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An International Review of Philosophy

Editor-in-Chief: Fabio Paglieri

ISSN: 0167-7411 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-8749 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11245

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Since 2012, every 2 years Topoi organizes a conference, which mirrors the rationale and the format of the journal: each conference is devoted to a specific topic of philosophical interest, it is organized by guest chairs, and a selection of the papers presented there later becomes an issue of Topoi. As a result, Topoi conferences are high-profile, itinerant scholarly events on a garden variety of philosophical themes. The following is the current list:
29-30 November 2012, Roma (IT): 1st Topoi conference on “Intentions: Philosophical and Empirical Issues”, organized by Fabio Paglieri & Markus Schlosser
2-3 October 2014, Oxford (UK): 2nd Topoi conference on “The Metaphysics of Quantum Mechanics”, organized by Anna Marmodoro
27-28 October 2016, Munich (DE): 3rd Topoi conference on “New Trends in Rational Choice Theory”, organized by Cedric Paternotte
31 May – 1 June 2018, Torino (IT): 4th Topoi conference on “Foundational Issues in Philosophical Semantics”, organized by Vincenzo Crupi, Andrea Iacona & Carlotta Pavese
12-13 June 2020, Lisbon (PG): 5th Topoi conference on “Elites and Populism in Political Philosophy”, organized by Giovanni Damele & André Santos Campos

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    Topoi's main assumption is that philosophy is a lively, provocative, delightful activity, which constantly challenges our received views, relentlessly questions our inherited habits, painstakingly elaborates on how things could be different, in other stories, in counterfactual situations, in alternative possible worlds. Whatever its ideology, whether with the intent of uncovering a truer structure of reality or of soothing our anxiety, of exposing myths or of following them through, the outcome of philosophical activity is always the destabilizing, unsettling generation of doubts, of objections, of criticisms.

    It follows that this activity is intrinsically a "dialogue", that philosophy is first and foremost philosophical discussion, that it requires bringing out conflicting points of view, paying careful, sympathetic attention to their structure, and using this dialectic to articulate one's approach, to make it richer, more thoughtful, more open to variation and play. And it follows that the spirit which one brings to this activity must be one of tolerance, of always suspecting one's own blindness and consequently looking with unbiased eye in every corner, without fearing to pass a (fallible) judgment on what is there but also without failing to show interest and respect.

    Topoi's structure is a direct expression of this view. To maximize discussion, we devote most or all of this issue to a single topic. And, since discussion is only interesting when it is conducted seriously and responsibly, we usually request the collaboration of a guest-editor, an expert who will identify contributors and interact with them in a constructive way. Because we do not feel tied to any definite philosophical theme (or set of them), we choose the topic with absolute freedom, looking for what is blossoming and thriving, occasionally betting on what might - partly through our attention - "begin" to blossom and thrive. And because we do not want our structure to become our own straightjacket, we are open to contributions not fitting the "topos", and do not rule out in principle the possibility of topic-less issues.
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