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Distraction as a Philosophical Concept and a Stylistic Device in France and Italy.17th-19th Centuries

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Coordinator
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK 

Organization address
address: Kirby Corner Road - University House
city: COVENTRY
postcode: CV4 8UW
website: www.warwick.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://www.mesmer.it/
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2017-08-31

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 Project objective

The proposed research challenges and reassesses the historical development of ‘distraction’ in its philosophical and literary implications. The dominant Augustinian-Pascalian strain of Western thought has traditionally viewed distraction as an expression of human imperfection, which has therefore to be corrected in favour of concentration and logical thinking. My project reconstructs how the 17th and 18th cs. witness a different understanding of distraction in both the ethical and the aesthetic-cognitive spheres, paving the way to its revaluation as a productive resource, in literary and stylistic terms, between the 18th and 19th cs. By focusing on the French and Italian linguistic and cultural domains, characterised by a lively circulation of texts and by a relatively homogeneous cultural background, the Fellow will show how the genealogy of distraction intersects and mirrors the intellectual and cultural tensions between the Old Regime and the post-revolutionary decades. In particular, the proposed research will address the ways distraction tackles and reassesses the conflictual relationship between truth and falsehood, objectivity and subjectivity, theory and fiction, thereby blurring the borders between philosophical-theoretical and literary-fictional forms of writing. The project possesses both historical and theoretical implications. On the one hand, it reconstructs a fluid moment in Western cultural history, witnessing a profound reconfiguration of philosophical and rhetorical praxes, whose outcome may even be identified in literature as an attempt to recompose the original fracture between poetry and philosophy in which Western culture – according to Agamben – is rooted. On the other, it firmly relies on a strong philosophical framework that, through a constant dialogue with thinkers such as Bergson, Benjamin, and Rancière, understands distraction as a peculiar and intrinsic feature of intellectual modernity.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2018 Alessandra Aloisi
Maine de Biran’s Conception of Melancholy, Between Medicine and Philosophy
published pages: , ISSN: 2465-1060, DOI:
Odradek. Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories 2019-06-18
2018 Alessandra Aloisi
The Melancholy of the Revolution, Maine de Biran facing Napoleon\'s Hundred Days
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Napoleon\'s 100 Days and the struggle for legitimacy, ed. by K. Astbury and M. Philp, Palgrave (forthcoming, 2018) 2019-06-18
2017 Alessandra Aloisi
Una macchina dal nome infernale in arrivo da un paese romantico
published pages: , ISSN: 0393-2451, DOI: 10.1404/86921
Intersezioni. Rivista di storia delle idee 2019-06-18
2019 Alessandra Aloisi, Fabio Camilletti (eds)
The Archaeology of the Unconscious; Italian Perspectives
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2019-06-18

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