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Book presentation with the author. The Eye of the Master: A Social History of Artificial Intelligence
Book presentation with the author. The Eye of the Master: A Social History of Artificial Intelligence

What is AI? A dominant view describes it as the quest "to solve intelligence", a solution supposedly to be found in the secret logic of the mind or in the deep physiology of the brain, such as in its complex neural networks. In his book "The Eye of the Master", prof. Pasquinelli (PI ERC AIMODELS) argues, to the contrary, that the inner code of AI is shaped not by the imitation of biological intelligence, but the intelligence of labour and social relations.

11th Annual Conference on International Studies - CESRAN2024
11th Annual Conference on International Studies - CESRAN2024

Call for papers

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, CESRAN International, Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, and OBSERVARE invite panel and paper proposals for the CESRAN2024 conference on 1-3 October 2024 in Venice, Italy. Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2024

6th International PhD Congress - On Matter
6th International PhD Congress - On Matter

The 6th International PhD Conference in Philosophy and Education Sciences, that will be held in Venice from 21 to 23 February 2024, intends to delve into the manifold set of meanings, narratives, discussions and practices related to the notion of Matter.

Israel-Hamas war: There are no military shortcuts for political problems
Israel-Hamas war: There are no military shortcuts for political problems

Read the interview with Matteo Legrenzi, professor of International Relations at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage, in which he comments on the international situation, a few days after the violent Hamas attack on Israel.

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Our research

Research areas

The Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage (DFBC) encompasses four main research areas: philosophical science, art history, social science, and education.

Each of these areas contributes to the building of knowledge that is interdisciplinary, international, and characterised by critical thinking. Such knowledge embraces the various branches of philosophy (theoretical philosophy, the philosophy of logic, moral philosophy, political philosophy, aesthetics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science), as well as history of the arts (architecture, art, museum studies) and performing arts (music, theatre, dance, cinema, audiovisual media). It also engages with various pedagogical perspectives regarding education, and with the complex and profound changes happening in society, which require new and sustainable models of governance and development.

 

Research projects

Our Department is the first Department in Italy in terms of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding (48) in the fields of arts and humanities. We also host 5 European Research Council grantees. The decidedly interdisciplinary approach of our research makes the Department an ideal platform for project design at a national, European and international level.

HealthXCross - Remaking Health in a Microbial Planet by Crossing Space, Time, Species and Epistemic Cultures.

Researcher: Roberta Raffaetà;
Length: 60 months

ISEED - Inclusive Science and European Democracy

Researcher: Eleonora Montuschi;
Length: 36 months

EarlyGeoPraxis - Positioned Cosmology in Early Modernity: The Geo-Praxis of Water-and-Land Management in Venice

Researcher: Pietro Daniel Omodeo;
Length: 49 months

Publications

The publications of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage reflect the heterogeneous interests of its community. Most of the publications regard philosophy, art history, social sciences and education.

The Department also publishes articles on history, psychology, architecture, chemistry, mathematics and law, thanks to the expertise of some staff members. Publications are often interdisciplinary. The Department’s international outlook is resulting in the publication of an increasing number of articles in languages other than Italian. T

he bibliographic information regarding the Department’s publications can be accessed through ARCA, Ca’ Foscari’s open-access archive.