Apoena – Schopenhauer-Nietzsche Study Group

In itself, Apoena is another.

Apoena is a group of professors and researchers whose interests cut across various fields of knowledge and culture, aiming to experiment with the philosophies, the humanities, the arts, the social sciences and their applications, technologies etc. This is not a study group dedicated exclusively to Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, though both are basic influences in the education and work of all its members. Baptizing itself with the names of these two philosophers, the group wanted to pay them a fair tribute and highlight its relevance to the contemporaneity. However, Apoena goes far beyond their thoughts and consequences. Thisway, we believe that we do not move away from them, on the contrary, we honor their lessons, since nothing would be more opposite to what they thought than to wish to restrict oneself to them.

The Tupi word apoena means: one who sees further. No doubt, the effects of the discovery of this significant – that reverberates in a very singular way with the anthropologies of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer – joined the impulse that generated the group. This same impulse still animates it. The purpose of Apoena – perhaps this is the pathos that gathers its members together –, as its own name indicates, is to see further.


Apoena is many things, mainly:

  • The Schopenhauer-Nietzsche Study Group that meets regularly to discuss various topics, in general sitting around a text, since 2008.
  • The producer of the Nietzsche-Schopenhauer Meetings, cultural events – whose title also pays tribute to these thinkers –, which take place in Fortaleza, late November, annually, since 2009. Such meetings assembles free interventions on multiple topics by local, Brazilian, and foreign intellectuals and artists.
  • The editor of the Apoena Collection, which publishes collective books composed with works presented at the meetings, as well as with guest authors’ texts, since 2012.
  • The editorial board of Lampejo – Electronic Journal of Philosophy and Culture (ISSN 2238-5274), which has been biannually published, since 2012.

In addition, the group occasionally promotes conferences, round tables, short courses, and artistic interventions, as well as produces videos.