The field of "Philosophical practices" in Italy
de Benedittis, Mario
Studi sociali e politici Università degli Studi di Milano Genova, Italy
The aim of this paper is giving a sociological interpretation of the phenomena of philosophical practices and philosophical counselling in Italy during the last decade. Using a bourdieusian framework, and grounding on qualitative and quantitative data collected in a 2 years research, the paper develops 3 lines of analyses, in order to understand the intertwined dimensions of the rise of a new cultural profession: the first will describe philosophical practices on the background of changes that invested the philosophical field in Italy; the second will describe the biographies and trajectories of the agents involved in the field; the third will examine the institutions in the field, the theoretical stances of the agents and their relations with their cultural, economical and social capital.