International Conference ‘Modes of Thinking, Ways of Speaking’
An international conference ‘Modes of Thinking, Ways of Speaking’ took place at HSE. The event was organized by the HSE Faculty of Humanities School of Philosophy and brought together not only professors and young researchers, but also undergraduate and master’s students.
This is an annual conference, which was called ‘Philosophy. Language. Culture’ from 2010 to 2015. This year, the conference became international, and brought together over 100 participants, including guests from Spain, Brazil, Belarus, Greece, France, and over ten universities, both Russian and international. The speakers included a lot of representatives from HSE in various Russian cities.
In 2016, the conference lasted four days and included three plenary sessions, 11 sections, three roundtable discussions, and one book presentation. The range of issues included theoretical linguistics, classical philology, political and social philosophy, history of arts, philosophy of conscience, logics, theory of argumentation, history, history of philosophy, moral philosophy, and many other themes.
Professor Dalmacio Negro Pavón, honorary participant of the conference from the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Madrid, spoke at the first plenary session, moderated by Alexander Marey, chairman of the organizing committee. Professor Pavón spoke on ‘The Government and the State: two Ways of Thinking’.
Six papers were presented as part of the ‘Philosophy and Science in Modern Times’ section. The section was moderated by Daria Drozdova, Deputy Head of the School of Philosophy.
One of the sections, called ‘Medicine for Oblivion: Philosophical Text in Ancient Times’, was chaired by Olga Alieva, lecturer at the HSE Faculty of Humanities. Irina Efimenko, Deputy Head of the HSE School of Philology, chaired the section ‘Text, Symbol, Understanding’, which included seven presentations.
Four sections took place on the third day of the conference. As part of the ‘Philosophy and Ideology’ section, which took place in English, speakers from two countries, three cities and three universities presented seven papers. Alonso Muñoz Pérez and Armando Zerolo Durán from San Pablo CEU University, Madrid, were honorary guests at this section. They spoke on ‘The logic of the political: Ancient Tragedy, Modern Farce and Universal Drama’, and ‘Political Esthetics: History as an Approach to Political Form’, respectively.
One of the guests from Brazil, Vítor Hirschbruch Schvartz (University of São Paulo), discussed the relevance of skepticism in his presentation ‘Skepticism as a School since Sextus Empiricus: a Contemporary Debate’, while a participant from Greece, Dimitris Kilakos (University of Athens), suggested an unexpected topic, ‘On the Prospects of Introducing a Vygotskian Perspective in the Philosophy of Science’.
The conference process demonstrated its clear interdisciplinary character, which was evident in the topical range of the sections, discussing ‘modes of thinking and ways of speaking’.