15h of lectures by Dr J. Ponzio

22 May, 2015; General

Dr Julia Ponzio

(University of Bari, Italy):

The concept of form

in Charles Sanders Peirce philosophy of language

The lectures will take place:

Monday, 01.06, 9.45-13:00, room nr 4

Tuseday, 02.06, 16:45-20:00, room nr 108

Weneseday 03.06, 11.30 – 14:45, room nr 4

Weneseday 16:45 – 20:00, room nr 109


Description: I will analyse, during the lectures, some aspects of the fist part of Peirce’s thought, starting from 1863, in order to highlight some important aspects that will have a great influence on the latter phase of Peirce thought, and in particular, on the development of the “Topology of continuity”. In particular I will focus my analysis of the concepts of form, of category and of continuity. The main aim of my lecture is to analyse some passages and some problematic moments in the first phase of Peirce’s thought in order to highlight the points in which arise the questions to which in the last part of his life Peirce will try to answer by the topological analysis of continuity. Topological analysis studies the model of connection of the parts of continua, that’s to say it woks on the condition of belonging to a continuum, of the connection that constitutes a continuum. If topological analysis is considered beyond the problematic course on the refection on continuity, which begins in the very first part of Peirce’s thought, it could seem the research of a hidden structure which keeps the reality together and to which reality has to be brought back to be understood. In this way the work of interpretation risks to be reduced to a work of placement of what has to be interpreted inside a structural schema. On the contrary, is it is seen from the perspective of the long and difficult Peirce’s work on continuity, that is to say from the perspective of the questions it tries to answer, Peirce’s topological analysis brings to the idea of a continuum as a form which forms itself starting from relation.


The lecture is a regular monographic lecture and is equivalent of 15 hours/1ECTS

USOS code: 3501-FORPEIR-M; registration open: 21.V – 03. VI 2015

The WHOLE course by prof. Jean-Louis Fabiani (Paris)

7 May, 2015; General

Institute of Philosophy along with the “Interdyscyplinarny Zespół Współpracy UW-EHESS”
invite for a course
by prof. Jean-Louis Fabiani
(EHESS PARIS, visiting professor at UW)

Sociology as it is written. From Bourdieu to Latour
[21th-29th of May, 2015]

[Course description – extract]

How has sociology taken the various turns that have affected the social sciences in the last quarter of a century? Drawing on the close reading of a series of important books, from Pierre Bourdieu’s Pascalian Meditations to Bruno Latour’s An Inquiry into the Modes of Existence, the lectures propose a coherent narrative of the recent history. The development of the historical sciences within the university context of the 20th century has made more difficult the emergence of very general assertions about the totality of human history. If something as an epistemological program can be proposed, it must be based on the analysis of the modes of construction of our typifying, stylizing and comparing practices. Generalization cannot be separated from the demonstration of regularities and from their handling through stabilized procedures. The political and intellectual history of generalization in our disciplines is thus to a large extent identical to the development of the formatting of objects. The reflexive turn towards the politico-epistemological genesis of such a tool kit is a necessary stage on the road to the reassessment of the generalizing potentialities of our knowledge, which cannot be broken away from the moment they are produced and from their political goals.

[The course is particularly addressed to students and young researches interested in multidisciplinary approach]

Course code in USOS: 3501-SOCWRIT-S

Course’s Timetable

Date Day of the week Hours Room
21.V.2015 Thursday 10:00–13:00 208
22.V.2015 Friday 11:30–13:00 110
25.V.2015 Monday 10:00–11:30 112
26.V.2015 Tuesday 10:00–11:30 112
28.V.2015 Thursday 10:00–11:30 208
29.V.2015 Friday 10:00–11:30 110

Jean-Louis Fabiani is Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest and directeur d’études à l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. Born in 1951 in Algiers (Algeria), he studied at the Ecole normale supérieure and at the Sorbonne and received his Phd in 1980 from the EHESS, (Pierre Bourdieu was the supervisor). From 1980 to 1988 he was agrégé-répétiteur then maître-assistant at the Department of Social Sciences at the Ecole normale supérieure. In 1988 he moved to the administration of culture, being appointed as Director of Cultural Affairs in Corsica. He went back to the academic world in 1991 when he joined the EHESS, first in Marseilles, then in Paris in 2002. He started with CEU in September 2008. Besides, J.L. Fabiani has hold visiting positions in the University of California at San Diego, the University of Chicago, l’Université de Montréal, Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor., Harvard University  During the academic year 2005-2006 he was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. He is the author of nine personal books, among them Les Philosophes de la République (1988), Lire en prison (1995), Beautés du Sud (2005) l’Education populaire et le théâtre. Le festival d’Avignon en action (2008) and Qu’est-ce qu’un philosophe francais ? (2010). He has edited four other books, among them La Société vulnérable (1987) and le Goût de l’enquête (2001).

Additional information or assistance. Dr Michal Kozlowski michalkozlowski@uw.edu.pl

Guest lecture by dr Dan Zeman

6 May, 2015; General

We are happy to invite you to the lecture

Syntactic Arguments in the Contextualism/Relativism Debate”

that will be given by

dr Dan Zeman

(University of the Basque Country, LOGOS)

on 12th May, at 13:15 in the room 4 (ground floor).

The lecture will concern issues which author takes into consideration in his paper “Relativism and Bound Predicates of Personal Taste” which you can download here.

Dan Zeman’s page


In the contemporary semantic debate between contextualism and relativism about various expressions (predicates of personal taste, epistemic modals, “know” and its kin, aesthetic and moral terms etc.), most relativists have stressed the need to account for the intuitions people are said to have in various situations such as disagreement, retraction or eavesdropping. On their part, contextualists have responded by pointing to a number of phenomena of a more syntactic nature, such as binding, licensing, control etc., thought to favor their view over relativism. Using as a working example predicates of personal taste, in this talk I will focus on such arguments with the aim of assessing their dialectical efficacy. After presenting each argument, I will point to ways in which the relativist can accommodate it and, in some cases, even turn it around for her advantage. In the end, I will explore whether the ways to answer to the contextualist arguments considered can be turned into a unitary view about the expressions involved that is compatible with relativism and briefly sketch such a view based on the notion of “variadic operators”

Guest lectures by Dr Max Ryynänen

6 May, 2015; General

Department of Aesthetics, Philosophy Studies in English, and Center for Inter-University Collaboration invite you for the lectures by
Dr Max Ryynänen
(Aalto University, Finland)

The Institutional Margins of Modern Aesthetics. A Study Proposal
(11th May, Monday, room 108 at 13.15)

New Laocoon (One More Time)
The Work of the Dramaturg as the Key for
Understanding the Art Today
(12th May, Tuesday, room 208 at 15.00)

Coordinatior: Adam Andrzejewski (adam.epoche@gmail.com)

Max Ryynänen is the Lecturer of Visual Culture and the head of the major studies in the (English language) MA programme Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) at Aalto University Finland. Although he studied aesthetics, philosophy and semiotics at the universities of Uppsala, Pisa and Temple Philadelphia, he graduated (MA, Licentiate, PhD) from the University of Helsinki. He is the chair of the Finnish Society of Aesthetics. Ryynänen publishes in both academic journals (Journal of Somaesthetics, Contemporary Aesthetics, Nordic Journal of Aesthetics) and art magazines (Art Pulse, Flash Art, Kunstkritikk) and he is an active teacher of criticism and philosophy of the body at theatre and dance festivals in Central and Eastern Europe (Riga, Ljubljana, Rezekne, Cesis). Other topics of interest include contemporary art, aesthetic experience and sports.) Ryynänen has also been a founding member of two alternative galleries in Helsinki (ROR Gallery, Kallio Kunsthalle). Lately he has published the book Aesthetics of Popular Culture (ed. together with Jozef Kovalcik, Slovart) and the article “Throwing the Body Into Fight” in Somaesthetics Journal.
Homepage: http://maxryynanen.net/