The philosophical thinking of the Medieval ages in the Iberian Peninsula comes from the innovative and global Mallorcan author Ramon Lull (1232/33-1315/16). His current of thought has lived through the cultural and philosophical European traditions until today. Ramon Llull was a well-known character of the XIV century that still remains relevant in the XXI century due to his inter-religious dialogue, cultural influence and insatiable travels. He was also a precursor in spreading the Catalan culture while creating intercultural and social connections, as is done now in today’s virtual and digital world.
For all these reasons, we consider it necessary to rethink and reflect upon such a significant figure to Catalan literature, which many critics consider the most emblematic and referential author of our culture. Llull meant an enourmous advance in the Catalan language, using it in various texts that reflect the development of the Mediterranean cultural thought of the Medieval Catalan regions.
That’s why we are going to re-examine through a nuanced scope Llull’s cultural influences and theories that remain relevant and an object of research to this day. Llull travelled all through Europe, as well as the South and West Mediterranean shores. He was motivated by his extense cultural knowledge and profound interest in the evangelization through language as a mean of cultural expression.
Through this scope we work to educate on the cultural, philosophical and historical influence of Ramon Llull in today’s European society.
This goal links, in a transversal and interdisciplinary way, Llull’s figure with the modern European society, always digital and evolving. By understanding Llull’s significance as a bridge among the different cultures and civilizations of our time, we reinforce his importance in in the Mediterranean and Iberian cultures.
We intend to provide a better understanding of Llull’s figure as a modern European author through this multidisciplinary scope. Llull’s impact can be followed all the way to today’s European history. His unique philosophy has been admired through centuries by artists, philosophers and scientists that have offered their own synthesis of his thoughts. Therefore, it is important to understand Llull’s philosophy as a wide network of different realities.
We will find Llull’s influence in Antoni Tàpies, Italo Calvino, Jacint Verdaguer, Jean-Jacques Grandville, John Cage, Jorge Oteiza, Josep M. Subirachs, Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny, Juan Eduardo Cirlot, Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, Perejaume, Philipp Goldbach, Pietro Mainardi, Salvador Dalí, William Morris and Yehudá ha-Leví, among many others. That’s why understanding his link to authors from other disciplines is essential for the understanding of his work.