Reading Seminar: Daniel Sacilotto

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The relation between modal concepts and different fields of philosophical theorization, and in particular its role for the problem of representation in philosophical history.

This presentation explores the development of modal concepts and vocabularies throughout the history of philosophy. Specifically, I trace the way in which the distinction between different kinds of modal determinations and discourse becomes central to the problem of how thinking represents a mind-independent world. Following Lorenz Puntel, Robert Brandom, James Ladyman, and Wilfrid Sellars, I show how philosophy attempts to rise to the challenge of discerning the difference yet also possible correspondence between modality as a feature of discourse and as a feature of the world, articulating formal vocabularies to the labor of natural/scientific languages in their descriptive and explanatory tasks. 

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Daniel Sacilotto is a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California Los Angeles and Assistant Professor  Critical Studies program  in the California Institute of the Arts. His research focuses on the fields of contemporary philosophy and Latin American literature. In particular, his recent work centers on the reconciliation of rationalism and naturalism, the problematic of representation in philosophical history, and the methodological relation between epistemology and ontology. He is currently preparing a full-length monograph for publication tentatively titled “Saving the Noumenon: An Essay on the Foundations of Ontology,” in which he proposes a defense of representation as a critical and constructive rejoinder to the “ontological turn” in 20th Century philosophy, laying the foundations for a realist epistemology and functionalist account of sapient cognition, chiefly inspired in the works of Wilfrid Sellars, Robert Brandom, Alain Badiou, Lorenz Puntel, Ray Brassier, Reza Negarestani, James Ladyman, and Jay Rosenberg.