HICO - Centrum voor Geschiedenis van de Filosofie en Continentale Filosofie

Department of Languages and Cultures
Department of Literary Studies
Department of Philosophy and moral sciences
Research focus 
Research Methodology 
Continental philosophy
History of ideas
History of philosophy







Public Lecture

by Peter Goodrich (Cardozo Law School, New York)


Retinal Justice: Rats, Maps, and Masks


Monday June 10th,  20:00 - 22:00

Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Literature, 

Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent

Auditorium Kruithof

A judge springs out of his car on the way to court in downtown Chicago and takes photographs of an inflatable rat. A while later he inserts these photographs into a decision involving another inflatable rodent. Judges now regularly insert pictures in judgments but there is no study either of the genres or the precedential status of these modern visual emblemata, these pictorial interventions in the record. Using a comparative visual corpus of 500 images extracted from diverse common law jurisdictions, this multimedia performance will address the impact of graphics, gifs, emojis, pictures, google earth, screenshots, photographs, film and animé on legal decision making. For the second time in tellurian jurisprudence Professor Goodrich will anatomize, schematize, choreograph, analyze and classify the imagery of judgment.


Within the Doctoral Schools Program of Law and Humanities


Organizing committee Gertrudis Van de Vijver (Ugent), Angela Condello (UniTorino, Labont), Tiziano Toracca (Ugent, UniTorino), Emiliano Acosta (Ugent, VUB), Georges Martyn (Ugent) ), Willem Styfhals (KUL).






Doctoral Schools – Overview Program


10th June 2019

Venue: Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, Blandijnberg 2, room 120.083

13:00 - 14:00 General introductory Lecture by Gertrudis Van de Vijver & Angela Condello

First Session: Psychoanalysis, Law and Action

14:00 - 15:00 Alberto Andronico (University of Catania) “Protect me From What I Want. Law and the Evaporation of the Father”

15:00 - 16:00 Gertrudis Van de Vijver (UGent) “The experience of satisfaction and its significance for the psychoanalytical act”

16:30 - 18:00 Octavian discussion

20:00 - 22:00 Public Lecture (Auditorium Kruithof, Blandijnberg) by Peter Goodrich “Schreber’s Law: Action in Transition”


11th June 2019 

Venue: Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, Blandijnberg 2, room 120.043

Second Session: Action and Contemplation

09:00 - 10:00 David Ayers (University of Kent) "History as Agency: Utopia, Hegel and Bolshevism"

10:00 - 11:00: Angela Condello: “The disclosure of humanity, today. Action and Contemplation in digital society”

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Octavian discussion on the topics of the talks given by Emiliano Acosta and Alessio Baldini

13:00-14:00 lunch break

Third session: Acting Politically

14:00 - 15:00 Emiliano Acosta (VUB): “Speaking, acting, thinking: on what some philosophers say about political animals”

15:00 - 16:00 Alessio Baldini (University of Leeds):‘The (im)moral imagination: radical good and demonic politics in the TV series Gomorrah’

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00 Octavian discussion



More details on the program and registration can be found @ https://www.ugent.be/doctoralschools/en/doctoraltraining/courses/specialistcourses/ahl/action-satisfaction-obligation.htm







HICO aims to foster research in continental philosophy, broadly conceived, and in the history of philosophy at Ghent University. It coordinates, promotes and supervises research on the history of philosophy from antiquity to the present day. It also hosts research in contemporary continental philosophy that centres on politics, religion, art, aesthetics, culture, psychology, science, ... and that engages in a critical and interdisciplinary dialogue with the history of Western and non-Western philosophy. HICO welcomes PhD students and researchers in any area of continental philosophy and history of philosophy.




Boris Demarest

Philosophisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg

Tiziano Toracca

Angela Condello

Adjunct Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Torino; Adjunct Professor, Department of Law, University of Roma

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