News of May 2022
News about philosophy and its history in May 2022
Opportunities in May 2022
Career and research opportunities in May 2022
Argumentation as Practice: Interview with Ana María Mora Márquez
In the first issue of Philosophy and the Academy we are delighted to have Ana María Mora-Márquez (University of Gothenburg) joining us. In this interview, she talks about the social and institutional context of ancient and medieval logic and argumentation theory, in connection with her research projects as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow. The projects she leads aim at spotting pragmatic dimensions of Aristotelian dialectics – underpinning the significance of Aristotle’s Topics and its commentary tradition – and its repercussions for the understanding of medieval science as a social endeavour. Additionally, she also spoke to us about communicating philosophy to broader audiences – in particular, to science experts who are non-philosophers – and gives advice to early career scholars on the ways of academia.
Filosofía medieval en Argentina: Entrevista con Natalia Jakubecki
In this interview, Natalia Jakubecki (University of Buenos Aires) highlights both weaknesses and strengths of the academic system in Argentina and the “modus vivendi” of the academics that currently work there. Natalia also describes her academic path, philosophical interests, and research projects. In doing so, the interview engages with issues that concern all medievalists, if not all academics, such as the attitude of medieval studies in relation to positivist criticism, what “progress” means in science and philosophy, and the “Platonic” and “Aristotelian” approaches to our work.
Intercultural Philosophy in Mozambique: Interview with Prof. Severino Elias Ngoenha
To what extent can philosophy contribute to the development of a democratic discourse and of an intercultural and interreligious society? In a time when nationalism and religious radicalism are gaining new terrain and imposing new limits to rational dialogue and tolerance among different communities, in Europe and beyond, it becomes urgent to inquire about the role that philosophers can play in dealing with this social and political dynamic.
Recently published books and volumes
Our selection of books for May 2022
IPM Monthly y las Humanidades Digitales
La génesis de esta idea tiene que ver, debo confesarlo, con una deficiencia propia, como he reconocido en otra ocasión: “las Humanidades Digitales han permanecido completamente veladas para mí en toda mi formación, de grado hasta posgrado. No hubo una sola vez en que un docente, cualquiera, desde su escritorio haya articulado la voz Humanidades Digitales” (Lázaro, 2021, p. 50). Pero claro, esto puede responder –entre otras muchas cosas– a lo que muy bien señalan dos referentes de este entrecruzamiento de disciplinas. En primer lugar, Gimena del Río Riande, cuando escribe que “el desarrollo y la aplicación de las Humanidades Digitales en los programas universitarios y de investigación de los países de habla hispana resulta buen ejemplo de la dificultad de transposición de la disciplina (o línea de trabajo, método, campo o etiqueta), tal y como se construyó dentro de los English Departments. Historia, cultura, condicionamientos socioeconómicos, moldean de un modo completamente diferente, a un lado y al otro del océano, a las Humanidades Digitales hispánicas”.
Lorenzo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI) of the Italian Research Council (CNR). He earned his Ph.D. from the Tor Vergata University of Rome and Rome Tre University with a thesis titled “Eidos and Dynamis. The Intertwinement of Being and Logos in Plato’s Thought.”
The Breaker of Narratives
Andrea Fagioli’s artistic production is marked by the artist’s constant dialogue with the flow of time. Playing with its oxymoronic presence and absence, attachment and detachment, time is the veiled protagonist of Fagioli’s pieces. As with an ancient deity, time manifests itself in its creative functions: it shapes destinies and thoughts, lives and deaths, feelings and convictions. While the notion of time has fascinated many artists, Fagioli’s unique artistic perspective depicts a different aspect of time’s agency in the universe. His glance is focused on time’s merciless reshaping of forms, its jovially brutal flowing that alters patterns, changes forms, and unveils what was supposed to stay hidden. It is like if time were amusing itself in this process of constant alteration of forms, shapes, and structures.