12 maggio 2023, ore 16.15
Via Porta di Massa, 1 - Napoli

Magnetismo magico: i casi del tarantismo e della jettatura

Seminario del ciclo “Fare scienza a Napoli”


The cases of tarantism and jettatura – an 18th-century revival of the Ficinian and Baconian theory of fascinatio oculis – are examples of that magical magnetism, which affects both nature and man, and is characterised by an apparent action at a distance. The actio in distans is perceived as weird and mysterious because, while the phenomena are evident to the senses, their causes are unknown and resist the laws of nature. In my talk, I will analyse the contribution of Neapolitan naturalists, such as Ferrante Imperato, to the history of tarantism, and of Neapolitan jurists, such as Nicola Valletta, to the theories of oculus malus, through the latest peculiar and successful revisitation of a noble and ancient philosophical tradition.

Organized by:
Istituto per la storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico moderno (ISPF), CNR. Organizing Committee: Silvia Caianiello, Maria Conforti, Francesco Piro, Manuela Sanna

How to participate:
The Seminar will be held in hybrid mode. For participation in presence, organized by ISPF, CNR, will be held in hybrid mode Zoom link:
ID riunione: 878 3393 7954 Passcode: 463445

For information:
Silvia Caianiello silvia.caianiello@ispf.cnr.it

Seminar in the cycle “Fare scianza a Napoli”

Attached: locandina/calendario seminari