Futurism as a Philosophy of Becoming

Variant title

Il futurismo come filosofia del divenire 


In the first half of the 20th century, together with a fruitful experimentation in different artistic fields, the Futurist movement founded by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti has elaborated also an "implicit philosophy". Futurists had their own theories in matters such as ethics, aesthetics, poetics, politics, epistemology, and even metaphysics. Many art critics and art historians have analyzed these theories. However, virtually no handbook of philosophy includes a chapter on futurist philosophy. One of the reasons could be that Futurism provocatively self-defined as anti-philosophical and anti-cultural. The aim of this article is to identify the place of Futurism in a debate that characterizes the whole history of Western philosophy, namely that aimed at establishing if being identifies with reality and becoming with appearance, or vice versa.




Italian (it)


Riccardo CampaJagiellonian University in Krakow


Orbis Idearum Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013), pp. 47–71
Appearance, Reality, and Beyond