|Date:||23 March 2020|
With Covid-19 becoming a world pandemic, most countries started to close schools and universities in the attempt of slowing down the speed of contagion. In Europe, Italy was the first in adopting this measure and now other countries are following—quickly....
|Date:||28 February 2020|
This is the fifth year in a row that I teach Descartes’ Meditations to first year philosophy students. Over the years, my reasons to teach the Meditations shifted significantly. At the beginning, it was all about close reading of a text, trying to teach...
|Date:||24 January 2020|
‘Being’ is not being a nothing. ‘Being’ is the ‘force’ that pushes nothingness away. Since it is impossible for being to be nothing, ‘nothing’ is just the positive content of a contradiction (the content ‘nothing’ that wants to signify its own not being a...
|Date:||18 December 2019|
Just a couple of weeks ago I finished teaching a semester-long course called ‘Early Modern Women on Knowledge and Nature’ at University College Dublin. This is the first time I have run this course (though it won’t be the last) and I’ve come out the other...
|Date:||06 December 2019|
I’m revising the manuscript of a book that should (hopefully) appear next spring (2020). The title is Theory of silence. Original experience and language starting from Giambattista Vico (my English rendering for the actual title: Teoria del silenzio....
|Date:||18 September 2019|
|Author:||Raluca Tanasescu; Andrea Sangiacomo; Silvia Donker; Hugo Hogenbirk|
In September 2019 we presented a poster at the DH Benelux annual conference, organized at Université de Liège (Belgium), in which we reported on the initial corpus expansion stage and its attendant digitally-inflected methodologies of the ERC-funded...
|Date:||02 September 2019|
There are many ways to read Spinoza, actually many ways to practice philosophy. Some discuss the conceptual organization within Spinoza’s system, others study Spinoza’s sources, others can say a lot about the historical context. How do we conceive of the...
|Date:||29 March 2019|
|Date:||08 March 2019|
In a previous post, I suggested that it may be helpful to look at Descartes’s Meditations as actual meditations. Over the past three weeks, I’ve been teaching the Meditations to first year students. I learned a lot from this experience. This post is an...
|Date:||01 February 2019|
Second Meditation. The meditator just reflected that even if there is an evil demon who deceives him or her, then s/he necessarily exists in order to be deceived. Well known argument. Just after this famous statement of the Cogito, Descartes writes: