Mapping Philosophy as a Way of Life

Philosophical Conversation

IFILNOVA | NOVA-FCSH

Philosophy . Way of life . Hermeneutics . Didactics . History . Literature . Conviviality

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Philosophy and Spirituality
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Philosophy and Spirituality

“Mapping Philosophy as a Way of Life” is a project funded by FCT and based at the Nova Philosophy Institute, at the NOVA University of Lisbon (Instituto de Filosofia da Nova, da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – IFILNOVA | NOVA-FCSH). For an eighteen months period and with an internationally recognized team of experts in ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy, the project aims to explore the potential of the “philosophy as a way of life” model, as developed by the French philosopher Pierre Hadot.

Each meeting promotes an informal and accessible discussion on a philosophical topic, with the participation of experts on the subject and openness to the participation of the public present. In partnership with the TARS association, the conversation about “Philosophy and spirituality” explores the tangencies and differences between philosophical, religious and political forms of conversion and spirituality. The session, on July the 20th, is attended by the historian José Eduardo Franco, by philosophy researcher Gianfranco Ferraro and researcher of Sufi Islamic literature and culture Fabrizio Boscaglia.

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José Eduardo Franco Historian. Full Professor at the Aberta Univ., President of the Board of Centre for Global Studies, President of the Board of the UNESCO Chair for Global Studies and President of the CIPSH Chair for Global Studies (Aberta Univ.). Currently coordinates the Doctoral Program in Global Studies (Aberta Univ.).
Member of the Portuguese Academy of History. Holds a doctorate in History and Civilizations from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris and a doctorate in Culture from the University of Aveiro, a Master’s Degree in Modern History from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon and a Master’s Degree in Sciences of Education from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
He has coordinated large-scale research projects such as the Historical Dictionary of Religious Orders, The Complete Works of Father Manuel Antunes in 14 vols., and the Vatican Secret Archives in 3 vols. Among his vast bibliography, we can find in-depth studies on Vieira, the Jesuits and the Marquis of Pombal. He directed, together with Pedro Calafate, a great Luso-Brazilian project named Vieira Global, which includes the publishing of The Complete Works of Father António Vieira in 30 vols., preparing the Dictionary of Father António Vieira and publishing a selection of works of this baroque author in 20 languages of great international circulation. He coordinated, together with Carlos Fiolhais, the project Pioneer Works of Portuguese Culture, which was published by Círculo de Leitores in 30 vols.
He also coordinated the project Culture in Negative, which resulted in the publication of the Dictionary of the Antis: Portuguese Culture in Negative. Like his other projects, the format of this project is already being adapted in other countries. In 2015, he was awarded the Cultural Merit Medal of the Portuguese State, the most important award attributed by the Portuguese Government, in recognition of the services provided to culture and science.

Fabrizio Boscaglia is a lecturer and researcher at the Lusófona University (Lisbon, Portugal), where he is deputy director of the master’s programme in Science of Religions and coordinates the research line Islamic Heritage and Spirituality. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon and collaborates with the Centre for Global Studies at the Aberta University as well as the Centre for Philosophy and the Centre for Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon. His research interests are the reception of Islam in Portuguese culture, Fernando Pessoa, and Sufism. Author and coordinator of scientific publications at international level, guest curator at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (2022-2023) and the National Library of Portugal, consultant at King’s College London, lecturer on Literary and Religious Tourism at Turismo de Portugal, coordinator for Portugal of the MIAS-Latina studies association.

Gianfranco Ferraro is a researcher born in Messina, Italy, and naturalized Portuguese. His current research focuses on forms of conversion, approached through several points of observation (philosophical, literary, theological, political), particularly through the studies of Michel Foucault and Pierre Hadot. On this topic he wrote several essays particularly concerning Foucault, Nietzsche, the history of utopian thought, and is also working on a theorical volume. He is currently coordinating the research thematic line on “Utopias and alternative Futures” (before “Conversion, education and global pedagogic utopias”) at the Center for Global Studies at the Universidade Aberta (Lisbon, Portugal), where he is also a PhD Candidate on Global Studies with a research project on the ancient roots and the modern influence of Ignatius of Loyola’s “Spiritual exercises”. Previously, he studied Philosophy in Italy (Pisa) and France (EPHE, Paris), where he obtained his PhD in Philosophy with a thesis on the notion of asceticism in Nietzsche, Weber and Foucault, and was FCT post-doc Fellow in Portugal. He is founder and editorial director of the international journal Thomas Project: A Border Journal for Utopian Thoughts. He co-edited (with Marta Faustino) the book “The Late Foucault. Ethical and Political Questions” (Bloomsbury, 2020) and (with António Caeiro) the volume “Formas de conversão. Filosofia, política, espiritualidade” (Abysmo, 2024). He is coordinating (with José Eduardo Franco) the “Global History of Utopias”. He has also translated into Italian modern and contemporary works of the utopian tradition.

 

Photography by Fernando Frias Reis

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