Friday 25 October 2019, 18:00 - 19:00
Lectio magistralis.

Massimo Cacciari’s restless mind

Carlo Scarpa hall – admittance € 5
10 individual seats reserved for myMAXXI cardholders writing to mymaxxi@fondazionemaxxi.itby the day before the event

A thought on the past but also on the worldly and ultra-worldly future.

A vision of the period of Humanism still predominates, which exalts, on the one hand, the aesthetic-artistic values, and tends to reduce, on the other hand, the thought to rhetorical-philological elements. Massimo Cacciari makes us understand how things are more complex and less schematic, and how humanistic philology should be inserted in a more extensive cultural project where attention to the past is complementary to the reflection on the worldly and ultra-worldly future.

This philology is intimately philosophy and theology. And the philosophical knots faced by the humanists (who in this perspective do not begin with Petrarch or the Paduans, but with Dante) are difficult to ascribe to harmonic or pacifying systems, according to a traditional Renaissance vision. There is a tragic core of strong “anti-dialectical” humanistic thought, in which the opposite polarities are neither harmonised nor synthesised.