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International event in Lisbon, Portugal on October 29th | LIVE

iDebate – I debate, therefore I learn (2017-2019)
Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

International event
Lisbon, October 29, 2018 | 9H – 15H30
Citizen’s Forum / NOVA Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA)
Av. de Berna 26 Ed. I&D | Multi purpose room 3 (3rd floor)

EUROPE FOR CITIZENS
CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN DE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS

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PROGRAM

9H00 Welcome deskRegistration of participants
9H30 Opening Session
Fabrizio Macagno (IFILNOVA, Dissemination Interface coordinator)
Dissemination interface and its projects
10H00 Citizen’s Forum
Patrícia Oliveira (Citizen’s Forum, executive coordinator)
10H30 Coffee break
11H00 Round table – sharing research experiences (followed by debate)
Dina Mendonça (IFILNOVA, integrated member)
Philosophy for Children and Participation in Democratic Life
Robert William Clowes (IFILNOVA, integrated member)
The Cognitive Ecology of the age of Cloud Technology
Jorge Botelho Moniz (PhD candidate NOVA University of Lisbon, IPRINOVA)
Secularization as post-democracy? Analysis of the processes of secularization and political participation in Europe
Patrícia Tomás (Political Observatory, University of Lisbon)
Youth political participation: attitudes and challenges
13H00 Pause for lunch
14H00 IFILNOVAAntónio

Marques (IFILNOVA, Director)

14H15 Meeting partners
15H30 Closing session

Dina Mendonça (IFILNOVA, integrated member)
Research area: Philosophy for Children
Title: Philosophy for Children and Participation in Democratic Life
Abstract: The first part introduces the importance of Philosophy for Children for democratic education
(Lipman 2003, Nussbaum 2010) and how children and teenagers who participate in sessions of
philosophy “become more thoughtful, more reflective, more considerate, and more reasonable
individuals. Then, the presentation describes how the goals of the project “Philosophy for Children and
the Dawn of Moral Intuition: Values and Reasons in Rationality and Reasonability (P4C-AIM)”
(PTDC/FER-FIL/29906/2017) will contribute to further show how the installation of a philosophical
dialogue within the space of classrooms establishes communities of inquiry in which children test and
experiment the strength of ideas through dialogue (Brenifier 2002). Children learn to refine questions
(Weber & Wolf 2017, Mendonça 2017), they clarify concepts and meaning, search for hidden
assumptions, work out ambiguities and the value of judgments and deliberations, with the help of a
qualified and trained facilitator. The project shows how philosophy encourages students to think for
themselves while they think with others, solidifying their capacity to reason well and strengthening
processes of communication and cooperation (Vansieleghem & Kennedy 2011, 171).

Robert William Clowes (IFILNOVA, integrated member)
Research area: Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Technology
Title: The Cognitive Ecology of the age of Cloud Technology
Abstract: Technologies and artifacts have long played a role in the structure of human memory, agency
social organization, and our cognitive lives more generally. Recent years have seen an explosion in the
production and use of a new regime of information technologies that might have powerful implications
for our minds. I call this Cloud Technology. Powerful, portable and wearable digital gadgetry and “the
cloud” of ever-present data services allow us to record, store and access an ever-expanding range of
information both about and of relevance to our lives. Already, for a decade we have been carrying
around expansive gadgetry which allows us to collect, store and use what would have been almost
unimaginable amounts of digital information only a short time ago. Now, thanks to the wireless internet
adding vast processing and storage potential to the powerful portable devices which many of us carry
constantly or wear, this information can be accessed and customized in an ever-greater variety of ways.
How should we assess the implications of the new portable and pervasive cognitive technologies and
our increasing reliance on them? Do they threaten (or promise) a radical change to the human cognitive
abilities and perhaps the very nature of our minds? What values can we use to the assess the new
opportunities and risks they make available?

Jorge Botelho Moniz (PhD candidate NOVA University of Lisbon, IPRINOVA)
Title: Secularization as post-democracy? Analysis of the processes of secularization and political
participation in Europe
Abstract: The historical process of secularization led not only to great changes on religion but also on
society as a whole, in particular after World War II. Its phenomena of rationalization, societalization,
functional differentiation, and existential security have caused profound changes in the plausibility
structures (traditional, religious and democratic) of modern societies. In particular, it promoted a
deinstitutionalization of social practices and an individualization of people’s beliefs and values. Among
other things, it helped to create a post-democratic society, gradually detached from traditional political
institutions and from public policy making.

Patrícia Tomás (Political Observatory, University of Lisbon)
Research area: Political participation, political culture, social movements
Title: Youth political participation: attitudes and challenges

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