Barcelona Pensa

Barcelona Thinks: two days of popular philosophy

On 15 and 16 November you have an invitation to reflect in the company of philosophers in this festival of mental hyperactivity.

What do you imagine a festival of philosophy would be like? We know what music and theatre festivals are like - they are based on the representation and presentation of works in front of an audience, which means that a philosophy festival should be a series of interactions between givers and recipients of a message, and that through this interaction and the dialogue that is derived from it, the festival should help us to gain a better understanding of the world, people's actions, their moral reasoning and the foundations of our reality. When an initiative such as Barcelona Pensa was conceived the idea was to create a philosphy marathon – a concentrated bout of thinking; and that is how things will happen during the festival, though the events will be split into two separate days: one for warming up mental motors, so to speak, on 15 November and a concentrated non-stop philispohical brain storm on the following day.

As we said, the first day is for warming up and will kick off with an opening session at the Faculty of Philosophy of UB, followed by sessions on Dangerous Discourses at Pati Manning, and different book presentations at the Altaïr bookshop, Casa del Llibre and Fabra i Coats. On the following day, the marathon will start at 12 midnight in the bar LaRubia Horiginal and the idea is to go around Barcelona, ​​space by space and hour by hour, staging events featuring philosophers debating figures like Stefan Zweig, Joan Fuster and Patrick Faigenbaum, and issues such as women, evil, ugliness, and revolution. These events will take place, in the following order, at Golferichs civic center, Calders bookshop, the Faculty of Philosophy of the UB, MUHBA, Pati Manning and La Virreina, and then returning to Pati Manning and LaRubia Horiginal.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
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