DIAPOREIN is a Research Center in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Arts at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan. The Center’s principal aim is that of comprehending present dynamics through a constant rethinking of the complex perspectives drawn by what we call “western philosophy”. To be sure, the actual situation is dominated by nihilism as background emotional tonality: and that is linked with complex challenges and profound issues of theological and political nature, which globalisation implies and forces us to deal with. However, our time is also characterised by great instability and a rapid change of tastes, whose most significant index is the phenomenon of fashion. It is against this disorienting scenario that we deem it essential to draw from the precious resources enshrined in the great metaphysical tradition – the only one that can help orientate us effectively in what is today a most intricate tangle of unresolved questions. It is precisely in order to comprehend its developments and to decipher its tendencies that we propose a precise method, founded upon the simple awareness that the fundamental issues of our civilisation may not anymore find a definitive solution. That is the reason why we have rather decided to focus upon an highly appropriate development of their aporecity (diaporein). No solution at cheap price, hence, but a continuos admixture of knowledges and a constant dialogue between different views of the world.

Edoardo Boncinelli (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Michele Di Francesco (IUSS Pavia), Matteo Motterlini (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Andrea Moro (IUSS Pavia), Claudia Bianchi (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Achille Varzi (Columbia University), Massimo Egidi (LUISS), Gianvito Martino (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele), Stefano Cappa (IUSS Pavia), Francesco Guala (Università degli Studi di Milano), Vittorio Girotto (IUAV Venezia), Diego Marconi (Università di Torino), Giacomo Rizzolatti (Università di Parma), Marco Santambrogio (Università di Parma), Massimo Piattelli Palmarini (University of Ariziona), Martin Monti (UCLA), Benedetto de Martino (UCL, London)

Prospettive hegeliane: linguaggio e religione (20-21 maggio 2014 – speakers: M. Adinolfi, A. Fabris, L. Illetterari, G. Rametta)
Seminario: E. Husserl: Fenomenologia e genealogia della logica (22-23 ottobre 2014 speaker: V. Vitiello)
Seminario: M. Heidegger: Sul limite della logica (5-6 novembre 2014 – speaker: V. Vitiello)
Antisemitismo e antigiudaismo nel pensiero filosofico (24 marzo 2015 – speaker: R. De Monticelli, D. Di Cesare, M. Donà, G. Petrarca, F. Valagussa, V. Vitiello)
Convegno ontologia Trinitaria (in collaborazione con Centro di Patristica “Genesis”) 28-30 aprile 2015
Presentazione: V. Vitiello, L’immagine infranta (Bompiani 2015) 6 maggio 2015 (M. Donà, C. Sini, F. Valagussa, V. Vitiello)


We are pleased to announce that a call for papers has been opened for a conference dedicated to the topic “Art, Design, Craft”. The event will be held at the University San Raffaele, Milan on May 17-18, 2016.

DIAPOREIN – Centre of Metaphysics and Philosophy of Art of the University San Raffaele (Milan) and AGALMA invite contributions related to this topics from PhD students and researchers in either Italian or English. Please send an abstract of 1000-1500 words (and 5 keywords), prepared for blind review, to metafisica.unisr@gmail.com by the 26th of March, along with a cover sheet containing name, institutional affiliation and contact information.

Possible subjects include, but not limited to:

•    The relation between contemporary Art, human sciences and philosophy.
•    Design and Dasein
•    Political/aesthetic implications of the Conceptual Art
•     Postmodernism, Art and Philosophy
•    Art and Globalization

Accepted presenters will be notified by the 9th of April.


•    Prof. Mario Perniola
•    Prof. Federico Vercellone
•    Prof. Francesco Valagussa
•    Prof. Carmelo Meazza
•    Prof. Vanni Pasca