Natura naturans

School for Advanced Studies:
On nature and human condition: changes, questions and perspectives

Organized by the Centre for the study of nature, humanity and the unity of thought
and by Accademia Vivarium novum

Themes

  • Nature, landscape, environment and ecodynamics: from evolutionary physics to anthropocene
  • The languages of nature: from literature to art
  • Description, observation and imagination in the study of nature
  • Laws of nature, causality, determinism, contingency and freedom
  • Contradictions, fluctuations and indeterminacy in nature: from Aristotelian physics to quantum mechanics
  • Complex behaviour and extreme phenomena in nature
  • The philosophy of nature: early origins, humanistic innovations and recent developments
  • The relationship between nature, man and technology: philosophical and anthropological aspects and problems
  • On biological nature and human condition: from cerebral plasticity to consciousness
  • From nature as an object and resource to nature as a source of life and learning. The problem of sustainability
  • The mathematics of nature, the nature of mathematics

Teachers

Sergio Albeverio (Università di Bonn); Guido Alliney (Università di Macerata); Ignazio Armella Chavez (Accademia Vivarium novum); Novella Bellucci (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Fabio Bentivoglio (Pisa); Augustin Berque (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Parigi); Piero Bevilacqua (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Luciano Boi (École des hautes études en sciences sociales e Collège international de philosophie, Parigi); Mauro Carfora (Università di Pavia); Giulio Maria Chiodi (Istituto universitario "Suor Orsola Benincasa" di Napoli); Umberto Curi (Università di Padova); Franco D’Intino (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Giulio Ferroni (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Lorenzo Fioramonti (Vice Ministro della Pubblica istruzione, ricerca e università − Università di Pretoria); Alberto Folin (Università di Napoli “Suor Orsola Benincasa”); Françoise Graziani (Università di Corsica “Pasquale Paoli”); Miguel Angel Granada (Università di Barcellona); Flavio Keller (Università Campus Bio-Medico, Roma); James Levine (Fondazione Ipsen - Science for people); Ignazio Licata (Università di Palermo); Lamberto Maffei (Accademia nazionale dei Lincei e Scuola normale superiore di Pisa); Carlos Lobo (Collège international de philosophie, Parigi e Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbona); Amalio Marichalar (European environment foundation); Luigi Miraglia (Accademia Vivarium novum); Antonio Moresco, scrittore; Giuseppe Mussardo (Scuola internazionale superiore di studi avanzati, Trieste); Massimo Natale (Università di Verona); Alberto Oliverio (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Carlo Ossola (Collège de France e Accademia nazionale dei Lincei); Olga Pombo (Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbona); Antonio Rostagno (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)

For applicants

  • The course is open only to students (40) and to a limited number (10) of free listeners selected by the committee.
  • The course is primarily aimed at university students of all levels, particularly motivated students in their final year of high school and teachers and professors who wish to broaden their specific knowledge on the subject.
  • Evaluation criteria: a suitable curriculum and strong motivation; after shortlisting applications, the committee may invite candidates for an interview (15 minutes).
  • Applications will be collectively evaluated by the Board of Committee of the Centre according to the selection criteria focusing on the motivation letter, curriculum vitae and interview.
  • The genuinity of interest both in the main subject and in the specific topics addressed, as well as in the interdisciplinary studies and dialogue between the different fields of knowledge (scientific, philosophical and literary), will be the key factors in the admission selection.
  • Before attending the course, students are required to read the bibliography provided by the teachers.
  • Use of cell phones (or of any other electronic devices) is strictly forbidden during class lectures and discussions.
  • Course units will be held mostly in Italian; major European languages can be spoken in forums and discussions.
  • All activities and events are scheduled from Sunday 27 October (at 15:30) to Saturday 2 November (at 20:00). Participants must leave on Sunday morning, November 3.
  • A more detailed schedule lessons will be posted by the first week of September.
  • At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants.
  • The course has been accredited as a continuing education and training course (law 107/2015, paragraph 124, with exemption from the service ex art. 64 CCNL 2006/2009 of the School Department).

The Accademia Vivarium Novum is able to provide 40 scholarships for academic participation in this conference. The scholarships will cover the costs of lectures, workshops, seminars, related cultural activities, meals, and lodging on the campus of the Accademia in Frascati, Rome.

Scholarships are open to all currently BA, MA and Ph.D. students, high school senior students as well as to all school teachers and college professors. To apply, please complete this form (Centro - application form - 2019.docx - general-regulations 2019.pdf), and send the following documents to corsi@vivariumnovum.net: a statement of purpose, passport scan, recent photograph, and a detailed curriculum vitae which highlights previous and current studies. Applications must be received no later than 20 October 2019.

The recipients of this scholarship will be required to attend the course in residence, and to submit a written essay (max 25,000 characters) by 15 January 2020. The issue of certificates will depend on submission of the essay.

Program

Sunday, October 27

  • 15:30 - 17:30 Reception and presentation of the World Foundation for Humanism, of the Academy Vivarium novum and the Centre for Studies on Nature, Humanity and the Unity of Thought. The meeting is addressed to the institutions, public and private foundations, patrons, sponsors, teachers and students enrolled in the school. Attendance at the meeting will be by invitation.

Welcome addresses by:

Lorenzo Fioramonti (Minister of Education, University and Research) - Il nesso inscindibile tra economia, cultura e ambiente fulcro di un diverso modello di educazione e di società.
Corrado Sforza Fogliani (President of the Popular Banks Association) - I fondamenti umanistici di un nuovo sviluppo economico e sociale
Luigi Miraglia (Academy Vivarium novum) - I fondamenti umanistici di un nuovo sviluppo economico e sociale.

  • 17:30 - 18:30 Coffee break and tour of Villa Falconieri

  • 18:30 - 19:30 Presentation of the theme and the programme of the School of Advanced Studies on "Natura naturans - Of nature and the human condition: transformations, problems and perspectives " (for teachers and participants)

Contributions by Novella Bellucci, Franco D'Intino and Luciano Boi

  • 19:30 - 20:30 Concert of the Tyrtarion choir of the Academy Vivarium novum

  • 21:00 Dinner

Monday, October 28

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 Amalio Marichalar (European Environment Foundation, Basel), *Sobre sostenibilidad y cultura**"
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Luigi Miraglia (Academy Vivarium novum), "Natura duce utendum est; hanc ratio observat, hanc consulit. Idem est ergo beate vivere et secundum naturam."
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Giuseppe Mussardo (International School of Advanced Studies, Trieste), "A qualcuno piace freddo. Una breve storia della fisica delle basse temperature".
  • 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Sergio Albeverio (University of Bonn), La natura non lineare - matematica e fisica dei fenomeni estremi"
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Seminar on selected readings and discussion (with Giuseppe Mussardo and Sergio Albeverio)
  • 21:00 Dinner

Tuesday, October 29

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 Miguel Angel Granada (University of Barcelona), "Libertas philosophandi nel Cinquecento: da Copernico a Galileo"
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Ignazio Licata (University of Palermo), "Osservare le nuvole, percorsi tra mappe e territori"
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Umberto Curi (University of Padua), "La natura ama nascondersi"
  • 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Carlo Ossola (Collège de France and Accademia Lincei), "Utopie fitomorfe"
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Seminar on selected readings and discussion (with Luciano Boi and Ignazio Licata)
  • 21:00 Dinner

Wednesday, October 30

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 Guido Alliney (University of Macerata), "La denaturalizzazione della volontà"
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Olga Pombo (Centre of Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon), Infinite variety of nature and unity of science nature"
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Alberto Oliverio (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), "Determinismo e plasticità cerebrale"
  • 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Flavio Keller (University of Rome Campus Bio-medical), "La percezione delle emozioni"
  • 19:15 - 20:00 Seminar on selected readings and discussion (with Novella Bellucci and Antonio Rostagno)
  • 20:00 Concert of the Classical Music Ensemble (Campus Bio-medico Roma)
  • 21:00 Dinner

Thursday, October 31

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 James Levine (Ipsen Foundation - Science for people, Paris) Movement is life
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Piero Bevilacqua (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), "L'agricoltura industriale ignora la natura"
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Mauro Carfora (University of Pavia), "Natura e conoscenza nella cosmologia moderna"
  • 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Luciano Boi (École des hautes études en sciences sociales and Collège international de philosophie, Paris), "Ermeneutica (non-algoritmica) della matematica e generazione delle forme naturali: simmetrie, nodi e singolarità".
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Seminar on selected readings and discussion (with Flavio Keller and Fabio Bentivoglio)
  • 21:00 Dinner

Friday, November 1

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 Augustin Berque (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), Transhumanisme et cyborgie, ou recouvrance de la Terre?"
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Giulio Maria Chiodi (Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples), "Coscienza liminare e ragione pratica"
  • 13:00 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Carlos Lobo (Collège international de philosophie, Paris), Natura naturans formaliter spectata. Considérations phénoménologiques sur les conditions et les limites de la mathématisation de la nature"
  • 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Giulio Ferroni (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), "Natura, spazio, tempo in Machiavelli"
  • 19:15 - 20:15 Seminar on selected readings and discussion (with Giulio Maria Chiodi and Luciano Boi)
  • 20:15 Performance by the theatre group Vertumnus of the Academy Vivarium novum
  • 21:00 Dinner

Saturday, November 2

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 Antonio Rostagno (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), "Musica humana (Boezio), Reinmenschilche (Wagner) e la 'sovrumana' musica assoluta".
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Massimo Natale (University of Verona), "«Non hai promesso né ingannato»: la natura di Andrea Zanzotto"
  • ? 13:00 - 13:30 Discussion
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Alberto Folin (University of Naples "Federico II"), "Leopardi: uomo e natura"
  • 17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Antonio Moresco (writer), "La letteratura nell'epoca dell'antropocene"
  • 19:15 - 20:45 Lamberto Maffei (Scuola normale superiore e Accademia dei Lincei), "L'ambiente come terapia"
  • 20:45 Conclusions
  • 21:15 Dinner

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