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Eliot had accepted University of Harvard's invitation. Calvino was the first Italian ever invited. Lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and consistency would be the themes and titles of each of his lessons. He wrote five of them before getting to Harvard and he intended to write the last one consistency after his arrival in the city of Cambridge, in the US state of Massachusetts, where the renowned university is located. However, Calvino passed away on September 19th, , shortly before setting off to the United States, thus before the conferences and before preparing the last of his six lessons.

Palomar is in Mexico with a friend visiting the ruins of Tula, the ancient capital of the Toltecs. At first Palomar thinks the teacher to be irresponsible and indifferent to the curiosity of the students.

Ogni serpente tiene in bocca un teschio. An abstract explanation from the start would have taken something away from their initial impressions and reactions based on sense perceptions.

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What Leopardi seeks are places and things where this unity can still be observed and lived. Campbell, for instance, states that myth serves four main functions: the mystical function, opening one to a sense of wonder and of awe before the mystery of the universe and life; the cosmological, which opens one to the shape of the universe and again to the mystery that it is, regardless of the extensive scientific research that rationally explains natural phenomena; the sociological, which dominates in Western society, where social order takes precedence over wonder and mystery; and the pedagogical, which teaches how one can live a human life under any circumstances The Power of Myth, Neither Leopardi nor Calvino provide solutions for the ills of modern life or believe in a return to the past 9.

The lesson in Marcovaldo, for example, as stated by Calvino in his preface, is not the belief in the possibility of a return to a state of harmony with Nature, but rather that there is no turning back the clock of history and that such a harmony did not necessarily exist in the past in the sense of an idyllic or romanticized state of nature.

Marcovaldo is a testimony of this point of view, where the signs of Nature are most likely meant to be a point from which to be critical of the direction of modern society rather than a nostalgic sentiment generated by an idyllic past And, according to the Leopardian element in Calvino, that which is not inferno are often things that people have lost interest in.

The main point here is to transcend rational thought and centuries of civilization in order to rediscover an authentic relationship with Nature in the midst of civilization. An important point made by Prete concerns precisely this specification, which is sometimes overlooked. That is, the natural in Leopardi is not always concerned with the ancients or a time that precedes civilization.

Palomar reiterates this notion and Calvino does not conceal the anguish of the intellectual city dweller who sees the signs that Leopardi so eloquently indicates animal silence, children, ignorance, etc.

Natura e cultura? Silenzio e parola? In his New Science he clearly states that from poetic archetypes we move on to abstraction as a point of departure and our experience of the world necessarily transforms from an experience of unity to one of division. Although Marco Polo learns the language of Kublai Khan, what seems to remain clear is that knowing the language does not necessarily mean that the physical objects of reality become irrelevant.

As noted above, the question that Palomar leads one to ask is how we remove intermediaries between ourselves and the objects of experience. In other words, when is experience authentic and when is it governed by concepts and abstract knowledge?

Hence, his interest in the stars, the flight of migrating birds, two turtles copulating, the eating habits of a gecko, and a giraffe running, are all observed from the point of view of a broken harmony, of someone no longer in tune with the cosmos. This is the favola, the word as the physical reality, and the people who compose it are completely immersed in mind and body in the elements of Nature.

From here Leopardi can be critical of his contemporaries and the political, scientific, and philosophical tendencies of his time. In this operetta it is the earth that must be convinced by Copernicus to move because the sun has decided to stay still. Therefore, the question is whether this new knowledge will be useful or harmful The new system will necessarily bring to certain consequences that will compel human experience to be thrown into a state of abstraction; it will necessarily transform the immediate experience of human beings into something irrelevant.

In order to stress this point, Calvino goes to the beginning, before knowledge existed, before the senses were abstracted, and proceeds as Vico suggests one proceed: as if there were no books in the world.

The fundamental conflict is evidently between the senses or poetry as the earlier stage of the human mind and the intellect or philosophy as the later stage. But with perhaps greater truth, this imaginative metaphysics shows that man becomes all things by not understanding, homo non intelligendo fit omnia. The primitive mind is therefore a mind of totality between the body and physical reality.

The essence of poetry for Leopardi is therefore that of finding Nature and making its physicality speak through poetic form. His main point is that Calvino makes a connection between the mind and the physical world. The interesting thing is that in this connection there is an attempt to free the mind from abstract models and interpretations of the world through a process of denaturalization whose aim is to establish an authentic connection with reality. This argument inevitably leads to Leopardi and Vico.

Leopardi often directs us to the ancients to provide examples of this idea of mimesis. The reason for this is simply that in the ancients the ego creates no obstacles for Nature to find expression through the poet The main point here involves the desire to do away with the cumbersome weight of the ego so that the act of writing becomes a natural, spontaneous, and impersonal act.

Calvino repeatedly returns to this prespective, which corresponds to the Leopardian ideal of mimesis, where the impulses of Nature are to be translated into words. This is what he aspires to.

Whether he succeeded or not is a matter of debate, but it is clear that for Calvino the use of language in artistic form had to follow what one might call natural laws, as is described in Vico when he interprets ancient myths and shows how they emerged from concrete realities. The problem that both Calvino and Leopardi confront is that of looking to the ancients, not as an alternative but as a way to retrieve that which the moderns have lost in their pursuit of reason.

For Leopardi, the wisdom of the ancients, children, the savages of California, and animals, are all signs or traces of the impulses of Nature and the body, which the moderns no longer listen to and as a result have degraded the authenticity of life They are described as being trenches of innocence and oases of non alienation So we can say that in Palomar, as in the rest, we sense that there is an awareness of the essential dichotomy between the fragmented space of literate man, who lives according to a paradigm based on linear time, and the cosmic space of tribal man, whose experience is governed by cyclic time.

Palomar, as noted earlier, often expresses the state or the result of a fragmentation that compels civilized man to depend on science to explain the universe.

His observations, which shift from the celestial spheres to the animals and plants that inhabit the earth, suggest a yearning for a rediscovery of the unity of both in human experience. Asor Rosa has commented on these two directions in Palomar, the above and the below , and Northrop Frye provides further points of discussion on the element of unity between the two in his lectures on biblical myths where he discusses creation myths.

Frye specifically states that the above, dealing with the sun, the sky, the moon, etc. The below is associated with the sexual creation myths earth- mother , where change and difference is visible and constant.

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McLuhan captures the essence of the limiting factor in analytical reasoning. Something like that may be implicit in this symbolic trickster idea. In our tradition, the serpent in the Garden did the job. Just when everything was fixed and fine, he threw the apple into the picture. Gnomo — Tu dici il vero. Or come faremo a sapere le nuove del mondo? Folletto — Che nuove? Philosophers no longer mention it, they remain inside the circus, no longer inhabit the earth, nor the sea, nor the forest, nor the sun.

La natura ci sta tutta spiegata davanti, nuda ed aperta. In the Bible we are told that we are the masters. For hunting people, as I said, the animal is in many ways superior.

For Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell mankind that he showed himself through the beast. We have to learn to live without solutions, without necessarily finding our way out of the labyrinth, by cherishing that which is not inferno, by guarding our few remaining positive values.

II, La folla anonima? Alfred N. Whitehead joins this struggle and resolves the dichotomy by abolishing the idea of two levels of reality: His position refuses permanence in the elements of Nature, and at the same time he avoids making all permanence illusory.

His ultimate aim was to find a way to reconcile permanence and change. Philosophy had the important task of establishing this reconciliation and therefore to: What can we make of this trickster-like character beyond the comic effect? Such a position recalls the work of Karl Popper and his method of interaction between deduction and induction as being closer to truth. Leopardi would agree if we consider his belief in the Cartesian principle that doubt rather than certainty brings us closer to truth: Palomar is in Mexico with a friend visiting the ruins of Tula, the ancient capital of the Toltecs.

Palomar is fascinated by the information that his Mexican friend is able to provide but he is also interested in the opposite approach, which he observes in the schoolteacher: At first Palomar thinks the teacher to be irresponsible and indifferent to the curiosity of the students. But on further reflection he realizes: Palomar says: Ogni serpente tiene in bocca un teschio. An abstract explanation from the start would have taken something away from their initial impressions and reactions based on sense perceptions.

Califano states: What Leopardi seeks are places and things where this unity can still be observed and lived. Campbell, for instance, states that myth serves four main functions: Together with the cosmological, the fourth function is the one that seems to prevail in the work of Leopardi and Calvino: Neither Leopardi nor Calvino provide solutions for the ills of modern life or believe in a return to the past 9. The lesson in Marcovaldo, for example, as stated by Calvino in his preface, is not the belief in the possibility of a return to a state of harmony with Nature, but rather that there is no turning back the clock of history and that such a harmony did not necessarily exist in the past in the sense of an idyllic or romanticized state of nature.

Marcovaldo is a testimony of this point of view, where the signs of Nature are most likely meant to be a point from which to be critical of the direction of modern society rather than a nostalgic sentiment generated by an idyllic past Il primo riesce facile a molti: And, according to the Leopardian element in Calvino, that which is not inferno are often things that people have lost interest in.

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The main point here is to transcend rational thought and centuries of civilization in order to rediscover an authentic relationship with Nature in the midst of civilization. An important point made by Prete concerns precisely this specification, which is sometimes overlooked. That is, the natural in Leopardi is not always concerned with the ancients or a time that precedes civilization. It is often concerned with a natural that is present and visible and can be experienced: Palomar reiterates this notion and Calvino does not conceal the anguish of the intellectual city dweller who sees the signs that Leopardi so eloquently indicates animal silence, children, ignorance, etc.

Natura e cultura? Silenzio e parola? In his New Science he clearly states that from poetic archetypes we move on to abstraction as a point of departure and our experience of the world necessarily transforms from an experience of unity to one of division.

At the beginning of their dialogue Marco Polo communicates with gestures and various objects that the Khan has to interpret: However, although Marco Polo becomes fluent in the language, the Khan is repeatedly reminded of the physical objects the words refer to: Although Marco Polo learns the language of Kublai Khan, what seems to remain clear is that knowing the language does not necessarily mean that the physical objects of reality become irrelevant.

As noted above, the question that Palomar leads one to ask is how we remove intermediaries between ourselves and the objects of experience.

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In other words, when is experience authentic and when is it governed by concepts and abstract knowledge? When Palomar observes the stars, for instance, what starts as a casual activity of observation becomes an epistemological problem that questions the relevance of abstract knowledge, whose effect is that of ridding Palomar of experience: Hence, his interest in the stars, the flight of migrating birds, two turtles copulating, the eating habits of a gecko, and a giraffe running, are all observed from the point of view of a broken harmony, of someone no longer in tune with the cosmos.

Palomar can be said to represent a search for myth as true narration and whose speech can be described as an attempt to rediscover what Vico says was the first speech of the theological poets: This is the favola, the word as the physical reality, and the people who compose it are completely immersed in mind and body in the elements of Nature. From here Leopardi can be critical of his contemporaries and the political, scientific, and philosophical tendencies of his time.

In this operetta it is the earth that must be convinced by Copernicus to move because the sun has decided to stay still. Therefore, the question is whether this new knowledge will be useful or harmful The new system will necessarily bring to certain consequences that will compel human experience to be thrown into a state of abstraction; it will necessarily transform the immediate experience of human beings into something irrelevant.

While observing the sky and the planets, for instance, he wonders about the difference between observing with a telescope and the naked eye and says: Along with this suggestion, Palomar arrives at the notion of freeing oneself of preconceived ideas and knowledge about the planets in order to rediscover a way of observing which precedes books: In order to stress this point, Calvino goes to the beginning, before knowledge existed, before the senses were abstracted, and proceeds as Vico suggests one proceed: The fundamental conflict is evidently between the senses or poetry as the earlier stage of the human mind and the intellect or philosophy as the later stage.

But with perhaps greater truth, this imaginative metaphysics shows that man becomes all things by not understanding, homo non intelligendo fit omnia.

The primitive mind is therefore a mind of totality between the body and physical reality.

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How does one acquire the vigorous imagination of Homer, with all the keenness of the five senses, in an age where rationality reigns supreme? A unity that leads us to the main function of il non-sapere, whose very essence is unity: The essence of poetry for Leopardi is therefore that of finding Nature and making its physicality speak through poetic form.

His main point is that Calvino makes a connection between the mind and the physical world. The interesting thing is that in this connection there is an attempt to free the mind from abstract models and interpretations of the world through a process of denaturalization whose aim is to establish an authentic connection with reality. This argument inevitably leads to Leopardi and Vico.

Leopardi often directs us to the ancients to provide examples of this idea of mimesis. The reason for this is simply that in the ancients the ego creates no obstacles for Nature to find expression through the poet Consider the following passages: Later, the same idea is repeated with the addition of other similar metaphors: Ha usato anche altre metafore di processi naturali che seguono imperturbabili il loro corso: The main point here involves the desire to do away with the cumbersome weight of the ego so that the act of writing becomes a natural, spontaneous, and impersonal act.

Calvino states this at the end of his lecture and brings his argument to a close by quoting two examples from the ancient world that reflect this ideal method of writing, Ovid and Lucretius: And here one is reminded of the perspective provided by de Santillana: Calvino repeatedly returns to this prespective, which corresponds to the Leopardian ideal of mimesis, where the impulses of Nature are to be translated into words.

This is what he aspires to. Whether he succeeded or not is a matter of debate, but it is clear that for Calvino the use of language in artistic form had to follow what one might call natural laws, as is described in Vico when he interprets ancient myths and shows how they emerged from concrete realities. In Lezioni americane Calvino states that this perspective was the basis for his book Palomar: The problem that both Calvino and Leopardi confront is that of looking to the ancients, not as an alternative but as a way to retrieve that which the moderns have lost in their pursuit of reason.

For Leopardi, the wisdom of the ancients, children, the savages of California, and animals, are all signs or traces of the impulses of Nature and the body, which the moderns no longer listen to and as a result have degraded the authenticity of life They are described as being trenches of innocence and oases of non alienation So we can say that in Palomar, as in the rest, we sense that there is an awareness of the essential dichotomy between the fragmented space of literate man, who lives according to a paradigm based on linear time, and the cosmic space of tribal man, whose experience is governed by cyclic time.

Palomar, as noted earlier, often expresses the state or the result of a fragmentation that compels civilized man to depend on science to explain the universe. His observations, which shift from the celestial spheres to the animals and plants that inhabit the earth, suggest a yearning for a rediscovery of the unity of both in human experience.

Asor Rosa has commented on these two directions in Palomar, the above and the below , and Northrop Frye provides further points of discussion on the element of unity between the two in his lectures on biblical myths where he discusses creation myths.

Frye specifically states that the above, dealing with the sun, the sky, the moon, etc. The below is associated with the sexual creation myths earth- mother , where change and difference is visible and constant.

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McLuhan captures the essence of the limiting factor in analytical reasoning. In his concluding remarks, after having made reference to the importance of Galileo, he states the nature of the language Calvino and Leopardi aspired to: Something like that may be implicit in this symbolic trickster idea.

In our tradition, the serpent in the Garden did the job. Just when everything was fixed and fine, he threw the apple into the picture. Gnomo — Tu dici il vero. Or come faremo a sapere le nuove del mondo? Folletto — Che nuove? Philosophers no longer mention it, they remain inside the circus, no longer inhabit the earth, nor the sea, nor the forest, nor the sun. La natura ci sta tutta spiegata davanti, nuda ed aperta.

In the Bible we are told that we are the masters. For hunting people, as I said, the animal is in many ways superior. A Pawnee Indian said: For Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell mankind that he showed himself through the beast. We have to learn to live without solutions, without necessarily finding our way out of the labyrinth, by cherishing that which is not inferno, by guarding our few remaining positive values.

II, La folla anonima? Lo spirito dei tempi? Non so. Their main point begins with reference to Aristotle and his belief that exact mathematical description could only be applied to the divine and immutable celestial bodies. Interestingly enough, the accusation that classical science had led to the disenchantment of the world, was caused by applying mathematical description to the sublunar world: Prigogine and Stengers explain: The result was that after Galileo, science develops a description of Nature that leads to a tautology; a machine where motion is reversible and there is no element of becoming: In this sense, classical science brought heaven to earth.