Three paradoxes of personhood. The venetian lectures


The starting point of Joseph Margolis’ last philosophical effort is represented by the problem of the human “gap” in animal continuity: “There appear to be no comparable variants of animal evolution [...] effected by anything like the culturally enabled creation”. While we share with other animals more or less refined forms of societal life, acquiring a natural language remains a distinctively human character: although it is grounded in the completely natural favourable changes in the human vocal apparatus and brain, the merely causal emergence of language in humans reacts back... Read more →

Challenges to living together. Transculturalism, migration, exploitation for a semioethics of human relations


Extending the gaze to all signs of life, semiotics as global semiotics evidences the condition of interrelatedness and interdependency not only among the sign systems forming the anthroposphere, but also between the latter and those forming the biosphere, ultimately between nature and culture. As “the art of listening”, “of caring”, semiotics as semioethics shows how the relation with the other, whether the other of self or the other from self, is inevitable and cannot be escaped. The vocation of the sign, of life, of communication, verbal and nonverbal, is the... Read more →

New Perspectives on Realism


With this volume, we present a collection of writings, each offering their own novel perspective regarding the question of realism. Realism has undoubtedly attracted a lot of attention during recent philosophical debates, and one of its characteristic aspects that has made the most notable impact is the way it challenges rigid traditional demarcations between “continental” and “analytic” philosophy. We maintain that there is still much more to be said on the matter and that a renewal of the discussion on realism is necessary and should bypass old divisions. Therefore, this... Read more →

The Voice of No One. Merleau-Ponty on Nature and Time


The book addresses Merleau-Ponty’s so-called ontology of the flesh, a rather obscure expression that the book explains in depth by drawing from Merleau-Ponty’s lecture courses, published in the last years. In light of these publications, the book shows the importance and the novelty of Merleau-Ponty’s later philosophy, which until recently has been seldom addressed in its entirety. Thanks to the knowledge of the whole range of Merleau-Ponty’s now published and of the still unpublished texts, and a scholarship acquired through more than 20 years spent working on these themes, the... Read more →



“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


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


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


“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


“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


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 →

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