The research centres CRESA and PERSONA of the Faculty of Philosophy at San Raffaele University, Milan, organize the International Conference and Spring School:

Perception and Aesthetic Experience
Starting from Noe’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature

San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy 2017 (SRSSP 2017)

Milan, May 22nd – 24th, 2017

 

What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does it tell us about ourselves?

In his book Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature (Hill and Wang, New York, 2015), the philosopher Alva Noë tries to answer these questions by proposing a philosophical theory that investigates the artistic practice and the aesthetic experience in relation to many other human activities.

However, Strange Tools is not just a book on art and artistic practice. Indeed, the author addresses also some of the main topics of his previous production: the nature of perception and the enactive proposal, the nature of pictures and representations, the extended thesis about our minds, and so on.

We invite submissions by graduate and PhD students, as well as Postdocs and Experienced Researchers, on any of the topics addressed by Alva Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature, as well as on any related topics addressed by the author in his previous works. Submissions on aesthetics and perception from other perspectives (e.g. theories different from Noë’s one) are also very welcome.

 

 

Keynote Speaker

Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan)

Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)

Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)

Marco Tettamanti (San Raffaele Scientific Institute)

Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)

Deadline for submissions: March 3rd, 2017

Notification of acceptance: April 17th, 2017

Spring School: May 22nd – 24th, 2017

Publication of the issue: July, 2018

The research centres CRESA and PERSONA of the Faculty of Philosophy at San Raffaele University, Milan, organize the International Conference and Spring School:

 

Perception and Aesthetic Experience
Starting from Noe’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature

San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy 2017 (SRSSP 2017)

Milan, May 22nd – 24th, 2017

 

 

What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does it tell us about ourselves?

In his book Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature (Hill and Wang, New York, 2015), the philosopher Alva Noë tries to answer these questions by proposing a philosophical theory that investigates the artistic practice and the aesthetic experience in relation to many other human activities. Noë’s main idea is that the artistic practice is a re-organizational practice by means of which we put on display and investigate several organizational activities of ours, such as dancing or making pictures. Investigating our practices, art investigates ourselves too.

“Works of art put our making practices and our tendency to rely on what we make, and so also our practices of thinking and talking and making pictures, on display. Art puts us on display. Art unveils us to ourselves” (Noë 2015, 101).

However, Strange Tools is not just a book on art and artistic practice. Indeed, dealing with these topics, the author addresses also some of the main topics of his previous production: the nature of perception and the enactive proposal, the nature of pictures and representations, the extended thesis about our minds and cognitive processes, the place of neurosciences in the study of the mind, and so on.

We invite submissions by graduate and PhD students, as well as Postdocs and Experienced Researchers, on any of the topics addressed by Alva Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature, as well as on any related topics addressed by the author in his previous works. Submissions on aesthetics and perception from other perspectives (e.g. theories different from Noë’s one) are also very welcome.

Possible questions to investigate include (but are not limited to):

– What is perception? Can the enactive model be a good one to describe and explain how we perceive?

– Is the Extended Mind Thesis a tenable one? Should we think of a necessary limitation of such an extension?

– What is the nature of pictures and representations?

– What is art? How can we define the artistic practice and the works of art? Is Noë’s position on these topics embraceable?

– Can a neuro-aesthetic approach appropriately explain the aesthetic experience? In the negative case, should it be combined with other approaches or should it be completely rejected?

 

Keynote Speaker

Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan)

Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)

Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)

Marco Tettamanti (San Raffaele Scientific Institute)

Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)

 

Submissions must be prepared for double blind review. Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information and they cannot exceed 4000 words (spaces and references included). Moreover, they must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet containing:

– The name of the author(s),

– Title of the submitted paper,

– The author’s affiliation (if any) and contact information,

– An abstract of no more than 250 words,

– 4/5 keywords.

For stylistic details, see http://www.phenomenologyandmind.eu/on-copyright-and-author-rights/

Submissions should be sent to socialworld@hsr.it by the 3rd of March, 2017. Acceptance will be notified by the 17th of April, 2017. Accepted papers will be selected for presentation and for publication on the related issue of Phenomenology and Mind (http://www.phenomenologyandmind.eu/).

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Scientific Direction

Roberta De Monticelli

Francesca De Vecchi

Francesca Forlè

Elisabetta Sacchi

Organizing Committee

Bianca Bellini

Silvia Bianchi

Chiara Boldorini

Antonella Carbone

Erminio Maglione

Sarah Songhorian

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.

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, 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.


From Linate Airport
• 10 minutes drive by Taxi. (fare around 20 euros)
• 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)
ORIO SHUTTLE

Milan’s railways are served by Ferrovie dello Stato and Ferrovie Nord
From Malpensa Airport
• 50 minutes drive from Milano. (taxi fare around 80/90 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)

MALPENSA SHUTTLE

Taxis:
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