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New edition of an Open Philosophy series at the Alicante University Museum (MUA)

Alicante, 24 October 2018.


Translated by Amie Jo Petherbridge 

After last year´s success, UA have organised the second edition of this series that supports public vocation in relation to philosophical debates and opens up the topic to the public.
The lectures will take place in the MUA, MACA1, MARQ2 museums and the City of Alicante University Venue, and World Philosophy Day celebrations are scheduled into the programme.

A new edition of the series of lectures “Filosofía en abierto” (Open philosophy) has begun. It was initially launched last year by UA to support the idea of public vocation in relation to philosophical debates and to open the topic up to the public. Philosopher, researcher and professor Antonio Valdecantos will be opening the second edition of this series on Thursday, 25 October at 7 pm at the University of Alicante Museum (MUA), with his lecture “Filosofía como interrupción” (Philosophy regarded as an interruption).

The series has been organised by UA lecturer Elena Nájera and is based around activities held in the UA Philosophy Club. The organisers wished to hold the lectures in three emblematic Alicante museums:  MACA, MARQ and MUA, for their liberal and pluralistic approach and will be the backdrop to philosophical ideas. World Philosophy Day will also be celebrated at the City of Alicante University Venue and the University Campus itself.                                                                                                                                 

Four important figures that are committed to the issues of our time are going to participate in this year´s series: 

  • Antonio Valdecantos (MUA Thrusday 15 October, 7 pm.  La filosofía como interrupción); 
  • José Luis Pardo (MACA Tuesday, 13 November, 7 pm. Sobre el desprestigio de la Filosofía);
  • Adela Cortina (Alicante City University Venue. Thursday, 29 November, 7 pm. Ética para una democracia real) and 
  • Mª José Guerra (MARQ. 13 December, 7 pm. Ética para milenials. Libertad y felicidad en tiempos de precariedad).

World Philosophy Day will be celebrated on Thursday 15 November 2018, at 1 pm, at the Miguel Hernández Square on the UA Campus, dedicating said day to utopias.

 Full schedule.

Antonio Valdecantos Alcaide
Born in 1964, in Madrid, where he studied secondary education and graduated in Philosophy (in Instituto Cervantes and the Autonomous University of Madrid, respectively). He has been a University lecturer since 1992. He initially worked in said Autonomous University and in 1996 began working in the University of Carlos III where he is now teaching as a professor. His written work and academic activity have broken through without following the common paths of contemporary education, investigation and prose.  In his books Apología del arrepentido (2006), La moral como anomalía (2007) and La fábrica del bien (2008), as well as in his unpublished work, Moral y política de la vergüenza (2007), he consciously disassembled the key assumptions on which so called morality is based. Currently, he is working on an analogical work in the topics of philosophical politics, history, rhethorics and the theory of culture.  These thoughts appear in his current book and recent work (El saldo del espíritu and La excepción permanente, both written in 2014, and La clac y el apuntador, written in 2011).

José Luis Pardo Torío 
Born in Madrid in 1954 and Philosophy professor in the Complutense University. He received an award in 2005 for his book La regla del juego. He studied Philosophy and Arts in the Complutense University of Madrid, where he did his PhD thesis on translinguistic semiotics (La teoría de la individuación intensiva en el proyecto de una semiótica translingüística). He worked as a secondary school teacher until 2011 and is currently working as a professor in the Philosophy Faculty at the Complutense Univeristy, where he teaches Current Trends in Philosophy. He also works at the Contemporary School of Humanities in Madrid. He is considered to be one of the most influential figures to spread Gilles Deleuze’s thoughts in Spain, thanks to his book Deleuze: violentar el pensamiento, his articles and Spanish translations of the work of the French philosopher. He has collaborated in articles such as El Viejo TopoLos Cuadernos del NorteRevista de OccidenteArchipiélago and El País. He has also translated many contemporary philosophy works by autors such as Gilles Deleuze, Michel Serres, Guy Debord, Giorgio Agamben and Emmanuel Lévinas.  

Adela Cortina
Born in Valencia, in 1947. She has been teaching Political, Moral and Legal Philosophy at the University of Valencia since 1986 and is also the director of the ETNOR Foundation that supports ethics in businesses and organisations.  In 1969, she joined the Metaphysics Department of the University of Valencia. A grant helped her broaden her studies in Munich and Frankfort University, where she first came into contact with the philosophies of Jürgen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel. Once she was back in the newly democratic Spain, in the second half of the 70s, she felt the need to search for “ethics that would apply to everyone”, devoting herself and her studies to this field ever since. Amongst her many books, it is worth mentioning Ética mínima (1986), Alianza y Contrato (2005), La escuela de Fráncfort: crítica y utopía (2008) and she has been awared Spanish Essay Award (2014) and International Jovellanos Essay Award (2007).

María José Guerra Palmero
Born in San Cristóbal de la Laguna, in 1962. She has a PhD in Philosophy and is a Moral Philosophy senior lecturer at the University of La Laguna.  She is currently the director of the second edition of the Master’s degree in Feminist Studies, Equality Policies and Gender Violence at the University of La Laguna. She is also the director of La Laguna cultural magazine Cuadernos del Ateneo. She has published the following books: Mujer, identidad y reconocimiento. Habermas y la crítica feminista. (Sta. Cruz de Tenerife. Instituto Canario de la Mujer, 1998), Teoría feminista contemporánea. Una aproximación desde la ética (Madrid. Editorial Complutense, 2001), Breve introducción a la ética ecológica (Madrid. Antonio Machado Libros, 2001) and Intervenciones feministas. Derechos, mujeres y sociedad (Sta. Cruz de Tenerife. Idea Press, 2004). She has edited the collective volume Mujeres, espacio y tiempo (Sta. Cruz de Tenerife, Instituto Canario de la Mujer, 1999) with María Eugenia Monzón, she has worked on Globalización y neoliberalismo: ¿un futuro inevitable? (Oviedo, Nobel, 2002) with Concepción Ortega, 20 Pensadoras del siglo XX (Oviedo, Nobel, 2006) with Ana Hardissonand Los laberintos de la responsabilidad (Madrid, Plaza y Valdes, 2007) with R. R. Aramayo, She has performed study periods abroad at the New School of Social Research (1997, New York University), the Center for European Studies (1998, Harvard University) and the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy (2005-2006, Lancaster University). Amongst her different lines of research, she has investigated the contemporary ethical and political theory, the feminist theory and applied ethics and, in particular, bioethics, ethics and ecological policy.





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