Summer School and International Conference: From Logic and Metaphysics to Computer Science, 29 June - 4 July, 2020, University of Lugano, Italy

University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana)


April 30, 2020

Event Date:

June 29, 2020 - July 04, 2020

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Summer School and International Conference: From Logic and Metaphysics to Computer Science

The MAP, the research Master in metaphysics and philosophy of mind at the University of Italian Switzerland (USI, Lugano) and the chair of philosophy in the Faculty of Theology, University of Lucerne, are organising the Summer School “From Logic & Metaphysics to Computer Science” at the beautifully located vineyard and winemaker “Regaleali, Tasca d’Almerita” in Sicily (June 29 to July 2, 2020)
Speakers : Francesco  Fronterotta (La Sapienza, Rome), Christof Rapp (LMU Munich), Katerina Ierodiakonou (Geneva, Athens), Maddalena Bonelli (Bergamo), Gyula Klima (Fordham, New York), Giovanni Ventimiglia  (Lucerne), Kevin Mulligan (USI & FTL, Lugano), Nick Zangwill  (Lincoln, UCL), Francesco Orilia  (Macerata), Damiano Costa (USI & FTL, Lugano), Joop Leo (Amsterdam), Peter Simons (Trinity College, Dublin), Barry Smith (Buffalo), Jobst Landgrebe (Cognotekt, Cologne).
The Summer School is followed by an International Conference (July 3 to July 4, 2020) in Palermo (Palazzo Lanza Tomasi) with talks by: Marco Colombetti (USI, Lugano), Gyula Klima, Jobst Landgrebe, Francesco Orilia, Peter Simons, Barry Smith.
Abstract: From Logic & Metaphysics to Computer Science
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence originally relied heavily on the logical theory of implication, disjunction and negation put forward by Frege and anticipated by the Stoics. Throughout its history, philosophy has been intrigued by words and expressions (and  the meanings or concepts they express) which, like “if”, “or” and “not”, do not seem to be about things. Theories of transcendentals, syncategorematic expressions, incomplete symbols, quantifiers, formal concepts, logical form and connectives have all  attempted to understand expressions which have seemed to many philosophers  to have more to do with our abilities to variously combine expressions into meaningful wholes than to refer to things in the world. The Summer School and Conference, From Logic & Metaphysics to Computer Science, will examine these theories and their relations from Ancient Philosophy to the beginnings of Computer Science and beyond.
Would you like to take part in the Summer School? Would you like to give a talk at the Summer School?
Applications are invited from Master and PhD students as well as Post-docs in the fields of history of philosophy, history of logic, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of artificial intelligence, philosophy of computing and philosophy of language.  Students from outside philosophy who have a strong interest in the philosophy of computing, the philosophy of language or applied ontology are also encouraged to apply.
In order to apply, send a CV and, if you would like to give a talk, an abstract of no more than 300 words on one of the topics of the Summer School to no later than April 30th 2020. Notification of acceptance is expected before May 20th 2020.


Successful applicants will have their accommodation (possibly in shared rooms) covered. They will be wined and dined and will receive a contribution towards their travel costs.  Some applicants will be selected to give a talk based on their abstracts.
The Summer School and International Conference are the second edition of  “Philosophies around the Mediterranean”, which began in 2018.

With the generous support of: Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano, Istituto Svizzero (Roma), Fondazione Sicilia, Tasca d'Almerita, Tenuta Regaleali, Cogito.

Organisation: Giovanni Ventimiglia, Kevin Mulligan, David Anzalone, Damiano Costa
Institutional relations and event management - Sicily: Maria Stella Wirz.

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March 01, 2020
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