UniversitÓ degli Studi di L'Aquila
FacoltÓ di Lettere e Filosofia
Dipartimento di Culture Comparate
Maura Braghieri Dell'Anno
Anno Accademico 1999/2000
"RULES AND VALUES. 
NEW DIGITAL EPISTEMOLOGY PROJECT"
(NOVARONED 2001)

NOVARONED 2001 is an interdisciplinary multimedia project aimed at providing environmental distance learning and strategic coordination of various topics related to the classic European philosophy of early twentieth - century.

NOVARONED 2001 is also a historical reconstruction of the science which came out of the interdisciplinary research of the Circle of Vienna, known as "Encyclopedia of the Unified Sciences". This research has led to the development of a section aimed at studying Austrian philosophy is the main reference point for the project.

NOVARONED 2001 is divided into three sections:
1 - Research
2 - Education
3 - Open and distance learning

NOVARONED 2001 which in standards for norms and values; it will last for 2 years;it  is an operational research for a new digital epistemology. The project is part of the Pact of Stability for the Balkans. This project came into being in December 2000 at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tirana. The Dean of the University of Tirana has made himself available to carry out the project of distance learning, particularly in relation to environmental education. This subject can include a series of disciplines which are not directly related to natural sciences. I refer to the implications of theoretical philosophy, political philosophy and philosophy of law that this project is likely to deal with. Professor Ylli Pango has decided to work with me on a subject which is of great interest for the University of Tirana: the theoretical description of logical constructivism as a general point of reference for an analysis aimed at describing the concept of political ethics. 
This concept of political ethics also includes a critical and historic description of the concept of environment. The philosophy of environment is not well known in Albania but in Europe in came into being during the second half of the XIX century in Germany and was further developed by various US universities where it is now mainly studied within the context of moral philosophy and even religious philosophy. In some universities it is studied within the context of ecology. 

Our project places environmental philosophy and education in a secular context and provides for an epistemological study of the disciplines which are interested in constructing this new way of conceptualize the greatest problem of our times: environment. The strategy of the environmental philosophy builds an interdisciplinary, logical, epistemological and philosophical relationship between biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, mathematics, economics and history of natural science.

NOVARONED 2001 is project of theoretical philosophy and logical-mathematical philosophy and describes contributions to philosophy of logic (for non- inferential knowledge, non-classical propositional logics), philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics and computer science.

NOVARONED 2001 bring together a textbook a range of topics in logic, many of topics in logic, many of them of relatively recent origin, including modal, conditional, intuitionist, many-valued, relevant and fuzzy logics. The material is unified by the underlying theme of world semantics.

NOVARONED 2001 will interest those studying logic, those who need to know about non-classical logics because of their philosophical importance and those working in mathematics and computer science who wish to know more about the area. Student with a basic understanding classical logic will find this an invaluable introduction to an area that has become of central importance in both logic and philosophy.

NOVARONED 2001 will interest those studying epistemology, and more widely, new epistemology. The death-of-epistemology movement has some affinities with the call for a "naturalized" approach to knowledge. The time has come to abandon such traditional projects are futing the skeptics by showing how empirical knowledge at large. How retinal stimulations cause to respond with increasingly complex sentences about events in the environment. Epistemology should be transformed into a branch of natural science, specifically experimental psychology. This is very important question. But fi this is how "naturalized" epistemology develops, then for the death - o - epistemology theorist, its claims will open up a new field for theoretical diagnosis.

NOVARONED 2001 analyses the rules and the values which must govern the new digital epistemology. The historical reconstruction of the disciplines is a methodological and scientific must in order to develop new concepts which are a function of the science to be created. The University of L'Aquila, since 1988, has organized research and scientific dissemination in an interdisciplinary, interfaculty fashion by financing projects involving various departments of the same university and other universities. 
The University has stressed, for each project, the role of it has promoting computerized teaching. Unlike other large institutions that carry out scientific research, Italian Universities deal with teaching methods and therefore has to provide facilities and resources to be used for distance learning as well. The University of L'Aquila, in 1991, received the support of the Telespazio, ESA, SIP-Telecom and RAI to carry out experiments on interactive videoconference within the context of the OLYMPUS PROGRAMME.

The Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy, more specifically the Department of Compared Cultures, is putting forward this project aimed at creating a new logic and is working with other faculties like the Faculty of Education Sciences, the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences as well as the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine although these last two have not formally joined the project. However, they have always carried out experiments on distance learning and have organized a course for their students to enable them  to attain the European Certificate of Computer Studies. The person who coordinates the European Certificate of Computer Studies is Professor Paola Inverardi.

 The University of Rome 3 has joined this project and Professor Giuseppe Traversa of the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Political Sciences has offered to study costs and benefits of laws and rules. Professor Traversa has divided this into bureaucratic and economic processes. The bureaucratic process is the transfer from general laws to internal regulations and then onto formal control of appropriate behavior. This process specifies and guarantees "good behavior" and reasonable results for the entire community. The economic process is the transfer from strategic plan to program and budget, and then onto evaluation of results. This process guarantees some results: goals which have to be evaluated in terms of costs and return for the entire community. 
The philosophy of politics and law can offer methodologies, arguments and logics to the philosophy of environment in order to build new knowledge-based standards.The link between economics and other disciplines is the new path to follow with this project by identifying objects and aims which each individual researcher wants to identify and use. Biology, physics and chemistry are disciplines governed by mathematics and by the geometry of fractals. The European legislation has to be one of the objects of environmental ethics. It will be interesting to make a comparison between the theses of the various work sections in order to describe new parameters and new methodologies. Wittgenstein's philosophy is strategical for aesthetics and ethics of the environment. The project provides for safeguards for all participants who will be working on the Net and for the production of multimedia materials.
Maura Braghieri Dell'Anno

London, 21 February 2001