the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Two images can be useful in giving an idea of how philosophical imagination works. One is the exploration of connections, where the explorer, much like someone trying to weave a net in order to catch as much fish as possible, will connect and intertwine ideas, notions, speculations, hypotheses in order to offer a new perspective on ourselves and on the world. The second image is the cultivation of memories, where the subject is aware that philosophical imagination is nurtured by the past and its complex tradition. If the explorer of connections is fascinated by the idea of being able to say the last word on a subject, the person who cultivates memories will remind him of the inevitable fate of the last word, destined to be turned into the one before last. In philosophy, as in science and in art, imagination and research are endless.


Salvatore Veca
Salvatore Veca

teaches philosophy at the Istituto Superiore di Studi di Pavia, where he acted as vice-rector from 2005 to 2013. The honorary president of Fondazione Feltrinelli, he directed its Laboratorio Expo and curated the Carta di Milano expo 2015. He is president of Fondazione Campus di Lucca, of the Awards Committee of Fondazione Balzan and of the Casa della Cultura in Milan. He is a director of the publications Rivista di filosofia, Iride and the European journal of Philosophy. His latest books include: L’idea di incompletezza. Quattro lezioni (2011), L’immaginazione filosofica e altri saggi (2012), published by Feltrinelli; Un’idea di laicità (il Mulino, 2013); Non c’è alternativa. Falso (Laterza, 2014); La barca di Neurath. Sette saggi brevi (Edizioni della Normale, 2015); Il giardino di Camilla (Mursia, 2015).

All theevents2011


Evento n.1

Chiara Saraceno

Too much inequality hinders everyone’s well-being

Evento n.2

Giuseppe Penone, Sergio Risaliti

Flowing in time like a river pebble

Evento n.3

Kinds of lies

Evento n.4

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Can artificial life exist?

Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

Evento n.7

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The friar

Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

How to write a screenplay

Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

Mythological forms of memory in ancient Greece and Rome

Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

History from the viewpoint of women

Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

As you have seen it on tv

Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

Paths of humanization

Evento n.20

Patrizia Cavalli

Poetry knows everything first

Evento n.21

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life is communication

Evento n.23

Silvio Orlando

Diderot, Rameau and other paradoxes

Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The merchant

Evento n.26

Franco Borgogno

In other people’s hearts and minds. A psychoanalyst between tradition and creativity

Evento n.27

Giuseppe Bertolucci, Emanuele Trevi

In words and pictures: cinema and literature

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

Evento n.32

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Regretting the families of yesteryear?

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

Saving human energy. Breathing: a source of universal sharing

Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life yesterday, today and tomorrow

Evento n.37

Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni

A quiet sunny day. Attilio Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, a friendship in verse

Evento n.39

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The knight

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