From a ‘Philosophical’ Point of View ‘True’ and ‘False’ Philosophers from Antiquity to Late Modernity

September 12, 2022 - September 13, 2022
FINO Phd Consortium

Collegio Giasone del Maino


Università degli Studi di Torino

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5th FINO Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy

From a ‘Philosophical’ Point of View

‘True’ and ‘False’ Philosophers from Antiquity to Late Modernity

The History of Philosophy Curriculum of the North-Western Italian Philosophy Consortium (FINO), together with Collegio Giasone del Maino in Pavia, is pleased to announce the 5th edition of the International Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy: From a ‘Philosophical’ Point of View: ‘True’ and ‘False’ Philosophers from Antiquity to Late Modernity, Pavia, Collegio Giasone del Maino, Sept. 12-13, 2022. 

From its very beginnings, philosophy has striven to define its own boundaries and distinctiveness with the aim of distinguishing itself from other forms of knowledge such as science, art, and religion. At the same time, determining what genuinely constitutes a ‘philosophical’ point of view has often meant contrasting ‘true’ philosophy with its allegedly false or unacceptable aliases. In fact, philosophers themselves throughout a long process of self-comprehension and self-definition have variously worked out the image of the ‘true’ philosopher in opposition to quasi-, pseudo- or anti-philosophers, as well as school “philosophers,” religious “philosophers,” and anyone else who could be viewed as failing to understand the authentic remit of philosophy, the specificity of its approach, sources, and methodology.

Presentations will discuss salient instances of 'false’ philosophers as discussed across the different phases of the history of philosophy, from antiquity through the nineteenth century, with special attention to understudied or particularly emblematic cases.

Invited speakers include:

Dimitri El Murr (ENS – Paris)

Catherine König-Pralong (EHESS – Paris)

Submissions are encouraged from PhD students and early career scholars with a PhD earned no earlier than 2018. Presentations may be delivered in either English or French. Time allowance is 30 minutes for presentations, followed by 20 minutes for discussion. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30, 2022. Participants will be hosted in Collegio Giasone del Maino, Pavia, and they may wish to inquire about funding for travel costs from their home institutions as no reimbursement is available. No registrations fees apply.  

Please submit your application to Paola Rumore no later than April 30, 2022, at [email protected] as .doc(x), .rtf, or .pdf enclosing: (i) a cover letter with the applicant’s full name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and title of the proposed paper; (ii) an abstract of 250 words in either English or French carrying the title of the paper and, for the purpose of blind review, no information identifying the author or his/her affiliation. Submissions that are not prepared for blind review will not be considered.    

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