Call for papers | Vulnerability. Environment and Relationships


Call for papers Teoria 2023/1

Vulnerability. Environments and Relations

The theme of vulnerability became increasingly important during the 20th century and is now central to both philosophical and public debate. The etymological source, from the Latin vulnerabilis, 'who can be wounded', refers directly to the bodily sphere, but its meaning has today undergone considerable expansion. In fact, it also involves the psychological, social and existential dimensions, revealing the intrinsically relational character of this notion. Indeed, each person always finds herself involved in a network of relationships in which she does not exercise full power, and in which she is not autonomous, but exposed and dependent.

 of his own fragility and the delicate balance on which his relationship with others and with the natural and artificial environments he inhabits is based takes place. The climate and ecological crisis, political instability due to the outbreak of conflicts and wars, and the loss of control of the subject embedded in digital environments show human beings their fragility and that of their relationships.

In addition to effectively describing the existential situation and structure of our relationships, the notion of vulnerability has also proved fruitful in redefining these same relationships, activating action strategies based on care, responsibility, sustainability, creativity, resilience and resistance.

The next issue of 'Teoria' aims to investigate this key concept in contemporary thought, from an ethical point of view, focusing on its role in defining and promoting new ways of relationship. In particular, three main lines of research are proposed:

1) The role of vulnerability in relations between human beings in the public, political, and communicative space. In particular, the aim is to trace the relationship between violence and vulnerability in social relations and the importance of the recognition of dependency in the elaboration of possible responses in the fight against injustice and inequality.


2) The new forms of vulnerability that emerge in relationships within digital environments, and in particular through the use of ICTs. Some online phenomena, such as hate speech, fake news, and post-truths reveal precisely the increase in aggression in the digital environment. Even the possession and dissemination of one's own data demonstrates the increased exposure of each individual win the network and it poses new ethical dilemmas related to privacy.


3) The fragility of the relationship between human beings and the world-environment, as well as that with animals, is attested to by the centrality of concepts such as 'risk' and made increasingly evident by phenomena such as environmental and climate crises. In contrast to the immune and defensive reaction to these dangers, we consider the various ways of redefining these relationships in the context of environmental ethics.

Those interested in submitting a contribution should send, by 15 July, an abstract of a maximum of 1000 words, in Italian and English, by e-mail, to the following address: (Prof. Adriano Fabris), with the indication "Teoria 2022-Vulnerability. Environments and Relations" in the subject line. Abstracts will be subjected to a peer-review process and the response regarding the acceptance or rejection of the proposal will be sent by 15 September.

However, the editors reserve the right not to accept final contributions that do not correspond to the accepted abstracts, or that do not pass the further selection procedure that will be carried out on the final contributions. It also reserves the right to ask authors to revise their contributions to bring them into line with the referees' assessments and/or editorial standards.

Abstracts and contributions may be submitted in Italian or English. The final version must be received by 15 November for further revision. Accepted contributions, possibly modified, must be delivered by 20 December. Contributions must follow the editorial standards laid down by "Teoria" and available on its website ( and be between 7000 and 8000 words in length.