In the long history of philosophy, the image has been a tool for different worldviews. Is it a question of plausible, fictional or mendacious reproduction of the real?
Maria Bettetini is Professor of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Images at the IULM of Milan, she has taught History of Medieval Philosophy at the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice. Translator and curator of several works by Agostino (including Confessions, De musica, De magistro, De mendacio and De Ordine), she has dealt with the aesthetics of vision and has investigated the ancient and medieval roots of some of the main themes of contemporary thought, as the function of language, the relationship between lie and truth, the status of the image and the forms of the experience of love. Among her books: Breve storia della bugia. Da Ulisse a Pinocchio (Milano 2001); Figure di verità. La finzione nel Medioevo occidentale (Torino 2004); Contro le immagini. Le radici dell’iconoclastia (Roma-Bari 2006); Introduzione a Agostino (Roma-Bari 2008); Quattro modi dell’amore (Roma-Bari 2012); La bellezza e il peccato. Piccola scuola di filosofia (Milano 2015); Distruggere il passato. L’iconoclastia dall’Islam all’Isis (Milano 2016).