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17 September 2020From tomorrow to Sunday 20 September in Modena, Carpi and Sassuolo almost 150 appointments including master classes, exhibitions and shows.

Among the protagonists 41 speakers, 18 of which make their debut at the festival.

Among the most anticipated guests: Cacciari, Galimberti, Marzano, Massini, Recalcati, Vegetti Finzi, and among the debutants Bria, O'Connell, Sadin, Schnapp, Soro.

The program is a tribute to the thought of Remo Bodei.

Dedicated to the theme of machines, the 2020 philosophy festival is scheduled in Modena, Carpi and Sassuolo from 18 to 20 September.

First edition after the death of Remo Bodei, the entire festival program is a grateful and moving tribute to his thoughts and works on the theme of machines.

It will be a live festival which, however, will be held by adopting all the protocols and devices provided for by the Covid-19 emergency, to ensure maximum safety for the public and operators.

Participation in the lessons takes place via online booking from the festival website.

Now in its twentieth edition, the format of the festival provides as always master classes, exhibitions, shows, readings, activities for children and philosophical dinners.

The appointments will be almost 150 and all free, accessible by booking or quotas.   

Squares and courtyards will host over 40 master classes in which great personalities of philosophical thought will address the various declinations of the theme, to bring out the challenges posed by technological innovation and artificial intelligence to various spheres of thought and action, from work to health, from politics to social life, discussing its perspectives and social and ethical implications.   

The 2020 edition, while confirming the close link with the major protagonists of the philosophical debate, presents eighteen new voices.

Three quarters of the foreign authors are making their debut at the festival.

Among the recurring protagonists are included, among others, Enzo Bianchi, Massimo Cacciari (member of the scientific committee of the festival), Barbara Carnevali (member of the scientific committee of the festival), Roberto Esposito, Maurizio Ferraris (Lectio "BPER Banca"), Umberto Galimberti, Michela Marzano, Stefano Massini, Salvatore Natoli (Lectio "Coop Alleanza 3.0"), Telmo Pievani (Lectio "Hera Group"), Massimo Recalcati (Lectio "Confindustria Emilia Area Centro"), Carlo Sini, Silvia Vegetti Finzi and Stefano Zamagni (Lectio "Rotary Club Ghirlandina Group").

Among the "debutants", Alessandro Aresu, Francesca Bria, Michele Di Francesco, Barbara Henry, Mark O'Connell, Jeffrey Schnapp.   

The philosophical program of the festival also offers the section "the lesson of the classics": eminent scholars and scholars, including Simona Forti and Emanuela Scribano, will comment on the texts that, in the history of Western thought, have constituted models or conceptual turning points relevant to the theme of the person.

If the master classes are the heart of the event, a vast creative program (still being defined) will involve performances, music and live shows.

Among the participants: Liliana Cavani (in a conversation about her work), Federico Buffa (in a recital on "2001 A Space Odyssey"), Marco Paolini (in a reading from "The adventures of Numero Primo"), Paolo Nespoli (in a conversation on human-machine integration in the astronaut experience).

There will be initiatives for children and young people.

Over twenty exhibitions proposed on the occasion of the festival, including the one-man show of Quayola produced by Fondazione Modena Arti Visive.

In Carpi an exhibition at the Museums of Palazzo dei Pio reconstructs the work of Bernardino Ramazzini, while in Sassuolo a solo exhibition by Nani Tedeschi is dedicated to the symbiosis between the driver and the car.   

The festival is promoted by the Consortium for the philosophy festival, of which the Municipalities of Modena, Carpi and Sassuolo, the San Carlo College Foundation of Modena, the Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi Foundation and the Modena Foundation are members.