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Roberto Frega

Social sources of normativity
01 November 2011 -
30 June 2012
Roberto Frega (PhD, University Paris 8) is a philosopher specialised in contemporary philosophy. He has published two monographs on John Dewey’s philosophy (Pensée, experience, pratique. Essai sur la théorie du jugement de John Dewey, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006; and John Dewey et la philosophie comme épistémologie de la pratique, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2006), a book on contemporary theories of rationality in American Philosophy (Voci della ragione, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2009; French translation, Vrin, 2011), a book on pragmatist moral and political philosophy (Practice, Judgment, and the Challenged of Moral and Political Disagreement. A Pragmatist Account, Lexington, Lanham, MD, 2012) and more than twenty articles. Besides several edited volumes on pragmatist philosophy, he has edited a selection of Dewey’s epistemological essays (Filosofia sperimentale. Teoria naturalistica della conoscenza e del pensiero, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2008). He is co-executive editor of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy.

In this research project I propose an approach to normativity and to the functioning of norms in the coordination of social life that is based upon a theory of normativity as practice. The aim of this project is threefold. Firstly, to show that our understanding of normativity remains utterly opaque as long as we do not take into account its practical dimension. Secondly, to prove that sociality is one of the central sources of normativity and that the functioning of normativity cannot be fully understood unless the epistemic implications of the social dimension are considered. Thirdly, to develop a theoretical model and conceptual tools to be used in the analysis and resolution of moral disagreements and political controversies. A pragmatist epistemology of practices is the conceptual framework within which this project has been conceived, while the theory of rationality as a social institution is the conception of rationality that grounds it. Jointly, these approaches require and justify the thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to normativity that this project intends to pursue.

Conference organized by Roberto Frega (Paris IAS fellow), Albert Ogien (Institut Marcel Mauss / EHESS) and Mathias Girel (ENS Paris).
22 Jun 2012 00:00 -
23 Jun 2012 00:00,
Paris :
Pragmatisme et sciences sociales
15 Jun 2012 14:00 -
15 Jun 2012 16:00,
L’importance du darwinime pour le naturalisme social de Dewey
Talk by Roberto Frega (Paris IAS fellow)
25 May 2012 09:00 -
25 May 2012 18:30,
Paris :
L’art à l’état vif – 20 ans après
12 Mar 2012 00:00 -
15 Mar 2012 00:00,
New York :
Conférence de la Society for Advancement of American Society
02 Mar 2012 00:00 -
03 Mar 2012 00:00,
Paris :
Pour une esthétique sociale : Nouveaux problèmes, nouvelles approches théoriques (pragmatisme, philosophie analytique, sociologie)
Talk by Roberto Frega (Paris IAS fellow)
07 Feb 2012 00:00 -
07 Feb 2012 00:00,
Francfort :
La conception pragmatiste de la normativité
Talk by Roberto Frega (Paris IAS fellow)
09 Dec 2011 08:45 -
09 Dec 2011 11:00,
Tours :
John Dewey et l’épistémologie de la pratique
19 Nov 2011 10:30 -
19 Nov 2011 12:30,
Paris :
Objectivité, vérité, normes : une voie meadienne ?
Seminar organized by Roberto Frega (Paris IAS fellow), Mathias Girel and Sandra Laugier
15 Oct 2011 10:30 -
19 May 2012 12:30,
Paris :
Pragmatisme et philosophie américaine
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