Tito Magri on "The Total Self of Me"

We are very pleased to announce that Tito Magri, Professor of Philosophy at the Sapienza University of Rome, will deliver a talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.

Portrait of Tito Magri (Photo: The Sapienza University of Rome).

Tito Magri (Photo: The Sapienza University of Rome).


The distinction of an objective and a subjective view of the world have taken center place in philosophical discussion, from the Early Modern to our days (think of philosophers like Nagel, Jackson, Stalnaker). Much less attention has been paid to the possibility that, even once the distinction has been secured and we are in no danger of ‘objectivizing’ (and thereby hiding, or deforming, the subject), the subjective view itself turn out to be beset with tensions. Even in its purest, first-personal form. I identify and discuss some such tensions, concerning the necessity or contingency of personal identity, the nature of the contents of subjective, agential or experiential thoughts, and the different specifications of self-awareness. These tensions arise rightly when one occupies the first-personal viewpoint, so that this latter is no safe cognitive haven. I then put some semantic structure on these tensions and on what they seem to indicate about contents in the first-personal perspective. By distinguishing and interconnecting the relevant semantic dimensions and exploring their epistemological implications and their implications for possibilities of existing as persons or selves and as the same persons or selves, I attempt to indicate how the contrasts in this area could be eased and a view of the total self of me, a consistent construal of the first-personal conceptual framework, could be outlined.

About Tito Magri

Tito Magri has been Professor of Philosophy since 1987, first at the University of Bari, and from 1998, at the Sapienza University of Rome. Magri was visiting professor at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the Fall term of 2006 and a fellow of the Italian Academy at Columbia in the Winter term 2007. His research has mainly been in political philosophy, in the philosophy of emotions, in the foundations of rational choice and in the philosophy of action. He also has interests in the history of philosophy, where he has done work on Hobbes, Rousseau, Hume and Locke. Magri has two ongoing projects. One is in the philosophy of action and attempts to provide a realist conception of the content and intrinsic normativity of actions, deeds and the things we do, along lines inspired to Aristotle, Frege and Anscombe. The other straddles between general metaphysics and the philosophy of mind and attempts a deep revision of the concepts of person, personal identity and the first person, in light of the tension between Aristotle and Descartes.

About the seminar series

Philosophical Seminar is a philosophy colloquium series, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at UiO. The departmental colloquium has previously hosted renowned philosophers such as Charles Taylor, Peter Railton,  Galen Strawson, Julia Annas, Martin Kusch, Stephen Darwall, Berit Brogaard, John Sallis, Robert B. Pippi, Serena Parekh and Laurie Paul.

The colloquia are open to everyone and followed by an open and informal reception on the third floor in the same building. Students are especially encouraged to attend, and all participants are invited to the reception afterwards.

Published Sep. 4, 2018 4:56 PM - Last modified Oct. 10, 2018 12:48 PM