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Special Issue: “Habits and Rituals”

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Raffaela Giovagnoli (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Chalmers University of Technology & University of Gothenburg)


Habits and rituals play a fundamental role in human life, and are also worthy of  consideration because they can represent a form of knowledge. They have been considered within disciplines like anthropology, sociology and psychology. Philosophy as well offers interesting analyses from different perspectives, from Aristotle to Bourdieu. Aristotle relates habits to virtues, while Peircean habits connect to the life of symbols. Of all human belief systems and practices, religions are most strongly connected to habits and rituals in the form of prayers, meditations, sacrifices, sermons, services, trances, initiation rites and more. The debate on rituals is very lively in contemporary thought, showing how the study of rituals is important to understand human nature—not least in relationship with non-human beings. Moreover, the disruptive cultural changes caused by the process of digitalization invites discussion of changes in habits and practices.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Conceptions of habit from different disciplines (psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, robotics etc.)
  • Relations between habits and rituals. Do they find their ontological ground in the same process even though they have different functions?
  • Conceptions of ritual, clarification of the difference (if any) between “ritual” and “rite”, emotions and rituals, rituals in the social and virtual environment, and religious rituals in the contemporary society.


Luciana Baroni (Scientific Sociaty of Vegetarian Nutrition, Italy)
Jean-Yves Beziau (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
Soren Brier (Copenhagen Business School)
Fabio Dei (University of Pisa)
Lorenzo D’Orsi (University of Milan, Bicocca)
Walter Gomide (Federal University of Mato Grosso)
Anna Kawalec (John Paul II, Catholic University Lublin)
Pawal Kawalec (John Paul II, Catholic University Lublin)
Robert Lowe (University of Gothenburg)
Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia)
Fiorella Operto (School of Robotics, Italy)
Guido Seddone (University of Parma, Italy) 


The Conception of Habit as a Stage of Hegel’s Naturalistic Theory of Mind
Guido Seddone

Transdisciplinarity across the Qualitative and Quantitative Science through C.S. Peirce’s Semiotic Concept of Habit
Søren Brier

What is a rite? Émile Durkheim, a hundred years later
Lorenzo D’Orsi, Fabio Dei

Transformations in Breakthrough Research: The Emergence of Mirnas as a Research Routine in Molecular Biology
Paweł Kawalec

Ritual Artifacts as Symbolic Habits
Lorenzo Magnani

Helping the Planet with Healthy Eating Habits
Luciana Baroni, Denise Filippin, Silvia Goggi