Natura naturans

School for Advanced Studies:
On nature and human condition: changes, questions and perspectives

Organized by the Centre for the study of nature, humanity and the unity of thought
and by Accademia Vivarium novum


  • Nature, landscape, environment and ecodynamics: from evolutionary physics to anthropocene
  • The languages of nature: from literature to art
  • Description, observation and imagination in the study of nature
  • Laws of nature, causality, determinism, contingency and freedom
  • Contradictions, fluctuations and indeterminacy in nature: from Aristotelian physics to quantum mechanics
  • Complex behaviour and extreme phenomena in nature
  • The philosophy of nature: early origins, humanistic innovations and recent developments
  • The relationship between nature, man and technology: philosophical and anthropological aspects and problems
  • On biological nature and human condition: from cerebral plasticity to consciousness
  • From nature as an object and resource to nature as a source of life and learning. The problem of sustainability
  • The mathematics of nature, the nature of mathematics


Sergio Albeverio (Università di Bonn); Guido Alliney (Università di Macerata); Ignazio Armella Chavez (Accademia Vivarium novum); Novella Bellucci (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Fabio Bentivoglio (Pisa); Augustin Berque (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Parigi); Piero Bevilacqua (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Remo Bodei (UCLA e Scuola normale superiore di Pisa); Luciano Boi (École des hautes études en sciences sociales e Collège international de philosophie, Parigi); Mauro Carfora (Università di Pavia); Giulio Maria Chiodi (Istituto universitario "Suor Orsola Benincasa" di Napoli); Umberto Curi (Università di Padova); Franco D’Intino (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Giulio Ferroni (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”); Lorenzo Fioramonti (Vice Ministro della Pubblica istruzione, ricerca e università − Università di Pretoria); Alberto Folin (Università di Napoli “Suor Orsola Benincasa”); Françoise Graziani (Università di Corsica “Pasquale Paoli”); Paola Italia (Università di Bologna “Alma mater studiorum”); Flavio Keller (Università Campus Bio-Medico, Roma); James Levine (Fondazione Ipsen - Science for people); Ignazio Licata (Università di Palermo); Lamberto Maffei (Accademia nazionale dei Lincei e Scuola normale superiore di Pisa); Carlos Lobo (Collège international de philosophie, Parigi e Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbona); Amalio Marichalar (European environment foundation); Luigi Miraglia (Accademia Vivarium novum); Antonio Moresco, scrittore; Giuseppe Mussardo (Scuola internazionale superiore di studi avanzati, Trieste); Massimo Natale (Università di Verona); Alberto Oliverio (Università di Roma “La Sapienza” e Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche); Carlo Ossola (Collège de France e Accademia nazionale dei Lincei); Olga Pombo (Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbona); Antonio Rostagno (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)

To apply

  • The course is open only to students (40) and to a limited number (10) of free listeners selected by the committee.
  • The course is primarily aimed at university students of all levels, particularly motivated students in their final year of high school and teachers and professors who wish to broaden their specific knowledge on the subject.
  • Evaluation criteria: a suitable curriculum and strong motivation; after shortlisting applications, the committee may invite candidates for an interview (15 minutes).
  • Applications will be collectively evaluated by the Board of Committee of the Centre according to the selection criteria focusing on the motivation letter, curriculum vitae and interview.
  • The genuinity of interest both in the main subject and in the specific topics addressed, as well as in the interdisciplinary studies and dialogue between the different fields of knowledge (scientific, philosophical and literary), will be the key factors in the admission selection.
  • Before attending the course, students are required to read the bibliography provided by the teachers.
  • Use of cell phones (or of any other electronic devices) is strictly forbidden during class lectures and discussions.
  • Course units will be held mostly in Italian; major European languages can be spoken in forums and discussions.
  • All activities and events are scheduled from Sunday 27 October (at 15:30) to Saturday 2 November (at 20:00). Participants must leave on Sunday morning, November 3.
  • A more detailed schedule lessons will be posted by the first week of September.
  • At the end of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued to all participants.
  • The course has been accredited as a continuing education and training course (law 107/2015, paragraph 124, with exemption from the service ex art. 64 CCNL 2006/2009 of the School Department).

The Accademia Vivarium Novum is able to provide 40 scholarships for academic participation in this conference. The scholarships will cover the costs of lectures, workshops, seminars, related cultural activities, meals, and lodging on the campus of the Accademia in Frascati, Rome.

Scholarships are open to all currently BA, MA and Ph.D. students, high school senior students as well as to all school teachers and college professors. To apply, please complete this form (Centro - application form - 2019.docx - general-regulations 2019.pdf), and send the following documents to a statement of purpose, passport scan, recent photograph, and a detailed curriculum vitae which highlights previous and current studies. Applications must be received no later than 15 September 2019. Late applications may be considered until 4 October in extenuating circumstances.

The recipients of this scholarship will be required to attend the course in residence, and to submit a written essay (max 25,000 characters) by 15 January 2020. The issue of certificates will depend on submission of the essay.

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