«Ove i parti il pipistrello asconde».On Leopardi, nature and the pandemic

Alberto Postigliola, former professor of History of Philosophy at the University L’Orientale in Naples, is the author of this contribution, conceived as study material for the Regina Coeli inmates who could not be reached personally during this period of quarantine. The reflection on the current pandemic unfolds in the light of the last verses composed by Giacomo Leopardi in in his 1836 poem ‘The Wild Broom’ (‘La ginestra’), where man’s relationship with nature becomes central, and a new notion of human centrality in the universe emerges.

[online 25/05/20]