Faculty Sponsor: prof. Stefano Velotti
Students Coordinator: Andrea D’Ammando
The permanent doctoral seminar of Aesthetics is offered in cooperation with CiEG – “Cattedra internazionale Emilio Garroni” ( The cooperation is due to the fact that Emilio Garroni’s (1926-2015) work has deeply marked the ‘Rome school of aesthetics’, which construes aesthetics as a philosophical reflection tout court - aimed at reflecting on the sense of experience in general - and not primarily as a philosophy of art. For the last years, the seminar has focused on some issues already tackled by Garroni in his works (such as the problem of the Kantian “common sense” or Gemeinsinn, the nature of perception and imagination, the spatial and temporal dimension of aesthetic experience, and so on).
This year, the main focus of the seminar is the notion of attention, which is not only at the center of the philosophical and psychological debate, and of great importance for aesthetics, but has become a much valued “good” in the age of the Web and the social media. The seminar will tackle the issue of attention in some of its theoretical, aesthetic, social, and political aspects.

Program 2019
  • 17 aprile (aula IV, 17.30-19.30): Martino FEYLES, L’attenzione in Husserl
  • 24 aprile (aula IV, 17.30-19.30): Antonio VALENTINI, Attenzione fluttuante e mètis alla luce della riflessione di François Julien
  •  7 maggio (aula IV, 17.30-19.30): Pietro MONTANI, Attenzione e ‘schematismo tecnico’
  • 15 maggio (aula IV, 17.30-19.30): Dario CECCHI, Navigare il fiume della coscienza. Due paradigmi di attenzione estetica: John Dewey e Susanne K. Langer
  • (data da stabilire): Gruppo teatrale “Sotterraneo”, Overload performance e tavola rotonda presso Macro-Testaccio
Ethics Workshop
Faculty Sponsor: prof. Piergiorgio Donatelli
Students Coordinator: Miranda Boldrini
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 2019
  •  14 marzo: PIERGIORGIO DONATELLI, Wittgenstein, un paradigma nella filosofia contemporanea
  •  21 marzo: SARIN MARCHETTI, Quietismo: due variazioni sul tema
  •   4 aprile: CECILIA ROFENA, Morfologia e sinossi in Wittgenstein
  •  18 aprile: FEDERICO LIJOI, Filosofia e terapia: Wittgenstein e Freud
  •   9 maggio: LUCA MARCHETTI, Incontrare il mondo: reazioni estetiche ed emozioni in Wittgenstein
  •  16 maggio: SANDRA LAUGIER, Wittgenstein on Subjectivity and Inner Voice
  •  18 giugno: CONFERENCE, Wittgenstein and Pragmatism
  •  19 settembre 2019: JAMES CONANT, TBA
  •  26 settembre 2019: SILVER BRONZO, Pensiero e linguaggio nel «Tractatus»

gli incontri si terranno in Ala VIII dalle ore 14.30 alle ore 16.30





Animal Studies

Faculty Sponsor: prof. Simone Pollo
Students Coordinator: Giulia Iannucci, Leonardo Ursillo

The permanent workshop aims to promote debates and analysis on topics and methods of Animal studies. Beside philosophy other social and human sciences (sociology, literary studies, history, history and critics of visual arts etc.) and natural sciences (evolutionary biology, ethology, psychology, neuorescience, cognitive science, geography etc) contribute to such a a research field. Animal Studies investigate the animal question, that is the issue of animal moral status, beyond traditional boundaries of philosophical ethics, the conceptualization of animals and the different declinations of human interactions with them. Moving from the Darwinian framework of evolutionary explanation and inquiry of the living topics of Animal Studies are: the contribution of biological research to the understanding of non-human animals e the possible outcomes for human life; the history of the representations of animal forms of life in literary fiction and visual arts; the understanding of human/animal interactions in the urban environments. These topics and others will be discusse in conferences, seminars, stages and training schools.

Program 2019

Gli studi animali in Italia: una ricognizione a partire da alcuni studi recenti

  • 8 aprile (aula X, 16.30-19.30): A partire da Sguardi animali (Mimesis 2018) Silvia AMODIO, Silvia PANIZZA e Stefano VELOTTI discutono con l’autore, Felice CIMATTI.
  • 29 aprile (aula X, 16.30-19.30): A partire da Piccoli equivoci tra noi animali (Zanichelli 2015) Francesco FERRETTI, Stefano GENSINI e Augusto VITALE discutono con l’autore, Giorgio VALLORTIGARA.
  • 14 maggio (aula X, 16.30-19.30): A partire da Etica e animali (Il Mulino 2018) Eugenio LECALDANO e Gianfranco PELLEGRINO discutono con l’autore, Federico ZUOLO
  • 20 maggio (aula X, 16.30-19.30): A partire da Primo non maltrattare. Storia della protezione degli animali in Italia (Laterza 2018) Marita CANDELA, Gianluca FELICETTI e Margherita PITTALIS discutono con l’autrice, Giulia GUAZZALOCA.
  • 3 giugno (aula X, 16.30-19.30): A partire da Uomini e animali nel medioevo (Il Mulino 2018) Cristiana FRANCO, Stefano PERFETTI e Luisa VALENTE discutono con l’autrice, Chiara FRUGONI.


Eco-evolution and Cognition
Faculty Sponsor: prof.ssa Simone Pollo
Students Coordinator: Giulia Iannucci, Leonardo Ursillo, Marco Casali
Human environments and migrations. A history of ecosystems, evolution of languages and cognition.
In the past few years, the Permanent Doctoral Seminar ‘Eco-evolution and Cognition’ (Philosophy Department, Sapienza University of Rome) has increasingly developed its both characteristics, an interdisciplinary and an intergenerational direction, thanks to the contribution of professors and young researchers of different fields.
After focusing for the past years thematic fields as “Organisms and Machines”, “Epistemologies of Life-Sciences”, and “Science & Society Studies”, the Permanent Seminar in this year aims to explore the large field, pregnant, complex and today urgent, of human migrations. Actual scientific research, history of scientific ideas, and cultural policy will be the different perspectives from which the topic will be approached, according to the tried and tested pluralistic style of the Seminar.
The subject will be addressed by taking into account several of its aspects, namely: historical and biological, anthropological, paleo-anthropological, and ecological.
More specifically, the focus will be on studies on remote and recent migration, conceived as engines of human history and its evolution. In this framework, the theoretical implications on the genesis of ideological concepts such as 'race' will be discussed, as well as historical conflicts, cultural achievements, and cultural loss between past and present.
In light of this thematic fields, the linguistic, cognitive and philosophical perspectives related to the phenomenon of migration shall be be examined and discussed too.

Program 2019

  •  20 marzo, (16.30-19.00, aula IV): Antonello La Vergata , Razzismi; Leonardo Ursillo, Schiavismo e abolizionismo fra Erasmus e Charles Darwin.
  •  10 aprile, (16.30-19.00, aula IV): Giorgio Manzi, Storie di un bipede migrante; David Ceccarelli, Pitecofobia e origini centro-asiatiche: storia di un equivoco.
  •  22 maggio, (16.30-19.00, aula IV): Ilaria Tani, Identità linguistiche: il multiculturalismo e le sue critiche; Massimo Vedovelli, Nuovi contatti di lingue e culture tra superdiversità e translanguaging.
  •  12 giugno, (16.30-19.00, aula XI): Elena Gagliasso, Costruire-Inseguire habitat; Stefano Pilotto, Il prisma tecnologico: per una storia materiale delle migrazioni umane.
  •   9 ottobre, (16.30-19.00, aula IV): Carmela Morabito, L’altro nelle neuroscienze cognitive; Giulia Iannucci, Una prospettiva eco-devo sull’identità del soggetto.




History of Brain and Mind Sciences

Faculty Sponsor: prof. Nunzio Allocca
Students Coordinator: Eleonora De Caroli

The permanent Seminar on History of Brain and Mind Sciences aims to address some of the main topics of philosophical and scientific reflection developed in the Modern and Contemporary Age, in order to analyze its keys aspects both from the historiographic and epistemological point of view: the debate on the Mind-Body Problem between Philosophy, Medicine and Neuroscience; the History of Psychology, with particular reference to research in Italy and its link with the international context; the History of Mind Sciences and Cognition in connection with the development of Technologies and Media Environments. The meetings will take shape as moments of discussion and interdisciplinary investigation in which experts, professors and experienced researchers in the philosophical, technical and scientific fields will take part.

Program 2019

  • Mercoledì 13 marzo (aula IV, 11.30-13.30): Gian Vittorio CAPRARA (Sapienza Università di Roma), La psicologia della personalità: un ponte tra natura e cultura
  • Mercoledì 27 Marzo (aula IV, 11.30-13.30): G.P. LOMBARDO, G. MORGESE, G. CIMINO, V. FANO, Il contributo dell’Epistemologia alla Storia delle scienze psicologiche, in occasione della pubblicazione del volume di G.P. Lombardo e di G. Morgese, Epistemologia e storia della psicologia, Edizioni PIGRECO, Roma, 2019.
  • Mercoledì 17 Aprile (aula IV, 11.30-13.30): Carlo LAI (Sapienza Università di Roma), Il correlato neuropsicologico: farmaci e psicoterapia
  • Martedì 14 Maggio (aula IV, 11.30-13.30): Fiorenzo LAGHI (Sapienza Università di Roma), La condizione dello spettro autistico in età adolescenziale





History of Philosophy
Faculty Sponsor: prof.ssa Anna Lisa Schino
Students Coordinator: Paola Mastrantonio

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

Program 2019

  • venerdì 11 gennaio (aula II, ore 15.30-17.30): Gaetano LETTIERI, Persuasione retorica e carisma teologico tra Cicerone e Agostino
  • martedì 22 gennaio (aula II, ore 15.30-17.30): Francesco FRONTEROTTA, Persuasione e retorica nel Gorgia di Platone
  • martedì 29 gennaio (aula II, ore 15.30-17.30): Emidio SPINELLI, «Elena non ha colpe...»: persuasione retorica e fascino psicagogico in Gorgia
  • martedì 12 febbraio (aula II, ore 15.30-17.30): Sandro LANDI, «A persuadere o a dissuadere una moltitudine». Processi di pensiero e governo dei collettivi in Machiavelli
  • giovedì 14 febbraio (aula II, ore 15.30-17.30): Anna Lisa SCHINO, Meccanismi di persuasione e dottrine sediziose in Hobbes
  • martedì 19 febbraio (aula II, ore 15.30-17.30): Stefano BANCALARI, Il linguaggio come dominio di Nessuno: Heidegger e la retorica del Si
  • martedì 26 febbraio (aula II, ore 17.30-19.30): Marcello MUSTÈ, Egemonia e filosofia nel pensiero di Antonio GramsciAll the meetings: room II, h. 15.30-17.30




Theoretical Philosophy

Faculty Sponsor: prof.ssa Donatella Di Cesare
Students Coordinator: Federica Pitillo, Flavio Luzi, Giulia Dettori

The permanent seminar of Theoretical Philosophy is offered in cooperation with the Center of Italian and Continental Philosophy ( The seminar aims to discuss some fundamental theoretical issues of the Western philosophical tradition, in order to promote the discussion among professors, researchers, doctoral students and students. The seminar consists of lectures, conferences, study days and symposia with Italian and foreign scholars and is also an opportunity for doctoral students to submit their research to colleagues and professors.

Program 2019

  • 18 marzo (aula VIII, 14.30-19.30): Convegno La vocazione politica della filosofia
  • 29 marzo (aula VIII, 17.30-19.30): Annarosa BUTTARELLI (Università di Verona): La filosofia delle donne è pensiero dell'esperienza
  • 8 aprile (aula VIII, 16.30-18.30): Miquel SEGURÒ (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Universitat Ramon Llull): La filosofia politica di Karl Jaspers
  • 11 aprile (aula VI, 14.30-16.30): Mario TRONTI (Senatore della Repubblica): Filosofia e Politica
  • 17 aprile (aula II, 14.30-16.30): Conferenza di Howard CAYGILL (Kingston University of London): titolo da definire
  • 14 maggio (aula VI, 14.30-18.30): Giornata di studi su Jacob Taubes




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