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24 novembre 2017 - Leopardi e Vico. Vicende delle “nazioni” nella prospettiva storica e antropologica

Leopardi e Vico
Vicende delle “nazioni”
nella prospettiva storica e antropologica


Venerdì 24 novembre 2017, ore 15.30
Firenze, Palazzo Strozzi, Sala Ferri



23 giugno 2017 - Third workshop "Translators as historical actors"

Third workshop
23 June 2017 – Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati, via Bolognese 156, Firenze

Translators as historical actors


15 giugno 2017 - presentazione e discussione su: "PERCORSI EVOLUTIVI" e "WIRED BODIES"

Giovedì 15 Giugno
ore 19,30
Libreria Assaggi
via degli Etruschi, 4


Silvia Caianiello, Mauro Capocci, Carmela Morabito



26 giugno 2017 - workshop, Cultures in movement: New Visions, New Conceptual Paradigms

Cultures in movement: New Visions, New Conceptual Paradigms

Monday 26 June 2017
Società Nazionale di Scienze, Lettere e Arti in Napoli, Naples, Italy, Via Mezzocannone, 8
Contatti Dr Luisa Simonutti (, Dr Giovanni Tarantino (


15 maggio 2017 - Biblioteche d’autore e digitalizzazione: la Biblioteca Piovani

Università di Salerno Biblioteca centrale “E. R. Caianiello”

Lunedì 15 maggio 2017, ore 11

Biblioteche d’autore e digitalizzazione:
la Biblioteca Piovani



Wired Bodies. New Perspectives on the Machine-Organism Analogy

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Wired Bodies. New Perspectives on the Machine-Organism Analogy, edited by Luca Tonetti and Nicole Cilia
Roma, CNR Edizioni, 2017
ISBN - 978 88 8080 236 5


La versione digitale del volume si trova qui: volume cartaceo può essere acquisito da CNR Edizioni: 

  • Preface
  • Elena Gagliasso
  • Introduction
  • Nicole Dalia Cilia, Luca Tonetti
  • I.    Mechanistic view into trouble
  • Mechanism “Prehistory” and the Strange Case of Cureau de La Chambre
  • Simone Guidi
  • Machines and Diseases: Giorgio Baglivi and his Mechanistic Physiopathology
  • Luca Tonetti
  • Early Organicism and its Juggling Machines: Further from Nature, closer to Organisms
  • Alessandra Passariello
  • From Brains as Machines to Machines as Brains. A short Historical and Epistemological Reflection on the Simulation and “Reverse Engineering” of the Central Nervous System
  • Mattia Della Rocca
  • II.Understanding by building. The use of simulation in cognitive science
  • Understand me or Duplicate me? Levels of Explanation in Artificial Methodology
  • Nicole Dalia Cilia
  • Take another Little Piece of my Heart: A Note on Bridging Cognition and Emotions
  • Giuseppe Boccignone
  • The Role of Emotions and Intrinsic Motivations on Decision-making: A Comparison between Natural and Artificial Systems
  • Valentina Trombetta
  • The Synthetic Approach and the Evolution of Cognition
  • Francesco Bianchini
  • III.          Beyond the bodily boundaries: how do machines extend the bodies and their world?
  • The Organism, Maker of Machines
  • Fiorenza Lupi
  • Towards a Philosophy of Interaction. The Relation between Organism, Technique and Environment in Gilbert Simondon
  • Elisa Binda
  • Mixed Systems and Interplay. Norbert Wiener Meets Walter Benjamin
  • Francesco Restuccia
  • Only Connect. The Contribution of Michael Tomasello to the Machine-Organism Symbiosis
  • Francesco De Bei
  • Abstracts
  • Index of names


The machine-organism analogy has played a pivotal role in the history of Western philosophy and science. Notwithstanding its apparent simplicity, it hides complex epistemological issues about the status of both organism and machine and the nature of their interaction. What is the real object of this analogy: organisms as a whole, their parts or, rather, bodily functions? How can the machine serve as a model for interpreting biological phenomena, cognitive processes, or more broadly the social and cultural transformations of the relations between individuals, and between individuals and the environments in which they live? 
Wired Bodies. New Perspectives on the Machine-Organism Analogy provides the reader with some of the latest perspectives on this vast debate, addressing three major topics:1) the development of a ‘mechanistic’ framework in medicine and biology; 2) the methodological issues underlying the use of ‘simulation’ in cognitive science; 3) the interaction between humans and machines according to 20th-century epistemology. 


08-09 maggio 2017 - Letteratura e scienza da Leonardo a Vico

La letteratura italiana
e la nuova scienza

da Leonardo a Vico

Convegno di Studi

Napoli, 8-9 maggio 2017

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23-25 marzo 2017 - Morfologie del rapporto parti-tutto

Istituto per la storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico moderno

Morfologie del rapporto parti-tutto
23- 25 Marzo 2017

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Vico’s Ring. Notes on the “Scienza nuova”, its Structure, and the Hermeneutics of Homer’s Works

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Vico’s Ring. Notes on the “Scienza nuova”, its Structure, and the Hermeneutics of Homer’s Works, Horst Steinke
Napoli, ISPF Lab, 2016
pp. 297


The present study of Giambattista Vico’s defining work, La Scienza nuova (The New Science) is concerned with an approach to the work that pays requisite attention not only to the content but also to its form. To that end, Horst Steinke proposes that Scienza nuova possesses the structure of a ring composition by which individual parts of the work relate to each other in complex but identifiable ways. This approach, which is developed through a discussion of all five Books that make up the work, also leads to, or implies, certain constraints on the interpretation of Vico’s thought, resulting from an interplay of form and content. Since Vico made Homer the centerpiece of his own work, Vico’s hermeneutics are discussed in the context of his underlying philosophy of language, and both are compared with Spinoza’s thought. Finally, the so-called “Homeric question”, in Vico’s view, is addressed in an original way.






Horst Steinke, Vico’s Ring. Notes on theScienza nuova”, its Structure, and the Hermeneutics of Homer’s Works, Napoli, ISPF Lab -
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (“I quaderni del Lab”, 4), 2016. ISBN 978-88-908712-2-1.



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9-10 dicembre 2016 - La barbarie a l’époque moderne et contemporaine



Vendredi 9 et samedi 10 décembre 2016


(Centre de philosophie, d’épistémologie et de politique)

Université Paris Descartes

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