Aldo Giorgio Gargani: Reason, Narration, Experience

Aldo Giorgio Gargani: Reason, Narration, Experience

Edited by Nicola Perullo (Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo)


Aldo Giorgio Gargani (1933-2009) is considered one of the major Italian philosophers of the second half of the 20th century. He is known above all for having been one of the most important interpreters of Wittgenstein, but his over forty-year philosophical activity has been carried out in many directions.
In particular, in the second part of his career, Gargani addressed, directly and indirectly, many themes and problems related to an aesthetic horizon, despite not being a scholar in the field in the strict sense. On the one side, one can find evident aesthetic issues in the reading of Wittgenstein's philosophy as a philosophy of expressiveness, finding the key terms in notions such as “gesture”, “physiognomy”, “musical phrase” (particularly relevant in this regard is his latest book, Wittgenstein. Music, word, gesture). On the other side, aesthetics looms large in his strong philosophical interest in Mitteleuropean literature and, in particular, in Austrian novelists and poets such as Robert Musil, Thomas Bernhard and Ingeborg Bachmann, who have worked on the onto-phenomenological and existential value of language. But also Gargani’s three narrative-autobiographical-philosophical works (Sguardo e destino, L’altra storia, Il testo del tempo) elaborated between the end of the ‘80s and the mid-90s of the 20th century, testify his aesthetic attitude towards the processes of thinking. Lastly, he also developed a strong interest in other arts, notably theater and music, without forgetting his engagement in further fields of inquiry, namely psychoanalysis and the relationship between science and aesthetics.

In the wake of highlighting Gargani’s relevance for contemporary aesthetics,  this issue of “Aesthetica Pre-Print” proposes to investigate some of the directions of his thought, in order to enrich the fields of philosophical research that intersect the topics he has explored

Practical information

There will be a first selection of abstracts.

Abstracts: the author of each essay proposed should provide an abstract of 300-500 characters (spaces included) in English, and five keywords, also in English.

Deadline for abstracts submission: 30th September 2023

Deadline for full papers submission: 1st march 2024

Languages admitted: English, Italian

Length of the paper: up to 40.000 characters (selected bibliography excluded)

Authors should follow the Journal’s Guidelines for Submissions:

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