Philosophy

Birth

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“Birth” could be the main concept of a philosophy of commencement: indeed, it is not only a biological event or an effective metaphor for new beginning, but also the sign that being, knowledge and action, born themselves, have the power to give birth to something. Birth is essentially that which has neither memory nor appropriation of itself: it is a destiny and a choice that confirms the features of necessity and freedom bound in every coming into the world. Thoughts about birth can be found, for example, in Arendt’s, Nietzsche’s... Read more →

Beyond Nihilism. The Knot of Plurality

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Nihilism and/or community. The European Question. The gift of the in-common. Touching on different themes and authors, the papers presented here probe the prolificness that the terms sacred and community could have – if subtracted from the game of reactive nihilism – in checking the violence of the diverse political and religious ideologies that the West administers. An escape opens in the implementation of critical thinking and ethical behaviour that involves the “sacrifice” of thought and of the thinking subject. The disputing of all the semantics of the logic of... Read more →

Limits of Knowledge. The Nineteenth-Century Epistemological Debate and Beyond

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Ignorabimus! We will never know! With this statement and his talk on the limits of natural knowledge in 1872, Emil du Bois-Reymond stirred up a controversy (the Ignorabimus- Streit), which spread widely beyond German-speaking countries. It concerned the very possibility to set boundaries to knowledge, the development of the sciences, their attainable results, and concept formation. In this volume, the philosophical value of the Ignorabimus controversy is critically examined. The historical matter and its theoretical implications are assessed with regard to the mutual relationships between philosophy and the sciences in... Read more →

Nihilism and destiny

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“Two souls live within us”: one is nihilism and the other is destiny. In this collection of essays, Emanuele Severino, one of the most important thinkers of contemporary times, illuminates the meaning of these words and engages with the most profound questions of philosophy, as well as the most essential matters for each one of us. This volume is precious not only because of its content, but also because it offers an international audience a preview into one of the most original philosophers of all time: this is, in fact,... Read more →

The Thinker and the Specialist

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“Attending this trial is somehow, I maintain, an obligation that I have to my past,” writes Hannah Arendt on the eve of the trial of Ex-Lieutenant Colonel of the SS Adolf Eichmann, one of the people most heavily involved in the planning and carrying out of the Holocaust. Originating with Arendt’s correspondences with the weekly newspaper The New Yorker, a volume entitled Eichmann in Jerusalem. A Report on the Banality of Evil was published in 1963 and would provoke a strong reaction throughout the Jewish community. The accusations that would... Read more →

The line of the arch

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The essays that compose this book turn around aesthetic and ethical questions, intertwining the two dimensions. They are intended to elaborate an intercultural philosophy: without idealizing any single way of thinking or any tradition, without idolizing any lazy relativism, the author wants to show how interculturality is neither an ultimate system of thought, nor a disconnected plurality of opinions. Surmounting both monism and dualism, this work leads to deal with the philosophical character of cultural “dribblings”, through which we can grasp the links and relations between identity and difference. As... Read more →

Normativity and praxis

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Among the various issues debated in philosophy today, this book focuses on one which is unquestionably central: can we claim to have any regulated procedure that uses common norms to resolve human disagreements? Although this is a question with profound classical roots, it is explored in this work through the prism of a key notion in today’s thought: controversy. The aim of adopting this approach is to determine whether controversies might constitute this regulated procedure. What are controversies? Are they only a type of reasoned and ordered debate? Are they... Read more →

Mindsets. Conceiving cognition in nature

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What is cognition? What is its place in nature? For about 60 years philosophers and scientists have been engaged in giving a naturalistic dress to the cognitive sciences arguing over the status of mental representations and computational processes.

On nudity an introduction to nonsense

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What remains of philosophy, once that theories and opinions have been deleted? Perhaps there is only nudity, which is to be fathomed by the adequate tools, such as, dream and insight. In this book the speculative philosophy of the author is expounded, where he tries to incorporate nihilism in a fresh positive view. Leonardo Vittorio Arena teaches History of Contemporary Philosophy and Philosophies of the Far East at the University of Urbino (Italy). He has written many books with the principal Italian publishers, such as, Mondadori, Rizzoli, Castelvecchi, Edizioni Mediterranee,... Read more →

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