The Ancient Roots of a Non-Anthropocentric Humanism

“The Ancient Roots of a Non-Anthropocentric Humanism: A Pythagorean Perspective.” Paper presented at the Mellon Symposium on Environmental Posthumanities in the Anthropocene on Friday, Dec. 2nd 2016 .

This paper presents part of my research on the ancient and early modern sources of a non-anthropocentric humanism that I prefer to define “more than human” rather than “posthuman.” After a brief introduction on the philosophy of Pythagoras I discussed a productive example of revival of the Pythagorean notion of metempsychosis in the recent movie by Michelangelo Frammartino’s,  Le Quattro volte (2010), and I reflected on its importance for contemporary environmental philosophy and the search for a sustainable human relationship to the environment. 

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About Massimo Lollini

Research interests: Humanism and More Than Human Humanism, Digital philology, Mediterranean Studies, Francesco Petrarca, Giambattista Vico, Antonio Gramsci, Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Giacomo Leopardi. P.I. Oregon Petrarch Open Book. Editor in Chief of Humanist Studies & the Digital Age.
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