Shift

International Journal of Philosophical Studies

  • Registrazione presso il Tribunale di Milano n. 186 del 9 giugno 2017

  • 2532-9251

  • Semestrale

  • Filosofia e Cultura

  • Blind peer review

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  • Daniela Calabrò

Shift

International Journal of Philosophical Studies

If deconstruction, from Nietzsche onwards, has been the banner of contemporary thought, the ‘new’ thought that should have been apt to change the face of classical, systematic, traditional philosophy; if, thanks to deconstruction, we've been able to remove the foundations, the endings, the purposes, the powers, the supremacies, and therefore we've managed to face the nihilistic drift, the ‘end of meaning’, the crisis of the subject, now it is essential to move forward towards a shift in thinking, so that what has been side-lined, dis-located, abandoned, won't take it over again. The thought needs to be retired, not in order to fail, but to be replaced with something different, to ‘retreat’ in, to rearrange it over again; this was, after all, Kant's message. He wrote in his private and posthumous notes: “I do not endorse the rule by virtue of which, if something gets proven with the use of pure reason, the result doesn't get to be revoked, as if it was a solid axiom. [...] I don't subscribe to the view under which we shouldn't doubt once we're convinced of something. In pure philosophy this is impossible. Our mind has a natural repulsion for that.” This means then, to think the unthinked, the unsaid, the repressed by all the thinkers; questioning them again, starting from a constant vigilance, as Merleau-Ponty, and Hannah Arendt with him, wished when stating “we should concern ourselves with experiences more than doctrines”. And such experiences, as actual “crossings of the outside”, allow us today to distance ourselves from every reductio ad unum, every principle of sovereignty, every self-proclaimed state of exception.

The theoretical project, on which Shift. International Journal of Philosophical Studies, as a review, is founded, properly and consequently consists in the ability of providing the Readers with a different approach to crucial topics of our times, “replaying” “remodulating” “changing” – performing indeed a “shift” in the philosophical, political, ethical and aesthetical categories on which the Western world is founded. Categories that by now don't seem to be fit to stand the blow of our timeline. The notions of world, life, body, subject, nature, science, technics, religion, ethics, politics, economy – that bounce in front of us with more momentum than ever before – must be looked into starting from this very paradigm, that should be finally capable to face them with no qualms and fears, leaving behind us “the end of philosophy” and the “failure of meaning” and, with it, the crisis of any metaphysics of identity.

The shift – viewed in all its possible declinations and meanings: movement, slipping, change, transformation, crossing, mutation, renovation, passage, innovation, process – is, in this regard, the counterpoint, the calling into question for the thought, the acknowledgment of those that Albert Camus defined, in 1955, the ‘wandering values’. Thus rethinking – as mentioned – the fundamental categories and themes of philosophy. The latter, as stated by Deleuze, “has nothing to do with acceptance, with the realisation of the human condition. It needs to overcome that”. And if it needs to overcome that, than shift means: clearing the lines of flight, drawing becoming paths, facing the open sea – bringing up from the bottom of a thought the philosophical gesture of Plato's Symposium, which identified leaving the mainland with the highest truest philosophical achievement: Eros is a philosopher because he is homeless – aoikos – he sleeps in open air. No compass or map. The philosophical reflection is made of trajectories, movements, impetuses, volitions, curiosities, depositions of logoi, of reasonings.

The paradigm of the shift can help us face the weight of history, our more and less recent history, the weight of geopolitical manoeuvring unknown to the most, it can help us understand the ban on some trajectories or on entire cultural vectors. Perhaps it's time to set something in motion (to shift). The movement of thought hence becomes a poiein, a ‘making’ instead of a mere ‘standing’. If philosophy cannot give us a notion of world anymore, neither resolve its inconsistencies, its extreme chance in the time of its own ending, of its own failure, it can only be the opening of a space of thought that is absolutely movable, dialogically compromised, transitively surging. From thought to thought, from transition to transition, from movement to movement: the thought is not set, it approaches; it is, once again, zetetic, as conceived by the ancients, quantic, as conceived by today's theoretical physicists. It is possible that this thought has already started its journey, that it's already building a new world; we don't know, neither we will; perhaps, according to Nancy's words, we'll just do it, “through slow and deep spurs of existence's desires”.

 

STRUCTURE OF THE REVIEW:

  • Editoriale/Editorial
  • Saggi/Essays
  • Studi e ricerche/Studies and Researches/Varia
  • Figurazioni/Figurations
  • Archivi/Archives
  • Effetti/Effects
  • Recensioni/Reviews
  • Autori/Authors

 

The review is issued twice a year and contains contributions in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian.

A collection of philosophical monographical studies, Shift/philosophical series (ed. Mimesis International), is linked to the SHIFT. International Journal of Philosophical Studies review.

The scientific fields of reference of the magazine are areas 11 and 14; and, more specifically: 11/C1; 11/C2; 11/C3; 11/C4; 11/C5; 14/A1.

Editorial board

Alfonso Amendola Adalgiso Amendola Renaud Barbaras Laura Bazzicalupo Andrea Bellantone Greg Bird Rosaria Caldarone Maurizio Cambi Valerio Cappozzo Danielle Cohen-Levinas James Connelly Girolamo Cotroneo Marc Crépon Pierre Dalla Vigna Massimo De Carolis Hent de Vries Donatella Di Cesare Georges Didi-Huberman Giusi Furnari Luvarà Alfonso Galindo Hervàs Giuseppe Gembillo Rino Genovese Giuseppe Giordano Dario Giugliano Sergio Givone Evelyne Grossman Yvonne Hütter Marco Ivaldo Rahel Jaeggi Wolfgang Kaltenbacher Jérôme Lebre Boyan Manchev Aldo Masullo Aichä Messina Sandro Mezzadra Francesco Miano Ginette Michaud Jean-Luc Nancy Stefan Nowotny Laura Odello Anne O’Byrne Rosalia Peluso Ugo Perone Stefano Petrucciani Francesco Piro Andrea Potestà Nello Preterossi Jacques Rancière Jacob Rogozinski Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback Laurens ten Kate Olivier Tonneau Frans van Peperstraten Aukje van Rooden Luca Vanzago Renata Viti Cavaliere Erik Wallrup

Editorial office

Giovanna Callegari Marianna Esposito Gian Paolo Faella Francesco Saverio Festa Luigi Imperato Paola Martino Valentina Mascia Rocchina Motta Luca Scafoglio Cinzia Soddu Renato Trombelli Massimo Villani Angelo Maria Vitale