Nell'officina della metafisica

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Nell'officina della metafisica

Following the success of the meetings with Carlo Ginzburg, Sabino Cassese and Luisa Ciammitti, the "Officine" of the Historical Archive of the Pontifical Gregorian University will host Massimo Cacciari to talk about his latest book and to start a dialogue - in the spirit of previous initiatives - which compares the voice of a great contemporary interpreter with those of the past, thanks to unpublished archival funds.The second part of the day will be dedicated to the Wetter Fund and to the presentation of the correspondence between Gustav Wetter (1911-1991), future director of the Pontifical Collegium Russicum, with the Russian philosopher Lev Karsavin (1882-1952), a thinker close to Florenskij and the at the same time very original; he was rediscovered in Russia, only after the end of the Soviet Union.We will see that at the center of this intense exchange of letters, still unpublished in Italy, is the same problem that occupies Cacciari's last reflections: the concrete reality of metaphysics.

Massimo Cacciari titles his latest book "Metafisica concreta", in homage to Pavel Florenskij who would have liked to call his definitive work, which was never completed. 
 The oxymoron is only apparent: starting from a close exegesis of John 4:22: "we worship what we know", Cacciari questions a philosophical paradigm that dismisses metaphysics as a science of the afterlife. 
This misunderstanding - at the center of great philosophical interpretations, from Nietzsche to Heidegger - would have overlooked the essential connection that unites philosophical reflection and theological speculation with the examination of a concretely present, visible spiritual reality.


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Date: Apr 17, 2024
Hours: From 10:30 To 13:00
Organizer: Faculty of Philosophy
Historical Archive
Category: Conference
Room: Aula Magna

Pontificia Università Gregoriana
Piazza della Pilotta, 4
I-00187 Roma

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There will be no live streaming.

To participate in the specialist seminar, please send your application to [email protected].

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