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Issue 14 – Festival I

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FESTIVALS AND THE TIME OF MEMORY

EDITORIAL

The current and the next issues of “Spazio Filosofico”, both devoted to Festival (Festival I and II respectively), are dedicated to Ugo Perone on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Read more »

 
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New Year’s Eve as the Globalized Festival

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Heller

The Bible commands that after having worked for six days, we should rest on the seventh. This day should be different from all others: a day of solid pleasures, of contemplation, a day dedicated to God. A day which divides the “before” and the “after,”’ a border, a measure, “peras,” as the ancient Greeks said. The festive day repeats itself rhythmically, too frequently to call for extravagancy. Read more »

 
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Celebrating Festivals as They Come

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Waldenfelssiegessäule

Festivals are a sort of hyperphenomenon. Firstly, they take place here and now, but exceeding every kind of normality. Partly, they refer to recurrent events such as springtime or Thanksgiving; partly, they remind us of personal events like our own birth, of religious events like the birth of Christ or of political events like the French revolution whose singularity is celebrated by repeating the unrepeatable. Read more »

 
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Momentary Festive Atmosphere

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Nancy

Festivities are a break within time. They are the exception, the suspension of courses and discourses. This is the reason why, as Thomas De Quincey writes, “there was no friend of Kant’s but considered the day on which he was to dine with him as a day of pleasure [jour de fête in French].” Kant desired precisely that a meal taken in common be a distraction from the course of obligations, proprieties, and analytic decompositions. Read more »

 
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Holidays: A Philosophical Gaze

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Perone

As it has been written, “Holidays are an invariant that has never stopped changing”.  History, sociology, and anthropology have a legitimate predilection for variants; philosophy prefers the unchangeable ground. By this I do not mean that the former stop at the phenomena of holidays and the latter limits itself to an allegedly invariable essence. Read more »

 
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The Festive Theater: Georg Fuchs’ Early Theater Theory

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Eloisa

Around the turn of the nineteenth century, the German publisher, art-critic, theatre theorist, and play-writer Georg Fuchs started to develop his own theatre-theory, which is best known to theatre historians through the 1907 book Die Revolution des Theaters. Fuchs first realized his claim for a revolutionary, anti-naturalistic stage and theatre, which was to become completely new in form as well as in meaning, during his years of cooperation with the designer and architect Peter Behrens, from 1899 to 1905. Read more »

 
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The Time of Holidays

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FabrisGiacometti

To speak of holidays means to speak of time. The time of holidays is not vacation time, that is, empty time; rather, it is meaningful time that refers beyond itself. Today, however, it is difficult to experience such a kind of time. Due also to the impact of new technologies, today time has, as it were, exploded; Read more »

 
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For the Last Time, “Friedensfeier”

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Bevilacqua

The essay distinguishes between the two different German words for “festival” (Fest/Feier) through an interpretation of the first stanza of Hölderlin’s Friedensfeier, which was found in the second half of the twentieth century. Hölderlin celebrates a political meeting (the Diet of Regensburg) by describing in detail the meeting room, which upon the occasion is also the festival room, in view of the proclamation of the European peace.

 
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The Festiveness of Philosophy

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Samonà

The essay links the circular time of festivals with the theoretical activity of philosophy. To this goal, it examines the relation among play, festival, and experience of truth in Gadamer starting with a confrontation between Aristotle’s conception of the relation between play and philosophy and Gadamer’s own conception. Read more »

 
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Is the Holiday Over?

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CiancioSabatodelVillaggio

Holidays are interruptions of ordinary time and life for the purpose of celebrating the sense, or a sense, of life itself. Holidays, which in their original sense are religious, consist of two forms, namely the sacred and the holy. Only in the form of the holy do holidays fulfill their overall purpose, which is that of giving meaning to the totality of human experience. Read more »

 
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Tragedy in the Time of Holidays

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Magris

Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy was strongly criticized by Wilamowitz with the argument that tragedy has no essential relation with the Dionysian religion, least of all if it is interpreted, as Nietzsche does, as an anticipation of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. This paper will demonstrate the reliability of such criticism through an historical analysis of the development, the content, and the mythological background of the four Dionysian festivals that constituted the traditional framework for all dramatic performances in classical Athens: Read more »

 
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The Promise and the Festival

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ManciniAdorno

This essay advances a conception of festival as shared expression of an experience of happiness. Happiness is in turn understood as harmony between the answer we are capable of giving life and the answer life gives us. In the tension implied in this dialectic there lies, for us, the wait for what is truly adequate not only to our desire but also to our being. Read more »

 
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