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Remembering Emanuele Severino
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Remembering Emanuele Severino

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The Italian Cultural Institute of Berlin is organizing an in-depth examination of one of the leading figures of 20th-century Italian philosophy.
Image Credit © Federico Perelda
Image Credit © Federico Perelda

On 20 January 2022, together with the ICI Berlin (Institute for Cultural Inquiry), the University of Padua and the Italienzentrum of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Italian Cultural Institute of Berlin is organizing two events on the life and philosophy of Emanuele Severino (1929–2020), two years after his death. Both events are being curated by Giulio Goggi, Federico Perelda, Damiano Sacco and Ines Testoni.

Over the course of sixty years, Severino has cultivated an ‘untimely’ philosophical project, with the intention of rethinking the relationship between twentieth-century nihilism and the Western canon. In particular, Severino’s research has been directed towards showing how the history of Italian philosophy has had a decidedly metaphysical character, in the vein of Parmenides. Severino is widely recognized as one of the most remarkable and provocative thinkers of the twentieth century. In the words of the philosopher Massimo Cacciari, he is ‘the only alternative to Martin Heidegger’.

The first of the two events will be a meeting aimed at illustrating the major trajectories of Severino’s thought. It will be streamed live at 14.00 and will be available to watch later on the platform at Participants will include Massimiliano Cabella, Alessandro Carrera, Fabio Farotti, Giulio Goggi, Michelangelo Stanzani Maserati, Federico Perelda, Damiano Sacco, Fabio Scardigli, Ines Testoni and Marco Vasile.

The second event, which will be held at 19.30 at ICI Berlin (registration required) and available to stream online, will include two lectures by Ugo Perone and Luca Illetterati, followed by a discussion moderated by Damiano Sacco. Ugo Perone teaches philosophy of religion at the Humboldt University in Berlin; Luca Illetterati is professor of theoretical philosophy at the University of Padua.

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