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Appunti di Michele Trenti

The notably post-positivist mentality and distinctly capitalistic nature of our society leads to dealing with every issue in relation to a preliminary calculation on the probability of success and the usefulness of the solutions being sought. We live in an era of answers and have lost sight of the importance of asking ourselves questions. The most advanced sciences show unequivocally the immeasurability of the size of fields of inquiry, whatever they are, for which the search for definitive systems and solutions appears increasingly illusory. Nevertheless, according to his own natural tendency, man continues his astonishing progress to discover the world around him. What is the province of aesthetic experience within the current view of human activities? Rather than provide answers, art provides the ability, first of all, to ask ourselves questions. In some ways, it intensifies the tendency to ask ourselves those kinds of questions that are more essential than others in examining the inner journey toward self-knowledge that may also help us in interpreting the laws of the universe in which we live.