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2013 Program

EVENT #31

Laura Boella

Empathy, sympathy and compassion: resources for a threatened world?

 

Human beings are incapable of remaining indifferent to other people’s suffering and to share experiences, but they also have an ability to humiliate and de-humanize others. Empathy, this deep human feeling, is closely intertwined with the conflicts of contemporary life. This is why the study of empathy is no longer confined to philosophy departments or to neuroscience labs and is taking on a decisive role in ethics and politics. Certain crucial aspects of the ongoing crisis – the deterioration of our environment, the triumph of greed and corruption in finance and politics, the erosion of social bonds – can only be overcome by recognizing and caring for others, and by solidarity. We are witnessing the lack of an education to empathy within the household and in school, not to mention the contempt of empathy in the spheres of the economy and politics.

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Laura Boella

is a Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Università Statale of Milan. She has studied the major 20th-century female thinkers and is an expert on Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Maria Zambrano and Edith Stein. She has focussed on interpersonal relationships and on the feelings of sympathy, empathy, compassion. Among her most recent books are: Sentire l’altro. Conoscere e praticare l’empatia (2006), Neuroetica. La morale prima della morale (2008), Il coraggio dell’etica. Per una nuova immaginazione morale (2012) for Raffaello Cortina Editore; Le imperdonabili. Milena Jesenskà, Etty Hillesum, Marina Cvetaeva, Ingeborg Bachmann, Cristina Campo (Mimesis, 2013). 

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EVENT #1

Guido Rossi

Ideas and their responsibility in good and evil

EVENT #2

Paolo Giordano

Crossing the shadow line

EVENT #3

Alessandra Lemma

The body as a canvas: depicting/defacing the body

EVENT #4

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

What will change our future. Artificial man

EVENT #6

Ramin Bahrami

Italian Journey. Grand Tour with Bach and Scarlatti

EVENT #7

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: the Terror of the Year 1000

EVENT #8

Cristina Baldacci, Andrea Pinotti

Archives in art: a new contemporary genre?

EVENT #10

Massimo Cirri, Jonathan Coe

Sense of humour: a lifestyle

EVENT #11

Carlo Freccero

Has TV killed creativity and culture?

EVENT #12

Nicla Vassallo

Woman is an invention

EVENT #13

Massimo Montanari

Speaking of food in times of crisis

EVENT #14

Chandra Livia Candiani

Apprentices of the moon in the meditation room

EVENT #15

Emanuele Trevi

On the other side of things: The Initiation Journey

EVENT #17

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Between art, philosophy and science: the adventures of truth

EVENT #18

Stefano Bartezzaghi, Massimo Recalcati

To inherit or to be creative? Art in the time of disoriented generations

EVENT #19

Gabriella Caramore

Imperfect knowledge

EVENT #21

Ilvo Diamanti

The future? It is past

EVENT #23

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The ius primae noctis

EVENT #24

Luca Barcellona

Calligraphy: creativity in writing

EVENT #26

Silvio Garattini

Brain aging: a 3rd millennium epidemic

EVENT #28

Lella Costa

What we talk about when we talk about irony

EVENT #29

Tim Parks

In conversation with literary creativity

EVENT #31

Laura Boella

Empathy, sympathy and compassion: resources for a threatened world?

EVENT #32

Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Antonio Marras

Nulla dies sine linea-Not a day without a line

EVENT #35

Edoardo Boncinelli

What will change our future. The secret brain

EVENT #36

Virgilio Sieni

Before other people’s eyes

EVENT #37

Alessandro Bergonzoni

Stop the geniuscide!

EVENT #38

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The flat Earth

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