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The Collegium Phaenomenologicum will convene for its 45th annual session in Città di Castello, Italy, from July 13-31, 2020. The Collegium is intended for faculty members and advanced graduate and postdoctoral students in philosophy and related disciplines. The core of the program consists in a series of lecture courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars. A participants conference will be held July 11-12.

Theme: ‘Cosmology’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’ name two of our most familiar metaphysical horizons for coming to understand what it means to be—and thus also how to live as—a human being. Cosmology names the predominantly Ancient notion by which we understand ourselves in virtue of our place in a larger cosmos. Cosmopolitanism here names the Modern metaphysical commitment to understanding human beings as, principally, beings on a finite globe. With this shift in philosophical thinking comes a decisive turn in forming the possibilities for human life. This Collegium will not only trace the meaning of this arc, but also ask how we may think anew the relationship between the cosmos and the polis in how we give order to our lives.

Courses, Lectures, and Instructors

Week 1: Cosmoi: Plato on the Orders of the Human, the City, and the Universe

Lecture Course by Michael Naas, DePaul University, USA

Individual Lectures by John Sallis (Boston College), Dennis Schmidt (Western Sydney University), Andrea Lozano Vásquez (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotà)

Week 2: The End of the World/The End of Cosmology – With Kant: A New Beginning?

Lecture Course by Angelica Nuzzo, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Individual Lectures by Günter Figal (Universität Freiburg), Bret Davis (Loyola University Maryland), Kalliopi Nikolopoulou (The University at Buffalo)

Week 3: Homo Kosmotheoretikos – The Cosmological Eye in Times of Mutations

Lecture Course by Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Södertörn University

Individual Lectures by Gert-Jan van der Heiden (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Ewa Plonowska Ziarek (The University at Buffalo), Alberto Moreiras (Texas A&M University)

Housing and Costs

Participants will be comfortably housed at Hotel Le Mura (***) in the historic center of Città di Castello. The cost for room and board (half-pension = breakfast & dinner) will be approximately €42 (double occupancy) and €55 (single room) per day. The program fee for the three-week session will be €275. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020.

Please email applications to Professor Kristi Sweet at k-sweet@tamu.edu.