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Phenomenological Reviews

Giovanni Piana

Special Issue 1

Edited by

Emanuele Caminada, Michela Summa

Official Call for Paper:

Deadline: Tuesday 31st December 2019

Giovanni Piana (1940-2019) sadly passed away last February, leaving us an important body of work in the fields of phenomenology, aesthetics, and philosophy of music. Piana’s work is characterized by his ‘structuralist’ understanding of phenomenology. Such an understanding is not meant as an integration of the phenomenological method with the structuralist method developed in semiotics and applied to such different disciplines as anthropology or the theory of literature. Designating his philosophical approach as ‘structuralist phenomenology’, Piana rather intends to emphasize that phenomenology is primarily a method aiming to elucidate the structures of experience, i.e. its intrinsic order, lawfulness, and organization. Importantly, Piana takes ‘structure’ as the appropriate translation of the German ‘Wesen’. In such a way, he emphasizes that ‘structure’ is what qualifies the specific kinds of experiences according to their intrinsic features and according to the way in which they relate to their objects. Such an understanding of ‘structuralist phenomenology’ is presupposed by Piana’s philosophical project of a ‘theory of experience’, which should ground all further philosophical projects, included the theory of knowledge. Such an emphasis on the primacy of experience not only characterizes Piana’s critique to subjectivism, idealism, and constructivism. It also underlies Piana’s departing from the – for a long time dominant – overemphasizing of the ethical pathos implied in Husserl’s later discussion of the life-world. On Piana’s interpretation, recognizing the primacy of experience as embedded in the life-world should not be conceived in struct opposition to the the philosophy of science, nor should its aims be conflated with those endorsed by the philosophy of life. The return to the life-world should instead accomplish a program that is proper to phenomenology from its very beginning: retracing the sources of meaningfulness and knowledge within the self-structuration of experience and reassessing the processes and configurations that lead from simpler to more complex forms of structuration (see Piana 1996, available in German and Italian). The journal Phenomenological Reviews will dedicate a special issue to Piana and his work. This issue is not only conceived with the aim of honoring Piana’s memory. It also and particularly aims to begin the process of taking act of his intellectual legacy, to highlight the fruitfulness of his understanding of phenomenology, and to make crucial aspects of his philosophical work – available mostly in Italian – accessible to a larger international public. The present issue will be the first in a series dedicated to significant thinkers in phenomenology, with the intention of passing in review not only individual books as they are published, but the particular, often idiosyncratic, unity of a scholarly life as a whole. The issue will be edited by Emanuele Caminada (Leuven) and Michela Summa (Würzburg), with the support of Roberta de Monticelli (Milan) and Patrick Flack (Geneva). Confirmed contributors include Roberta de Monticelli, Paolo Spinicci, Vincenzo Costa, Elio Franzini, Carlo Serra Invitation We invite friends, collaborators, and students of Giovanni Piana, along with scholars interested in his work, to send us their contributions by the end of the year (December, 31st, 2019). We particularly encourage contributions with the following focuses: Piana’s phenomenological-structuralist method and its importance for the phenomenological theory of experience The relevance of Piana’s research concerning the inquiry into specific kinds of experience (e.g. perception, imagination, spatiality, temporality, music) The inquiry into the relation between the theory of experience and the theory of science Piana’s interpretation of the main philosophical ‘interlocutors’ for his work (e.g. Husserl, Schopenhauer, Hume, Wittgenstein, Bachelard) Piana’s position in the phenomenological movement of the XX Century Piana’s legacy for contemporary philosophical research His complete works are available at his online archives: http://www.filosofia.unimi.it/piana/ Contributions can also take the form of short personal reminiscences, research articles on Piana’s work, interviews, re-editions of co-authored work, etc. Information According to the policy of Phenomenological Reviews, we accept articles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. However, we will prioritize contributions in languages other than Italian. Besides following the guidelines of the journals, we kindly ask all authors to also quote Italian original text when translating passages from Piana’s Complete works. The special issue will be published in 2020, in open access.

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