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Issue 15 – Festival II

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Double Excess

EDITORIAL

Superabundance is appropriate to festivals and holidays. When they are successful, festivals and holidays are meant to go on. Thus, “Spazio Filosofico” continues with the same concept once again, like Scheherazade, who does not stop narrating, and adds ever new contents to her stories. Read more »

 
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Rituals and the Sacred: Reflections on the Anthropology of the Formation of Ideals

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When the two oppositional pairs sacred/profane and religious/profane are not mixed up, then an anthropological (and not merely religious) analysis of rituals becomes possible. The essay carries out such a detailed analysis and examines the subsequent developments from Durkheim to Habermas. Read more »

 
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Awaiting a Festival

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Macho

On the basis of the definition of human beings as beings who await and thus gain time, the essay examines the aporias of the wait within the Christian tradition, namely: the attempt at distinguishing the wait for a forthcoming event and the wait tout court, the re-interpretation of Jesus’ promise to come soon in the sense of an encounter with him after death, Read more »

 
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“A Holiday that does not Like Me”

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Salmann

The essay pays close attention to moments of ambivalence within holidays that can be valued also from a theological perspective. On the basis of childhood memories of happiness and delusion connected with Christmas, Read more »

 
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The Charism of Being Friends, or How a Celebration Can Turn Into a Festival

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Sparn

Through an interpretation of Friedrich Hölderlin’s hymn, Friedensfeier, firstly, the essay formulates the hypothesis that it is the spirit of friendship that transforms a celebration, which one can deliberately plan and stage, into a festival, for which friends can hope but whose splendor and happiness they cannot produce. Secondly, the essay clarifies the semantic profiles and the modern variation in the relation between ritual ceremonies, which are often instrumentalized by social interests, and festivals, whose emergence is intermingled for example with affective excitement. Read more »

 
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Festivals

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The essay regards festivals as “the unusual” that inserts itself in our lives – lives that, on the contrary, have already delineated their usual direction. Within the world of festivals, life attains its own form by defining times, places, and communities that celebrate memories and feelings. Read more »

 
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Festivals: Between Wars and Fraternity

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Longato

Festivals are threshold-events between everydayness and non-everydayness. They mirror the way in which we relate to others and to reality in general, as attested by the main functions performed by festivals. In the essay, such functions are critically examined with reference to Caillois, Bachtin, Pieper, and Gadamer. Read more »

 
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Festivals: Meaning and Fullness of the Experience of the Finite

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Festivals introduce an interruption in the flow of everyday life. Within the limits marked by such an interruption, a form of experience different from the ordinary takes place. The time of festivals evokes and makes present the sacred time in which events that have founded human society have occurred. Read more »

 
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Errant Festivals

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Marassi

In the 1900s, festivals were understood in a variety of ways polarized around Frazer’s and Freud’s positions. Both Frazer and Freud emphasize the features of suspension of everydayness, marginality, and transgression that belong to festivals. Over time, these notions have declined and have been unified in the idea of festivals understood as the fulfillment of (a here unspecifiable) desire. Read more »

 
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Metaphysics and the Time of Festivals

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The essay centers on the connection between truth and time. The originarily tragic constitution of such a connection undergoes a turn in the birth of metaphysical thought. Metaphysical thought is here presented as a form of thinking that unfolds entirely within the path of the skeptical, Socratic principle of “knowing not to know” and unrolls ideally in a time without duration, a time unrepresentable to consciousness, a merely logical time. Read more »

 
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The Relationality of Festivals: Pietas, Gift, and Gratitude

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Russo

Festivals can only be understood if one reflects with a philosophical eye on the data made available through cultural anthropology. Celebrating is a uniquely human phenomenon concerning the fundamental structures of personal existence. Among such structures, the essay focuses on the relationality that is evident in all festivals. Read more »

 
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From Re-enchantment to Festivals: Politics of Public Space

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Vercellone

Through the idea of the “re-enchantment of the world,” the essay elaborates and formulates in still preparatory terms the proposal of a deliberately strategic use of images and, more specifically even though not exclusively, of public art in terms of a re-symbolization of the shared public space. Read more »

 
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In Favor of the Right to Holidays

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Gamba

In 1869, the twenty-six year old Hermann Cohen held a lecture on the Jewish Sabbath and, more specifically, on its social significance. Cohen showed the enduring value (which cannot be considered as overcome) of the commandment regarding the observance of the Shabbat. Despite its unilateralism and limitations, this youthful work by Cohen appears to be absolutely timely today within a context where the social value of a day of rest equal for all workers is increasingly challenged to the point of being regarded as obsolete. Read more »

 
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Thank You!

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Whether because I have let myself become involved in writing a text in the history of philosophy reduced to a minimum or because of the summer atmosphere that invites to group games, in any event, I have convinced myself that the only way to respond to the surprise of one, even, two (!) issues devoted to festivals/holidays and written on the occasion of an anniversary of mine is to line up the awesome contributions that have been offered to me, reduce them to one single expression, and write a comment on it as if it were a tweet of absolutely no more than 50 words. Read more »

 
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