the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

It is no longer problematic to speak of animal minds as no-one doubts their existence anymore. If anything, the philosophical and scientific problem is to identify what kinds of minds non-humans have. But why is the animal mind a problem? Why do we question ourselves on the way animal think? After a brief overview on scientists’ and philosophers’ views on the subject of differences between human and animal minds—from Aristotle to Descartes to Derrida—Cimatti will address the issue of language, the specific difference between human and non-human, and its cognitive consequences. What happens to animals when we try to teach them a human communication system? Are animals best left alone?


Felice Cimatti

teaches Philosophy of the mind and Philosophy of communication at the university of Calabria. He iso ne of the presenters of Fahrenheit, the popular cultural show on Channel 3 of Italian public radio. He is a regular contributor to the culture section of il manifesto, to Tuttoscienze (the science insert of La Stampa newsdaily) and to Rivista di Psicoanalisi. He has written many papers and artiche, and his books include La scimmia che si parla. Linguaggio, autoscienza e libertà nell’animale umano (2000) and Il senso della mente. Per una critica del cognitivismo (2004), published by Bollati Boringhieri; La mente silenziosa. Come pensano gli animali non umani (Editori Riuniti, 2002); Il volto e la parola. Per una psicologia superficiale (Quodlibet, 2007); Il possibile ed il reale. Il sacro dopo la morte di Dio (Codice Edizioni, 2009); Senza colpa (Marcos y Marcos, 2010); Naturalmente comunisti. Politica, linguaggio ed economia (Bruno Mondadori, 2011).

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Edoardo Boncinelli

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Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

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Alessandro Barbero

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Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

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Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

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Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

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Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

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Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

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Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

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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

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Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

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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

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Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

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Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

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Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

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Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

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Evento n.37

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