International Summer School in Ontology

Six days course with six leading philosophers

addressing the contemporary debate on ontology

After the success of ISSO 2015, we are glad to announce the 2016 edition of the school. For more information please visit

Our school valorizes the unavoidable pursuit of ontology, foregrounding the debate on this classical philosophical question.
We do not intend to endorse one particular idea of ontology; on the contrary we have attempted to gather what we consider to be the most interesting philosophical perspectives of our time.
The first edition of ISSO will host some of the leading contemporary philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben, Francesco Berto, Ray Brassier, François Laruelle, Paul Livingston, and Davide Tarizzo. We offer a cutting edge and high-quality programme, aimed at fostering a rich and lively intellectual exchange. ISSO scientific coordinators are Marco Piasentier and Andrea Soardo.

Our speakers


The summer school starts on 24th of August and will end on 29th of August. Six prominent speakers will participate in our summer school.
Each of them will hold three seminars over three days (each seminar will be two hours long, including discussion). Have a look at the complete schedule.

Admission – CLOSED


Ph.D. students included. The price covers the participation to the 6 days school sessions and to social evenings.
Please confirm your student identity by sending us proof of your registration to the academic year 2014/2015. Write us at


Other participants

The price covers the participation to the 6 days school sessions and to social evenings.


*Part of the transaction fee is covered  by ISSO and part by the customer with additional 8€.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If you prefer to make a bank transfer, please contact us at for our bank details.
In order to receive a 50% refund, withdrawal from Summer School must occur 7 days prior to the start of the session.


The school takes place at the Grand Hotel Astoria.
The hotel is located in the historical centre of Grado, an island in northeast Italy and formerly the most important seaside resort of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Grado is close to Venice, Trieste, and Aquileia, which was a prominent city during the Roman age.
The island – nowadays a picturesque touristic place surrounded by the lagoon – hosts key historical and archeological sites.

Directions to Grado and information about accommodation can be found here.