Children have lots if it; adults… not so much. What is it? Fantasy – “a place where it rains” according to Italo Calvino – is an excellent starting point for thinking about the link between freedom and coercion, creativity and repetition, possibility and conceivability, invention and discovery, being serious and just pretending. Drawing upon philosophy, art and everyday life, the author highlights the Fantastic that Novalis and then Gianni Rodari considered worthy of attention for its role as an engine for contemplation and creation.
Carola Barbero teaches Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Literature at the University of Turin.