Les Grandes Conférences Catholiques

‘Nuccio Ordine’

9 Mar.'22
- 20:30

Live for others, if you want to live for yourself

Philosopher, literary critic and professor of Italian literature at the University of Calabria (Italy), at Harvard University and at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Nuccio Ordine has been named doctor honoris causa at numerous universities. He also teaches at Yale University in the United States and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. His books have been translated into many languages.

Professor Ordine will speak on the importance of literature and human solidarity. The COVID-19 pandemic, he explains, has made people understand that an individualistic vision of society is profoundly flawed and unfair. We are not separate islands; humanity is a single continent. Lockdown has made us realise how much we need each other and how certain skills or knowledge – unjustly considered useless since not synonymous with monetary gain – are in fact necessary. Ordine believes that becoming better human beings is impossible without nourishment from literature, music, philosophy, art and science. Culture and education are vital to a more ‘humane’ humanity.

Professor Ordine has chosen the following title for his conference: Live for others, if you want to live for yourself: literature and human solidarity, the importance of education, culture and the unnecessary.

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