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An Ovi Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a New Humanism An Ovi Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a New Humanism
by The Ovi Symposium
2013-06-06 10:58:56
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An Ovi Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity
and the Envisioning of a New Humanism

(An introductory note on its origins and its envisioned goals by its coordinator Dr. Paparella)

Having been charged with the coordination of this philosophical conversation, it may be proper to introduce its origins to the readers. To narrate origins is not only to situate a particular  cultural phenomenon within the historical process but also to envision where it may be coming from and where it may be headed. Come to think of it, the whole millenarian Western philosophical canon, beginning with Socrates all the way to Heidegger and Derrida can be considered a conversation in the tradition of the symposium or of the Platonic dialogues.

In our particular case, its origins can be traced to a seminal brief dialogue conducted in the pages of the magazine on April 17, 2013 between three of the conversation’s four participants: Drs. Nannery, Paparella and Paolozzi titled “A Brief Dialogue between Dr. Nannery, Paparella and Paolozzi on Low and High Culture in Italian Literature and Philosophy vis a vis Benedetto Croce, Alessandro Manzoni and Antonio Gramsci” (open the following link to it: http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/9901).

It occurred to me that we could well continue that initial convivial conversation after selecting a more encompassing topic from the field of aesthetics. I initially mentioned this idea to Thanos Kalamidas for his editorial approval and, as usual, he not only accepted  it enthusiastically but encouraged me to proceed with its coordination and facilitation. We came up with the above topic and here we are, ready to begin. Each of us will contribute an initial presentation within the framework of the above theme to clarify his particular concerns and then the conversation will take off from there.

As the word “conversation” powerfully suggests, without going too far afield in the Rortian metaphysical interpretation of the word, our dialogue will be colloquial throughout keeping academic technical jargon at a minimum, to be utilized when absolutely necessary. It will also be  informative and convivial. It is hoped that such a milieu will go a long way in appealing to the vast majority of readers and in demonstrating two essential things: 1) that a conversation, especially a philosophical one, can be spirited and robust but at the same time can remain civil and cordial throughout if it respects and does not abuse free speech (one thinks of the great disagreements between Plato and Aristotle), 2) that humanistic philosophical concerns are not only topical and relevant to the brave new world in which we live and have our being but are absolutely necessary to ensure our cultural and even physical survival.

After this preliminary introduction, let the conversation begin in that humanistic spirit of the  symposium in the Greek agora or that of Castiglione at the Renaissance Court of the Duke of Urbino where great conversations held sway.

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 Symposium for the Exploration of the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a New Humanism

Participants:

Dr. E. L. Paparella has a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism with a dissertation on Giambattista Vico from Yale University. He currently teaches philosophy at Barry University and Broward College in Florida.

Dr. Ernesto Paolozzi teaches history of contemporary philosophy at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples. A Croce scholar and an expert on historicism, he has written widely, especially on aesthetics and liberalism vis a vis science.

Dr. Lawrence Nannery. Has studied at Boston College, Columbia University and at The New School for Social Research where he obtained his Ph.D. He founded The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal and authored The Esoteric Composition of Kafka’s Corpus. Devising Nihilistic Literature, 2 vols. Mellen Press.

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