Negare il negativo. La funzione ‘mascheratrice’ della religione

Sergio Fabio Berardini

Università degli Studi di Trento

Abstract: In this paper, after considering the difference between Bergson and Heidegger in interpreting the problem of ‘nothing’, I will opt for Bergson’s viewpoint which claims that the ‘nothing’ is just a pseudo-idea originated by the linguistic faculty of negation. Then I will consider Wittgenstein and Croce’s approach to such a problem, which consists in using logic in order to dissolve it. Finally, I will interpret religion as an alternative way by which the ‘nothing’ is removed by concealing it.
Keywords: Henri Bergson; Benedetto Croce; Martin Heidegger; Ludwig Wittgenstein; negation; religion.

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