Press Release: We Have Always Been Cyborgs: A Philosophical Talk On Meta-, Post And Transhumanism With Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

The CCIIF Conferences – The Research Center for the History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas, subordinated to the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, is pleased to announce that the special guest of this year`s cycle of lectures-interviews is Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner. The dialogue is occasioned by a large interest of our philosophical community towards one of his last books, On Transhumanism (Penn State University Press, 2020).

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is Chair of the Department of History and Humanities and a philosophy professor at John Cabot University in Rome and is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Womans University in Seoul and Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. He is editor of more than 10 essay collections, and author of the following monographs: Metaphysics without Truth (Marquette University Press 2007), Menschenwürde nach Nietzsche (WBG 2010), Transhumanismus (Herder 2016), Schöner neuer Mensch (Nicolai, 2018), Übermensch (Schwabe 2019), On Transhumanism (Penn State University Press 2020), We have always been cyborgs (Bristol University Press, 2021). In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor of the “Journal of Posthuman Studies” (a double-blind peer review journal, published by Penn State University Press since 2017). Furthermore, he is in great demand as a speaker in all parts of the world (World Humanities Forum, Global Solutions Taipei Workshop, Biennale Arte Venezia, TEDx) and a regular contact person of national and international journalists and media representatives (Die Zeit, Cicero, Der Standard; Die Presse am Sonntag, Philosophy Now). &

The dialogue with professor Sorgner, devoted to his book, will engage moral, political and cultural approaches, and will be hosted by Oana Șerban, Executive Director of CCIF and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.

“Professor Sorgner has recently worked on a book called We have always been cyborgs (Bristol University Press), that will be published this year. It is a wonderful occasion to find out more about this monograph that is anticipated as a bestseller for those who are interested in transhumanism. I must say that it is an honour for our department to renew our dialogue with Professor Sorgner, as he is one of our most appreciated guests that shared with us his valuable knowledge and experience each time he has visited CCIIF. He has coined the term metahumanism and developed an ideological manifesto for this intellectual current and thanks to his sustainable efforts, researchers that work in the field of transhumanism enjoy a powerful network supported by conferences, meetings, debates and publications, in which professor Sogner has invested in the last decade his energy, talent and commitment.” (Oana Serban)

The conference will be broadcasted by the official channels of our faculty and university, including YouTube and other social media accounts. Stay tuned Monday, May 10, 2021, at 7PM.

Conference „Bridges between the epistemology and the phenomenology of understanding”

Delighted to announce an online conference co-hosted by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy and ICUB at the University of Bucharest. The conference, held on May 13-14, 2021, is titled ‘Bridges between the epistemology and the phenomenology of understanding’. A poster is attached, and the program is below.

Thursday, May 13
3.30pm Ro / 8.30am EST Opening remarks (Mircea Dumitru, Viorel Vizureanu, Constantin Stoenescu)
4pm Ro / 9am EST Mircea Dumitru (U. Bucharest), „Knowledge and Understanding Between the Analytic Approach and the Knowledge First Approach. Is Becoming Aware of What One Knows Validated by the KK Principle?”
5pm Ro / 10am EST Stephen Grimm (Fordham), “Knowledge, Understanding, Know-How, and Wisdom: An Epistemic Guide”
6pm Ro / 11am EST Catherine Elgin (Harvard, keynote speaker), “Awareness, Apperception, and Understanding”
7pm Ro / 12pm EST Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury), „Should Friends and Frenemies of Understanding be Friends?”
8pm Ro / 1pm EST David Bourget (UWO), “Understanding and phenomenology”
9pm Ro / 2pm EST Daniel Wilkenfeld (Pittsburgh), “Simply Understanding the World: Patterns and Compression”

Friday, May 14
4pm Ro / 9am EST Sorin Costreie (U. Bucharest), „Russell’s Acquaintance: Logic vs. Epistemology”
5pm Ro / 10am EST Andrei Mărăşoiu (U. Bucharest), “Understanding: Conscious Experience and Epistemic Norms”
6pm Ro / 11am EST James Cargile (UVa, keynote speaker), “Identifying Assertions and Predications”
7pm Ro / 12pm EST Finnur Dellsén (U. Iceland), “Gaining Understanding”
8pm Ro / 1pm EST Monica Solomon (Stanford), ” Understanding vs. Imagination: The Role of Mathematics in Thought Experiments”

The conference is sponsored by the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) in Romania, via the postdoctoral grant PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0535 received by Andrei Mărăşoiu, and hosted by the Humanities Branch of the Research Institute at the University of Bucharest.

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Press Release: What We Think About When We Think About Soccer? A Philosophical Talk on Football, Power and Competition with Professor Simon Critchley

The CCIIF Conferences – The Research Center for the History and Circulation of Philosophical Ideas, subordinated to the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, is pleased to announce that the special guest of this year`s cycle of lectures-interviews is Professor Simon Critchley. The dialogue is occasioned by a large interest of our philosophical community towards one of his last books, devoted to “a poetics of football”: What We Think About When We Think About Soccer (Penguin Random House, 2017).

Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His work engages in many areas: continental philosophy, philosophy and literature, psychoanalysis, ethics, and political theory, among others. His most recent books include The Problem with Levinas and ABC of Impossibility, though he has written on topics as diverse as David Bowie, religion, and suicide. As moderator of The Stone at The New York Times, Critchley asks philosophers to weigh in on contemporary issues in art, literature, politics, and popular culture. Additional information about Professor Critchley is available at his personal website.

Recent Publications

Visit Simon Critchley’s website for a complete bibliography. Selected recent works include:

The dialogue with professor Critchley, devoted to his book, will engage phenomenological, aesthetical and moral approaches, and will be hosted by Oana Șerban, Executive Director of CCIF and professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest.

“It is an honour for us to have Professor Simon Critchley as a special guest of our cycle of conferences. Our dialogue will be inspired by some leading questions concerning his phenomenological reading of sport in the key of a poetics of soccer, his socialist considerations on the nature and experience of soccer or his implicit presuppositions related to the morals of football. I think this is a book that should be read by any philosopher who takes into account seriously the need to leave the Ivor Tower and turn philosophy back to society as a hygiene of life and an aesthetics of existence, in order to understand how vital is our professional engagement in philosophy and how it can support the understanding of power and competition in different strategic contexts, such as culture, sports or management.” (Oana Serban)

The conference will be broadcasted by the official channels of our faculty and university, including YouTube and other social media accounts. Stay tuned Monday, April 19, 2021, at 7PM.

After Justice: John Rawls’ Legacy in the 21st Century – CfP

University of Bucharest, 5 and 6 November 2021

Call for papers

Abstract submission new date: June 30, 2021.

“Justice is the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is of systems of thought.”

2021 marks the centennial of John Rawls’s birth and the 50th anniversary of A Theory of Justice’s publication. Rawls’s role in reviving substantial normative interrogations in political philosophy has long been acclaimed by moral and political philosophers, as well as by economists, political scientists, and legal theorists. Even while Rawls himself was rather reluctant to engage directly with ongoing critique of, or answers to, current events, much of the scholarship that he has inspired has massively extended his conceptual distinctions and insights, lines of argument, justificatory structures, and vocabulary, to cover increasing domains in the humanities and social sciences. Our conference explores the legacy of John Rawls and the various ways in which his philosophical thought can be used to understand the transformative political events and crises of the contemporary world that have brought a renewed set of interrogations and have changed the social and political landscape.

Keynote speakers
: Katrina Forrester (Harvard University), Rex Martin (University of Kansas), Bruce Haddock (Cardiff University), and Peri Roberts (Cardiff University).

We welcome all paper contributions addressing Rawls’ philosophical legacy, but are especially interested in the following range of topics:

  • Political philosophy:
    • Ideal vs. non-ideal theory (civil disobedience, structural injustice, racial and gender injustice);
    • Critiques of and alternatives to contractualism;
    • Normative ethics and normative political theory;
    • Methodology of normative reasoning in political philosophy (e.g., models of public reason and justification, thought experiments and political critique);
    • Democratic theory;
    • Pluralism and democratic institutions.
  • Social philosophy:
    • Debates about the constitutive elements of practices and institutions of justice (e.g, subject-matter of justice, types of distributive goods; individualism vs. holism);
    • Luck, equality of opportunity and social justice;
    • Social practices and social critique; new social movements: feminism, anti-racism and post-colonial studies, multiculturalism, environment;
    • Conceptual and normative analyses of the state, institutions, and rules and rule-following;
    • Critique of the capitalist Welfare State, Property-Owning-Democracy, Basic Income, Stakeholder Society, Pre-distribution versus redistribution.
  • Legal philosophy:
    • Natural law vs. legal positivism;
    • Constitutionalism and rule of law;
    • Global and international justice;
    • The genealogy of rights.
  • Moral philosophy:
    • Applied ethics and ethical theory;
    • Methodology of moral reasoning (e.g. reflective equilibrium, division of normative labor, burdens of judgment);
    • Meta-ethics, constructivism, intuitionism;
    • Moral psychology (e.g. the linguistic analogy, virtues of moral insight);
    • History of ethics and moral thought. Kant, Mill, Sidgwick.

The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (including 4 to 5 keywords from the list of topics above) and should be sent to the following address: Please indicate your institutional affiliation alongside the abstract.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held online.

Important dates
Abstract submission: J̶u̶n̶e̶ ̶1̶5̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶1̶, June 30, 2021.
Notifications: August 15, 2021.
Conference: November 5 and 6, 2021.

Global Justice Seminar, November 6, 2021: A roundtable on how to achieve fairness in the global COVID-19 vaccine distribution conducted by Thomas Pogge (Yale University).

Publishing opportunities
We intend to publish one special issue in Public Reason, and another one in the Annals of the University of Bucharest, Philosophy series. Depending on the papers, maybe also one special issue in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

The Scientific Committee members are Onora O’Neill (University of Cambridge), Catherine Audard (London School of Economics), Ovidiu Caraiani (University Politechnica of Bucharest), Adrian Miroiu (The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration), Adrian Paul Iliescu (University of Bucharest), Romulus Brâncoveanu (University of Bucharest), Eugen Huzum (Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch).

Convenors: Dorina Pătrunsu (University of Bucharest), Camil Pârvu (University of Bucharest), Andrei Poama (Leiden University), Nicolae Dobrei (The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration), Emilian Mihailov (University of Bucharest), Constantin Vică (University of Bucharest), and Radu Uszkai (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies).

Conferința națională online de filosofie teoretică pentru studenți, a patra ediție


Luni, 19 aprilie

ora 10: Maria-Floriana Gațe (Facultatea de filosofie, Universitatea din București) – Evoluția conceptului de „pseudo-problemă” la Carnap și posibile semnificații

ora 12: Costel Cristian (Facultatea de filosofie, Universitatea din București) – Teza incomensurabilității la T. S. Kuhn în contextul filosofiei experimentale din secolul al XVII-lea

Marți, 20 aprilie

ora 10: Ecaterina Forij (Facultatea de Filosofie şi Ştiinţe Social-Politice, Universitatea A. I. Cuza) – Time and temporality – A phenomenological and feminist approach

ora 12:  Radu-Cristian Andreescu (Facultatea de Istorie și Filosofie, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca – Arta de peisaj și experiența timpului: trei momente

Miercuri, 21 aprilie, ora 10:

Bică Daian (Facultatea de filosofie, Universitatea din București) – Natural properties at the heart of the scientific practice

Joi, 22 aprilie, ora 10:

Mihai Alexandru Petrișor (Facultatea de filosofie, Universitatea din București) – Dialetheism, Kant și Hegel: ce facem cu limitele?

Vineri, 23 aprilie, ora 10:

Tudor Mărginean (Facultatea de filosofie, Universitatea din București) – Against mental causation as downward causation


„Locul virtual” de desfășurare al conferinței este Jurnalul Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică (aflat la adresa: În cazul fiecărei prezentări, discuțiile online au loc în ziua în care are loc prezentarea.


Conferința este dedicată studenților la licență și masteranzilor care fac studii de filosofie. Prezentările pot aborda teme de ontologie, metafizică, epistemologie, filosofia limbajului, filosofia minții, filosofia științei și a tehnologiei, filosofia logicii, filosofia religiei, filosofia acțiunii, etică teoretică ș.a. Sunt încurajate atât abordările specifice tradiției filosofiei analitice, cât și cele care se încadrează în tradiția fenomenologică.

A patra ediție a CNOFTS va avea loc în perioada 19-25 aprilie, având ca „loc virtual” de desfășurare Jurnalul Departamentului de Filosofie Teoretică (aflat la adresa:

Cel mult 3 prezentări asincrone (sub forma unor înregistrări video de maxim 20 de minute sau a unor texte de maxim 5 pagini) vor fi publicate în fiecare zi de conferință, autorii fiind rugați să răspundă la întrebările puse în comentarii în ziua respectivă (la începutul zilei următoare secțiunea de comentarii a prezentărilor din ziua precedentă va fi închisă).

Dacă doriți să participați, vă rugăm să ne trimiteți până pe 10 aprilie un scurt rezumat (de cel mult o pagină) al prezentării pe care vă propuneți să o realizați, la adresa: filosofieteoretica[at]

O selecție va fi realizată de către profesorii din Departamentul de Filosofie Teoretică al Facultății de Filosofie, Universitatea din București, urmând ca programul conferinței să fie anunțat până pe 12 aprilie.

Participanții vor fi rugați să ne trimită prezentările cu două zile înainte de publicarea acestora, potrivit programului conferinței.








Increasing the regional attractiveness of the states across the Black Sea has never been prospected as a feasible project that might have been conceived by cultural and medical tools. Whenever experts attempt to identify new and sustainable cultural routes in the Black Sea by relating transnational elements across the Black Sea countries, the role of the hospitals placed into monumental buildings of cultural heritage, as well as the capacity of related intangible forms of cultural heritage (resulted from a certain historical and cultural understanding of health and standards for the quality of life across the Black Sea), are ignored or regarded as a peripheral concern.

Nowadays, representatives of different working groups belonging to the European institutions and commissions responsible for culturally regenerating the Black Sea insist on developing networks of museums, cultural sites or other cultural agencies such as festivals, in order to strengthen the partnership between the states that border this maritime area which needs a powerful and renewed branding.

There is no transparent effort in addressing hospitals that are placed into historical buildings as part of the cultural heritage of the Black Sea, nor any intention of insisting on their potential to be reliable candidates for inscription in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The Black Sea coast is recognized for its balneary potential but health is never addressed, consequently, as a form of cultural capital whose resources and practices correspond, from their material order, to a set of intercultural comprehensive values, inherited rituals and medical knowledge. Such medical rituals lay at the core of local and national “cultures of health” that might be proposed, as well, for inscription in the UNESCO`s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage



Relevant examples of hospitals-monuments can be tracked across the Romanian territory.  The Clinical Hospital of Nephrology Dr. Carol Davila, in fact, the only institution in Romania with this profile, is one of the most impressive local buildings made in neoclassical style, inspired by the model proposed by “Ospedale di S. Lazzaro e Medicanti” in Venice. Colțea Hospital, established 300 years ago, was one of the first European medical units with a social-medical mission, finding a similar format in the “Charite” hospitals in Berlin and “Guy” in London. Behind the walls of these monuments, the clinical protocol functions at high standards of excellence and performance, the last-minute medical technology being used without undermining the heritage value of the building. Sometimes, the protocol of medical recovery found correspondent practices on the Black Sea coast, whose waters have been prospected as a cure for rheumatic, nervous and arthritic disorders. As a national example, in Eforie Nord, under the patronage of King Carol I, a health resort sprang up at the end of the 19th century; nowadays, the resort is well known for the curative potential of the sapropelic mud and represents a strategic area of the Romanian Black Sea coast.

In what concerns the possibility to create a network of the hospitals-monuments belonging to the states across the Black Sea, some important historical buildings should be considered for inclusion. One of them is the building of the Russian hospital from the coast of Sevastopol, named after Pirgov on Pavlovsky cape; the city hospital of Krasnodar, built together with a complex of buildings of the poorhouse and a church, in the first part of the 19th century; the former hospital of Kavala during the Balkan wars, currently functioning as the male high school; the old hospital of Izmail, registered as a historical monument, or Museum of Health and Sultan Beyazit II Mosque, from Edirne, built in the XVth century.

On the one hand, history reveals that many of the monumental buildings of these hospitals have initially been designed and intended for military, ecclesiastical or educational functions, being subsequently converted and adapted to the medical protocol.  On the other hand, the buildings of cultural heritage that could not be preserved or restored according to the clinical protocol, changed their function, being adapted to educational or commercial spaces. In the process of conversion, the cultural identity and memory of the heritage buildings were compromised or lost, along with the correspondent elements of intangible cultural heritage. Therefore, it is urgent to develop conservation and restoration policies that pay equal attention to the dynamics and the functionality of these monuments throughout history, without neglecting the local or regional priorities of safeguarding such buildings of cultural heritage.

Addressing the right concern to such institutions that perform both tangible and intangible forms of heritage following cultural patterns specific to the Black Sea means healing this area from its one of its most benign diseases: a political, economic and educational underestimation of health as a fertile, cultural resource.



  1. To address health as a form of cultural capital.
  2. To create an international platform of dialogue and cooperation for experts from different sectors of culture in order to develop European standards for evaluating the buildings of cultural heritage in which historical hospitals are placed.
  3. To evaluate the (bio)political implications of safeguarding hospitals-monuments.


  • To create a network of the hospitals-monuments belonging to the states across the Black Sea.
  • To identify historical buildings of such hospitals-monuments that can be proposed for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
  • To identify different medical practices and rituals inspired by the natural and balneary potential of the states across the Black Sea that developed “cultures of health” and are suitable to be recommended for inscription on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • To develop international cultural policies of safeguarding the historical buildings that belong to the hospitals evaluated as cultural heritage monuments.


We invite scholars to submit their valuable contribution to this conference. Philosophical, cultural and political approaches are encouraged. Abstracts (max. 350 words) and a short professional biography (400 words) are welcomed no later than March 31 2021 April 10, 2021. Authors can submit applications to the following address:

The conference will be held – depending on the conditions of the pandemic – at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, between April 23-24, 2021. Alternatively, if the pandemic situation does not allow a public event, the conference will be organized online.

This conference is organized by CCIIF – The Research Center for the History of Philosophy & CSRB – The Center for the Study of Rationality and Beliefs (FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST).



Scholars that will take part to this event will be asked about their disposal to join a research network devoted to the analysis of tangible and intangible forms of cultural heritage inspired by health as form of cultural capital across Europe. Potential mechanisms for financing this research will be discussed after the conference with those interested in developing such a project.

For any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us by email:

Coordinator, PhD. Oana Șerban,

Teaching assistant, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy

Postdoctoral Fellow – ISD Bucharest