the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

The notion of creation stands between the notion of invention and that of discovery. A discovery is said of something that was un-covered, something we did not know but was present and is brought to light. Invention is said of something that was not and stands, so to speak, in a relationship to nothingness. Traditionally, therefore, discovery is attributed to science and invention to art. Yet are we sure that we can be content with this simple conceptual opposition? In actual fact science is no less connected to invention than art, and art with discovery. Still, art and science entail two different ontologies: science has reality for its object, art has the sense of reality.


Sergio Givone

is Full Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Florence since 1991. Prior to that, he has taught at the Universities of Perugia and Turin. He was Humboldt- Stipendiat at the University of Heidelberg. He has lectured and held seminars at Stanford, Columbia, Sorbonne Paris VIII, Lille, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Madrid (Autonoma and Complutense), Barcelona. He contributes to a number of journals and newspapers, and in 2002 he has founded the journal “Estetica” of which he is the current editor in chief. His books, translated into many languages, include: Storia del nulla (Laterza, 1995); Eros/ethos (Einaudi, 2000); Prima lezione di estetica (Laterza, 2003); Il bibliotecario di Leibniz (Einaudi, 2005); Metafisica della peste (Einaudi, 2012). He ha salso written a few novels: Favola delle cose ultime (Einaudi, 1998); Nel nome di un dio barbaro (Einaudi, 2002) and Non c’è più tempo (Einaudi, 2008).

All theevents2012


Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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