the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Intellectual independence is more and more of a challenge today, but who are intellectuals, and what is their role? They should not be viewed as a social group: in the best cases they are individuals whose power often lies just in the fact that they cannot be categorized. In Berardinelli’s view, there are three types of intellectuals: the Metaphysical, the Technical and the Critical. The contradictions between culture and society tend to make intellectuals of all types suspicious of sociability and its rules. Their misanthropy is not hostility, distrust and contempt of man and mankind in abstract terms but aversion to man as a ‘social animal.’ Their true target is the ‘sociable man’ who is always ready and inclined to obeying the rules of society.


Alfonso Berardinelli

is one of Italy’s leading literary critics and essayists. His fields of interest are modern poetry, literary teorie, history of literary criticism, and the relations between intellectuals and power. Together with P. Bellocchio, he has founded and edited Diario, a leading literary review. From 1983 to 1995 he has taught Contemporary Literature at Venice university, before resigning to protest the closed nature of Italy’s cultural system. He currently contributes to Il Sole 24 Ore, Avvenire and Il Corriere della sera. He has authored many books, including L’eroe che pensa. Disavventure dell’impegno (1997) and Poesia non poesia (2008) for Einaudi; L’ABC del mondo contemporaneo (minimum fax, 2004); Casi critici. Dal postmoderno alla mutazione (Quodlibet, 2007). Marsilio published his books La forma del saggio. Definizione e attualità di un genere letterario (2002), Non incoraggiate il romanzo (2011). Che intellettuale sei? (2011) is published by nottetempo.

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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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