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Notiziario LabOnt n. 183 (20-26 marzo) 
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Tiziana Andina, Ontologia sociale. Transgenerazionalità, potere, giustizia 
Carocci 2016 (English translation: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016)
 

Highlights


È morto Hilary Putnam, "patriarca" della filosofia
Americano, 89 anni, era tra i più grandi pensatori a cavallo del millennio. I suoi studi hanno spaziato in diversi campi della filosofia, della logica, delle scienze informatiche. Con un tocco di "fantascienza" e un blog di "commenti sarcastici" sull'attualità.
di MAURIZIO FERRARIS
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Hilary Putnam, Naturalism, Realism, and Normativity
Edited by Mario De Caro
2016, Harvard University Press

Hilary Putnam’s ever-evolving philosophical oeuvre has been called “the history of recent philosophy in outline”—an intellectual achievement, nearly seventy years in the making, that has shaped disciplinary fields from epistemology to ethics, metaphysics to the philosophy of physics, the philosophy of mathematics to the philosophy of mind. Naturalism, Realism, and Normativity offers new avenues into the thought of one of the most influential minds in contemporary analytic philosophy.

The essays collected here cover a range of interconnected topics including naturalism, commonsense and scientific realism, ethics, perception, language and linguistics, and skepticism. Aptly illustrating Putnam’s willingness to revisit and revise past arguments, they contain important new insights and freshly illuminate formulations that will be familiar to students of his work: his rejection of the idea that an absolute conception of the world is obtainable; his criticism of a nihilistic view of ethics that claims to be scientifically based; his pathbreaking distinction between sensations and apperceptions; and his use of externalist semantics to invalidate certain forms of skepticism.

Naturalism, Realism, and Normativity reflects Putnam’s latest thinking on the philosophical questions he has pursued throughout his career—above all, how to articulate a theory of naturalism which acknowledges that normative phenomena form an ineluctable part of human experience, thereby reconciling scientific and humanistic views of the world that have long appeared incompatible.
 

On the Ashes of Post-Modernism: Skyping with Hilary Putnam
Prof. Hilary Putnam (Harvard University) in a dialog with Prof. Mario De Caro (Università Roma Tre) via Skype at the international conference "On the Ashes of Post-Modernism: A New Realism?". Italian Cultural Institute, November 7, 2011.
Watch the video here



 

This Week


EXSY
Lisboa, March 22nd

C4.3., FCUL - Campo grande, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, 11-13
Reading Group on the Extended Synthesis
Discussion of E. Clarke, Levels of selection in biofilms: multispecies biofilms are not evolutionary individuals, Biol Philos (2016) 31:191–212.
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EXSY Reading Group is an interdisciplinary group coordinated by Elena Casetta, Nathalie Gontier,  and Davide Vecchi, devoted to analysing the evolutionary literature on the putative amendments required by the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis. Scholars coming from different evolutionary fields have highlighted a variety of processes and phenomena neglected by the Modern Synthesis. In a first phase, we plan to analyse the literature in order to, in a second phase, discuss how to best characterise the so-called "extension" that is required.

Le réalisme en questions (II)
Paris, 26 mars 

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Centre Sorbonne, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, Escalier C, 1er étage couloir droite, Salle Lalande, 10h30-12h30
Cyrille Michon (Université de Nantes) : "Disputes verbales et disputes substantielles en métaphysique: étude de cas"
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, UMR 8103 - Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique de la Sorbonne
Centre de Philosophie Contemporaine de la Sorbonne (PhiCo), Composante  « Expérience & Connaissance » (EXeCO)
 Séminaire de recherche 2015-2016, coordonné par Jocelyn Benoist

Le réalisme a le vent en poupe aujourd’hui en philosophie. Au bout des doutes et de la sophistication post-modernes, les philosophes auraient-ils enfin retouché le sol et retrouvé une forme de contact avec la réalité ? Nombreux, en tout cas, sont les auteurs à se dire aujourd’hui « réalistes », ou, suivant une nuance à élucider, bien que pas entièrement nouvelle dans l’histoire de la philosophie, « nouveaux réalistes ». Quel que soit le caractère problématique d’une telle revendication, qui court intrinsèquement le risque de jeter le doute sur une réalité qu’on se trouverait en besoin d’affirmer, elle signifie certainement quelque chose : comme la promesse d’une philosophie qui aurait surmonté les pièges liés à la notion moderne de « représentation » et à sa dissolution progressive au cours du XXe siècle, et qui assumerait l’enracinement dans le réel du sens qu’elle analyse. Cependant, ce titre : « réalisme », aujourd’hui comme hier, recouvre des engagements et des projets très variés et est fondamentalement équivoque. D’où l’idée de le mettre en questions, c’est-à-dire de le reconduire à la diversité des questions auxquelles il peut effectivement répondre, qui dessinent autant de visages différents pour lui et, peut-être, pour le réel – si tant est qu’en tout réalisme il s’agisse du réel, ce que, d’une question à une autre, nous serons conduits à nous demander.
 
Emergenza. Tre lezioni di Maurizio Ferraris
Novara 11 e 15 marzo, 12 aprile

Circolo dei lettori di Novara, Broletto, via F.lli Rosselli 20, Novara
Per informazioni: 011 4326827
info@circololettori.it
www.circololettori.it
Il filosofo Maurizio Ferraris spiega così le sue tre lezioni: «Lentamente e casualmente, visto che il tempo e il materiale non difettano, un accumulo di eventi raggiunge una certa soglia e si trasforma in qualcosa di diverso: natura organica, mente, volontà, tasse e vendite rateali. Dalle particelle elementari agli atomi alle molecole sino agli organismi il mondo è una emergenza che ci dà l’ontologia, quello che c’è, da cui, molto più tardi, e talvolta mai, sorgeranno l’epistemologia, quello che sappiamo, e la politica, quello che facciamo come agenti liberi o presunti tali. Racconterò la storia di questa emergenza, per sommi capi, dal Big Bang al Web attraverso i termitai e le piramidi, con la consapevolezza che se, per ipotesi (non si sa quanto desiderabile), avessimo degli occhi acutissimi, una vita lunghissima e una memoria perfetta, questa storia diventerebbe, allora, palese – e allora “Lentamente come / risucchiati all’indietro da un’immensa / moviola ogni cosa riavrà il suo nome, / ogni cibo apparirà sulla mensa”».
  • martedì 1 marzo ore 18­19.30 Ontologia
  • martedì 15 marzo ore 18­19.30 Epistemologia
  • martedì 12 aprile ore 18­19.30 Politica
 

Le prossime puntate:

  Ospite  Ospite  Data 
È proprio il caso di studiare la Divina Commedia per ben tre anni scolastici? Claudio Giunta Giulio Ferroni 22/03/2016
Che cos’è l’amore? Bianca Maria Frabotta Antonio Pascale 23/03/2016
Perché il cibo è diventato cultura? Franco La Cecla Massimo Montanari 24/03/2016

Lo stato dell’arte” è il nuovo programma di filosofia di Rai Cultura dedicato ai grandi e piccoli temi d’attualità. Ogni puntata vede sfidarsi su tesi contrapposte i protagonisti della cultura italiana, che si affrontano sulle tematiche più controverse della nostra quotidianità. Condotto da Maurizio Ferraris, “Lo stato dell’arte” va in onda ogni martedì, mercoledì e giovedì su Rai 5 alle 23.15.

Le puntate de "Lo stato dell'arte" sono online sul portale di Rai5. Le puoi rivedere qui.
 

Forthcoming


“Institutions in Action: The Nature and the Role of Institutions in the Real World” May 26-28. 2016
Fourth annual conference organized by CAS-SEE
University of Rijeka, Croatia
In cooperation with the LabOnt – Department of Philosophy, University of Torino, the Center for Advanced Studies – South-East Europe, University of Rijeka is organizing a conference dedicated to the institution, (new) institutional realism and real world theory.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2016
Website
How to apply

Political, social, economic, and legal institutions exert a great impact on the lives of individuals as social beings, as well as on those individuals’ own understanding of themselves, their potentialities, and aspirations. In big societies, institutions also offer information regarding what others do or tend to do. Still, in the last thirty years, both in political theory and in practice, the role of institutions has been seriously threatened by an ideological struggle against the welfare state and by a growing emphasis on individual responsibility and an individualist ethos. Once again we find ourselves having to examine the importance of the role of social institutions, their nature as actors, as well as their mutual influences. Although institutions theoretically strive towards a better society, we think it important to begin with real world facts, that is, with a “new institutional realism” that attempts to understand and explain how various (legal, social, and political) institutions actually condition and influence one another, thus shaping the lives of individuals. Such influences, while seeking a betterment of social life, sometimes also restrict and diminish what might otherwise be a spontaneous exercise of collaborative and optimizing collective actions. ‎Both the constructive and the retractive or restrictive effects of institutions on human life make up the reality of the institution.
Another key role for institutions is in balancing perceptions and the various angles of social justice. Rawls famously described this balancing act as the quest of an equilibrium between rational or intellectual arguments about what is just, on the one hand, and the intuitive grasp of justice within a political culture, on the other. Such balancing acts between arguments, intuitions and, increasingly, emotions (particularly strongly emphasized by Robert Solomon and others) ‎are entrusted to institutions in various social and value-contexts. How well they are equipped to perform such acts influences both the quality of the respective political systems and, more practically, the quality of people’s lives.
All these and many other aspects of the institution will be addressed by the conference, with a view both of advancing our theoretical grasp of the institution and our practical understanding and ability to influence and benefit from institutions in their myriad roles – whether regulative, that of service-provision, or, more controversially, that of conceptual and value-clarification or community-building.
 

LabOnt Informs


LabOnt is proud to announce a new international journal: Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law
The editorial Project. Brill Research Perspectives builds on existing product types familiar to librarians and end-users (researchers and students) — it combines the peer-review of journals, the high usage of reference works, and the pedagogy of textbooks. In addition, the business model is based on the tried and true format of a serial publication with both subscription and site-license sales models. Brill Research Perspectives follows the successful formula of NOW’s Foundations and Trends™ which was the first product that combined the verification of the peer-review process and the synthesis of information found in reference works delivered on a real time basis.
 [more details at the the publisher website: http://www.brill.com/products/brill-research-perspectives].
The A&L Journal. On behalf of the University of Turin and of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Recht als Kultur“, the interdisciplinary journal Brill Research Perspectives in Art and Law aims to gather outstanding contributions to the fascinating debate at the intersection of art and law. The focus of the journal involves all the aspects (philosophical, juridical, sociological, technological and cultural) characterizing the relationship between law and art as well as the questions common to the two fields (e.g. normativity).
Chief-Editors: Prof. Tiziana Andina (University of Turin), Prof. Gianmaria Ajani (University of Turin), Werner Gephart (University of Bonn).
Assistant Editors: Dr. Angela Condello (University of Roma Tre), Dr. Enrico Terrone (Collége d’Etudes Mondiale) 
Editorial Board: Prof. Emanuele Conte (University of Roma Tre), Prof. David Davies (McGill University), Prof. Alessandra Donati (University of Milano Bicocca), Prof. Thomas Dreier (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), University of Freiburg), Prof. Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin), Prof. Pierpaolo Forte (President of Museo Madre, Naples and University of Sannio), Prof. Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law), Prof. Desmond Manderson (Australian National University), Prof. Greta Olson (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen), Dr. Sabine N. Meyer (University of Osnabrueck), Dr. Stewart Motha (Birkbeck Law School, London), Prof. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Westminster School of Law, London), Prof. Eva Schürman (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg), Prof. Peter Schneck (University of Osnabrueck), Prof. Reinold Schmücker (University of Münster), Prof. John Searle (University of California, Berkeley), Prof Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin).
 

Calls


Jobs

2 PosDocs at the Centre for Philosophy of Time, Milan
In few weeks, the TIME–METHODS project at the Centre for Philosophy of Time at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Milan will be advertising to appoint 2 PostDocs
http://www.centreforphilosophyoftime.it
We are looking to make two appointments. We will be looking to make one hire with an area of research specialism in the metaphysics of time, and one hire with an area of research specialism in temporal aspects within philosophy of mind. In both cases PhD is strongly preferred. Interviews (also via Skype) will be in mid April. Besides your CV and list of publications, we will ask for a 3 page research project. The research project should include details of the research themes you will be focusing on in the period of hiring, and how your research may connect with the TIME-METHODS project.
Duration of the grant is 14 months, starting from 1 May 2016.
Neat salary slightly over 1.850 € per month.
Residence in Milan for the period of employment is required.
The activities of the CPT are in English. While a good level of English is required, knowledge of Italian is not.
 

Conferences

Istanbul Seminars: Religion, Rights and the Public Sphere 
The next edition of Istanbul Seminars will be held on May 24-28, 2016 at the Santral Campus | Istanbul Bilgi University
Conference Room: E1-301
NO GRANT REQUEST: PLEASE APPLY HERE 
(Deadline May 10th, 2016)
WITH GRANT REQUEST (100-300 Euros): PLEASE APPLY HERE
(Deadline April 8th, 2016)
Small grants are available for students and young scholars who will apply.
Confirmed Speakers: Mustafa Akyol, Zygmunt Bauman, Rajeev Bhargava, Seyla Benhabib, Manuel Castells, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Mohd Eiadat, Alessandro Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Nilufer Gole, Peter Gordon, Amr Hamzawy, Elisabeth Shakman Hurd, Aleksandra Kania, Cristina Lafont, Ebrahim Moosa, Fabio Petito, David Rasmussen, Olivier Roy, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Ananya Vajpeyi, Michael Walzer (in video), Patrick Weil, Boyan Znepolski.
Info: www.resetdoc.org

XII Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA)
5-7 September 2016, University of Florence, Campus Pistoia
The Conference is open to all topics and themes in the analytic tradition, and will host three special topic symposia.
Deadline for submission: June 1st   
Notification of acceptance is expected by July 1st 
The EasyChair login page for SIFA2016 is at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sifa2016
Download description and further info

II FINO/SIFA Graduate Conference in Mind, Language and Science “Between natural, social, and artificial kinds”
Under the auspices of the Northwest Italy Consortium for PhD Program in Philosophy (FINO) and the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA), University of Genoa, DAFIST, Philosophy Section
Genoa, June 30th and July 1st 2016
Deadline: March 30th, 2016
Acceptances will be notified by April 30th, 2016
Abstracts of about 6,000 characters (roughly 1000 words) are invited on the topics of natural, social, and artificial kinds broadly understood. The abstracts, prepared for blind refereeing, should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair submission page at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=finosifa16
For further information, please contact: graduateconferencefinosifa16@gmail.com
or visit the website at: http://filosofia.dafist.unige.it/?p=1611

Fifth Italian Conference on Analytic Ontology (including a Workshop on Contingentism)
Padova, June 27th-28th 2016
Download the full description and the instructions to submit
Important dates
- Deadline for submissions: March 30th 2016.
- Notifications of acceptance: April 30th 2016.
- Conference dates: June 27th-28th 2016.
General Conference
Invited Speakers:
Carola Barbero (University of Torino)
Andrea Bottani (University of Bergamo)
David Braddon-Mitchell (University of Sydney)
Maurizio Ferraris (University of Torino)
Daniel Korman (University of Illinois)
Henry Laycock (Queen's University)
Matteo Morganti (University of Roma 3)
Kevin Mulligan (University of Genève)
Thomas Sattig (University of Tübingen)
Friederike Moltmann (CNRS Paris / NYU)
Workshop on Contingentism
Invited Speakers:
Kristie Miller (University of Sydney)
Pablo Cobreros (University of Navarra)


Journals

Call for papers - Esercizi Filosofici, volume 11, numero 1 (anno 2016)
Esercizi Filosofici (ISSN: 1970-0164), rivista filosofica open access del Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell'Università di Trieste ed edita da EUT (www.openstarts.units.it/dspace/handle/10077/11907), accetta contributi per il primo numero del volume 11 (anno 2016).
Deadline: 30 aprile 2016
L'obiettivo della rivista è di pubblicare articoli di alta qualità che forniscano un contributo significativo allo sviluppo della ricerca, teorica e storica, nell'ambito degli studi filosofici, con attenzione per approcci fenomenologici, post-fenomenologici, pragmatisti, analitici, e per tematiche relative a soggetto, identità/alterità, mente, conoscenza, linguaggio, azione.
I contributi possono essere presentati in italiano (lingua principale) o inglese e devono presentare risultati di studi e ricerche originali, di carattere teorico o storico, nell'ambito delle discipline filosofiche in senso ampio, che non siano ancora stati pubblicati né siano in corso di valutazione presso un'altra rivista. I contributi devono includere un abstract, sia in italiano che in inglese, di 600/800 battute (spazi inclusi) e 5 parole chiave (anch'esse sia in italiano che in inglese). I contributi devono essere di massimo 40.000 battute (spazi inclusi) e devono essere inviati come allegati in formato .doc o .docx all'indirizzo di posta elettronica: eserfilo@units.it. Tutti gli articoli presentati saranno valutati attraverso un processo di referaggio anonimo (doppio-cieco).
Il termine ultimo entro cui inviare i contributi è il 30 aprile 2016. Contributi che pervenissero successivamente a tale data saranno presi in considerazione per il numero successivo.
Comitato editoriale / Editorial Board
Ermenegilda Manganaro Favaretto (Trieste); Fabio Polidori (Trieste); Marina Sbisà (Trieste); Paolo Labinaz (Trieste)
Comitato scientifico / Advisory Board
Elena Casetta (Lisbona/Torino); Annalisa Coliva (UC Irvine/Modena e Reggio Emilia); Gabriele De Anna (Bamberg/Udine); Brunello Lotti (Udine).

RIVISTA DI ESTETICA
Website
(1/2017) "Discrimination in Philosophy"
Advisory Editor: Vera Tripodi
mail to: vera.tripodi@unito.it and rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: May 30th, 2016

(2/2017) "Law and the Faculty of Judgement. A trans-disciplinary debate"
Advisory Editor: Angela Condello, Carlo Grassi

mail to: angela.condello@uniroma3.it, grassi@iuav.it and rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: April 30th, 2016.

(3/2017) "The Auditory Object"
Advisory Editors: Elvira Di Bona, Vincenzo Santarcangelo 

mail to: elviradibona@gmail.com, vincenzosantarcangelo@yahoo.it and rivista.estetica@gmail.com
Deadline for submission: December 30th, 2016

FILOSOFIA
Rivista annuale fondata nel 1950 da Augusto Guzzo
"Paura"
Deadline: April 4, 2016
Website
How to submit

THE MONIST
101:3 July 2018: Food
Advisory Editors: Tiziana Andina (tiziana.andina@unito.it), Carola Barbero (carola.barbero@unito.it), Carolyn Korsmeyer (ckors@buffalo.edu)
Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2017
 

Summer School

Summer School EHESS: The Unity of the Social Sciences?
Paris, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales
June 20-July 1, 2016
Info

 

Partner Institutions


The Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”
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FMSH, Fondation Maison de Sciences de l'Homme
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NCOR: National Center for Ontological Research
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L'alliance française Torino
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