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?
The present book is a collection of 9 essays, emerging from a long and intense research collaboration amongst scholars coming from different backgrounds and traditions. As the book subtitle suggests, these essays focus on the ethical, religious, and political aspects or dimensions of Wittgenstein’s thought
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 →
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.
This volume contains the proceedings of the international seminar dedicated to the scholarly contribution offered by Dr. Ilya Gershevitch (Cambridge University, England) to the development of Iranian Studies and held in Ravenna, 11th April 2003, on the second anniversary of his sudden death. Most of the papers published here belong to scholars being direct pupils, colleagues and friends of the late Dr. Ilya Gershevitch. The variety and complexity of the subjects represented in this volume actually reflect his most significant scientific interests and the wide and extraordinary competence of this great protagonist of Ancient, Middle and Modern Iranian studies.