Michele Cometa is a professor of Comparative History of Culture and Visual Culture at the University of Palermo, where he was the director of the Department of Arts and Communications (2002-2007), and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of education and Training (2007-2013). Born in 1959, he studied German and philosophy at the universities of Palermo and Cologne and taught at Dusseldorf, Catania, Cosenza and Cagliari. He is vice-president of the Italian Institute of Germanic Studies in Rome and directed "www.studiculturali.it", the website of Italian cultural studies. In 2015, he was awarded the Beinecke-the Fellowship of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown (MA), and, from September 2015 to April 2016, he was Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies of Columbia University (New York) in the framework of the project "Emotion, Embodiment and the History of Art and Music: Aesthetics, History and Anthropology". He has published numerous monographs on German and European culture from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, on aesthetics, the visual arts and literature, including "Perché le storie ci aiutano a vivere" (Raffaello Cortina, 2017), a book that explores the critical intersection between biology and culture in our natural disposition to stories.