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Carlo Ginzburg: Secularism and Its Ambiguities. Three Case Studies

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Secularism and Its Ambiguities

Three Case Studies


Is the world we inhabit secular or religious – or both? Obviously, the answer  depends from the place we inhabit, from the social environment we belong, and also from the different meanings  attached to the word “secularism”. (Recently, I have been told that  in  India  “secularism” means  “openness to all religions”). But there  is no doubt that the relationship between secularism and religions – punctuated by tensions, contentions, hybridizations – is full of ambiguities. The aim of these lectures  is to contribute to a better (and badly needed) understanding  of these issues.

  December 3 -  I:  Forging the People

Machiavelli, Michelangelo


          In the western tradition of secularism Machiavelli,  and Machiavellianism,  are   a crucial  point  of reference. The first lecture will approach their intricate relationship, approaching them from an unexpected point of view: the long-term trajectory of a metaphor.