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2011 Programme

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Is it enough to ‘control oneself’ to live happily? Is it really true that ‘where there is a will there is a way’? Anorexia is one of the symptoms of a contemporary malaise that leads many to do all they can in order to become what others expert. The real problem with anorexia is not appetite, but the feeling of omnipotence that arises when one feels that he or she can control everything, including appetite. In their emaciated bodies, anorexic women defy death but suffer a deficit of desire. While challenging social norms they actually build a system of strict rules that cannot be trespassed. How could anorexics free their minds from the niggling ‘duty’ that makes their lives impossible? How could they let their real desire emerge and express themselves?


Michela Marzano

born in 1970, is an Italian philosopher who teaches at Paris’ Descartes University. She has authored a number of essays in moral and political philosophy: Penser les corps (2002); Je consens, donc je suis... (2006), both published by PUF-Presses Universitaires de France; and La fidélité ou l’amour à vif (Buchet-Chastel, 2005). Also, she edited the Dictionnaire du corps published in France in 2007. In 2008, the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur listed her among the 50 most influential thinkers in France and among the eight young intellectuals in their thirties who offer new perspectives on society. In Italy, she has published La filosofia del corpo (2010) and La fedeltà o il vero amore (2011) for il melangolo; Etica oggi (Centro Studi Erickson, 2011). Her books Estensione del dominio della manipolazione (2009), Sii bella e stai zitta. Perché l’Italia di oggi offende le donne (2010); Volevo essere una farfalla (due out in September 2011) are all published by Mondadori.

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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