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Forum Great Thinkers and Contemporary Intellectual Currents

Through the forum of great thinkers, Fide intends to analyze in a succinct and accessible way the canon of ideas that has shaped modern Western thought. It is not specifically about the historical analysis of the great figures of the philosophical tradition but more properly about the critical exposition of the intellectual trajectory of our cultural environment. Whatever our perspective, we are tributaries of that time that inaugurated the illustration and in turn anchors its roots in classical Greece. That history of ideas that spans to this day, as sublime as it is hopeless at times, is the one that has shaped our world and is the one that we intend to trace with the prominence of its most outstanding figures in this joint journey.

Alvaro Lobato

Founding Patron of Fide.

Agustín Serrano de Haro Martinez

Titular Scientist, Institute of Philosophy, CSIC.


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14 October 2019

Speaker: Agustín Serrano de Haro, Senior Scientist, Institute of Philosophy, CSIC

Moderator: Alvaro Lobato, Founding patron of the Foundation for Research on Law and Business, Fide


The concept of the "banality of evil", which for decades has been synonymous with confused polemics, has at the same time marked a fruitful line of investigation into the political catastrophes of the XNUMXth century and their collective normalization. As paradoxical as it may seem, Hannah Arendt's proposal retains undoubted theoretical interest even when her claim that the person and life of Adolf Eichmann embodied "In individual" such category. The latest biographical research on the character does not invalidate the enigmatic fact that "normal" human existences can cooperate in destructive political processes without ever feeling challenged, without the ability to think what their action causes.

6 November 2019

Speaker: Juan Jose Garcia Norro, Professor and Director of the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid. Member of the Advisory Council of the School of Philosophy 

Moderator: Agustín Serrano de Haro, Senior Scientist, Institute of Philosophy, CSIC


If a few years ago the fashionable expression in philosophical circles was postmodern, today it has been largely replaced by the term transhumanism. However, the meaning given to it is far from clear, beyond vaguely relating it to prospecting for the changes that new emerging scientific disciplines such as artificial intelligence, bioengineering and nanotechnology are going to produce in social organization, in the way human beings relate to each other and in the image that each person has of themselves. In this session, questions about the historical origin of transhumanism were addressed, we will debate the foundation of some of its proposals, such as the scientific hope of banishing death from the human horizon, and, finally, we will ask ourselves to what extent transhumanist philosophies are , basically, a renewed version of anti-humanism.

20 January 2020

Speaker: Jose Antonio Zamora, Titular Scientist of OPIS, Institute of Philosophy, Department of Theoretical Philosophy and Practical Philosophy, CSIC

Moderator: Agustín Serrano de Haro, Senior Scientist, Institute of Philosophy, CSIC


Th. W. Adorno's thought is marked by the confrontation with the catastrophic events of the Second World War and the mass extermination that shocked the Western world in a way unknown until then. This upheaval affected in the first line the conception of history and the idea of ​​progress that in such a singular way had determined the evolutionary self-understanding of modernity and had served as a legitimizing horizon for both science and political emancipation. The historical denial of the expectation formulated in this conception of history, which runs through the entire modern age to historical materialism, is what prompted Adorno to search for the reasons "why humanity, instead of reaching a truly human state , sinks into a new form of barbarism. The most provocative thing about his thought is that he invites us to search for the roots of barbarism in the civilizing process itself and to submit the modernizing project to a radical critique with the intention of making its realization possible. We wonder what can continue to claim topicality of this approach.

25 of February 2020

Speaker: Alejandro Vigo, Ordinary Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Navarra

Moderator: Agustín Serrano de Haro, Senior Scientist, Institute of Philosophy, CSIC


The radicalization that this session advocates is, in reality, a going or a return to the roots of classical liberalism as a proposal of a basically moral nature. The free market economic order requires a living and underlying order of personal and shared freedoms, without which economic freedom loses its meaning and declines in value. The perplexity and anxiety in which the Western world finds itself have a lot to do with this darkening of the horizon of freedom.

On the occasion of the session on «The philosophical challenge of New Realism»(October 28, 2021), Ramón Rodríguez (Speaker), Emeritus Professor of the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Complutense University of Madrid recommends the following readings related to the subject:

New realism

  • Ferraris, M. (2013) Manifesto of the New Realism. Madrid, New Library
  • Ferraris, M. (2021), "Hysteresis: for a theory of everything", Philosophical Dialogue, 110 (2021)
  • Gabriel, M. (2016). I am not my brain. Philosophy of the mind for the XXI century. Barcelona, ​​past and present
  • Gabriel, M. (2016) Why doesn't the world exist? Barcelona, ​​past and present
  • Gabriel, M. (2019), The sense of thought. Barcelona, ​​past and present

Speculative realism

  • Harman, G. (2015) Towards a speculative realism. Essays and lectures. B. Aires: Black Box.
  • Meillassoux, Q. (2006) Après la finitude. Essai sur la need de la contingence. Paris: Seuil (Translation: (2015) After finitude. Essay on the need for contingency. B. Aires: Caja Negra).
  • Meillassoux, Q. (2018) Hyper-Chaos. Barcelona: Holobiont.


Other texts

  • Ramírez, M. (ed.) (2016) The new realism. The philosophy of the XXI century. Mexico, XXI century. Collective book containing four valuable texts by the main authors of the two streams (Gabriel, Meillassoux, Ferraris, Harman), along with those of other commentators.
  • Gabriel, M. (2018) Neo-Existentialism. How to Conceive of the Human Mind After Naturalism's Failure. Cambridge: Polity. Interesting text in which Gabriel's text is criticized by Charles Taylor, Jocelyn Benoit and other authors.
  • Kanev, A. (еd.) (2019), New Realism. Problems and Perspectives. St. Kliment Ohridski University Press. Texts of a congress on the New Realism.
  • Dreyfus, H./Taylor, Ch. (2016): Recovering realism. Madrid, Rialp. Although independent of the new realism, it is a text of great interest to understand the situation of realism in the context of Anglo-Saxon analytical philosophy.
  • Rodríguez, R .: "A new realism?", Book Magazine, 21/07/2018. Leather
  • Rodríguez, R .: "Correlationism, phenomenology and new realism". Philosophical Dialogue, 110 (2021), 221-254

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