ERANOS CONFERENCE 2023 – Sept. 7-9, 2023

ERANOS CONFERENCE 2023: ‘What the Name ‘Freedom’ Stands for: The Story of Icarus and Other Contemporary Misfortunes

Casa Eranos, Ascona (Switzerland), September 7-9, 2023

The recent past and the present, with their catastrophes (health and humanitarian); the climate crisis, with its radical questioning of the very meaning of the idea of civilization and rationality, force a radical rethinking of the value of freedom. We come from a history, Modernity, that established a granitic solidarity between individuality and freedom; a solidarity later reinvented in an anti-metaphysical way by the so-called Postmodernity, for subjectivities—so it was imagined—anarchic, light, decentralized, plural, flexible, open to an infinite game of identifications, ready to reinvent itself when and where necessary. Contingency, decentralization, and provisionality were thus the emblems of further liberation, beyond the work done in this regard by the “modern revolution.” All this shows its insubstantial side today. For the theme of limits, that of responsibility, that of recognition demand that we go beyond the self-centered individualism, with which we too often organize our action in the world, claiming a freedom that, in fact, is but a reflection of it. This need to move beyond binds the question of freedom to an ancient, yet ever-present question: what does it mean to “come into one’s own,” and in what sense does this coming into one’s own make a mark on a process of self-understanding that transforms the claims of freedom?


  • Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi (École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université Paris Sciences et Lettres EPHE-PLS)
  • Jocelyn Benoist (Jocelyn Benoist (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne – Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne ISJPS; Institut Universitaire de France IUF)
  • Dimitri D’Andrea (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali)
  • Wouter Jacobus Hanegraaff (Universiteit van Amsterdam – Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen)
  • Eric van Herwijnen (European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, Genève)
  • Christine Maillard (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Massimo Mori (Università degli Studi di Torino; Accademia delle Scienze di Torino)

With the participation of 

  • Adriano Fabris (Università di Pisa e Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano)
  • Franco Ferrari (Università di Pavia)
  • Gabriele Guerra (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Camilla Miglio (Sapienza Università di Roma)
  • Amelia Valtolina (Università di Bergamo)

Registration required

Please note that the Conference has limited places. For this reason, advanced registration is required, by email,, or by phone, at +41 (0) 91 792 20 92.
The registration fee is CHF 50.- for the entire Conference and CHF 25.- for single day sessions.

Upon registration for the symposium, a distance mode of participation will be also provided via Zoom, only for the sessions of September 7 and 8:


The fee for lunches is of CHF 30.- /day. It is recommended to register for meals because there are no opportunities nearby.


The lectures will be either in French, English, or in Italian, depending on the speaker.

How to apply:

Submissions are welcomed. Deadline for submissions is May 2nd at 12:00.

Please send the following documents in a unique PDF to prof. A. Fabris (

  • CV
  • Title and abstract (around 500 words)

Info: prof. A. Fabris (

Phone: +41 (0) 91 792 20 92

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