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| 08th of May 2024, 14h30 (Lisbon time)

| Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, Department of Philosophy (floor 1, Tour B)


Research Seminar



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In the last two decades, the research programme of urbanizing the history of philosophy has implied to investigate the multi-faceted relations between early modern philosophy and the city, including different issues: urban places of knowledge, urban expertise, cultural representation and urban ways of life. The project was clearly rooted in the cultural and spatial turn of history of science of the 1990s with a strong emphasis put on places and spaces (David Livingstone, Charles Withers). In the wake of Jürgen Habermas's debates on public sphere, the urban history of early modern philosophy has adopted a dual perspective, spatial and sociological. The first aim was to understand how philosophical activity is embedded in the city through teaching practices, knowledge institutions and the production of an urban philosophy. But the spatial turn was also connected to a sociological turn broadening the world of scientific practitioners and making science more public. The urban history of philosophy was therefore eager to broaden the list of scientific actors or practitioners within the city (women, artisans, amateurs). In fact, the city appears as the place where associations are formed between the scholarly sphere, the political sphere and the general public; where the interests of one sphere reconfigure the work of the others and profoundly change the research agenda, as well as, more unexpectedly, the identity of the city. The research programme thus sought to examine the effects of philosophical production on the diversification of urban forms. Particular attention was paid to the metropolises that emerged in the eighteenth century as centres of philosophical knowledge. It is no longer a question of localising philosophical activity, but rather of understanding the role played by philosophy in the reshaping of capital cities in terms of intellectual attraction or sociability and also to explore what metropolis brought to the definition of a modern philosophy (particularly in natural philosophy, moral philosophy and political philosophy). The paper will attempt to describe the evolution of this research programme and to show that it remains relevant for grasping the origins of philosophical modernity.


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