Introduction. Humanitas and Humanities in the Contemporary World

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Cristina Rebuffo
Davide Sisto


From 12th to 16th September 2017 the 10th edition of the CeSPeC’s Summer School took place in Cuneo (Italy). This event revolved around the role of the humanities in the contemporary world and had the purpose of explaining the various perspectives which may demonstrate how still the contribution of such disciplines is important to interpret the world and the reality in the post-modern, global and post-digital era. In this introduction we provide a focus on the main topic and a brief presentation of the reflections composing the present papers collection.


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Rebuffo, C., & Sisto, D. (2019). Introduction. Humanitas and Humanities in the Contemporary World. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 10(1), 4-11.
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Cristina Rebuffo, MIUR

Cristina Rebuffo graduated cum laude in 2011 in Philosophy and History of Ideas at the University of Turin under the supervision of Professor Marco Ravera with a master thesis in Ethics titled “The death of itself and the death of the beloved one in Gabriel Marcel’s philosophy”. She cooperates with the CeSPeC – Contemporary Thought Research Centre (Cuneo – IT) where she has organized several cultural projects end events and she joins the staff of the scientific review “Lessico di Etica Pubblica”. Her research activity deals since some years also with Matthew Lipman’s Philosophy for Children/Communities. In fact, she also organizes this kind of activity in her birthtown in Italy under the supervision of “Propositi di Filosofia” and “Insieme di Pratiche Filosoficamente Autonome”.

Besides her research activity, she is a teacher in Philosophy and History in a local High School.   

Davide Sisto, Università di Torino

Davide Sisto is Research Fellow in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin (Italy). He has obtained a Qualification as Associate Professor in Theoretical Philosophy. Since 2014 he is Adjunct Professor at the Master course on “Death Studies & the End of Life” at the University of Padua (Italy). His research focuses on Death Studies, particularly on the relationship between death and medicine (with specific interest for the concept of natural death) and on Digital Death. He is also a scholar of Schelling’s thought and of German Romanticism: he has completed a PhD course in Philosophy at the University of Verona where he has studied the relationship between nature and melancholy in Schelling’s philosophy.

He has published four books: Lo specchio e il talismano. Schelling e la malinconia della natura  (Alboversorio, 2009); Narrare la morte. Dal romanticismo al post-umano (ETS, 2013); Schelling, tra natura e malinconia (Hachette, 2016), which has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, La morte si fa social. Immortalità, memoria e lutto nell’epoca della cultura digitale (Bollati Boringhieri, 2018; MIT Press 2019).


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