Meeting at the Foundation ..
Perspectives for a New Humanism
Conversation with the philosopher Alberto Baggio
The appointment of Wednesday, November 28 at 9.00 p.m. in the hall of the Gottarelli Foundation, Via Caterina Sforza, 13 in Imola is with Prof. Alberto Baggio.
During the evening we will not speak on themes of literature or poetry; instead, some considerations will be made of a current thinking that invokes the transforming activity of the human being and which proposals begin to be considered with greater attention thanks to the profound changes that are taking place in society.
The question of European unity in the historical phase that we experience meets many difficulties. This is well understood if some elements are taken into consideration: different languages, different national histories, different religions, traditions, social dynamics. Yet unity is an indispensable duty.
To think about the new European ideality, the essential themes of Humanism must be resumed, so as to overcome the narrow visions of positivistic sign of anthropology. The sciences are a reality of great importance and the techniques that follow are equally formidable. But it is certain that a humanity that has more knowledge and more powerful technical instruments must also offer a more lively awareness of the truth of human beings.
The memory goes to the "unfinished dawn" of the Renaissance - Nicoḷ Cusano, Pico della Mirandola, Marsilio Ficino - when, in place of a sudden exaltation of human beings, the possible wealth of their being was indicated as "minor mundus". But "minor mundus" is such not only in relation to possible scientific knowledge; it also reflects in itself an opening to Other. To ignore this aspect means to produce an anthropology unreasonably reduced, it means to want to read the story deprived of its sacred axis.
But the project must follow the memory. Along with the historical study there must also be a new responsibility of a theoretical nature. Philosophy has to deal with past and present attempts to annihilate human beings or make them immortal. On the one hand, the most radical nihilism - which after proclaiming the death of God has declared the death of man, on the other hand the faustism - which pretends to realize the infinite value in the horizon of human essence or history in different ways. What prospects are announced today as alternatives to these two opposing views of the world? What is the essence of man? Is it still possible to define it so as to have a basis for the reconstruction of a political and social unity in Europe?
So today a new humanism is possible as it becomes current every time the problem of the human condition is reopened and for the man of today it is urgent to re-see, rethink, be reborn.
The evening will be special, unique and a source of reflection.
Alberto Baggio graduated in philosophy in Bologna and had as a teacher prof. Maurizio Malaguti. The professor. Malaguti also followed his thesis of license and doctorate at the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome. He also received a research doctorate from the University of Trento. He is a permanent lecturer at the Dominican Philosophical Study of Bologna and teaches philosophy and history at the Scientific High School Sant'Alberto Magno in Bologna. His research goes from the themes of classical metaphysics and turns to investigate the possible relationships between philosophy and revelation. He focused in particular on the authors of the Christian tradition: Agostino, Bonaventura, Cusano and Rosmini. He has published some articles and two monographs on Rosmini: Fondati in Alto. Analogy and revelation in Rosmini, Aracne, 2016 and Civilisation and philosophical history in the thinking of Antonio Rosmini, Studies and Research of the University of Trento 2016.