Land of chimeras

Reading of philosophical fables

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Philosophy stimulates, provokes, invents. It questions habits, prejudices, fashions; it designs absurd and impossible scenarios; it raises uncomfortable and disquieting issues. The philosopher, let's face it, is a child who refuses to grow up and finds in fable the most natural means of communication and expression. From Plato's myths to Sartre's apologias, the imagination has been the vehicle of reasoned argument.  Situating himself in this tradition, Bencivenga will read, comment on and discuss one or two of his fables.