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Covid-19 and online teaching: mind the slope

Date:23 March 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

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....

Rembrandt, Philosopher in meditation (1632)

What can we learn today from Descartes’ Meditations?

Date:28 February 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

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...

Emanuele Severino (1929 – 2020)

Emanuele Severino: taking philosophy seriously

Date:24 January 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

‘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...

Anne Conway

Some Thoughts on Teaching Early Modern Women

Date:18 December 2019
Author:Peter West

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...

Vico, Scienza Nuova, Dipintura allegorica (detail)

Spoiler: Theory of silence

Date:06 December 2019
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

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....

Digital Methods for Corpus Expansion

Digital Methods for Corpus Expansion in Early Modern Philosophy Research

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...

Maxime Rovere The Games of Philosophy

Spinozism as a game: Meta-readings of the Ethics

Date:02 September 2019
Author:Maxime Rovere

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...


The knight move: two steps forward, one step away from Descartes

Date:08 March 2019
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

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...

From Dorian Gray (2009)

Cogito, sum objectum: Descartes in a Buddhist perspective

Date:01 February 2019
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

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: