Nature and culture after Francis of Assisi, the day of study in Gangi


Event location: Multipurpose Room Via San Mercurio, 6

Event date: From 08/09/2019 to 08/09/2019

Event cost: Free

Gangi, "Nature and culture after Francis of Assisi": Study day in the context of the historical-medieval re-enactment "Living in Assisi".

As part of the historical-medieval re-enactment "Living in Assisi", one of the most fascinating historical-religious events in Sicily, proclaimed the mother of the Italian medieval traveling events, the last, prestigious, moment comes before the actual representation: the Study Day on "Nature and culture after Francis of Assisi".

The event, which will be held on Sunday 8 September 2019, at the Gangi Multi-function Room, will consist of two sessions, the morning dedicated to Living in Assisi, which will outline all the spiritual, communicative and sociological aspects that have done over time, an event of excellence and the afternoon session, entirely reserved for the topic under study. An occasion to reflect on the relationships between nature and culture starting from the Middle Ages, passing through Humanism, the Renaissance and Positivism to the present day. The relationships between nature and culture are extremely current, thanks also to "modern" disciplines such as biology, genetics, cognitive sciences, in particular, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Within these relationships and transcending them, the question of the supernatural and the sacred arises.

In the morning session, starting at 10.00 am, after the greetings of the Mayor of Gangi Francesco Paolo Migliazzo, there will be speeches by Maria Piera Franco, Lawyer, who will report on "Living in Assisi: an experiential and relational communication", to followed by Francesco Paolo Pinello, Cultor of General Sociology and Deviance, Faculty of Psychological Sciences and Techniques of the University of Enna "Kore" who will speak on "Living in Assisi: sociological analysis of a" people's festival "and Fra Alberto Marangolo OFM, Province of the Friars Minor of Sicily who will speak on "Evangelizing through re-evoking". Finally Roberto Franco, writer and scientific divulger who will talk about "Father Antonio Jerone, Franciscan artist". Moderator of the session Antonella Ballacchino, Physician and writer.

In the afternoon session, starting at 17.00, interventions are scheduled by Rosa Loredana Cardullo, Professor of History of Ancient Philosophy, Director of the Department of Education, University of Catania who will report on "The world of animals after St. Francesco ”, followed by Francesco Coniglione, Professor of History of Philosophy, at the University of Catania who will speak on“ The intertwining of nature and culture: the legacy of Saint Francis ”, the last report will be to Concetto Martello, Associate Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy, at the University of Catania who will speak on "The Franciscan Philosophical Tradition in the Middle Ages" Moderator of the session: Alfonso Lo Cascio, Journalist and Regional President of BC Silesia. At the end of the conference, there will be a guided tour of the exhibition, "Potuit decuit ergo fecit", in which some works by Fr. Antonio Jerone, a Franciscan artist at the Church of the Mount, Convent of the Friars Minor are exhibited.

Different and prestigious collaborations of which makes use of the event. From the OFM of Sicily to the University of Catania, from the Pontifical Council for Culture to Medieval Italy, from the Pontificia Universitas Antonianum, to the Institute of High Culture “P. Antonio Jerone ”, from the Workshop of Medieval Studies in BC Sicily.

In an age and in an environment in which attention to animal rights is almost non-existent, St. Francis of Assisi appears as a forerunner of contemporary animalist movements. For his innocence, his enthusiasm for nature, his kindness and compassion for all living beings, human and non-human, as evidenced by the Canticle of Friar Sun, the biographies written by Tommaso da Celano and Fioretti, Francesco anticipates sensitivity which will be typical of eighteenth-century philosophers like J. Bentham and twentieth-century bioethicists such as Taylor and Singer.

In San Francesco we are witnessing a strong weakening of the philosophical cultural tradition which is functional to the possibility of seeing the natural world with new eyes and without prejudice. This allows him to access a view of nature that is no longer conditioned by old stereotypes and therefore willing to see it as a human partner, rather than its object of conquest and domination. In this respect his attitude is in line with what has emerged in more recent times in the context of ecological reflection.

The late Middle Ages is characterized on the philosophical level by the progressive convergence of the various theoretical strands towards a rigorous model of science, completely independent of religious denominations, with whose "cultural space" in the central Middle Ages tended to overlap. The philosophy of the Franciscans actively participates in this process of "modernization", which culminates in the season known as the "scholastic crisis", that is, in the reflection of Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, who, driven by personal involvement in the dispute over the ecclesiastical paupertas between the Pope from Avignon John XXII and the most spiritual and intransigent wing of the Franciscan order, grasps the correspondence between the distinction of theory and theology and the autonomization, in practice, of temporal power from the spiritual.

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