Mimesis International brings together a selection of books addressing a range of fundamental ideas within the latest, global philosophical debates. Presenting well known thinkers together with emerging voices, our books are written in a clear and concise way, making them suitable both for academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students.


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 →

Normativity and praxis

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

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

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 →

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