Workshops aa 2014-2015

Esthetics Workshop - Topology of Common Sense

Faculty Sponsor: prof. Stefano Velotti
Student Coordinator: Francesca Pentassuglio

In this seminar – organized in collaboration with the “CiEG” association (“Emilio Garroni international Chair”, – we invite speakers and participants to re-think the notion of “common sense” in relation to some of its already conceptually articulated meanings (from Aristotle to Vico, from Kant to Arendt, from Gramsci to Bion etc.).
We would also link the idea of “common sense” to some of its places traditionally dedicated to its formation: from public squares and institutions to universities, museums, and theaters; from the media to art, from different kinds of associations to personal relationships etc. In this sense, we have proposed the theme of a “topology of commons sense”.
The research on the structure and nature of common sense could open new perspectives on the elusive and very tangible idea of culture, in some of its non secondary declinations. In the meantime, it could shed some light on the possibility of transforming “the mind of  the citizens” in the nation-state or in other kinds of communities, on its inertia, its sudden breakdowns and its slow sedimentation, on consent and dissent, on the formation of public opinion and its deformation or dissolution.
For each meeting, we will post (on an abstract of the lecture and a bibliography, in order to allow a better participation.

Program 2014/2015

    10 aprile 2015, Herman Parret, Un certain Kant au Jardin d’Epicure, Aula XII, ore 16,30.
    25 maggio 2015, Roberto Diodato, Senso comune e social media (titolo provvisorio), Aula XII, ore 17,30.
    4 giugno 2015, Pietro Montani, Tecno-estetica e senso comune, Aula XII, ore 17,30.
    18 settembre 2015, Elena Tavani, titolo, ora e aula da decidere.

Ethics Workshop

Faculty sponsors: Proff. Piergiorgio Donatelli, Caterina Botti, Simone Pollo
Student coordinator: Ludovico De Lutiis

The Ethics Workshop seeks to explore philosophical reflection on ethics from the perspective of the pluralism of normative agendas and theoretical languages, across a variety of issues: foundational themes, questions of human nature seen in the dimensions of the everyday and common life, philosophical psychology, social ethics, bioethics and issues concerning the non human world and the environment, as well as the study of the history of ethics as the source of new genealogies of contemporary problems. The Workshop privileges the analytical style in philosophy, with the aim to foster a dialogue among independent critical approaches (such as the ethical liberalism of J.S. Mill and John Rawls, Martha Nussbaum’s capability approach, Amartya Sen’s anti-transcendentalism, care ethics, feminist theory and gender studies, Stanley Cavell’s moral perfectionism, Cora Diamond’s Wittgensteinian conceptual approach, Michel Foucault’s perspective on the technologies of the self, recent forms of ethical naturalism) with different disciplines such as the natural sciences, law, political theory, cognitive science, and the social sciences.

Program 2014-2015

    28 gennaio 2015, 15.00-18.00 aula XI Olivetti: Karsten Schubert (Universität Leipzig), The debate about freedom in Foucault's work. Can Foucault’s later works be read as a correction of his earlier deficient understanding of freedom?
    4 febbraio 2015, 16.00-19.00 aula XI Olivetti: Miranda Boldrini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Iris Murdoch su etica e letteratura: l’immaginazione, la tragedia e la morte
    26 febbraio 2015, 16.00-19.00 aula X: Mario Radico (Sapienza Università di Roma), Naturalità e ovvietà nella prospettiva wittgensteiniana di Stanley Cavell: una possibile linea di sviluppo
    10 marzo 2015, 17.30-20.00 aula XI Olivetti: Matteo Falomi (University of Essex), Che cos'è il perfezionismo morale?
    18 marzo 2015, 17.30-20.00 aula XI Olivetti: Simone Pollo (Sapienza Università di Roma), Progresso scientifico come progresso morale
    24 marzo 2015, 17.30-20.00 aula XI Olivetti: Caterina Botti  (Sapienza Università di Roma), Virtù femminili o virtù femministe?

Evolution & Cognition Workshop

Faculty Sponsors: prof. Elena Gagliasso
Student Coordinator: Diego Antonio De Simone

Organization of:
Lectures and seminars on philosophical and scientific topics, held by prominent scholars, with a special consideration to biological and cognitive perspectives. The main aim is that of encouraging interdisciplinary research in philosophy of science, and especially of life sciences: one-day seminars on a single topic, approached from various perspectives, will also be organized.
Seminars held by young researchers, with a twofold purpose: promoting their work, and making it accessible to the wider scholarly world.
Seminars in which PhD candidates present their work to colleagues, academics and researchers.

Program 2014/2015

    Prof. Giuseppe Longo “Come il futuro dipende dal passato nei sistemi del vivente” (28/10/2014 h 16:00, Auletta di dipartimento Filosofia, Villa Mirafiori, II piano)
    Prof. Stefano Gensini, Francesco Ferretti & Fabio Di Vincenzo “Gesti, segni, parole. Evoluzione dei linguaggi” (29/01/2015 h 15:00, aula “Olivetti”, dipartimento Filosofia, Villa Mirafiori)
    Dott.ssa Giulia Frezza “T.H. Morgan, embriologo e genestista” (12/02/2015 h.14: 00, auletta dipartimento Filosofia, Villa Mirafiori, II piano)
    Dott.ssa Sara Campanella “Ripensando J.Piaget” (26/02/2015 h.14:00, auletta dipartimento Filosofia, Villa Mirafiori, II piano)
    Dott.ssa Laura Desirée Di Paolo “Il ruolo dell’apprendimento nella costruzione del processo evolutivo culturale” (5/03/2015 h.14:00, auletta dipartimento Filosofia, Villa Mirafiori, II piano)

II term

    7 May – Emiliano Ippoliti “Mental models and logic” (unconfirmed title)
    12 May – Carmela Morabito “Mental models in psychology and neurosciences” (unconfirmed title)
    18 May – Simone Gozzano “Phenomenic and personal identity”
    25 May – Ilaria Minio Paluello “Mental models, autism and embodied cognition”
    17 September – Domenica Bruni “Minds of others. Models of animal minds”

Aula di Dipartimento, II floor, 2,00 pm

History of Philosophy Workshop

Faculty Sponsors: prof. Anna Lisa Schino
Student Coordinator: Manlio Perugini

The History of Philosophy Workshop covers topics and methodological approaches in the history of philosophy from Antiquity to the present day.

Neuroethics and Social Cognition Workshop

Faculty Sponsors: prof. Alessandra Attanasio
Student Coordinator: Giulio Azzolini

The Workshop is the result of the integrated activities of the three Departments that established the Laboratory NeuCoS (, Philosophy (supervisor A. Attanasio), Psychology (supervisor S. Puglisi Allegri), Biology and Biotechnology Charles Darwin (supervisor Alberto Oliverio).
The interdisciplinary exchange between scholars of human sciences and neurosciences aims to an improved investigation of the complex issues related to the brain, intelligence, affective cognition, and social cognition. Together with the latest discoveries in neuroscience, these issues have given rise to Neuroethics, a new discipline between ethics and neuroscience, which deals with problems that would be difficult to understand separately with the tools of philosophy and neuroscience.
Meetings are held in the 1st and the 2nd semester. They are structured in two parts: 1) lecture; 2) discussion with participants. At the end of each semester participants are encouraged to form discussion groups, which should give rise to papers or power point presentations to be discussed in the class.

Program 2014-2015

    Venerdì 27 marzo 2015, prof. Alberto Oliverio, Decisioni e consapevolezza, Aula I, ore 14,30-17,30
    Venerdì 10  aprile 2015, proff. Rossi, Giorello, Attanasio, Intelligenza e Cervello: verso un nuovo materialismo, Aula I, ore 14,30-17,30
    Venerdì 17 aprile 2015, prof. Alberto Oliverio, Neuroscienze e processi cognitivi, Aula I ore 14,30-17,30
    Venerdì 8 maggio 2015, prof. Alfredo Brancucci, La teoria della coscienza integrata, Aula I, ore 14,30-17,30
    Venerdì 15 maggio 2015, prof. Stefano Mancuso, Intelligenza e consapevolezza del mondo vegetale, Aula I ore 14,30-17,30

Social Philosophy Workshop

Faculty sponsor: Prof. Virginio Marzocchi
Student coordinator: Valeria Venditti

The workshop will tackle some crucial issues of social philosophy with a view to exploring both their theoretical relevance and their effects on politics and the law: the conception of subjectivity and the processes that govern its formation; the way social normativity, so multifarious and flexible, relates to the more formal and stable normativity of the law; how to determine/think of the social and to account for its constitutive elements; the relationship between sociological theory and social philosophy. These are themes that on a theoretical and meta-theoretical level allow investigating the grammar of the social as an object of study (how it can be accessed, what it is and how it should be thought) and as a starting point for political and legal theorizing. In doing so, the events taking place in the framework of this workshop will delve into key topics of social-philosophical and political-philosophical reflection, such as, for example, the concepts of action, subject, rule, normativity, institution, differentiation, in an ongoing interdisciplinary exchange with other academic areas (such as sociology and anthropology) which, from other methodological standpoints, provide alternative understandings of politics, law and society.

Program 2014-2015

    11 marzo 2015: Virginio Marzocchi: Perché filosofia sociale?
    25 marzo 2015: Andrea Salvatore: Violenza e coesionesociale: antitesi o complementarietà.
    15 aprile 2015: Michele Spanò: Diritto e filosofia sociale.
    6 maggio 2015: Mariano Croce: Pratiche, istituzioni, strutture: per una teoria transazionale dell'azione sociale.
    20 maggio 2015: Vincenzo Rosito: Filosofia sociale, crisi, mutamento: verso una lettura interdisciplinare del paradigma della trasformazione sociale.

ore 16,00 - Room 222 (II floor)

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