Second European Pragmatism Conference, Paris Sept 9-11, 2015

European Pragmatism Conference, II


PRAGMATA (Association française d’études pragmatistes) is pleased to announce the Second European Pragmatist Conference.

The conference is organized in partnership with The European Pragmatism Association, The Nordic Pragmatist Network, PRAGMA (Associazione Italiana di studi pragmatisti), and CEPF (Central European Pragmatist Forum). It is made possible through the support of labex Transfers, labex Tepsis, Université Paris 1, Institut Acte, Université Lyon 3 and Centre Simmel (EHESS).

The conference aims to advance our understanding of the relevance of pragmatism to contemporary debates in philosophy, the humanities, the social and the natural sciences as well as in communities of practice. Pragmatism is here broadly considered as a tradition of thought stemming from philosophy but now clearly present in a number of academic fields such as sociology, law, politics, art, physics, mathematics, anthropology, history, and literature.

The conference will be held in Paris, September 9th –11th, 2015.

The Conference language will be English.
The calls for participation are now closed.


Scientific Associations supporting the conference• Pragmata – Association Française d’Etudes Pragmatistes (
• The European Pragmatism Association (
• The Nordic Pragmatist Network (
• PRAGMA – Associazione Italiana di studi pragmatisti (
• CEPF – Central European Pragmatist Forum ( Institutions

• ENS Paris – Collège de France / PSL, Labex Transfers,
• EHESS, Labex Tepsis

• Institut Marcel Mauss, UMR 8178, CNRS-EHESS
• République des Savoirs, USR3608 CNRS-ENS-Collège de France
• Institut Acte, UMR 8218 CNRS-Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
• Centre Maurice Halbwachs, UMR 8097, CNRS-EHESS-ENS
• Phico, Institut des sciences juridiques et philosophiques de la Sorbonne, UMR8103 CNRS-Université Paris 1
• Centre Georg Simmel, UMR 8131 CNRS-EHESS-EPHE
• Institut de Recherches Philosophiques de Lyon (IRPHIL), Université de Lyon,
• Triangle, UMR 5206, CNRS-Université de Lyon


• Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (
• Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (
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The program is here and you can find below the present version. Small adjustments are being made, please make sure to check the website for any update. Room mapping will be posted on site and sessions programs will be displayed both at the receptions and on the room doors.

  • Coffee breaks are scheduled at 11h00-11h30 every morning. Afternoon breaks: 16h45-17h15 on Sept 9; 16h-16h30 on Sept, 10 and Sept, 11.
  • Talks are 30′ long followed by 15′ of discussion.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Registration: 8h30-18h00.
Location: EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris
9h00: Welcome and Introduction by the organizers.

 Pragmatism and Classical German Philosophy

EHESS Salle 1- Chair: Gabriele Gava – 9:30-13h00
  • Gabriele Gava, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Reference and its Metaphysical Implications: Leibniz, Kant, and Peirce
  • Vincent Colapietro, Pennsylvania State University, Actuality and Intelligibility: Hegel, Peirce, and Experience vis-à-vis Reason
  • Arvi Särkelä, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Immanent Critique as Self-Transformative Praxis: On Hegel’s Phenomenological Method and Dewey’s Criticism of Criticisms 
  • Robert Stern and Neil Williams, The University of Sheffield [Sheffield] (and Robert Stern): James on Hegel

 Creativity in the pragmatist tradition: at the crossroads of art and social sciences

EHESS Salle 2 – Chair: Lyuba Bugaeva – 9:30-13h00
  • Aline Caillet, UMR Acte, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, The inquiry in art and social sciences: a figure of the creativity
  • Jacinto Lageira, UMR Acte, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, For an aesthetics of action
  • Agnès Lontrade, UMR Acte, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Creativity of action and the Aesthetic of democracy

 Neo-pragmatism and Metaphysic

EHESS Salle 3 – Chair: David Hildebrand – 9:30-13h00 
  • Jonathan Knowles, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Does Metaphysics depend on representationalism?
  • Bjørn Ramberg, University of Oslo, Redescription, Conversation, Metaphysics
  • Carl Sachs, Marymount University, Scientism Without Representationalism: Neo-pragmatist Semantics and Neo-positivist Metaphysics
  • Danielle Macbeth, Haverford College, Yet Another Consequence of Pragmatism

 What Do We Do When We Do history? Pragmatist Reflections on the Theory of Historiography

EHESS Salle 4 – Chair: Chiara Ambrosio – 9:30-13h00 
  • Tullio Viola, Humboldt Universität, Controversies and Intellectual History. With or Against Peirce?
  • Simona Cerutti, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, « History from below » and/or Pragmatic History
  • Roberto Gronda, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Myth or History? Some Outlines of a Pragmatist Philosophy of Mythology
  • Rodrigo Díaz-Maldonado, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas UNAM, From Pragmatist Experience to Historical Representation. An Attempt of Synthesis.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 5 – Chair: Henrik Rydenfelt – 9:30-13h00
  • 09:30 – 10:15 Dewey’s publics reconsidered: process ontology, communication and vulnerable agents – Torjus Midtgarden, Center for the Study of the Sciences and ther Humanities, University of Bergen.
  • 10:15 – 11:00 John Dewey’s Philosophical Legacy for the “Open Movements” in the Digital Age, Andreas Antic, Universität Potsdam.
  • 11:30 – 12:15 Experience and Critique. Placing Pragmatism in Modern Philosophy, Jörg Volbers, Freie University Berlin, Institute of Philosophy.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 6 – Chair: Sami Pihlstrom – 9:30-13h00 

13:00-14:30: Lunch on your own

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 1 – Chair: Laura Centemeri – 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
  • 14:30 – 15:15 To follow in the archaeologist. Pragmatists proposals for an existential anthropology, Gwendoline Torterat, Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative.
  • 15:15 – 16:00 Pragmatism: A Key Source For The Renewal Of Organization And Management Studies, Philippe Lorino, ESSEC Business School.
  • 16:00 – 16:45 Play Studies. Experience and socialization in popular culture, Manuel Boutet, Laboratoire GREDEG.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 2 – Chair: Roberta Dreon – 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm 
  • 14:30 – 15:15 Somaesthetics and the problem of social taste, Dorota Koczanowicz, University of Wrocław.
  • 15:15 – 16:00 An Aesthetics of Resistance: Deweyan Experimentalism and Epistemic Injustice, Paul Taylor, Departments of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University.
  • 16:00 – 16:45 Aesthetics and ethics in pragmatism. A videogame experiment and its educational virtues, Judit Vari, Centre Interdisciplinaire sur les Valeurs, les Idées, les Identités et les Compétences en éducation et en formation.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 3 – Chair: Stéphane Madelrieux – 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
  • 14:30 – 15:15 A study on the influence of James’ pacifism on The Collective Research on Political Conversions in Japanese post-war period, Yukie Shimizu, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University.
  • 15:15 – 16:00 An Inter American Discourse on Race, Nationality, and Cosmopolitanism, Jacoby Carter, City University of New York: John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
  • 16:00 – 16:45 Peirce and Emerson, Russell B. Goodman, University of New Mexico.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 4 – Chair: Rosa Maria Calcaterra – 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
  • 14:30 – 15:15 Jane Addams: Pragmatism as Social Practice and Social Ethics, Núria Sara Miras Boronat, Universitat de Barcelona.
  • 15:15 – 16:00 Sympathy and Inquiry: A Reinterpretation of Jane Addams on Epistemic Injustice – Devin Fitzpatrick, Université d’Oregon.
  • 16:00 – 16:45 U.S. Democratic Experimentalism with the Arts: Jane Addams, Albert C. Barnes, & Rollins/Black Mountain College – L. Ryan Musgrave, Rollins College.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 6 – Chair: Roberto Gronda – 2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
  • 14:30 – 15:15 Locating the formation of habits, between pragmatism and phenomenology, Olivier Gaudin, École des hautes études en sciences sociales.
  • 15:15 – 16:00 A Skeptical Balance. Interactions between William James and Edmund Husserl towards a phenomenological reassessment of pure experience, Elena Tripaldi, Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata. Università degli Studi di Padova.
  • 16:00 – 16:45 Apprenticeship as a Moral Method and a Moral Ideal, Bill Bywater, Allegheny College.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 1 – Chair: Olivier Gaudin – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 2 – Chair: John Ryder – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 17:15 – 18:00 How to make “emplaced valuation” matter in processes of political and economic regulation. Understanding the social movement for sustainable degrowth through a pragmatic sociology of valuation, Laura Centemeri, Institut Marcel Mauss – Gildas Renou, Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe.
  • 18:00 – 18:45 At the Crossroads of Care and Pragmatism: a Plea for a Situational Ethics, Antoine Hennion, Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, MINES-Paristech/CNRS.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 3 – Chair: Sarin Marchetti – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 17:15 – 18:00 Remarks Concerning the Relevance of Pragmatism for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Michael Raposa, Lehigh University [Bethlehem].
  • 18:00 – 18:45 William James and the Issue of Continuity, Michela Bella, PhD Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, PhD Università Roma Tre.

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 5 – Chair: Roberto GRONDA – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

 Contributed Papers

EHESS Salle 6 – Chair: Cassiano Terra Rodrigues – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 17:15-18:00 Risks governance and risky operations helping each other to face unexpected events: A few contributions of pragmatist philosophy – Jérémy Eydieux, Laboratoire d’économie et de management de Nantes Atlantique.
  • 18:00-18:45 Mead and Park: The Difficult Path Towards Pragmatist Sociology, Jean-Francois Cote, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

 Knowledge and Inquiry: Pragmatism and Legal Practice

EHESS Salle 1, Chair: Rossella Fabbrichesi, 09:30 – 13:00 
  • Brian Butler, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Takings and Methods of Legal Reasoning
  • Clarice von Oertzen de Araujo, Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Legal Semiotics
  • Frederic Kellogg, George Washington University, Conflict Resolution Through Social Induction: A Pragmatist Logic of Law
  • Giovanni Tuzet, University of Bocconi, Abduction and Causal Reasoning
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 Pragmatism, Justice, and Hope for the Future

EHESS Salle 2 – Chair: Claude Gautier – 09:30 – 13:00 
  • Gregory Pappas, Texas A&M University (USA), The Pragmatists’ Approach to Injustice
  • Shannon Sullivan, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA), Pragmatism and Epistemic Justice
  • Erin Tarver, Oxford College at Emory University (USA), Pragmatism and The Moral Equivalent of Football: James, Feminism, and the Future of College Athletics
  • Phillip McReynolds, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA), Pragmatism Without Hope: Dewey, Post Humanism, and the Anthropocene

 Pragmatism and European Philosophy

Pragmata PanelEHESS Salle 3 – Chair: Stéphane Madelrieux – 09:30 – 13:00
  • Mathias Girel, USR3608, ENS, Peirce, Whewell, and the Clarification of Meanings.
  • Stéphane Madelrieux, Institut de recherches philosophiques de Lyon, What’s the Use of Getting Back to ‘Pure Experience’?
  • Olivier Tinland, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires en Sciences humaines et Sociales de Montpellier, The Ambivalence of Hegel’s Pragmatism
  • Roberto Frega, Institut Marcel Mauss, EHESS, Democracy Between John Dewey and Claude Lefort.

 A pragmatic analysis of the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the French burqa ban

Social & Political Sciences – EHESS Salle 4 – Chair: Giovanni Maddalena – 09:30-13:00
  • Gustavo Just da Costa e Silva, Federal University of Pernambuco, How the interpreter’s power can be affected by their own argumentative choices. A strategic analysis of the justification in the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the French ban on wearing full-face veil in public.
  • George Browne Rego, Federal University of Pernambuco, The logical concept of Democracy in Dewey´s Philosophy and the Decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Adrualdo de Lima Catão, Federal University of Alagoas, The Legal pragmatism of Holmes and his consequentialist interpretation of freedom of speech: the use of the burqa as a problem of freedom of religious expression.
  • Flavianne Fernanda Bitencourt Nóbrega, Federal University of Paraíba, The Logic of Abduction and the Peirce’s pragmatic method of scientific investigation applied to Law: a consequential analysis of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights about the apparent legitimated aims of the French Law of “burqa ban”. 

 African American Philosophy and Pragmatism

SAAP invited Panel – EHESS Salle 5 – Chair: Kenneth Stikkers – 9:30 – 13:00
  • Kenneth W. Stikkers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Between Assimilationism and Separatism: Alain Locke’s Pluralistic Cosmopolitanism
  • David McClean (Molloy College), On the Uses of Covenant: A Pragmatist Perspective.
  • Joseph Smith (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), How the ‘Nigga’ Was Born.
  • Judith Green (Fordham University), Deepening Piketty’s Pragmatism: Contributions from African American Pragmatists toward Framing a New Paradigm of Political Economy.

 Pragmatism Studies in China

Invited China Pragmatist Association Panel – EHESS Salle 6 – Chair: Pierre Steiner – 09:30 – 13:00
  • Chen Yajun (Dewey Center, Fudan University), On the Comparative Studies of Pragmatism and Chinese Philosophy
  • Jiang Yi (Department of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University), Peirce Studies in China in the 21th Century
  • Wang Chengbing (Department of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University), On John Dewey’s Notion of Experience in the Text of “The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy”
  • Sun Ning (School of Philosophy, Fudan University), Natural Realism or Transactionalism: On the Relationships between Putnam and Two Pragmatists, James and Dewey

13:00-14:30: Lunch on your own

 Pragmatism and Experience in Contemporary Debates

Epistemology & Metaphysics – EHESS Salle 1 – Chair: Carl Sachs -14:30 – 18:00 
  • Antje Gimmler (University of Aalborg, Denmark), What experience does and language not – and the other way round
  • David Hildebrand (University of Colorado, Denver), A Case, with Examples, for Experience in Contemporary Pragmatism
  • Joseph Margolis (Temple University, Philadelphia), Richard Rorty contra Rorty and John Dewey
  • Bjørn Torgrim Ramberg (Oslo University, Norway), Agendas of pragmatism and the concept of experience.

 Value Theories in Classical Pragmatism: Insights and Difficulties

Ethics & Politics – EHESS Salle 2 – Chair: Laura Centemeri – 14:30 – 18:00 
  • Pierre-Luc Dostie Proulx, Université de Louvain (Belgium), Dewey and Santayana on Value: a Critical Criterion?
  • Diana Heney, Fordham University (USA), Conceptual Pragmatism and the Moral Life.
  • Neil Williams, University of Sheffield, William James and Alain Locke on Value Pluralism.
  • Jessica Wright, University of Toronto (Canada), Peirce on Value as Peirce on Virtue: Connections between Pragmatism and Virtue Ethics.

 Richard Rorty and European Philosophy: A Fruitful Relationship

Central-European Pragmatist Forum Invited Panel – EHESS Salle 3 – Chair: Emil Višňovský – 14:30 – 18:00 
  • Alan Malachowski, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Richard Rorty: Imagination over Truth
  • William M. Curtis, University of Portland, Oregon, USA, Rhetoric Between Philosophy and Poetry: Rorty as Essayist
  • Alexander Kremer, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary, Rorty and Hungarian Philosophy
  • Krzystof Skowronski, University of Opole, Opole, Poland, Rorty in Polish Philosophy

 Legal Decision Beyond Rationalism: New Connections and Fresh Perspectives

Social & Political Sciences – EHESS Salle 4 – Chair: Giovanni Tuzet – 14:30 – 18:00
  • Leonardo Almeida, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Deleuze´s ontological pragmatism and Legal Decision: some remarks on Pragmatism, Social Change and Democracy.
  • Clóvis Falcão, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, A pragmatic approach to legal philosophy.
  • Nevita Franca, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Juridical Pragmatism Bringing Themis and Eros Closer The Sentiment of the Supreme Federal Court in ADFP 54/DF.
  • Flávio Guerra, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Treachery and the Legal Forms: Image, Representation and Decision in a Pragmatic Perspective.

 Gestures, reasoning, mathematics

Logic and Epistemology – EHESS Salle 5 – Chair: Giovanni Maddalena – 14:30-18:00
  • Giovanni Maddalena (University of Molise), Complete gestures between aesthetics and mathematics.
  • Christiane Chauviré (University of Paris 1, Sorbonne), Peirce and Wittgenstein on mathematical demonstration
  • Giuseppe Longo (École Normale Supérieure), The use of ‘geometric judgments’ as meaningful gestures in space and time in the proofs of recent unprovable propositions of Arithmetic
  • Matteo Santarelli (University of Molise), Completing gestures: a new way of understanding psychoanalytic theory?

 Normativity: Significance and Inquiry

Nordic Pragmatist Network, Panel 1 – EHESS Salle 6 – Chair: Gabriele Gava – 14:30 – 18:00 
  • Heikki J. Koskinen (University of Helsinki): Mediated Recognition and Brandom’s Analysis.
  • Henrik Rydenfelt (University of Helsinki): Communication, Significance and Normative Arguments.
  • Chaira Ambrosio (University College London): Peirce’s First Rule of Reason, and History.
  • Mats Bergman (University of Helsinki): Economy and Normativity in Peirce’s Methodeutic.

 Reception Dinner and Performance

Fondation Biermans Lapôtre
RER B, Cité Universitaire
7 Boulevard Jourdan,
75014 Paris. 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Presenters and panelists are invited to a reception dinner (cocktail and Buffet) offered by the sponsors and an art event called Performing Lives, organized by Laboratoire du Geste. The dinner and event will be hosted at the Fondation Biermans Lapôtre RER B, Cité Universitaire 7 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris. Practical details will be distributed at the Conference.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Location: Ecole normale supérieure, 29, rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris
9h00: Welcome and Introduction by Marc Mézard, Director of Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, and Marc Crépon, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, ENS.

 ‘The cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy’. Pragmatism and Democracy in Times of Crisis

Ethics & Politics – ENS Salle 1 – Chair: TBC – 9:30-13:00
  • Carlos Mougan, Facultad de Filosofía. Universidad de Cádiz, Dewey´s democratic concepts in a current European context.
  • Leszek Koczanowicz, University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Wroclaw, How much community does democracy need? Pragmatism and Discussions on Democracy in Poland.
  • Julio Seoane, Universidad de Alcala de Hernares, (Experimental) Democracy as a constant immanent critique.
  • Rosa Calcaterra, Universita Roma Tre, Re-description of democracy: a philosophical and educational task.

 Pragmatism in national and transnational contexts

Ethics & Politics – ENS Salle 2 – Chair: Antje Gimmler – 9:30-13:00 
  • Charlene Seigfried, Purdue University, The Common Roots of Abundance and Scarcity in a Globalized Economy
  • Francesca Bordogna, University of Notre Dame, ‘Thought and Action’: William James, the Magic Pragmatists, and the Fascist Mystics
  • Lee McBride, The College of Wooster, Creative Democracy: Dewey and Mouffe
  • Marilyn Fischer, University of Dayton, Addams’s Theorizing in Personal Reactions During the War

 Questioning the Canon from Within: Pragmatism’s Dialogues with Itself

Epistemology & Metaphysics – Chair: Vincent Colapietro – ENS Salle 3 – 9:30-13:00
  • Sarin Marchetti, University College Dublin, Pragmatic Anti-Representationalism: A Family Therapy.
  • Áine Mahon, University College Dublin, Rorty and Dewey on Fuzziness and Structure.
  • Fergal McHugh, University College Dublin, A Deep Tension Within Pragmatism: Putnam and Price on Truth and Justification.

 The pragmatist turn in cognitive science

Natural Sciences – ENS Salle 4 – Chair: Pierre Steiner – 09:30 – 13:00
  • Pierre Steiner, Costech, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Differences that make a difference. Dewey, cognitive science, and the spirit of the experimental method.
  • Quanmin Li, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, An Action-Oriented Approach to Understanding Social Cognition.
  • Jing He, Knowledge and Action Lab, East China Normal University, The pragmatic roots of enactive and extended cognition.
  • Jean-Michel Roy, Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon, Defining Cognitive Pragmatism: The Problem Of Concept Pragmatism.

 Contributed Papers

ENS Salle 5 – Chair: John Ryder – 9:30 – 13:00

 Pragmatism and Feminism

Pragmata Panel 2 – ENS Salle 6 – Chair: Brendan Hogan – 9:30-13:00
  • Barbara Formis, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Art as Pragmatism
  • Sandra Laugier, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Pragmatism, Care, and Democracy
  • Carole Gayet, Centre de recherches sociologiques sur le droit et les institutions pénales, Can housewives be models of political commitment ?
  • Claude Gautier, Triangle, Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, Care and Moral Imagination.

13:00-14:30 Lunch at ENS restaurant.

Lunch offered for the presenters. Please book your tickets at registration.

 The genetic argument for cognoscibility from abduction and its relation to ontology: hard facts, chance, and God in Peirce’s metaphysics

Epistemology & Metaphysics – ENS Salle 1 – Chair: Mats Bergman – 14:30 – 18:00
  • Cassiano Rodrigues, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Peirce’s naturalism: the continuity of instinct and rationality and the heuristic power of aduction.
  • Marcelo S. Madeira, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Charles S. Peirce’s ontological epistemology and the co-naturality between thought and world.
  • José Renato Salatiel,Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Reevaluating the Greek Sources of Peirce’s Metaphysical Chance.
  • Rodrigo V. de Almeida,Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Some Reflections on the Ontological Aspects of the Symbol and its Relationship to the Cognoscibility of God, within the Religious Metaphysics of Charles Sanders Peirce.

 Beyond the Social Mind: New Perspectives on the Philosophy of George Herbert Mead

Social & Political Sciences – ENS Salle 2 – Chair: Raymond Boisvert – 14:30 – 18:00
  • Roman Madzia, Universität Koblenz-Landau, GER, Words and Worlds: Revisiting the Relation between Language and Experience
  • Guido Baggio, Università Pontificia Salesiana, IT, Sympathy and Empathy. Mead and the pragmatist basis of Neuroeconomics
  • Filipe Silva, Universidade de Lisboa, PT, Exploring the materiality of meaning production: The case of G.H. Mead’s Mind, Self, and Society
  • Lenart Škof, University of Primorska, SLO, Space, Epistemology, Touch: Three Meadian Meditations

 Pragmatism, Semiotic mind and Cognitivism

Epistemology & Metaphysics – ENS Salle 3 – Chair: Vitaly Kiryushchenko – 14:30 – 18:00 
  • Rossella Fabbrichesi, Department of Philosophy, University of Milan, Pragma, Peirce, Mead and the Theory of “Extended Mind”: a Divergent Convergence.
  • Claudio Paolucci, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Università di Bologna, Semiotics, Pragmatism and the New Science of the Mind.
  • Emanuele Fadda, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università della Calabria, What the actual debate on language and cognition can learn from classical pragmatism.
  • Marta Caravà, Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Università di Bologna, Pragmatism and Enaction: for a peircean Account of Cognition and Mind.

 Pragmatism and Political Theory: Pragmatist Connections in Contemporary Political Thought

Social & Political Sciences – ENS Salle 4 – Chair: Jörg Volbers – 14:30 – 18:00
  • Clayton Chin, University of Melbourne, A Situated Political Philosophy: Pragmatism, the Ontological Turn and the Question of Normativity.
  • Neil Gascoigne, Royal Holloway, University of London, Change for the Better: Conceptual Engineering and the Task of Philosophy.
  • Brendan Hogan, NYU, Pragmatism, social inquiry, and critique: economics and hegemony.
  • Michael Bacon, Royal Holloway, Pragmatism and the ontological turn in political theory

 The Problem of Evil

Nordic Pragmatist Network Panel – ENS Salle 5 – Chair: Sami Pihlstrom – 14:30-18:00
  • Ana Honnacker (Hanover Institute of Philosophical Research, Hanover), Failing Better: Exploring A Pragmatic Via Negativa.
  • Sami Pihlström (University of Helsinki), Pragmatist Anti-theodicy And Its Kantian Roots.
  • Magnus Schlette (University of Heidelberg), Political Religion And The Problem Of Evil: The Controversy Between Dewey And Niebuhr.
  • Ulf Zackariasson (Uppsala University), After Theodicy: A Skeptical Pragmatic Engagement With Skeptical Theism.

 Art and Experience

Central-European Pragmatist Forum Invited Panel – ENS Salle 6 – Chair: John Ryder – 14h30-18h00 
  • Roberta Dreon, Università Ca’ Foscari, Artifying Behaviors: A Suggestion to Integrate Dewey’s Aesthetics.
  • Lyubov Bugaeva, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation, Pragmatist Aesthetics, Engagement, and the Teaching of Art: The Case of Black Mountain College.
  • Larry Hickman, Southern Illinois University, Center for John Dewey Studies, USA, Democratic Experience and the Architectural Arts.
  • John Ryder, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, The Aesthetic Dimension of Experience.


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