The Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry


    Plato proscribed poetry from the city, but at the same time he mimetically put his philosophical arguments on stage by means of dialogues and myths. The relationship between philosophy and poetry, theory and artistic production has always been controversial ever since.

    Our group assumes that an investigation on the quarrel that philosophy and poetry carried out over the centuries enables us to reflect upon the style of philosophy. Does the setting up of fictions, the recourse to myths and metaphors divert philosophy from its task, or rather help it to spread it over? If we consider philosophy as an attitude to adopt, as Ancients did, then we should see as necessary an investigation on the communicative style that could enable philosophy to involve anyone run across its questions.

    Our group is quite heterogeneous: our researches are concerned with Leopardi, Vico, the Goethezeit and the Decadent movement. In spite of their different itineraries, all members share the idea that the widespread partition of human science into self-referential microcosms cannot help either exploring the common origin of each branches or aiming at fruitful intersections.