Appel à contributions workshop « Pensée Utopique et Logiques, Istanbul, 24 Juin 2015

5th Congress of Universal Logic

This is the fifth edition of a world event organized by Prof. Jean-Yves Beziau of the Univ. of Rio, Brazil, dedicated to universal logic with invited talks by some of the best alive logicians and a selection of contributed talks. This event is intended to be a major event in logic, providing a platform for future research guidelines. Such an event is of interest for all people dealing with logic in one way or another: pure logicians, mathematicians, computer scientists, AI researchers, linguists, psychologists, philosophers, social scientists, etc. (

Workshop « Utopian thinking and Logic-s », Istanbul, 2015

Keynote speaker: Pr. Jaan Valsiner (Clark Univ., U.S.A.)

Organization: Magioglou Thalia (EPoPs/FMSH, C.E.M./IIAC, Paris, France)

Following the symposium organized in July 26 at Andros island, Greece by Stefaneas (National Technical Univ. of Athens) and Magioglou (EPoPs/FMSH, Paris), on “Logic and Utopia” this workshop focuses on the Plural logics of Utopian thinking. Utopian thinking will addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Utopias as projects of future societies have historically been present since ancient Greece, with the example of Plato’s and Aristotle’s Polities, but the term is created by Thomas More in England. Desire, perfectionism and (im)possibility to become reality have been some of its aspects in the past, as well as a form of criticism of the present situation. In this way, they are impregnated by culture, socially and historically constructed and open to revision. Utopias are also present in a less elaborate way, in the projects and social representations of political and social actors, part of social and political identities.

How does utopian thinking use “logic”?

The concept of logic will be is addressed in its plurality: not only a. « logos », philosophical reasoning and b. language, but also c. as “social logic” of people who are not “experts”, knowledgeable or powerful on a particular field, but instead, “ordinary citizens”. The workshop focuses particularly on the perspective of the social and political actors in different cultural contexts, in other words, the utopian logic-s of lay or everyday thinking.

The plural aspect of logic is present in the notion of utopia, and particularly the political utopias will be also discussed as prospective of better worlds. The common good, the notion of the Polis and “Demos”, will be confronted to studies that show concrete initiatives taken by local actors, in the direction of change. What distinguishes utopias from dystopias could be our representation of the common good, in other words, the objectives chosen.

Democracy, as well as economy, are examples of utopias related to the rationality of the modernity. They are imbricated in the contemporary societies to traditions (still active or reinvented) and religion. They allow new combinations, hybrids of meaning that multiply in the context of “global politics”, as producers of utopias, moral geographies, and imaginary identities that we are going to question.

Organizing Dimensions of the debate

Utopia in Imaginaries, Social representations and everyday/lay thinking

-The logic-s of power in everyday and political discourse

-Culture and subjectivities in utopias

-Utopian Temporalities

-Social Logics and forms of reasoning

Papers from cultural, political, social psychology, as well as anthropology, sociology, history and philosophy are particularly welcome

Call for papers

To submit a contribution send a one page abstract to:

Journée d’études: Logique et Utopie, Andros, Grèce

Λογική και Ουτοπία

Logique et Utopie

Logic and Utopia

Andros, Cyclades, Greece

Samedi, 26 Juillet 2014

Co-organisé par EPoPs/FMSH (Thalia Magioglou,;, and the National Technical University of Athens, Department of Mathematics (Dr. Petros Stefaneas,

La journée concerne les imbrications entre le concept de logique, en philosophie, ainsi que celui de logiques sociales et psychologiques, avec celui de l’utopie et de l’imaginaire. Le rôle de nouvelles technologies (numériques et autres), sera mis en avant.

La logique en tant que logos, raisonnement philosophique et langage, sera mise au plurielle quand il est question de règles qui socialement construites et par conséquent, soumises à une révision. Il est aussi question de logiques psychologiques, qui justifient par exemple le contournement du raisonnement formel afin de permettre, par exemple, l’intégration de la personne à un groupe.

Cet aspect pluriel de la logique, que nous retrouvons en sciences sociales et psychologiques, sera mis en relation avec la notion de l’utopie, et surtout l’utopie politique, en tant que prospectives des mondes meilleurs. L’espace commun, les notions de la Polis, du démos et du peuple, seront discutées et confrontées à des études qui mettent la lumière sur des personnes et des groupes qui prennent des initiatives concrètes dans la direction du changement. Est-ce que ce qui distingue les utopies des dystopies est notre conception du bien commun, en d’autres mots les objectifs choisis ?

La démocratie et l’économie, en tant qu’exemple d’utopies issues de la rationalité et de la modernité s’imbriquent en outre actuellement dans des traditions (persistantes ou réinventées) et de la religion, et donnent lieu à des combinaisons nouvelles, participant d’hybridations de sens qui se démultiplient dans le contexte du « global-politique » producteur d’utopies, et géographies morales et des identités imaginaires que nous allons questionner.


Morning Session: Chair Thalia Magioglou (EPoPs/FMSH, IIAC/EHESS)

9.00 – 9.15 Opening Session – Petros Stefaneas (NTUA): Why Logic and Utopia


9. 15- 10.00 Keynote lecture- Jean Yves Beziau (Rio de Janeiro): Logic, Imagination and Possibility

10.15-10.35 Vassilios Aravantinos (Supreme Administrative Court of Greece): Logic and empirical reality

10.35-10.55 Ioannis Vandoulakis (Greek Open University): Utopia and foundations of mathematics

10.55 – 11.15 Sergey Sudoplatov (Novosibirsk State Technical University):   Classification of countable models of complete theories: philosophical aspects

11.15 – 11.35 Ioanna Lekea (Hellenic Air Force Academy): Cinema and Military Ethics: Utopia or Reality?

11.35-11.55 Kostas Theologou (NTUA): On the inescapable and interactive relation of art and technology

11.55-12.15 Dimitris Foufoulas: From the ‘‘art’’ of utopia to the utopia of art.


Lunch Break 12.15- 13.15

Afternoon session: Chair Petros Stefaneas

13.15 – 13.35- Alexis Bakopoulos (NTUA): The Peripeteia of the Imaginary Number – Utopia turned into Logic


13.40-14.00 Vicky Iakovou (University of Aegean): “Ernst Bloch on Utopia and Marxism”

14.00-14.20 Noelle Burgi (CNRS, University Paris 1, France) : the utopia of democracy and economic neoliberalism

14.20-14.40 Thalia Magioglou (EPoPS/FMSH, IIAC/EHESS, France): Democracy as a form of utopia for lay thinking. A perspective of political psychology

14.40 – 15.00 Nicolas Jaoul (CNRS, IRIS/EHESS France) : Political utopia socialized: the mundane life of Ambedkarite Buddhism in Uttar Pradesh

15.00-15.20  Teresa Mora : (sociology, University of Minho, Portugal) « Transposing the mainstream cut between sociology and utopia »

15.20-15.40    Christine Jeofrion (University of Nantes, France) The Well-being at work : a utopia ? Going beyond psycho-social risks towards creativity and performance (Université de Nantes, France)

16.00-16.45 Keynote lecture – Maurice Godelier (EHESS, France): Refounding the Western World: hegemony and utopia