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San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2024

02 ottobre 2024

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is pleased to announce the 14th edition of its School of Philosophy, one of the annual key events of the Faculty of Philosophy.

The 2024 San Raffaele School of Philosophy “Exploring Personal Identity. Philosophical Perspectives and Insights from Arts” will be held on October 2-3-4, 2024 at Palazzo Arese Borromeo (Cesano Maderno) and will host both invited lectures and contributions by PhD students, post-docs, and more experienced researchers selected through a double-blind peer-review process. 

Exploring Personal Identity. Philosophical Perspectives and Insights from Arts

San Raffaele School of Philosophy 2024

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan

October 2-3-4, 2024

Special issue of the journal Phenomenology and Mind

What does it mean to be a person? What is personal identity? These are highly-debated and multifaceted questions that need to be investigated from different but interrelated perspectives. In this School we aim at exploring these issues from a variety of philosophical points of view and from the perspective of art and history of art.

First, in Phenomenology (Section 1), we seek to explore how and to what extent a person is constituted through their subjective experiences, being them proprioceptive, practical, affective, axiological, cognitive. Such a phenomenological analysis aims at identifying invariant structures of the experience of being a person, and focuses specifically on the topics of personal individuation and individual personal style. Moreover, in this perspective, personal identity is to be investigated in relation to the issue of sociality and its role in favoring or hindering the flourishing of the person themselves.

Second, in Philosophy of Mind (Section 2), we aim to address questions regarding the role of the body, perception, emotions, language, etc. These complex relationships inspire various orientations, from soul-body dualism (spiritualism) to radical organic reductionism (mereological physicalism). Additionally, proposals like animalism and constitution theory seek to analyze the body-mind relationship without radically denying the existence of either component.

Third, from the perspective of Ethics and Political Philosophy (Section 3), we wish to examine how social contexts shape one’s identity, particularly exploring the interplay between core identity and extreme circumstances. This involves unravelling the complexities of mechanisms of resistance and adaptation in the face of harsh realities.

Fourth, in Feminist Philosophy and Gender Studies (Section 4), our goal is to dissect the dynamics of oppression, empowerment, and social change concerning gender identity as a crucial aspect of personal identity. These inquiries prompt reflection on the inherent nature of social structures and the potential for transformative action to create a more equitable and inclusive society.

Finally, in Philosophy and History of Art (Section 5), we would like to examine the role that contemporary art plays in building and challenging, interpreting and deconstructing socio-cultural norms, while performing and reshaping notions of identity. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary proposals, aimed at connecting the philosophical and art historical discourse, and related to contemporary case studies and experiences.

Call for papers

Submissions must be prepared for double-blind review. Manuscripts – in .doc format – should not contain any identifying information and they cannot exceed 4000 words (references included). Manuscripts must be written in English. Moreover, they must contain:

  • an abstract of no more than 150 words;
  • 4/5 keywords;
  • an indication of the section to which the submission is intended.

For stylistic details, see:

Submissions should be sent via the Phenomenology and Mind website by June 20th, 2024.

Authors should register here and then log in to submit their papers. Please, make sure to submit your paper to the section “Exploring Personal Identity. Philosophical Perspectives and Insights from Arts”.


Cover: Cesare Zavattini, Autoritratto da pittore, 1975 (detail)
Courtesy of Archivio Cesare Zavattini

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