The Faculty of Philosophy of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan launched in 2017 a series of lectures in memory of Professor Giuseppe Rotelli, the founder of Gruppo ospedaliero San Donato, who passed away in 2013. Each year the lectures are devoted to issues of relevance for contemporary societies that are tackled by internationally distinguished personalities from different philosophical areas.

Each international guest provides five or six lessons open to anyone interested.

Each speaker is asked to present his or her thought on the issue chosen, as already outlined in previous publications, but also to provide some original development.

After each lesson, there is a discussant – chosen among the members of the Faculty of Philosophy or among the research centres’ members – and a junior discussant – chosen among the students – to discuss the issues raised during the speaker’s talk.

The international speakers are:

  • – François Jullien (Chaire sur l’Altérité, Fondation maison des sciences de l’homme) – April 3rd-11th, 2017. The main focus of Professor Jullien’s lectures is Alterity in its various applications and implications.
  • – Rae Helen Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – March 19th-23rd, 2018. Professor Langton’s lectures focus on Speech Acts and the Accommodation of Injustice.
  • – Julian Nida-Rümelin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich) – March 18th-22nd, 2019. Professor Nida-Rümelin will focus on Perspectives and Limitations of Cosmopolitan Humanism.

Rae Helen Langton is Professor of Philosophy at University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Newnham College. Prior to this, she was Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2004-12. She works in Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy (especially Kant), Metaphysics and Feminist Philosophy.  She is the author of Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification (Oxford, 2009) and Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves (Oxford, 1998). She has published in a variety of journals including Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the Philosophical Review. Born and raised in India, she has taught Philosophy in Australia, India, Scotland, England and the USA. Langton was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013 and into the British Academy in 2017. In 2015, she gave the John Locke Lectures at the University of Oxford. She is working on Accommodating Injustice (monograph forthcoming with Oxford University Press) published version of the John Locke Lectures.



  • Kantian Humility: Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves Oxford: Oxford University Press 1998.
  • Sexual Solipsism, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009.
  • Accommodating Injustice (monograph forthcoming with Oxford University Press) published version of the John Locke Lectures.



  • Objective and Unconditioned Value‘, Philosophical Review 116 (2007), forthcoming.
  • Kant’s Phenomena: Extrinsic or Relational properties? A Reply to Allais’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming).
  • ‘Disenfranchised Silence’, in Common Minds: Essays in Honour of Philip Pettit, ed. Geoffrey Brennan (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) (in press).
  • Feminism in Philosophy‘, The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Analytic Philosophy,eds. Frank Jackson and Michael Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), 231-57.
  • Projection and Objectification‘, The Future for Philosophy, ed. Brian Leiter (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • Elusive Knowledge of Things in Themselves‘, Australasian Journal of Philosophy special issue honoring David Lewis, ed. Frank Jackson, 82 (2004), 129-36.
  • Intention as Faith‘, Philosophy (Proceedings of Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference on Action and Agency, 2002); and in Action and Agency, ed. Helen Steward (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • Kantian Humility: Reply to Lorne Falkenstein‘, Kantian Review 5 (2001), 64-72.
  • ‘Problems from Kant, by James van Cleve’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (2001), 211-8 (Symposium contribution).
  • Virtues of Resentment‘, Utilitas 13 (2001), 255-62, special issue on ‘Character and Consequence’, ed. Julia Driver.
  • Marshall and Parsons on “Intrinsic”‘, co-authored with David Lewis, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (2001), 1-3.
  • The Musical, the Magical and the Mathematical Soul‘, The History of the Mind Body Problem, eds. Tim Crane and Sarah Patterson (London: Routledge, 2000), 13-33.
  • Locke’s Relations and God’s Good Pleasure‘, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 2000, 75-91.
  • Scorekeeping in a Pornographic Language Game‘, co-authored with Caroline West, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (1999), 303-19. Reprinted: Langton, Sexual Solipsism.
  • Feminism in Epistemology: Exclusion and Objectification‘, Cambridge Companion to Feminism in Philosophy, eds. Jennifer Hornsby and Miranda Fricker (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 127-145. Reprinted: Langton, Sexual Solipsism.
  • Pornography: a Liberal’s Unfinished Business‘, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Special Issue on Legal Theory (1999), ed. Wilfrid Waluchow, 109-133. Reprinted (excerpt): Langton, Sexual Solipsism.
  • Empathy and Animal Ethics‘, co-authored with Richard Holton, Singer and His Critics, ed. Dale Jamieson (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1998), 209-32.
  • Defining ‘Intrinsic’‘ (1998), co-authored with David Lewis, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58.
  • Free Speech and Illocution‘ (1998), co-authored with Jennifer Hornsby, Legal Theory 4, 21-38.
  • Subordination, Silence, and Pornography’s Authority‘, Censorship and Silencing: Practices of Cultural Regulation, ed. R. Post (J. Paul Getty Trust and Oxford University Press, 1998), 261-84.
  • Love and Solipsism‘ (1997), Love Analyzed, ed. Roger Lamb (Westview Press) 123-152.
  • ‘Pornography, Speech Acts and Silence’ (1997) in Ethics in Practice, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Blackwell).
  • Sexual Solipsism‘ (1995), Philosophical Topics 23 No. 2, ed. Sally Haslanger, 181-219.
  • ‘Receptivity and Kantian Humility’ (1994), Australasian Society for the History of Philosophy Yearbook, ed. K. Haakonssen (RSSS, ANU) 1-25.
  • Beyond a Pragmatic Critique of Reason‘ (1993), Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71 No. 4, 364-84.
  • ‘Locke’s Mechanism: Relations and God’s Good Pleasure’ (1993), Australasian Society for the History of Philosophy Yearbook, ed. K. Haakonssen (RSSS, ANU) 66-88.
  • ‘Inverted Spectrum Revisited’ (1993), Themes from Wittgenstein: Working Papers in Philosophy No. 3, eds. Brian Garrett and Kevin Mulligan (RSSS, ANU) 106-119.
  • ‘Stich on Intentionality and Naturalism’ (1993), Prospects for Intentionality: Working Papers in Philosophy No. 2, ed. Karen Neander (RSSS, ANU).
  • Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts‘ (1993), Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 No. 4, 305-330. Reprinted in Freedom of Communication in Australia , eds. T. Campbell & W. Sadurski (Dartmouth University Press, 1994). Reprinted in The Problem of Pornography, ed. Sue Dwyer (Wadsworth, 1995). Reprinted in Applied Ethics in American Society eds. Michelfelder and Wilcox (Harcourt Brace, 1996).
  • Duty and Desolation‘ (1992), Philosophy 67, 481-505. Reprinted as ‘Maria von Herbert’s Challenge to Kant’, in Ethics: the Oxford Reader, ed. P. Singer (Oxford University Press, 1994). Reprinted in Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life, eds. R. Fogelin, C. Hoff-Sommers, F. Sommers (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1996).
  • Whose right? Ronald Dworkin, women, and pornographers‘ (1990), Philosophy and Public Affairs 19 No. 4, 311-359. Reprinted in The Philosopher’s Annual 1990, eds. Grim, Mar and Williams (Ridgeview, 1992). Reprinted in The Problem of Pornography, ed. Sue Dwyer (Wadsworth, 1995). Reprinted in Feminist Legal Theory, ed. K. Weisberg (Temple University Press, 1996).

Lectures' program

Professor Langton’s course will focus on Speech Acts and the Accommodation of Injustice.

The course will consist of five lectures from March 19th, 2018 to March 23th, 2018 and it will take place in Room Newton (DIBIT 1)


  • Monday – March 19th, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rae Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – The authority of hate speech

Discussants: Claudia Bianchi (CRESA, UniSR); Roberto Mordacci (IRCECP – CeSEP, UniSR)

General discussion


  • Tuesday – March 20th, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rae Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – How to build a norm from a speech act

Discussants: Francesca De Vecchi (PERSONA – gender, UniSR); Martina Trombin (UniSR)

General discussion


  • Wednesday – March 21st, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rae Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – Informative presupposition as back-door testimony

Discussants: Raffaele Ariano (CRISI, UniSR); Bianca Cepollaro (UniSR)

General discussion


  • Thursday – March 22nd, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rae Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – Accommodation and retroactive force

Discussants: Laura Caponetto (UniSR); Nicole Miglio (UniSR)

General discussion


  • Friday – March 23rd, 2018 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rae Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – Blocking as counter-speech

Discussants: Marina Sbisà (gender – Trieste); Alice Giordano (DIAPOREIN, UniSR)

General discussion

Not only words: in preparation for the Rotelli Lectures

Seminars in preparation for the Rotelli Lectures

organized by Claudia Bianchi and Laura Caponetto


December 13th, 2017

11:00am – 1:00pm

Room San Tommaso (DIBIT 1)

Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan) Speech Acts, Subordination, and Silencing


December 19th, 2017

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Room San Tommaso (DIBIT 1)

Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan) Speakers, Authority, and Scorekeeping


December 20th, 2017

11:00am – 1:00pm

Room San Tommaso (DIBIT 1)

Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan) How to Fight Hate Speech: the ‘More Speech’ vs. the ‘Counter-Speech’ Solution


February 6th, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
Room Agnodice (DIBIT 1)
Robert Mark Simpson (University College London)Scorekeeping and Social Theory
Abstract: David Lewis’s account of “conversational scorekeeping” has proven useful in making sense of certain social phenomena involving language and communication. Lewis shows how conversations are a rule-governed activity, but in an unusually flexible sense, in that they can accommodate certain kinds of departures from “proper play” without breaking down. Lewis developed his account in part to flesh out elements of his philosophy of language, including his contextualist semantics for terms like “knowledge”. But philosophers like Mary Kate McGowan and Rae Langton have put Lewis’s framework to other uses, including explaining how identity-prejudicial speech can oppress or subordinate its targets. In this seminar we will review Lewis’s account, and critically examine its application in McGowan and Langton’s work.

The first international speaker is Professor François Jullien (Chair of Alterity, Fondation Maison Des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris VII). Professor Jullien’s lectures focus on Alterity in its various philosophical, cultural, ethical, and political implications: focusing on the dialogue among different cultures, the relationship between linguistic, artistic, and moral traditions, in particular between the Western tradition and Chinese thought.

Professor Jullien’s course consists in six lectures, scheduled from the 3rd to the 11th of April 2017. For each lecture, a senior and a junior discussant open the general discussion.

From the concepts of “discard”, “amongst”, and “resource”, Professor Jullien proposes to rethink the paradox of the relationship with the other, which consists both in a cultural and personal sense.

Lectures’ program

  • D’Europe en Chine : l’ailleurs, l’autre et la stratégie d’une déconstruction du dehors de la philosophie

3 April 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Discussant: Andrea Tagliapietra (CRISI)

Discussant junior: Mario Marotta

Room San Raffaele – Settore B OSR

  • Ni comparaison ni différence : l’écart, l’entre, la ressource

4 April 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Discussant: Francesco Valagussa (DIAPOREIN)

Discussant junior: Leonardo Serafini

Room Newton – Dibit 1

D’une exploration des écarts (entre cultures de la Chine et de l’Europe)

5 April 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Discussant: Alfredo Tomasetta (CRESA)

Discussant junior: Veronica Rupil

Room Newton – Dibit 1

  • De l’écart au commun : le dia-logue des cultures

6 April 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Discussant: Roberto Mordacci (CeSEP)

Discussant junior: Alessandro Volpe

Room Newton – Dibit 1

  • L’autre au plus dedans de soi : la ressource de l’intime

10 April 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Discussant: Silvia Chiodi (CNR – ILIESI, CRISI)

Discussant junior: Chiara De Martino

Room Newton – Dibit 1

  • Loin du bruyant amour : entre-tenir la ressource de l’Autre ; de l’Être à l’Autre ; du tout autre et de l’infini

11 April 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Discussant: Francesca De Vecchi (PERSONA e gender) – Roberto Mordacci (CeSEP)

Discussant junior: Ludovica Filieri

Room Aurora – Palazzo Arese Borromeo – Cesano Maderno MB

En attendant Jullien – Preparatory activities

  • L’opera di F. Jullien e il suo significato per il pensiero contemporaneo

Professor Marcello Ghilardi (Università di Padova)

October 5th, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Room San Giovanni Crisostomo (Dibit 2)

  • Conference: Philosophy and the Masks of Thought

October 25th-26th, 2016.


  • Series of lectures by Professor Amina Crisma (Università di Bologna)
  1. Conflitto e armonia: l’insorgenza del pensiero nella Cina dell’età assiale, dalle narrazioni convenzionali alle acquisizioni critiche odierne

November 16th, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

  1. Fra miti e stereotipi: le percezioni occidentali del pensiero cinese, dalla “scoperta della Cina” alla critica dell’“orientalismo”

November 24th, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

  1. Il Cielo, gli uomini: la via confuciana e la via taoista, fra divergenze, convergenze, riformulazioni e reinvenzioni delle tradizioni

December 1st, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

  1. La Cina e i suoi Altri: il rapporto con l’India e l’avventura interculturale del buddhismo, le relazioni con l’Occidente, l’emersione di un rinnovato sinocentrismo

December 15th, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

  • Laboratory on Philosophies of Theatre – meeting on: Incomprensioni possibili. Su ciò di cui non si è in grado di parlare, si deve tacere?

Speakers: Roberto Mordacci, Omar Nedjari

March 14th, 2017

François Jullien’s profile

Alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and holder (since 1974) of the agrégation, France’s professorial degree, François Jullien studied Chinese language and thought at Peking University and Shanghai University from 1975 to 1977. He received his French university doctorate (doctorat de troisième cycle) in 1978 and his French research doctorate (doctorat d’État) in Far East studies in 1983.

Since then Jullien has been head of the Antenne Française de Sinologie in Hong Kong (1978–1981), a guest of the Maison Franco-Japonaise in Tokyo (1985–1987), president of the Association Française d’Etudes Chinoises (1988–1990), director of the East Asia department (UFR) of Paris Diderot University–Paris VII (1990–2000), president of the Collège International de Philosophie (1995–1998), professor at Paris Diderot University, and director of both the Institut de la Pensée Contemporaine and the Centre Marcel-Granet.

He was a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 2001 to 2011 and is the current Chair of Alterity at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris).

Jullien received the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought in Germany in 2010 and the Grand Prix de Philosophie of the Académie Française for his body of work in 2011.

François Jullien is among the most translated of contemporary thinkers, with works appearing in some twenty-five countries. More than twenty of his essays have been translated into German, Italian, and Spanish, and a dozen have been translated into English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.

How to reach the University

Milan has 3 important airports; Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio Airport.
Malpensa Airport is located in the northwest of the city near Varese and is Italy’s most important airport in terms of international traffic.
It is connected to Milan by the Milano-Varese highway as well as by the “Malpensa Express” train starting from the Milan Cadorna railway station, which takes about 40 minutes.

Linate Airport is one of the two major airports of Milan. It is in the southeast of the city and nearest to the San Raffaele Hospital & University. It is mainly used for domestic and short-haul international flights.

Orio al Serio Airport is located in Orio al Serio, in the southeast of Bergamo and is considered part of Milan’s airport system together with Linate and Malpensa.

Milan’s railways are served by Ferrovie dello Stato and Ferrovie Nord.

Reaching San Raffaele: the closest underground station is CASCINA GOBBA (MM green line 2). From there you can either take the shuttle train – a one minute trip – to HSR for which you will have to buy another ticket (1,30 euro), or take the 925 bus (direction Piazza Udine) which stops in front of San Raffaele.This latter is a 5 minutes trip, with the same ticket used for the underground (single ticket: 1,50 euro).

From Linate Airport:
• 10 minutes drive by Taxi (fare around 20 euros).
• Air Bus to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2;
• Bus n° 73 to Piazza San Babila (MM red line 1).
From Orio al Serio Airport:
This airport is near the city of Bergamo and 1 hour’s drive from Milano.
• Bus to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2).
• Bus to ‘Lambrate’ railway station (MM green line 2).
From Malpensa Airport:
• 50 minutes drive from Milano (taxi fare: 90 euros).
• Malpensa Express Train to Cadorna station (MM green line 2) railway station.
• Malpensa Bus Express to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2).
• Shuttle Air Pullman to the central railway station of Milan ‘Stazione Centrale’ (MM green line 2).


You can find Taxis outside all airports, railway or underground stations and in many streets and squares of the city. Should you need to find or book a taxi you can dial the following numbers:
Yellow taxi: 02/6969 – Radio Taxi: 02/8585 – Taxiblu: 02/4040

Professor Julian Nida-Rümelin is a German philosopher and public intellectual. He belongs to Germany’s most influential living philosophers. He served as State Minister for Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany under Chancellor Schröder. Currently, he is Professor of Philosophy and Political Theory at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Professor Nida-Rümelin’s lectures will focus on “Perspectives and limitations of cosmopolitan humanism”. They will be scheduled from March 18th to March 22nd, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm each day.

Lectures' program

Professor Nida-Rümelin’s lectures will focus on “Perspectives and imitations of Cosmopolitan Humanism”. They will be scheduled from March 18th to March 22nd, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm each day.

to see a sketch of the lectures, see here.


March 18th, 2019

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Philosophical Foundations


March 19th, 2019

2:00 – 5:00 pm



March 20th, 2019

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Democracy and Cosmopolitism


March 21st, 2019

2:00 – 5:00 pm

The Role of the Nation State


March 22nd, 2019

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Perspectives of Cosmopolitanism