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LabOnt Weekly Newsletter
Notiziario LabOnt n. 98 (17-23 marzo 2014)

In evidenza questa settimana


Si segnala l'uscita del nuovo libro di Diego Marconi "Il mestiere di pensare" (Einaudi 2014)

La filosofia è ormai un'attività praticata non da pochi saggi, ma da molte migliaia di professionisti in tutto il mondo. Come sempre avviene, la professionalizzazione ha portato con sé un'intensa specializzazione. Una prima conseguenza è che una buona parte di ciò che i filosofi scrivono è comprensibile a pochi. Una seconda conseguenza è che - come avviene nelle scienze naturali e in matematica, ma anche nelle scienze sociali - molti filosofi sembrano occuparsi di problemi minuti e questioni di dettaglio, del tutto interne a programmi di ricerca di cui il pubblico colto ha solo un'idea approssimativa. Ciò significa che la filosofia ha rinunciato a provare a rispondere alle Grandi Domande che, almeno in un'immagine molto diffusa, hanno costituito in passato la sua ragion d'essere? E ha inoltre rinunciato a rivolgersi alla generalità degli esseri umani, come sembra proprio della sua specifica vocazione? Lo specialismo e il tecnicismo non sono forse in contraddizione con la natura stessa della filosofia? In questo libro, un convinto sostenitore del professionismo filosofico prova a difenderne le motivazioni pur senza minimizzarne i rischi, e proponendo anche alcuni parziali rimedi.
 

Prossimamente: Eventi e Convegni

Tagung/giornata di studi

Die Provokation des Realen. Neuer Realismus und Rationalismus. Eine Deutsch-Italienische Debatte in Architektur und Philosophie / La provocazione del reale. Nuovo realismo e razionalismo. Un dibattito architettonico e filosofico tra Germania e Italia.

CENTRO ITALO-TEDESCO/DEUTSCH-ITALIENISCHES ZENTRUM
VILLA VIGONI-GESPRÄCHS IN DEN GEISTES- UND SOZIALWISSENSCHAFTEN

IM RAHMEN DER VEREINBARUNG MIT DER DEUTSCHEN FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT

Villa Vigoni, Menaggio 31. März – 3. April 2014 / 31 Marzo – 3 Aprile 2014

Programm/Programma

31. März, Nachmittag /31 Marzo, pomeriggio

16.00-18.00 Ankunft aller Teilnehmer/arrivo di tutti i partecipanti

18.30 Eröffnungsvortrag/conferenza inaugurale Prof. Dr. Silvia Malcovati, Politecnico di Torino Prof. Dr. em. Fritz Neumeyer, TU-Berlin

20.00 Abendessen/Cena

1. April, Vormittag/1 Aprile, mattina
1. Warum Neuer Realismus in der Philosophie? [Die Deutsche und Italienische Sichtweise] Perché il nuovo realismo in filosofia? [Il punto di vista tedesco e quello italiano]

10.00 Einleitung und Moderation: Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Costa, Università del Molise
10.30 Prof. Dr. Maurizio Ferraris, Philosoph – Università di Torino
11.00 Prof. Dr. Günter Abel, Philosoph – TU Berlin
11.30 Prof. Dr. Petar Bojanic, Philosoph – University of Belgrade
12.00 JProf. Dr. Elena Ficara, Philosoph –Universität Paderborn
12.30 Diskussion
13.00 Mittagspause/pausa pranzo
1. April, Nachmittag/1 Aprile, pomeriggio
2. Was bedeutet Realismus in der Architektur? [Die Deutsche und Italienische Sichtweise] Cosa significa Realismo in Architettura? [Il punto di vista tedesco e quello italiano]
14.30 Einleitung und Moderation: Dr.-Ing. habil Jasper Cepl, Köln
15.00 Hermann Czech, Architekt, Wien
15.30 Nicola Di Battista, Architekt, Rom
16.00 Massimo Scheurer, Architekt, ARA Associati, Milano
16.30 Prof. Dipl.-Arch. Ingemar Vollenweider, TU Kaiserslautern, Architekt Basel 17.00 Diskussion Begegnung in der Literatur Incontro con la letteratura
18.30 Prof. Franciso José Martín, Università di Torino
20.00 Abendessen/Cena
2. April, Vormittag/2 Aprile, mattina
3. Was bedeuten Rationalismus und Realismus für Architektur und Stadt? Cosa significano razionalismo e realismo per l’architettura e la città?
10.00 Einleitung und Moderation: Dr. Arch. Alexander Pellnitz, TU Dortmund
10.30 Prof. em., Dipl.-Ing. Hans Kolloff, ETH Zürich, Architekt, Berlin
11.00 Prof. Arch. Massimo Carmassi, Univeritä Iuav di Venezia, Architekt, Florenz
11.30 Prof. Dr. Annegret Burg, FHP Potsdam
12.00 Arch. Massimo Fagioli, Direktor Zeitschrift Aion
12.30 Diskussion
13.00 Mittagspause/pausa pranzo
2. April, Nachmittag/2 Aprile, pomeriggio
4. Was erwartet der Architekt vom Philosophen? Was vermutet ein Philosoph was der Architekt von ihm erwartet? Cosa si aspetta l’architetto da un filosofo? Cosa pensa un filosofo che l’architetto si aspetti da lui? 14.30 Einleitung und Moderation: Prof. Dr. Renato Capozzi, Università di Napoli „Federico II“
15.00 Leonardo Caffo, Doktorand Philosophie, Università di Torino
15.30 Markus Tubbesing, Doktorand Architektur, ETH Zürich
16.00 Gerrit Wegener, Doktorand Architekturtheorie, TU Berlin
16.30 Dr. Alessandro Mauro, Università degli Studi di Catania, Scuola di Architettura di Siracusa
17.00 Einleitung und Moderation: Prof. Dr. Federica Visconti, Università di Napoli „Federico II“
Diskussion mit allen Teilnehmer
20.00 Abendessen/cena
3. April, Vormittag/3 Aprile, mattina
Abreise aller Teilnehmer/partenza di tutti i partecipanti

Milano: La Filosofia fra Arte e Scienza
Martedì 18 marzo, ore 18.00 – 19.00, Libreria Coop Statale — Via Festa del Perdono 12
Presentazione di "Filosofia contemporanea. Uno sguardo globale" a cura di Tiziana Andina in occasione della pubblicazione dell’edizione inglese "Bridging the Analytical Continental Divide. A Companion to Contemporary Western Philosophy". Con gli autori interverranno Giulio Giorello (Statale di Milano), Andrea Pinotti (Statale di Milano). Sarà presente Dario Ghibaudo.

Gargnano Philosophy of Time Conference
12 - 14 May 2014, Gargnano, Garda Lake (Italy)
Organizers: Ulrich Meyer and Giuliano Torrengo
http://www.filosofia.unimi.it/cpt/index.php/eventos/26-the-director

LabOnt Seminar

  • 27 marzo, ore 15-17, Cristina Meini (Università del Piemonte Orientale) – “Perché ci piace la musica? Una rilettura del vecchio dibattito su musica e emozioni”; sede: Aula di Antica
  • 10 aprile, ore 15-17, Felice Cimatti (Università della Calabria) – “Ontologia dell’Animalità”; sede: Aula di Antica
  • 29 maggio, ore 15-17, Enrico Terrone (LabOnt) – “Tre o quattro modi di essere un film”;  sede: Aula di Antica
  • 12 giugno, ore 15-17, Domenica Bruni (Università degli studi di Messina) - “L’ontologia sociale dell’amore”;  sede: Aula di Antica

train2move

http://www.train2move.unito.it è operativo. Ecco le aree di ricerca in filosofia:
Logic and proof-theory
Language, Epistemology and Cognition
Modal Metaphysics and Fictional Possibilities 
Kant and Neo-Kantian Tradition
 Social Ontology
Philosophy of Art
Ethics of Emerging Technologies in Life Sciences
Creation of value in cultural heritage
The sociocultural impact of visual devices
The sociocultural impact of catastrophes and emergencies


HackuniTO

https://www.hackunito.it
LabOnt per il prossimo BarCamp (gruppo di lavoro, Creativity) in preparazione di HackUnito che si terrà il 27 marzo presso il CLE. Info: http://barcamp.unito.it
#hackUniTO, l’iniziativa che l’Università di Torino lancia al fine di elaborare soluzioni innovative concrete per migliorare la qualità della vita di ciascuno di noi, è a Torino dal 12 al 17 Maggio 2014.
Intervista al Rettore (https://www.hackunito.it/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/2_Intervista-Ajani.pd


Pubblicazioni LabOnt

Documentalità di Maurizio Ferraris esce in Universale Laterza e in Ebook.
Una società priva di memoria e di registrazioni è inimmaginabile, poiché ogni ruolo e ogni accordo poggia sulla memoria, e ogni comportamento sull'imitazione: ecco perché gli archivi e i documenti sono centrali nella vita della società e dei singoli. La centralità della 'documentalità' è ancor più evidente di fronte ai fenomeni macroscopici degli ultimi anni: l'esplosione dei sistemi di registrazione e di scrittura, dai computer ai telefonini al web, che non solo hanno trasformato la nostra quotidianità, ma che hanno anche messo in luce l'essenza della realtà sociale, il fatto cioè di basarsi in modo non accidentale, ma essenziale, su iscrizioni e registrazioni.

Bridging the Analytical Continental Divide. A Companion to Contemporary Western Philosophy
Tiziana Andina (ed.)
Leiden-Boston, Brill, 2014
Italian edition
This volume, edited by Tiziana Andina, tackles some of the most compelling questions addressed in contemporary philosophy. Covering areas so diverse as metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, political philosophy, philosophy of art, epistemology and philosophy of mind, this book maps the past fifty years of philosophical reflection, Bridging the Analytical Continental Divide. Not only will the reader get to know philosophy’s most interesting and promising developments, but she will also be immersed in human thought in a broader sense, as the book explores both our ability to explore the world and ask questions and our capability to organize societies, create art and give humankind an ethical and a political dimension. Contributors include: Tiziana Andina, Annalisa Amoretti, Luca Angelone, Alessandro Arbo, Carola Barbero, Andrea Borghini, Francesco Berto, Chiara Cappelletto, Stefano Caputo, Elena Casetta, Annalisa Coliva, Francesca De Vecchi, Maurizio Ferraris, Valeria Ottonelli, Andrea Pedeferri, Daniela Tagliafico, Italo Testa, Giuliano Torrengo, Vera Tripodi.
Table of contents

Âme et iPad
Maurizio Ferraris
Presses Universitaires de Montréal (PUM), 2014
La question que pose Maurizio Ferraris est celle des rapports de l’esprit et de la lettre, de l’âme et de l’automate. Contre la tradition dualiste, il démontre que la lettre – son inscription, ses archives, sa mémoire – précède l’esprit. Sans documentalité, pas d’espèce humaine : « notre esprit est un appareil d’écriture ». Comment arrive-t-il à une conclusion aussi radicale ? En allumant son iPad et en se mettant à réfléchir. L’analyse critique de la technique révèle des choses très anciennes, mais qui nous ont échappé. Plus maintenant. Benoît Melançon.

« Âme et iPad ouvre la collection Parcours numériques, dirigée par Michaël E. Sinatra et Marcello Vitali-Rosati. Une lecture cursive pourrait mener à se demander pourquoi nous lançons la collection avec un ouvrage parfois si éloigné, du moins en apparence, des questions que l’on se pose habituellement quand il est question de numérique. Maurizio Ferraris, lui si sensible à la matérialité du monde, ne vante pas les mérites des machines ou des logiciels et s’il expose les transformations du travail que les unes et les autres permettent, c’est pour les déplorer ... Pourtant son essai incarne parfaitement l’esprit que ses créateurs souhaitent pour leur collection. Celle-ci accueillera certes des ouvrages techniques et des états présents du numérique, voire des tentatives de prospective. Elle sera également le lieu où poser, grâce au numérique, de nouvelles questions à l’histoire des représentations (littéraires, philosophiques, techniques) et où aborder des questions aussi vieilles que l’homme.
http://www.parcoursnumeriques-pum.ca/preface

Parcours numérique: http://www.parcoursnumeriques-pum.ca/
Âme et iPad: http://www.parcoursnumeriques-pum.ca/ameetipad

News on Realism and New Realism

Realism and Antirealism in Metaethics and Aesthetics
A British Society of Aesthetics Connections Conference
University of Cambridge, 9th-10th August 2014
http://www.aestheticsandmetaethics.com/

Calls

[Call for Abstracts] CONFERENCE. NAMES, DEMOSTRATIVES, AND EXPRESSIVES
14 – 17 September 2014. Gargnano — Garda Lake (Italy)
Under the auspices of Department of Philosophy, University of Milan
Deadline for submission is 27 April. Notification will be sent by 31 May.
Invited Speakers
Claudia Bianchi (San Raffaele, Milan)
Ernest Lepore (Rutgers)
Stefano Predelli (Nottingham)
Josep Maciá (Barcelona)
Names and demonstratives are the two main tools through which language hooks to the world. Both linguists and philosophers have been developing formal frameworks to model the relationship between contextual elements and such referential mechanisms. Lately, attention has been driven to the possibility of applying formal modeling also to the study of the expressive aspects of linguistic meaning. The aim of “Names, Demonstratives, and Expressives” is to attract scholars interested in the interface between those two aspects, from the perspective of different fields — such as linguistics, philosophy, psychology and logics — and to facilitate the interaction among them.
Themes and questions:
— Expressive mechanism in semantics and pragmatics
— Colouring and non truth-conditional aspects of meaning
— Slurs and pejorative speech
— Nicknames and attributive uses of names
— Politically Correct and censorship 
— Non-literal uses of language
Submission
A short abstract of 300 words, and a long abstract of no more than 2000 car. must be submitted to giuliano.torrengo@unimi.it with object “SUBMISSION GARGNANO EXPRESSIVES CONFERENCE”. The abstracts have to be prepared for blind referee and accompanied by a cover sheet with title of the submitted paper, name, affiliation, and contact detail of the author.
Accepted contributors will be granted accommodation in Palazzo Feltrinelli (the conference venue) at a fee of around €210 (lunches and dinner included).
If you want to attend the conference, please send giuliano.torrengo@unimi.it a mail. Room in the palazzo is limited, but we are happy to accommodate as many attendants as possible.
Organizers: Sandro Zucchi (University of Milan), Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan), Elisa Paganini (University of Milan), Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan)-

[CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS] FULL-DAY WORKSHOP ON INFORMATION ARTIFACT ONTOLOGIES
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2014
Organized as part of the 8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS2014)
Deadline for submissions: May 22, 2014
Deadline for notification of acceptance: June 15, 2014
Information artifacts such as photographs, newspaper articles, books, entries in databases, computer programs, emails, video clips are entities which can be used in a variety of ways that depend on their being about something (having a topic or content or subject-matter). Information artifacts also have a variety of further attributes, including format, purpose, evidence, provenance, operational relevance, security markings. Data concerning such attributes (often called ‘metadata’) are vital to the effective exploitation of the reports, images, or signals documents for purposes of discovery and analysis.
Various attempts have been made to create controlled vocabularies for the consistent formulation of such metadata in order to enhance the degree to which the content formulated with their aid will be available to computational reasoning. The goal of this workshop is to advance work on resources of this sort, with a view towards coordination and convergence.
Interested participants can submit:
* A full paper (5-6 pages) that addresses foundational issues
* A one-page progress report summarizing existing initiatives
* A one-page proposal for a tutorial session
Deadline for camera-ready copy:  August 15, 2014
Organizing Committee:
* Mauricio B. Almeida (Minas Gerais)
* Mathias Brochhausen (Arkansas)
* Laura Slaughter (Oslo)
* Barry Smith (Chair, Buffalo)

[CALL FOR APPLICATION] FCT INTERNATIONAL DOCTORAL PROGRAM. Philosophy of Science, Technology, Art and Society
Call for applications of 2 national PhD scholarships and 3 mixed PhD scholarships
Open from 15th February to 15th April, 2014
The FCT International Doctoral Programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology, Art and Society (http://phd-fctas.fc.ul.pt/) is based on the widely recognized need to clarify the metaphysical horizons that support many of the current research programmes in natural sciences as well as in formal and human sciences. The Programme also aims to understand the impact of the scientific and technological culture in the contemporary world (ecological equilibriums, clinical practices, political experiences and aesthetical experimentation).

[CALL FOR APPLICATION] PARIS INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES (PARIS IAS)
Academic year 2015/16. Deadline for applications: April 30, 2014
The Paris Institute for Advanced Studies welcomes applications from all over the world from established scholars and scientists in the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and related fields for periods of five or nine months, respectively. The Paris IAS will host twenty international guest researchers for 2014-2015 to work freely on the project of their choice, to benefit from the scientific environment of the Institute, and to create contacts with researchers in the academic institutions of Greater Paris.
Applicants may request residencies for the following periods:
See the call for application online

[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.


Filosofia e impresa

Si inaugura il 19 marzo 2014 alle ore 11.00, con una tavola rotonda su “il ruolo del Brand nel rapporto fra filosofia ed impresa”, il Laboratorio Filosofia Impresa, l’ambizioso progetto con cui la Facoltà di Filosofia dell’Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, da sempre vocata al pensiero concreto, intende trasformare il sapere filosofico in strategia d’impresa.
http://www.unisr.it/view.asp?id=9098
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