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Luz Adriana Tamayo studied philosophy at the National University of Colombia. Later, she started lecturing at the same university where she thought Epistemology of Natural Science to psychology students as well as an introductory course on the art of writing philosophical essays. Between 2014 and 2015 she worked in San Pedro de Urabá in Colombia with a international NGO called Teach for all. The purpose of this NGO is to improve education in zones where the population has been affected by war and poverty. During 2016 she worked in an educational and governmental association called Alianza Educativa as a philosophy teacher. Her articles (written in Spanish) are 'The importance of movement in perception according to Aristotle and phenomenology' and 'The difference between the living body and the body as an object in the world: How I perceive my own body'.


In her talk, Luz Adriana Tamayo will be discussing how phenomenology could help in different areas like psychology, psychiatry and medicine, in understanding and giving therapeutic alternatives. Considering that phenomenology the conscious experience as experienced from the subjective or first person point of view, the talk will go into three concrete cases: the first case will concern someone who suffers from schizophrenia, the second will be associated with an eating disorder, and the third will deal with two women afflicted with physical disabilities. This last case will be particularly interesting because one of the women is blind and deaf, and the other has cerebral paralysis. Both of them wrote an autobiography, narrating how the act of writing in the first person point of view is not just an alternative therapy but an act of resisting a series of medical, charitable and pedagogical beliefs, and a way to create an individual identity and make society understand that these conditions, more than just a disease, are a way to understand and feel the world.

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) għandu fama ħażina minħabba li jitqies bħala l-proponent ewlieni tal-‘makkjavelliżmu’. Din il-kelma saret sinonima għall-manipulazzjoni, il-tqarriq u l-isfruttament li xi nies bla skruplu jużaw biex jilħqu l-għanijiet ta’ moħħhom, kemm jekk fuq livell personali kif ukoll jekk fuq livell politiku.

Għalkemm il-makkjavelliżmu huwa l-aktar xaqliba magħrufa tal-ħsieb ta’ dan il-filosu, storiku, politiku, diplomatu, umanista u kittieb kbir Taljan, żgur li ma jistax jitqies bħala l-ġabra kollha ta’ kulma ħaseb, ħaddan u kiteb. Il-filosofija ta’ Machiavelli, partikularment dik politika, hija ħafna aktar wiesgħa, profonda u għanja mill-makkjavelliżmu li spiċċa marbut ħaġa waħda ma’ ismu, jew imqar hekk negattiva u, għal ħafna, immorali. Dan il-kors qasir huwa maħsub biex jgħin fl-għarfien u l-apprezzament ta’ Machiavelli fl-aspetti kollha tiegħu. Fil-kors nistħarrġu min kien Machiavelli fil-kunest tar-Rinaxximent Taljan, x’sehem ta f’oqsma bħal tal-arti, ir-reliġjon, ix-xjenza, l-etika u l-politika, għala u kif inhu marbut mal-makkjavelliżmu, x’kienu l-prinċipji ewlenin tal-filosofija tiegħu, u kif jista’ Machiavelli jkun ta’ għajnuna għall-ħsieb u l-azzjoni tagħna llum.

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