Workshops aa 2013-2014

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 2013-2014
January 28 2014: Prof. Tomaso Montanari, Università di Napoli Federico II, “Arte e cittadinanza” (provisional title), 17, room XII.
February 25 2014: Prof. Hansmichael Hohenegger, Iliesi-CNR, “Il Gemeinsinn in Kant”, 17, room II.
April 4 2014: Prof.ssa Ida Dominijanni, Roma Tre, “Sense, Sensation, Sensationalism, Common Sense”, 17, room to be announced
30 May 2014: Prof. Massimo De Carolis, Università di Salerno, "La costruzione della normalità", aula II, ore 17:00, Villa Mirafiori.

Ethics Workshop

Faculty sponsors: Prof. Piergiorgio Donatelli, Prof. 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 2013-2014

    Simone Pollo, Oltre la natura umana? Osservazioni sull'antiantropocentrismo in etica
    April 24, 17.30-20.00, room XI Olivetti
    Daniele Lorenzini, Etica del sé e tecniche dell'ordinario a partire da Foucault, Hadot e Cavell
    April 29, 17.30-20.00, room XI Olivetti
    Matteo Falomi, Conformità e consonanza. Cavell, McDowell e la critica neurathiana
    May 8, 17.30-20.00, room XI Olivetti
    Piergiorgio Donatelli, Vulnerabilità
    May 13, 17.30-20.00, room XI Olivetti
    Alessio Vaccari, Etica e virtù
    May 22, 17.30-20.00, room XI Olivetti
    Caterina Botti, "Quasi una moralità". Il contributo del pensiero femminista alla riflessione sulla morale
    May 27, 17.30-20.00, room XI Olivetti

Evolution & Cognition Workshop

Faculty Sponsors: prof. Elena Gagliasso
Student Coordinator: Laura Desirée Di Paolo

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 2013-2014


    Dr. Federico Morganti, “Evoluzione della mente e realismo: Herbert Spencer” (26/9/2013 h. 17:00, Auletta di Dipartimento)
    Dr. Fabio Sterpetti,  “La spiegazione matematica in biologia” (3/10/2013 h. 17:00, Auletta di Dipartimento)
    Prof. Barbara Continenza, “Wallace & Darwin” (30/1/2014  h. 17.00, Auletta di Dipartimento)
    “Niche Construction: prospettive interdisciplinari” (6/2/2013 – h. 16.00) con Prof. Francesco Ferretti, Prof. Saverio Forestiero, Prof. Simone Pollo
    Dott. Augusto Vitale, “Sperimentazione animale: un problema multidimensionale” (22/5/2014  h. 15.30, Auletta di Dipartimento)


    Prof. Giuseppe Longo, “Le simmetrie come principi di costruzione e di intelligibilità in matematica e in fisica... e in biologia?” (18/11/2013 e 19/11/2013 h. 16:00, Auletta di Dipartimento)
    Prof. Giuseppe Longo, “Come il futuro dipende dal passato nei sistemi del vivente” (28/10/2014 h. 16:00, Auletta del Dipartimento)

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.

Program 2013-2014

    Francesco Fronterotta
    La concezione aristotelica del rapporto anima-corpo e la critica alle posizioni dei predecessori in De anima I 1-3.
    January 16, 10-12, aula del Dipartimento
    Emidio Spinelli
    Animus/anima: la tradizione epicurea.
    January 27, 10-12, aula del Dipartimento
    Luisa Valente
    La nozione di persona nei secoli XII e XIII
    February 4, 10-12, aula del Dipartimento
    Maria Muccillo
    Corpo e anima in Montaigne
    May 8, 10-12, aula del Dipartimento
    Antonello D’Angelo
    Anima e corpo nella seconda scolastica
    May 15, 16-18, aula del Dipartimento
    Anna Lisa Schino
    Teoria della mente e fondazione di un'antropologia materialistica in Hobbes
    May 22, 10-12, aula del Dipartimento
    Sergio Bucchi
    Fisiologia e psicologia tra Comte e Mill
    May 29, 10-12, aula del Dipartimento

PhD Students are expected to have read the material suggested in a reading list previously communicated. It is required the participation to a minimum of five meetings.


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 2013

    Alberto Oliverio, prof. Emerito di Psicobiologia, Dip. di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin” Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
    Cervello e rapporto tra struttura e funzione
    October 25 2013, 15.30-18.30 aula XII
    Maurizio Biffoni, Direttore dell’Accademia socratica, prof di Fisiologia della comunicazione, Università di Urbino
    Cognizione e regolazione emotiva nel primo sviluppo mentale
    November 8 2013, 15.30-18,30 aula XII
    Alessandro Rossi, Direttore del Dip. di Scienze neurologiche e sensoriali, Università di Siena
    I processi cognitivi: Intelligenza fluida e cristallizzata
    November 15 2013, 15.30-18,30 aula XII
    Alberto Oliverio, prof. Emerito di Psicobiologia, Dip. di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin” Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
    Cervello e Linguaggio
    November 22 2013, 15.30-18,30 aula XII

Social Philosophy Workshop

Faculty sponsor: Prof. Virginio Marzocchi
Student coordinator: Dr. 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.


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