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Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), American scientist and philosopher, is considered the founder of semiotics and the father of pragmatism.

The purpose of the Peirce Research Group is to promote the knowledge and study of Peirce in Italy and to operate as a contact structure among Italian and foreign researchers.

Over the years, the Peirce Research Group has organized several cycles of seminars and workshops such as the series "Pragmatism and the Sciences", and "Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Practices".

The meetings aim to develop paths of theoretical reflection by placing the philosophical current of the so-called classical pragmatism at the center, in particular by enhancing its pluralist attitude, open to the dialogue with the sciences, and its constant attention to the dimension of the gestures, practices and habits of conduct.

From time to time the meetings, animated by a multidisciplinary spirit, will aim to place the pragmatist approach in a fruitful dialogue, on the one hand with other directions of thought characterized by a similar philosophy of practices in the declinations it has assumed in the contemporary age also in phenomenological or genealogical thinking. On the other hand, this approach will be brought into dialogue with the various disciplines of scientific thought, from social sciences to semiotics, from cognitivist studies to biology.

These cycles of meetings organized at the Philosophy Department of the State University of Milan are part of a broader project of a series of "permanent seminars" dedicated to pragmatist thought organized and coordinated by the Interuniversity Research Center “Pragmatismo, costruzione dei saperi e formazione”, with the participation of all the members of the aforementioned Center: in addition to the University of Milan, also the University of Roma Tre, the University of Naples "Federico II", the University of Molise, the University of Cagliari and the University of Perugia.

Philosophy as a Method of Thinking Practices: the 2022-2023 Workshops  

Philosophy as a Method of Thinking Practices: Continental Interactions with Genealogy, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Post-Structuralism

The 2022-2023 Workshops

"Philosophy as a Method of Thinking Practices" is a series of seminars organized by the Peirce Research Group and aims to explore from a theoretical (rather than historical) perspective the interconnections between Pragmatism and other continental traditions (such as Genealogy, but also Phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Post-Structuralism) which describe philosophy primarily as a practice rather than a theory, or at least as a method of thinking about practices.

The seminars will take place in room Piero Martinetti, Icehouse Courtyard, first floor, Via Festa del Perdono 7, and online on the Zoom platform.

In order to partecipate online registration is needed. Write to andrea.parravicini@unimi.it or to rossella.fabbrichesi@unimi.it

Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences and to students of the Doctoral School “The Human Mind and its Explanations: Language, Brain, and Reasoning”.

Program of the meetings

January 19, 2023, h. 16.00-18.00
, Aula Martinetti/Online.
Maria Regina Brioschi
(Università degli Studi di Milano)
“Whitehead and Merleau-Ponty: toward an Ontology of Practices”

March 2, 2023, h. 15.00-17.00.
Giovanni Leghissa (Università degli Studi di Torino)
"L'epoché come prassi di trasformazione del soggetto"

March 23, 2023, h. 15.00-17.00.
Naoko Saito (Kyoto University)
"The contextual whole: James, Wittgenstein and Cavell"

April 26, 2023, 15.00-17.00.
Barbara Formis (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne)
"Useless gestures and aesthetics of fluidity"

June 20, 2023, 15:00-17:00.
Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)
"The inside story: nature at the intersection of phenomenology and pragmatism"

Date TBA: september or october 2023.
Martin Savransky (Goldsmith, University of London)
Title TBA

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