Institute for the european intellectual lexicon and history of ideas (ILIESI)
Prof. ENRICO PASINI
Phone number: +39 0649917216
ILIESI's scientific activity is oriented towards multiple directions: the philosophical and scientific traditions of the ancient and late antiquity world and its transmission through the cultures of the Latin and Arabic Middle Ages; the medieval philosophical culture; and finally the philosophical and scientific early modern European culture, in the crucial centuries between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment age.
The Institute has implemented and promoted researches that move from a unified methodological assumption, i.e. the conviction that the history of philosophy and science - or, in a longer perspective, the history of ideas - can be rebuilt in a particularly rigorous way, investigating the transformations in the expressive instruments characterizing these disciplines, while at the same time remaining firmly anchored to the texts' historicity and to the concreteness of languages and lexical structures.
The study of cultural terminology, considered in its technicalities and polysemy, in the light of the synchronic and diachronic links which connect its elements, as the study of translations or transpositions of elements between different lexical contexts, implies a more analytical reading of texts, and allows us to understand pathways and conceptual relationships sometimes not evident.
Hence the researches - published in the volumes of ILIESI's series - on terms and families' terms, the edition of texts, lexicons, indexes and concordances, the establishment of linguistic and textual databases, International Seminars and Colloquia on methodological issues, as well as on linguistic and philosophical problems examined from the historical point of view. Furthermore the Institute is leader in the application of information technology to cultural terminology and focuses on the subject - and problems - of the evolution in coding systems towards international shared-wide standards.