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In: The Culture of Boredom
In: The Culture of Boredom
In: The Culture of Boredom
In: The Culture of Boredom
In: The Culture of Boredom

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The Culture of Boredom was born in fall 2017, when the outstanding national and international specialists in Boredom Studies, from a variety of disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, comparative literature, and aesthetics, to name a few, and including myself, started discussing the importance of research and work together to move forward the study of boredom as a modern phenomenon, traditionally approached by sociologists and philosophers, by involving new discourses on modern boredom from literature and art as well as from sociology and philosophy, in order to throw light on the holistic comprehension of boredom beyond psychology.

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In: The Culture of Boredom

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The Culture of Boredom was born in fall 2017, when the outstanding national and international specialists in Boredom Studies, from a variety of disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, comparative literature, and aesthetics, to name a few, and including myself, started discussing the importance of research and work together to move forward the study of boredom as a modern phenomenon, traditionally approached by sociologists and philosophers, by involving new discourses on modern boredom from literature and art as well as from sociology and philosophy, in order to throw light on the holistic comprehension of boredom beyond psychology.

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In: The Culture of Boredom
In: The Culture of Boredom
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The Culture of Boredom is a collection of essays by well-known specialists reflecting from philosophical, literary, and artistic perspectives, in which the reader will learn how different disciplines can throw light on such an appealing, challenging, yet still not fully understood, phenomenon. The goal is to clarify the background of boredom, and to explore its representation through forgotten cross-cutting narratives beyond the typical approaches, i.e. those of psychology or psychiatry. For the first time this experienced group of scholars gathers to promote a cross-border dialogue from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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Empathy is normally defined as the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts or attitudes of another. Stated differently, empathy is the ability to understand what another person is experiencing and put oneself in someone else’s position. This contribution attempts to be a reflection on the evolutionary and ‘revolutionary’ role of empathy in human evolution by paying attention to the conditions of possibility and the presence of empathic behaviours in pre-sapiens’ prehistory. On the basis of the knowledge provided by specialists in multiple disciplines such as neuropaleontology, prehistoric ethnology, psychology and philosophical anthropology, we will first establish how different levels of empathy were possible in our ancestors as cognitive and social complexity was gradually developed over time and which factors were responsible for and made possible our current ability to empathise. Following from the above, we will address the understanding of the biological and sociological evolutionary function of empathy, that is to say, what was – or/and is – the role of empathy in the evolution towards the species Homo sapiens. The aim of this exercise is not only to get to know more about the nature of empathy and its anthropogenesis but to show that the role of empathy in our global time remains the same in evolutionary terms, i.e., to promote both the mutual understanding and cooperation necessary for the prosperity of peoples and the realisation of private interests.

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In: Empathy: Emotional, Ethical and Epistemological Narratives