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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

CANCELLED - Forms of Time Public Lecture: ‘How to Become an Animal in our Time’

29th April 2013, 18:15 to 19:15, Room 140, Elvet Riverside Building, Felice Cimatti, Professor of Philosophy, University of Calabria, Italy (Senior Researc Fellow - Cofund - Durham University)

This lecture has had to be cancelled apologies for short notice.

This paper revolves around the topic of the limits of language. The faculty of language is at the origin of consciousness, and as such of human subjectivity. The main characteristic of this subjectivity is to coincide with a desire that can never be fulfilled. The intuitive idea captured by this systematisation is the idea of the human creature as essentially restless. Felice Cimatti will endeavour to explore the link between this restless or tormented subjectivity with the social, political and ecological crisis of our time. Our time inflects this subjective restlessness into an incessant need for things, things to be acquired only through a massive and unjust exploitation of people and resources. We need to find a way to avoid the anthropological mechanism that produces these effects: the faculty of language. Based on his previous research on primates, Felice Cimatti,provocative thesis implies a study of ‘animality’ as a heuristic model to imagine a condition of life not based on subjectivity.

Felice Cimatti, teaches Philosophy of Language at the University of Calabria, Italy. Among his main publications: Il senso della mente (The sense of mind. For a critique of cognitivism), Il volto e la parola (Face and speech), Il possibile ed il reale (The possible and the real. The sacred after the death of God), La vita che verrà (Coming life. Biopolitics for Homo sapiens). He is on of the main editors of Italian Journal of Philosophy of Language (, is one of the founders of Centro Studi Filosofia e Psicoanalisi ( . He is a teacher of Istituto Freudiano (which is part of Le Champ freudien, Paris). He is one of the conductors of the most important Italian cultural radio program (Fahrenheit, Rai-Radio3). He has published an ethological novel, Senza colpa (Without fault). In 2012 he received the Cesare Musatti Award by SPI, Italian Psychoanalytic Society

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