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New Seminar: Topics in Understanding

Convenor: Andrei Mărăşoiu (University of Virginia)

What is it to understand something? Is understanding something we come to possess and then hold on to, or is it episodic and can easily be lost? Is understanding a purely cognitive activity, or does it ineliminably depend on representational supports – theories, models, methodologies – in aid of conceptualizing the world around us? Is understanding unified, so that it may make sense to speak of, say, scientific and aesthetic understanding as sharing something substantive which makes each qualify as a species of understanding tout court? Is our understanding always accurate, or do we ever – perhaps even often – understand by means of false theories and inaccurate models? Is what we understand due to our cognitive skills and abilities, and to our intellectual virtues, or may it sometimes be due to the unforeseen intervention of cognitive biases? Finally, is there something special and irreducible about understanding language and how we use it, or is linguistic understanding in some important sense continuous with understanding aspects of the world depicted by our use of words?

These are only a handful of questions of the many raised in the recent literature. Organized around classical texts of the last 15-20 years, our bi-weekly summer meetings aim to briefly survey recent topics in the philosophy of understanding.

First meeting: 15 June 2017, 18.00.

More details here.

Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 20 June 2017

DH 20 iunieTuesday, 20 June, 17.00-20.00

Rafael Chelaru (Facultatea de Arhivistică din cadrul Academiei de Poliție, Bucuresti), prezentarea proiectului UEFISCDI “Arhiva genealogică virtuală – instrument informatic pilot destinat Arhivelor Naţionale ale României”.
Stefania Matei and Cosima Rughinis (ICUB, Social Sciences), Playing with the past in memorial video games. Digitally mediated historical awareness and interactive knowledge-making.
Corina Moldovan (Transylvania Digital Humanities Centre (DigiHUBB), Cluj), Challenges of Establishing a Digital Humanities Center in Romania.

This event is part of the IRH-ICUB series dedicated to Digital Humanities.

More details here,

Scrisoare despre „umanism” – după 70 de ani

Colocviu organizat de Secția de Studii Umaniste a Institutului de Cercetări al Universității din București (ICUB-SSU) și Institutul de Filozofie „Alexandru Dragomir“ în cadrul proiectelor de cercetare Abordări fenomenologice ale diferenţei antropologice (PN-II-RU-TE- 2014-4-0630) şi Relevanţa etico-politică a gândirii. O abordare interdisciplinară a raportului dintre gândire şi acţiune (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2881)

Data: miercuri 31 mai 2017, 9h30

Loc: Facultatea de Filosofie a Universității din București

Program:

Amfiteatrul Mircea Florian

9:30–10:15 Cristian Ciocan, „Corpul omului este esențialmente altceva decât un organism animal.“ (p. 306)*

10:15–11:00 Alexandru Bejinariu, „…[a] rămâne alungat definitiv în domeniul esenței lui animalitas.” (p. 306)

PAUZĂ 11:00-11:15

11:15–12:00 Amalia Trepca, „…acest caracter de nepătruns al esenţei fiinţelor vii.“ (p. 308)

12:00–12:45 Remus Breazu, „Caracterizarea gândirii ca theōria și determinarea cunoașterii ca atitudine «teoretică» are loc dintru început înăuntrul interpretării «tehnice» a gândirii.“ (p. 298)

PAUZĂ DE PRÂNZ 12:45–14:15

Sala Tudor Vianu

14:15–15:00 Bogdan Mincă, „… esența acțiunii este aducerea la împlinire.” (p. 297)

15:00–15:45 Ileana Borțun, „Gândirea acţionează în măsura în care gândeşte.” (p. 297)

PAUZĂ 15:45-16:00

16:00–16:45 Raluca Bujor, „Ea [dominația -ismelor] se bazează, în special în epoca modernă, pe dictatura specifică a spațiului public.” (pp. 300-1)

16:45–17:30 Cătălina Condruz, „Când își respectă propria-i esență, filozofia nu progresează defel.“ (p. 316)

* Fiecare titlu reprezintă un citat din Scrisoare despre „umanism”, urmat de indicarea paginii din volumul: Martin Heidegger, Repere pe drumul gândirii (traducere și note introductive de Thomas Kleininger & Gabriel Liiceanu), Editura Politică, Bucureşti, 1988.

Philosophical Controversies and Preisfragen: Shaping the Enlightenment between Wolff and Kant, 18-19 May, 2017

conf TincaInternational workshop IRH-ICUB, University of Bucharest and New Europe College

Convenor: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet

Venue: New Europe College, Plantelor Str. 21, Bucharest, 18-19 May, 2017

A workshop within the framework of the research project Philosophy between Mathematical Method and Experiment: the Berlin Academy (1746-1764), funded by the Romanian National Council for Scientific Research (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2522).

Talk: Dan Cautis (Georgetown University), The Problems and Limitations of Scientism, 15 May 2017

talk Dan CautisDate: 15 May 2017, 14h

The ongoing extraordinary success of science and technology started with the beginning of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century empowered a new mechanistic, materialist-physicalist metaphysics that morphed into scientism (the claim that science can explain the whole reality) and in the process brushed aside the Aristotelian-Thomisitc metaphysics.

This claim was suspect from the beginning, but a number of factors (among which was the zeitgeist generated by Enlightenment and the anti-Church, anti-clerical attitudes of the last few centuries) made the positivist, scientist view of the world predominant among the scientists during late nineteenth and the beginning of twentieth centuries.

There are however, serious limitations and problem with this view (the dismissing attitude towards philosophy, the inability to coherently explain quantum realities, the issues of mind-matter and consciousness, the extreme reductionism in biology, etc.) that will be emphasized in the presentation.

Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 12 May 2017

dh maiFriday, 12 May, 14.00-17.00

Programme:

Fabio Ciotti (University of Tor Vergata), Digital Textual Studies: from representation to analysis.
Liviu Dinu (University of Bucharest), Towards a map of distances between Romanian and European languages.
Maurizio Lana (University of Eastern Piedmont), Ontologies and semantic annotation in the Humanities.

This event is part of the IRH-ICUB series dedicated to Digital Humanities.

More details here,

IRH-ICUB Visiting Professors Fellowships awarded in April 2017

The Institute of Research in Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is proud to announce the visiting professors fellowships awarded in April 2017:

Prof. Roberta D’Alessandro (Utrecht University) – Hot Topics in Romance Syntax

Prof. Roberto Giuntini (University of Cagliari) – Fuzzy and Quantum Degrees of Truth

Prof. Stefano Gulizia (C.U.N.Y.) – Galileo’s People: Mapping Scientific Networks and Reading Practices in Early Modern Italy

Prof. Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts Boston) – Defining Mental Disorder

Prof. Donca Steriade (MIT) – Romanian phonology and morphology

Prof. Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) – History of Quantification in Science