The line of the arch

The essays that compose this book turn around aesthetic and ethical questions, intertwining the two dimensions. They are intended to elaborate an intercultural philosophy: without idealizing any single way of thinking or any tradition, without idolizing any lazy relativism, the author wants to show how interculturality is neither an ultimate system of thought, nor a disconnected plurality of opinions. Surmounting both monism and dualism, this work leads to deal with the philosophical character of cultural “dribblings”, through which we can grasp the links and relations between identity and difference. As the Italian writer Italo Calvino writes in his novel The Invisible Cities, when we build an arch we cannot forget that its line is necessarily composed by the plurality of its stones. Thinking through different languages and traditions aims to manifest the unspeakable ground on which all the elements of reality meet, and at the same time it aims to care their contingency.

Marcello Ghilardi, MA in Philosophy, PhD in Aesthetics, is a Tenure Researcher at the University of Padova. He has been visiting scholar at the Universities of Paris VII (Denis Diderot), Kyoto Daigaku, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Among his books: L’enigma e lo specchio (2006); Arte e pensiero in Giappone (2011); Il visibile differente (2012); Filosofia dell’interculturalità (2012), Il vuoto, le forme, l’altro (2014) and the artbook In the Distance of Light (2014).

Anna Li Vigni - Il Sole 24 Ore, February 14th, 2016
“Un arco tra Oriente e Occidente”
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