Ilami Yasna

Date of stay: May 1st - October 31st  2022

Affiliation: Institute of philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

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Research for a study about:

Philosophy in the public sphere / public philosophy

I am a final year PhD student in philosophy from Ukraine, currently a fellow at the University of Vienna and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences. I studied economics and entrepreneurship (MBA, Donetsk State University of Economics and Trade / University of Bradford, 2006), worked as a business analyst, founded a software development studio, published a book on small business and then switched to academic philosophy. My professional interests lay at the intersection of social epistemology, philosophy of a digital society, philosophy of war, and philosophical practice.
I got a BA degree in philosophy (Ukraine, Donetsk State University of Informatics and Artificial Intelligence, research topic “Social transformations in the age of virtualization and mediatization”, 2011), an MPhil in religious studies (Donetsk National Technical University, “The concept of subjectivity and its transformation in the digital society at the beginning of the XXI century”, 2013) and entered a PhD program in philosophy (Ukraine, Kyiv, Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Sciences, 2018). In February 2022, I moved to the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, the Polish Academy of Sciences, and then to the Institute Vienna Circle, the University of Vienna, for a 6-month scholarship for Ukrainian refugee scholars (May-October 2022).
My PhD research focuses on the philosophy in the public sphere as a cultural phenomenon. I argue that philosophy, naturally being a strict and rational academic discourse, therefore, loses its initial meaning and passion outside the public life. I hope to devote my later career to philosophical practice, mainly conceptual engineering and therapy, as an emancipatory and healing routine. Meanwhile, I observe it theoretically from social epistemology and critical theory perspective, analysing which forms philosophy takes in the public discourse, how it influences the production of knowledge and truth and forms political consciousness.
Please see my Curriculum Vitae or personal website for the details.


Philosophy in the Public Sphere as a Cultural Phenomenon

Date:  May 27th, 2022

Time: 3.30 pm (CET)

Venue: Lecture hall 2H at the NIG


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