Submission deadline: June 6, 2021

Conference date(s):
August 27, 2021 - August 29, 2021

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Conference Venue:

Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana.
Lugano, Switzerland

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K N O W L E D G E- P O W E R - A C T I O N

Congress of the Swiss Philosophical Society

Lugano, 27 28 29.08.21

The relationship between the three concepts of "knowledge", "power" and "action" can be articulated in different ways. Philosophy has never ceased to question itself about their interdependence. Born with the intention of giving consistency to the instance of knowledge and affirming its intrinsic value, philosophy since antiquity has always tried to think itself also in relation to practice, in the personal as well as the social dimensions. In doing so, it has devoted itself to such questions as: What role does philosophical thought play in defining and guiding ethical and political action? What role does it play in human life, in directing our daily behaviour, in justifying our "way of life"? The relationship between "knowledge", "power" and "action" affects many areas of social life and individual existence. Let us think, for example, of politics, health care or education: What kind of knowledge is at the service of power? How "having to let know" and "not wanting to know" intersect in clinical practice? How to teach and to learn "to act" and "to be able to act"?

In all these areas, philosophy can accompany a careful reflection on the three concepts with the aim of learning more: about "knowledge" in its various forms (theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge, universal knowledge and singular knowledge, rational knowledge and sensitive knowledge); about "power" as the ability to act and produce effects or also as authority and domination; about "action" in its manifold implications, especially about the responsibility towards others that is always inherent in it.

The congress aims to bring into dialogue different perspectives on these three concepts – which have been understood and interwoven differently in the history of thought – through the mediation of philosophical instruments, in order to better illuminate the present time.


It is possible to apply for participation in the congress with an on-site presentation or a digital online short text/poster. For this, please send an abstract of maximum 1700 characters in Italian, French, German or English with five keywords to [email protected] by 6 June

  • indicate your name, function and institution in the email
  • specify whether you would like to present your paper

A) orally, on-site (on Sunday, 29 August)

B) in digital form, remotely (in the days following the congress).

If healthcare conditions will allow it, the event will be held in attendance from 27 to 29 August 2021, in Lugano. Streaming of the main lectures is also planned. In the week following the meeting, virtual rooms will be available for the presentation and discussion of short papers/posters. The abstracts will be evaluated and selected by the board members of theSwiss Philosophical Society and the Società Filosofica della Svizzera italiana. Acceptance, as well as details on the length and form of the contributions, will be communicated by 4 July.

Participation in the congress is free of charge, both in attendance and in the digital form.

The event, organized by the Swiss Philosophical Society, is realised in collaboration with the Società Filosofica della Svizzera italiana, also thanks to the support of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.

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