Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Philosophy festival looks at love in 21st century


(By Sandra Cordon).
Rome, July 2 - Italy's annual philosophy festival
will ponder the nature of love through more than 200
discussions, lectures, and presentations this fall.
This year marks the 13th annual iteration of the Philosophy
Festival at some 40 venues in the cities of Modena, Carpi and
Sassuolo in the northern Emilia-Romagna region.
From September 13 to 15, the theme 'Loving' will be
discussed and debated by an expected 1.5 million guests - a
significant increase from the 34,000 who took part in the first
event in 2001.
Teens and young adults from high schools and universities
across Italy will join with some of the world's leading thinkers
on the subject of love.
The topic of love and all of its meanings is far broader
than what has been reflected in the best-seller lists in the
past few years, notably in the 50 Shades of Grey series of
novels, says Remo Bodei, head of the organising committee.
"Love and passion constitute the human experience," of
loving, but there is "much more to grasp", said Bodei.
From the world's view of love across centuries and
continents, throughout literature and theatre, to iconography,
modern cinema and photography - all are fodder for discussion
and presentations during the festival.
This philosophy festival will welcome its usual list of
top-notch thinkers and intellectuals from the world, including
British-based Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who has
participated in the event in the past.
Among those leading the classes are top Italian names, such
as Massimo Cacciari, Enzo Bianchi and Michela Marzano, as well
as famous international thinkers, who account for around a third
of the event's special guests.
France's Jean-Luc Nancy, Spain's Fernando Savater, Niles
Eldredge of the US, Germany's Peter Sloterdijk and the
Anglo-Hungarian Frank Furedi are among these.
In addition to the main philosophical program, a host of
collateral initiatives have been lined up, with literature
readings, theatre, cinema, music and workshops for children.
Almost 30 exhibitions have been timed to coincide with the
festival, among which a retrospective of work by Japanese
photographer Daido Mariyama and a tribute to the American
composer and philosopher John Cage.
Gourmands will also be catered to, with a series of
'philosophy meals' at 50 restaurants and wine bars designed to
incorporate and promote discussion on symbolic ideas into
delicious local specialty menus.
Launched in 2000, the Philosophy Festival has far
outstripped all expectations.
It has also been a major cultural boost for Modena, a city
more famous abroad for its balsamic vinegar, tortellini and the
nearby Ferrari headquarters.
"Because it's such an original idea, the philosophy
festival has become a defining moment for our city," said Modena
Mayor Giorgio Pighi. "It's something that everyone feels
involved with".
Past editions have addressed concepts such as memory,
fantasy, humanity and the mind.
For more information about the festival, visit

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