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April 30, 2019: Matteo Santarelli: Interests and Habits. A Comparison between Dewey’s and Bourdieu’s Theories of Action

The Seminars on Pragmatism and the Sciences

Seminars on Pragmatism and the Sciences


Matteo Santarelli (Università degli Studi di Bologna)

Interests and Habits. A Comparison between Dewey’s and Bourdieu’s Theories of Action.

April 30, 2019, h. 14:00-16:00

Room Enzo Paci, Directorate of the Department of Philosophy, Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Via Festa del Perdono 7.



In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the similarities between Pierre Bourdieu's sociology and the so-called classical pragmatism. In the spirit of this revival, the presentation will propose a comparison between John Dewey’s and Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of action. This comparison will hinge on an analysis of the concepts of habit and interest. On the one hand, the concept of habit represents the background from which the similarities between the concepts of human action of Dewey and Bourdieu emerge. On the other hand, the concept of interest indicates where the paths of the two theoretical proposals diverge. In the final part, the possibility of building a Dewey/Bourdieu theory of action will be discussed. This theory will have to take into account both the asymmetrical nature of social relations and the human capacity to define and reconstruct problematic situations


Organizzato in collaborazione con Associazione Culturale Pragma e con il Centro di Ricerca Interuniversitario "Pragmatismo - Costruzione di saperi - Formazione"

For information: andrea.parravicini@unimi.it

Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.


30 April 2019
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