Bruni (Università degli studi di Messina) - “L’ontologia sociale dell’amore”.

 

Calls

[Call for Participants] Summer Course Announcement
2014 Summer School al Castello di Rivoli, 30 Giugno:
Animali da favola con Valentina Sonzogni e Leonardo Caffo
Tutte le informazioni: http://www.bimboinviaggio.com/blog/aperte-le-iscrizioni-alla-summer-school-2014/
 
[Call for Participants] Summer School Announcement: Museo d'arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli
Ripensare i confini dell’animale
Seminario a cura di (e con) Leonardo Caffo e Valentina Sonzogni
Cos’è l’animalità? Cosa significano oggi, per noi, le immagini degli animali che attraverso i secolihanno popolato la storia dell’arte? Come può la filosofia rispondere alle inevitabili domande sulcomune destino che a loro ci accomuna nel nuovo millennio? A queste e altre domanderisponderanno, in dialogo con i partecipanti al seminario, Leonardo Caffo, filosofo e attivistaantispecista, e Valentina Sonzogni, storica dell’architettura e dell’arte autori dell’e-book Un’arte perl’altro (goWare, 2013) e direttori scientifici della rivista Animot. L’altra filosofia (Graphe edizioni). Apartire da un denso apparato iconografico, base visiva indispensabile per osservare con occhinuovi la prospettiva specista che emerge dalla storia dell’arte, gli autori offrono la possibilità di unavvicinamento critico al tema degli studi animali.
DESTINATARI Giovani, studenti, educatori, operatori culturali, insegnanti.
ORARI Dalle 10 alle 13.
COSTI €. 10 al giorno, pranzo escluso. Al termine verrà rilasciato un attestato di partecipazione.

[Call for Participants] Summer Course Announcement
NEW UNIVERSITY OF LISBON - SUMMER SCHOOL 2014
Course title: EVOLUTIONARY EPISTEMOLOGY AND ETHICS
Teachers: Dr. Pietro Gori, Dr. Paolo Stellino (IFL - FCSH - New University of Lisbon)
07/07/2014-14/07/2014 (24 hours, 17:00-20:00 daily)
For information on the summer school: ev.secretariado@fcsh.unl.pt
Abstract: Since its publication in 1859, Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species immediately arouse an unexpected great interest in the scientific debate of that era. Although Darwin’s theory had been strongly criticised by Anglican theologians, most scholars made reference to it as a promising and fertile perspective on natural history. After 150 years, Darwinism – still not widely accepted, and often criticised by supporters of Creationism – is the basis of our worldview, in the fields of both Natural and Human Sciences.
By focusing on human sciences, this course aims at dealing with the influence of Darwin’s theory on two main fields of philosophy: a) epistemology and b) ethics.
a) There are two interrelated but distinct programs which go by the name “evolutionary epistemology”: one focuses on the development of cognitive mechanisms in animals and humans; the other attempts to account for the evolution of ideas, scientific theories, epistemic norms and culture in general by using models and metaphors drawn from evolutionary biology. Donald Campbell first talked about “evolutionary epistemology” in an article from 1974 devoted to his view of the processes which direct the creation, development, and reproduction of human knowledge. By starting from the epistemology of Karl Popper, Campbell traced back that view to its origins, and indicated as forerunners of an evolutionary epistemology thinkers such as William James, Ernst Mach, and Herbert Spencer.
Campbell’s investigation will be the basis of the first part of the course. Through a reconstruction of the historico-philosophical roots of  evolutionary epistemology we shall outline its characters, and stress its role in contemporary philosophy.
b) Darwin himself realized that his theory could play an important role in ethics. As a matter of facts, a chapter of his The Descent of Man (1871) was devoted to evolutionary explanations of the development of a moral sense in human beings. Since then, philosophers have differently related the evolutionary theory to the three different branches of which ethics is constituted: descriptive, normative and metaethics. The result has been the formation of an independent discipline, evolutionary ethics, which deals with questions such as the following: Is it possible to provide a genealogy of morality? What is the origin of moral behaviour? Is altruism the result of natural selection? Can evolutionary theory support a particular metaethical or normative theory?
During this part of the course, the attention will be drawn to the contemporary debate on these issues. Particular consideration will be given to the debunking of morality (see Richard Joyce’s The Evolution of Morality and Sharon Street’s A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value).

[CFP] RIVISTA DI ESTETICA
“Call for paper” – “Rivista di Estetica” 2015
June 2015: Biodiversity
Advisory Editor: Elena Casetta
mail to: elenattesac@gmail.com and rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: September 30, 2014.
Description
The variety of the forms of life has been a subject of philosophical reflection since Plato, who in the Statesman celebrated the diversity of the natural world as a mean to shed some light on the relationship between humans and other animals. The term “biodiversity”, however, was coined only in 1986, proving immediately a huge success: conserving biodiversity (along with its measurement, assessment, and improvement) has become central to the interests of scientists, governments, NGO, media, and general public alike. Even in our daily lives, if we try to behave in an environmentally responsible manner, we do so, after all, because we believe that biodiversity is a value on which the quality and the very possibility of life of our species may depend. “Biodiversity”, in other words, seems to be something more than just a contraction of “biological diversity”: if biological diversity is the target of awe and wonder, primarily aesthetic, biodiversity becomes instead something to be protected, loaded with scientific, ethical, and political meanings. But what is it meant, exactly, by “biodiversity”? How are we to measure it, given the incredible complexity of the living world? What are, if any, the units of biodiversity? Is biodiversity a value in itself? Are charismatic taxa such as the Giant Panda more valuable than smallpox virus? Is biodiversity just an ideological construct? This issue of the Rivista di estetica aims to address such and similar questions, exploring what might be called “the philosophy of biodiversity”, a reflection at the intersection of the philosophy of science, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, and politics.
 
“Call for paper” – “Rivista di Estetica” (3, 2015)
December 2015: The Contemporary. Visual Arts, music and architecture.
Advisory Editor: Giuseppe di Giacomo
mail to: giuseppe.digiacomo@uniroma1.it and rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: December 31, 2014.
Description
The last thirty years, starting from the 1980’s, doubtlessly represent a rupture at all levels of cultural production in the western world: it is a real “break” which, against the background of the deep political and social transformations that have taken place, concerns not only philosophical, or aesthetico-philosophical, reflection, but also the artistic sphere considered in the multiplicity of its expressions: literary, visual, musical, theatrical, architectural. What we have witnessed is a fall, perhaps an irreversible fall, of all the paradigms which, in different ways, underlay the various forms of western culture at least until the end of the 1970’s. One could even go as far as to a affirm that the distinctive characteristic of our age, whose main trends have started to become fully visible in the 1980’s, is precisely a total absence of paradigms. As regards the arts, particularly the visual arts, this absence of paradigms has given rise to the simultaneous presence, and conflict, of profoundly heterogeneous modes and styles of expression such as abstract art, informal art or figurative art. The latter, in particular, has made a massive comeback, as the exemplary cases of Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Maurizio Cattelan demonstrate. In the same way, as concerns music, there has been a return to tonality, for instance in the works of the “neoromantics”. As for architecture, materials such as steel and glass tend to be more and more employed, in the postmodern horizon, replacing reinforced concrete. In the light of these premises, the objective of the present issue of Rivista di Estetica is to focus on, and arrive at a new understanding of, the themes and questions – of great cultural and political interest – connected with the phenomena referred to above, with an emphasis on the visual arts, music and architecture.
 
[CFP] THE MONIST
Issue 98:4 - October 2015: The New Realism
Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2014 

Advisory Editors: Mario De Caro and Maurizio Ferraris
www.themonist.com
Both in the Continental and in the analytic world, philosophical realism is becoming ever more fashionable. On the Continental side, the experience of the post-9/11 wars and of recent economic crises has led to a harsh denial of two central tenets of postmodernism, both held, for example, by Foucault, Vattimo, and Rorty: (1) that reality is socially constructed and infinitely malleable, and (2) that ‘truth’ and ‘objectivity’ represent useless notions. Facts cannot be reduced to interpretations, as even Derrida (in his final years) and more recently Latour, have recognized. On the analytic side, too, the situation is very different from what it was in the heyday of Feyerabend, Goodman, Davidson, Kuhn, Dummett, van Fraassen, and Hacking – as is shown by the growth of analytical metaphysics and of alternatives to anti-realism in semantics and philosophy of science. Now, however, philosophy is polarized between the (mostly analytic) view according to which only natural science can tell us what really exists and another (mostly Continental) view according to which only an anti-naturalistic stance can do justice to socio-political phenomena. The challenge, then, is this: can a New Realism be developed that can do justice both to the scientific worldview and to the phenomena of value, norms, politics, and religion. Papers are invited which rise to this challenge.
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