Saturday 25 March 2017 ore 18:00 - 20:00

In the presence of animals.Animated thoughts and life: the roots of philosophy | With Claudia Baracchi

Graziella Lonardi Buontempo hall – free entrance until full capacity

Five events to rethink the relationship between humans and animals

Who are animals? To what extent can they be perceived as individuals inside the cosmos? What psychological and political changes can we aspire to, in the third millennium, as to the dream of interacting with non-humans in peace and harmony? Several exponents of philosophy, spirituality, ethology and psychology have spoken their minds about such matters, all with the aim of carrying out original research based upon the integration of prospects and devoid of dogmatic and doctrinal restraints.

The second event will see Claudia Baracchi, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Milano Bicocca University, help us rediscover which parts of ancient philosophy are to be valued and enhanced as far as man’s relationship with the cosmos and nature is concerned.
Lore has it that Pythagoras “was walking on the street when he came across a puppy which was being beaten. He felt compassion for it, and said ‘Stop, don’t keep hitting him, since it is the soul of a man who is dear to me, which I recognized when I heard it yelping’”. The ancient philosopher had therefore the ability to sense life and understand that it shared his same vulnerability and suffering, regardless of its form. Thought, being detached from rational thinking, pictures the winged soul take the features of “boys and girls, shrubs, birds and silent sea fish”.

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“Al cospetto degli animali” (In the presence of animals) is a project by Philo pratiche filosofiche in cooperation with the MAXXI Foundation, curated by Benedetta Silj