Maria Teresa Catena

Sensitive Eutopies. First Remarks for Other Utopias

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If today you need to go back to utopia, it is even more necessary to try to rethink it. These short considerations try to do so by reflecting on the bond that is present in every utopia: the sensitive/over-sensitive relationship. From a relationship of separation and subordination of sensibility to the ideal world, in fact, only "ou-topies" - projects that have no regard for sensitive life - can arise. Thus, following a tradition of thinking found in Kant, it is necessary to re-evaluate the contribution of the senses in order to identify the phenomenal world as the only possible place from which an "eu-topical" project can emerge: a project of «good life». But to do this, it is necessary to take another step: come back to take care of sensitive life and, following Marcuse's signs, discover again its active and constitutive character in the world we live in. Not only eu-topies then, but sensitive "eu-topies", whose object is liberation, a revolt of the life of the senses to lead it, using Mumford's words, «right now, here or anywhere, to the limits of its ideal possibilities».


  • Utopia
  • Sensitive
  • Over-sensitive
  • Phenomenal World
  • Liberation
  • Revolt


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