Imagination is a classical notion which distinguishes Western philosophy since its ancient genesis and keeps being fundamental in contemporary philosophical research. The notion of imagination means a specific sort of mental representation which is different from perceiving, remembering and believing. Imagining means modelling mental objects which exceedingly help us understand ourselves and other human beings and project both our actions and the objects we are working on by providing us with a powerful guide in the realm of what may be possible, as a sort of bridge between the present and the future we aspire to.
The course aims at empowering imagination as one of the most promising tools we have at our disposal when we think of both how to act and interact and how to work on the objects we create in science, engineering, architecture and design. Thus, the course will give the PhD students some fundamental theoretical tools (in particular, on moral imagination) and especially the possibility of practicing imagination through exercises which aim at empowering their capacity of using it. For this purpose, a certified coach, with a strong background in education and research, will mentor students.
For an overview of the topic, see in particular The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination, ed. by A. Kind, London-New York: Routledge, 2016.
Notes on methods of assessing
The students are asked to write a short report (about 4 standard pages) on the relationship between what they will have learned and their own research work. The report should be delivered to the professors in charge (Simona Chiodo and Viola Schiaffonati) within September 15, 2019.
The course takes place on four days: June 18-21, 2019.
Day 1, 14.30-18.00: Opening (with Simona Chiodo and Viola Schiaffonati) and Empowering Imagination (awareness) with Ester Bernadò (Barcelona).
Day 2, 9.30-13.00: Scientific Imagination with Margherita Arcangeli (Berlin).
Day 2, 14.30-18.00: Empowering Imagination (self) with Ester Bernadò (Barcelona).
Day 3, 9.30-13.00: Moral Imagination with Margherita Arcangeli (Berlin).
Day 3, 14.30-18.00: Empowering Imagination (understanding) with Ester Bernadò (Barcelona).
Day 4, 9.30-13.00: Empowering Imagination (action) with Ester Bernadò (Barcelona).
Type of didactic form
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