Laboratory of Ontology (Labont)

The Laboratory for Ontology is a research centre of the Department of Philosophy, University of Torino directed by Maurizio Ferraris. The members of LabOnt are PhD Students and young Researchers in philosophy, with different specializations, ranging from theoretical philosophy, philosophy of language, aesthetics, philosophy of the cognitive sciences, and history of philosophy. Maurizio Ferraris founded the Laboratory in 1999, he organizes the activities of the Laboratory and the training of young researchers, and works directly to improve and develop the research line devoted to social ontology. Under his tutorship, many young researchers have developed their specific skills in cooperation and been able to achieve many important results – both in terms of publication, services to the professions and teaching.

The general research field of LabOnt is ontology, namely the philosophical discipline that aims at providing a theory of what exists. Ontology, along with metaphysics at large, has lately returned to playing a central role in philosophy. This is probably because ontology has been attentive towards the empirical results of the “hard-sciences”, while not being servile towards them. On the contrary, a distinctive trait of contemporary researches in ontology is their explicit and critical approach to the study of the nature of the objects that constitute reality. The latter is understood as an objective background that constrains the lives of human beings, but also yields opportunities to them (such as society, economy, politics, art). Within this domain of problems and research questions, one of the main targets is the philosophical elaboration of theories that can enlarge and enrich, when necessary, the description of reality given by the natural sciences – physics, biology, but also cognitive psychology.

The activities of LabOnt are connected to this general research trend. In particular, the most recent works of the researchers has focused on the ontology of social objects and the relationships between the ontology of the social and other branches of ontology.

“Eidetica del diritto e ontologia sociale”. LabOnt Seminar – 6 febbraio 2014, Torino

lunedì, febbraio 3, 2014
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“Eidetica del diritto e ontologia sociale”. LabOnt Seminar – 6 febbraio 2014, Torino

Segnaliamo volentieri il seguente seminario:     Scarica qui la locandina in pdf

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The Milano Spring School is over successfully. Let’s keep in touch!

lunedì, giugno 13, 2011
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The Milano Spring School is over successfully. Let’s keep in touch!

Spring School – Making the Social World June 7-9, San Raffaele University, Milan Our Spring School has been an exciting opportunity to know each other’s research and to discuss a lot of inspiring ideas. Thanks to everybody, and a special thank to John Searle, who discussed every issue with us most of the time, in…

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Workshop internazionale all’Università di Torino. Fictional Entities and Other Social Objects and Paolo Bozzi Prize for Ontology

venerdì, maggio 6, 2011
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Workshop on Fictional Entities and Other Social Objects and Paolo Bozzi Prize for Ontology Università di Torino – Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia 26-27 Maggio 2011 Department of Philosophy, University of Turin Labont and PRIN 2008 Documentality Sponsors: ESAP, SIFA, Studio Nespolo Organizers: Carola Barbero, Maurizio Ferraris, Alberto Voltolini Venue: Sala Lauree May 26, morning…

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IV Italian Workshop of Analytic Ontology – Bergamo, June 17-18, 2010

martedì, giugno 8, 2010
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Fourth Italian Workshop of Analytic Ontology June 17-18, 2010 University of Bergamo, Italy Department of Letters, Arts and Multimediality COGES Center for the Innovation and Administration of Knowledge University of Bergamo LABONT Laboratory for Ontology University of Turin Chief organizer: Prof. Andrea Bottani, University of Bergamo Final program Thursday, June 17 Session: HISTORY OF ONTOLOGY…

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All’Università di Milano, incontro sull’ultimo libro di Maurizio Ferraris

lunedì, febbraio 8, 2010
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Mercoledì 17 febbraio, alle ore 17, in aula 113 Università degli Studi di Milano – Dipartimento di Filosofia (Via Festa del Perdono 3, 20122 Milano) Maria Bettetini (Università IULM Milano) Roberta De Monticelli (Università Vita e Salute Milano) Maurizio Ferraris (Università di Torino) Elio Franzini (Università di Milano) Discutono su: Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar…

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Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar tracce (di Maurizio Ferraris)

mercoledì, novembre 25, 2009
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Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar tracce (di Maurizio Ferraris)

Per gentile concessione dell’autore e della casa editrice, sono disponibili on line per essere scaricati due cospicui stralci dell’ultimo libro di Maurizio Ferraris: Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar tracce (Laterza Editore, 2009). «In questo libro parlo di oggetti sociali, cioè di cose come i soldi e le opere d’arte, i matrimoni, i divorzi e gli…

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