An excerpt from the chapter ‘ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPACE’ of the book ‘Public Space. Henri Lefebvre and Beyond’ by Angela D’Ascoli     Change life!’ ‘Change society!’ These precepts mean nothing without the production of an appropriate space […] To change life […] we must first change space. Henri Lefebvre   The building–dwelling–thinking conceptual triptych that Martin Heidegger (2000) consecrated in the above-mentioned illustrious conference is by no means unprecedented in modern times. In fact, the practice of dwelling has always represented a subject of considerable debate among human... Read more →

Relations. Ontology And Philosophy Of Religion

Introduction of the book Relations. Ontology And Philosophy Of Religion Edited by Daniele Bertini and Damiano Migliorini (1)     1. Once again: why relations? ‘The question of relations is one of the most important that arise in philosophy, as most other issues turn on it: monism and pluralism […]; idealism and realism, in some of their forms; perhaps the very existence of philosophy as subject distinct from science and possessing a method of its own’. (2) This observation by Russell – which echoes his well-known discussion with the idealist... Read more →

Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism: a short interview with Gernot Bohme

Gernot Böhme, author of the book Critique of Aesthetic Capitalism (2017, Mimesis International), in conversation with Tonino Griffero,  Director of the book series Atmospheric Spaces Tonino Griffero: What is the range of influence of Aesthetic Economy on our society? Does it really affect our daily life? Gernot Böhme: Yes, indeed, it is mainly a matter of everyday life. The main part of industrial production is not for basic needs, but it meets – or even supports – our desires. Our environment today is no longer – as Heidegger called it ­–... Read more →


An excerpt from Joseph Margolis – Three Paradoxes of Personhood. The Venetian Lectures “Yes, I think that my work has really come out from my notion of aesthetics. First of all, you can’t do any pertinent work in the philosophy of art, history, or culture without admitting relativism. You cannot have a theory of interpretation regarding art or the rest of the cultural world of humans that does not accommodate the relativistic option.” Joseph Margolis   On the definition of art and why it matters even outside aesthetics In Italy... Read more →

Interview with Lisa Giombini, author of the book Musical Ontology: a Guide for the Perplexed

    What is the definition of musical ontology? Musical works are a strange kind of thing. We consider them to be works of art, yet they do not possess the physicality of ‘traditional’ art objects such as paintings on museums’ walls, or sculptures on gallery plinths. ‘That’s because musical works are performed’, one may reply. In this regard, we should stress that the performative aspect of it does not constitute the musical work in itself. Indeed, it is merely a performance of it. Hence, unlike paintings and sculptures, trying... Read more →

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