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“Cultivating Things with Heidegger” Research seminar with Silvia Benso

Tid: 2017-05-29 15:00 -- 2017-05-29 17:00
Plats: NIC0541- K3 studio
Målgrupp: All interested

Abstract: After an account of Heidegger’s conceptualization of things in terms of relationality, I will address Heidegger’s treatment of physis, art, and modern technology as modes of poiesis according to the Greek understanding of such terms. Through a brief phenomenological analysis, I will then explore how the art of gardening can be interpreted as a form of poiesis in which an event of Ereignis as appropriation occurs that is both disclosive of a relation to physis in line with the Greek sense of poiesis as aletheia and possibly capable of withstanding the dangers of modern technology. I will conclude by arguing that by cultivating things as if in a garden, we may be able to dwell in the world in a way that lets things be disclosed in their relationality. 

Short Biography: Silvia Benso has been Professor of Philosophy at RIT since Winter 2008. After doing her undergraduate work in philosophy at the University of Torino, Italy, and studying in Germany for almost two years, she graduated with a Ph.D. in philosophy from Penn State University, USA. Among her areas of interest and specialization are ancient philosophy, contemporary European philosophy, the history of philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, and feminist theories. Besides having published articles on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, and ancient philosophy (especially Plato), she is the author of Thinking After Auschwitz: Philosophical Ethics and Jewish Theodicy (in Italian), The Face of Things: A Different Side of Ethics, and the co-author of the volume Environmental Thinking: Between Philosophy and Ecology (in Italian). She has also co-edited the volumes Contemporary Italian Philosophy: Between Ethics, Politics and Religion, Levinas and the Ancients, and Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo. She is the general co-editor for the series Contemporary Italian Philosophy published by SUNY Press.  

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