Is Resonance What We Are Looking for When We Talk about Reenchantment?

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

FBK Aula Piccola

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula Piccola

The talk will begin with an invitation to dig up a personal experience of enchantment that will serve as a backdrop for the subsequent interpretive effort. The argument’s starting point is the process that regularly leads from the moment when things appear to us in a new light, endowed with potential that would have seemed unrealistic only hours earlier, to the subsequent and at first glance inescapable disillusionment. The goal is to probe the soundness of the insights on which the existential primacy of disillusionment rests by investigating three interconnected questions. To begin with, I want to understand why experiences of enchantment must always give way to disenchantment: is this an inherent property of the human condition and, if so, what kind of inescapability are we dealing with here? Second, since episodes of enchantment nonetheless happen, I would like to understand what kind of potential they embody, using music as a paradigmatic example. Finally, taking my cue from the Weberian metaphor of “religiöse Musikalität”, I will try to establish whether the experience of resonance has the qualities for changing the balance between enchantment and disenchantment and the respective weight that the two opposing ways of entering into relationship with the world have in modern individuals’ lives.


Speaker: Paolo Costa, FBK-ISR

Scientific coordination: Massimo Leone, Direttore FBK-ISR


Cycle of seminars: “(Dis-)Enchantment in Religion and Ethics


The talk will be in English or Italian depending on the audience.

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online.

Registration by January 15, 2024 at 12:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection.



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  • Paolo Costa - Speaker
    Paolo Costa, philosopher and essayist, is a senior researcher at FBK’s Center for Religious Studies. In addition to a number of scientific and educational publications, he is the author of "Un’idea di umanità" (Bologna 2007), "La ragione e i suoi eccessi" (Milano 2014), "The Post-secular City" (Paderborn 2021), "L’arte dell’essenziale" (Udine 2023). He has written about resonance in "Reenchantment as Resonance", in H. De Vriese - M. Meijer (eds.), "The Philosophy of Reenchantment" (London and New York 2021, pp. 132-158) and in "Oltre il disincanto. Per nuova alleanza tra mente e mondo", in P.A. Porceddu Cilione (ed.), "Darshanim. Interpretazione: reti di relazioni generate da un’opera d’arte", vol. 2 (Milano-Udine 2022, pp. 45-66).


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 15/01/2024.



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