On nudity an introduction to nonsense


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 →

Breaking the spell. Contemporary Realism under Discussion


It seems that the time has come for philosophy to break the spell of correlationism. But how? The present book gathers essays by philosophers and younger scholars sharing an interest in the recent speculative turn and contemporary forms of realism. They discuss possible strategies to access a subject-independent reality, proposing original insights and alternative solutions. The contributors include Erik Bordeleau, Gabriel Catren, Fabio Gironi, Paul Ennis, Liam Sprod, Luca Taddio, Sjoerd Van Tuinen & Matthijs Kouw, Ben Woodard, Andrea Zhok. The book also features interviews with Lee Braver, Maurizio Ferraris,... Read more →

The Invention of the Text


The notion of text is perhaps the most used and discussed within social and human sciences. Nevertheless, it is surprisingly one of the worst defined. Philology and Linguistics, Literary Criticism and Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, Hermeneutics, Ethnology, Psychoanalysis, Sociology, Semiotics: all these disciplines refer in various ways to the “text”, to make of it the basic object of their analysis or to measure the distance they keep from it. So what does “text” mean? What genealogy does this concept have? Why is there “no salvation outside the text”? This book... Read more →

Time and Cross-Temporal Relations


According to both ordinary and scientifi c thought, two objects can enter into relation not only simultanously, but also at different times, namely cross-temporally. For instance, we understand comparisons between entities as they are at different times, such as when we say that John is now taller than Michael was three years ago; causally related events are often not simultaneous, and objects of perceptions and perceivers usually have different temporal locations (we see ordinary things as they were a few milliseconds ago, we see the sun as it was eight... Read more →

Time without Becoming


Time without Becoming is the text of a lecture Quentin Meillassoux gave at the Middlesex University in May 2008. He makes a summary of the arguments he employed in After Finitude to overcome correlationism from the inside and to dismiss philosophies of becoming, such as absolute idealism and vitalism. In particular, he explains the specificity of his “speculative materialism” by supporting the thesis of the reciprocal exteriority of matter and mind. In her contribution, Anna Longo challenges this perspective taking into account the issue of the genesis of the transcendental... Read more →

Only for them


Year after year, day after day, minute after minute, billions of non-human animals are slaughtered for several purposes and aims (food, clothing, entertainment, research). An analogous situation whose objects were humans instead of animals would obviously never be accepted. But why do we tolerate and even justify one practice while deploring the other?

Pretense. A relativist account


Pretending is a puzzling activity. Why should we waste our time building up representations of an imaginary world when it would be better to acquire more information about the real one? Engaging in games of make believe, however, also means to be faced with new, possible situations, and thus to anticipate what could happen if something were the case, how we or other people could react, what decisions we should make, etc. In a word, pretense plays are a kind of gym, a space where children engage in with unusual... Read more →

Concepts of morphology


Morphology is the general theory of form and formation, which can be seen as the innovative and fruitful point of intersection of the old two cultures, the scientific and the humanistic. The three papers presented in the book by Olaf Breidbach, Pietro Corvaja and Angelo Vianello respectively illustrate different features of morphology from the epistemic viewpoints of history of science, mathematics and biology. The texts were produced in the context of the second meeting of the “Centro Interdipartimentale di Morfologia F. Moiso”, which took place in Udine on the 14 December 2007.

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