Monthly Archives: May 2018

Philosophy Across Disciplines Student Conference, Newcastle, 6th June 2018.

[**Recordings now available: below**]
The primary aim of the conference is to open a space for pre-doctoral students to present their philosophical research within a professional and academic environment. We intend to highlight the ways in which philosophy is interdisciplinary and hence can be utilised across other disciplines such as economics, theology and even geology.
Attending the conference is free, and there will be light refreshments provided on the day during breaks. The conference will run in the Barbara Strang Teaching Centre at Newcastle University, first floor Room 1.46 from 12:00 to 17:00. The organisers and guest speakers will be heading to a local public house afterwards to continue the discussion in a more informal manner. Although this is a student conference, it is open to all who desire to attend. Please note that the conference is for undergraduate and master’s papers and is, therefore, a space for works in progress.
Running order:
Dr Mike Lewis (Guest Speaker):
Hannes Ingo Torbohm:
Ben Glaister:
Leo Kyle:
Rema Grace Gifford:
Gillion Salmon:
Zoe Waters:
Michael Bavidge (Guest Speaker):
We hope many of you will join us on the first year of this annual student philosophy conference. Attached is a poster to advertise this event or to forward to anyone whom you think may be interested. For any queries, feel free to get in touch with the organisers.
Best Regards,
Organisers of the Philosophy Across Disciplines Conference.
Contact details:
Hannes Ingo Torbohm
Zoe Waters


Journal of Italian Philosophy, Volume I – Published!

Dear All,
The first Volume of the Journal of Italian Philosophy has been published.
The full contents are as follows:
Giorgio Agamben, ‘L’albero del linguaggio’.
Giorgio Agamben, ‘The Tree of Language’. Trans. Connal Parsley
Lorenzo Chiesa, ‘Superpolitically Apolitical: On Agamben’s Use of Bodies’
Stephen Howard, ‘Archaeology and/or Genealogy: Agamben’s Transformation of Foucauldian Method’
Lars Cornelissen, ‘Violence, Political Evil, and Simona Forti’s New Demons: A Counter-Genealogy of the Dostoevsky Paradigm’
Andrea Bellocci, ‘Interpretation and Demythologisation: The Problem of Truth in Luigi Pareyson’s Hermeneutics’
Lucio Privitello, ‘Umberto Eco’s Adventurous Orders. A Critical Review-Essay on Claudio Paolucci, Umberto Eco: Tra Ordine e Avventura’
Sevgi Doğan, ‘Review-Essay. Roberto Esposito, Da Fuori: Una filosofia per l’Europa’
Michael Lewis, ‘Virno’s Philosophical Anthropology. Review-Essay. Paolo Virno, An Essay on Negation’
Any submissions for future issues, please write to 
The Journal is based at Newcastle University, in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north-east of England, which has a thriving Philosophy programme.
For information on the undergraduate degrees, please visit:
Postgraduate degrees including the MLitt (Masters by research, 1/2 years) and PhD, visit:
And the list of faculty:

Philosophy Events

Philosophy Events

Plenty of spaces still available for the events with Bernasconi and Andres de Saenz Sicilia, both of which will be excellent. So please register and come along.



Semester II
16/5 Robert Bernasconi (Penn State), ‘Rethinking the Anthropocene in Terms of Race’ (Contact if you want to attend this event)


Other, extra-mural events, organised by Bigg Books/Newcastle Philosophy Society

Unless otherwise indicated: Time: 7pm. Place: Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society. Admission: £3

Tuesday 15th May: (Keith Ansell-Pearson’s event has had to be cancelled: it will be replaced by:)   Prof. Edith Hall (KCL), Aristotle on True Happiness

Saturday May 19th: Andres de Saenz Sicilia — Philosophical Materialism, 2–4pm (Hosted by the Newcastle Philosophy Society), St. John the Baptist Church Hall, Newcastle. Venue tbc. (Andres will also be giving an extra session for Newcastle students and others with a little background in philosophy, in the morning. Those interested in attending should contact Anthony Morgan to express their interest (

Tuesday 5th June: Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway) — Why Marx Matters


June 6th: Philosophy Undergrad-Postgrad conference:

The Friedrich Nietzsche Society is holding its conference here in September:


Summer School in Genoa on the Animal

2018 Summer Seminars
GENOA, 6th-11th SEPTEMBER 2018
THE ANIMAL (Nature/Science)
Organised by Lorenzo Chiesa and Raffaello Palumbo Mosca
DAVIDE BRULLO (novelist and poet)
GIORGIO CESARALE (philosopher)
LORENZO CHIESA (philosopher)
CRISTIANA CIMINO (psychoanalyst)
Established in 2013 and directed by Lorenzo Chiesa and Raffaello Palumbo Mosca, the Genoa School of Humanities (GSH) offers weekly series of seminars in English held by scholars of philosophy, literature, and other subjects, as well as by psychoanalysts, filmmakers, poets, and novelists.
In the 2018 Summer Seminars, we will focus on the animal in its close connection with nature in general and science as today’s hegemonic discourse. Our interdisciplinary approach will be from the standpoints of philosophy, psychoanalysis, poetry, literary criticism, and fine art.
Since its origins, Western philosophy has given great importance to the thresholds that would allegedly separate the non-rational life of the animal from both the political commonality of human beings as endowed with language and the life of plants as merely nutritive and reproductive. But the modern state, which was founded theoretically on the exclusion of a state of nature where “man is wolf to man”, has now been mostly reduced to the anarchic administration of the bare life of human animals increasingly deprived of basic rights (terrorists, migrants, precarious workers), if not surviving in a semi-vegetative condition (the terminally ill, so-called “lifers”). How do Agamben’s critique of biopolitics and Derrida’s investigations of the “animal that therefore we are” help us to clarify this predicament? Are the current weakening of the state and concurrent withering away of traditional sovereignty inevitably doomed to pave the way for an apocalyptic, and unprecedented, “war of all against all”?
The consolidation of Darwinism as a dominant scientific paradigm in turn problematised the natural divisions created by classical philosophy and Christian religion. On the one hand, evolutionary theory seems to have refuted anthropocentrism. On the other hand, it still widely relies on a genetic determinism that runs the risk of projecting onto animality a human-all-too-human model of competition and selection (the “survival of the fittest”). Can Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis contribute to elucidating this conundrum? Is human sexuality fundamentally different from animal sexuality? And, if we assume that the former revolves around the sexual difference between woman and man as symbolically constructed categories, how should we map this difference back onto the animal while avoiding both a sexist naturalisation of woman as unable “to attain the ideal” and a hysterical bestialisation of man as “predatory”?
The animal has always played a central role in literature, from Aesop’s fables to Kafka’s nightmares, Borges’s bestiaries, Montale’s ornithology, and Ted Hughes’ zoology. How do the more recent engagements of prominent novelists, including Ishiguro and Houellebecq, with the dystopian possibilities created by cloning complicate the already tenuous border between humans, animals, and plants? Can the writer emerge as the spokesperson for a renewed notion of pietas capable of tackling the ethical dilemmas of a highly advanced – and potentially uncontrollable – technological society, which more and more sees itself as post-human? Conversely, in what sense could one claim that, following the title of a well-known story by Henry James, the poet is himself a beast in the jungle of bodies and signs, whose savage identity awaits to be fully unfolded? Would it be possible to reverse this very identity, extended to the artist’s practice, into a “spiritual hunt”?
The GSH provides a venue where young scholars can deepen their knowledge, not only by attending seminars, but also by actively discussing in an informal context their own research projects with highly qualified teachers and among themselves. One of the basic ideas of the GSH is that learning is enhanced by the suspension of formalisms, hierarchies, and the principle of authority that usually define traditional academic contexts. Each seminar day revolves around one or two presentations by an invited speaker and is enriched by roundtables, small study groups, and debates that are always attended by one or more seminar leaders. The exchange of knowledge and ideas is facilitated by the limited number of students (up to fifteen), and by the interdisciplinary nature of the seminars.
Speakers and seminar leaders at the GSH are leading international figures in their academic and extra-academic fields. They are based both in Italy and abroad. Participants are thus exposed to different cultures, teaching methods, and disciplinary perspectives. They are also enabled to establish new research networks and acquire practical information on how to access PhD and post-doctoral programmes. The GSH has welcomed students from several countries, including Italy, the UK, Russia, Iran, Israel, and the Ukraine.
Please visit the GSH website ( for a complete schedule of seminars and for information on registration.