Philosophy and Hope. Bloch and Löwith Interpreters of Marx


One of the greatest unsolved issues that Karl Marx bequeathed to his interpreters concerns the legitimacy of practical and theoretical hope, both in the frame of his thought and in the wider horizon of philosophy. The entire Marxian work seems to be enigmatically suspended between the opposite dimensions of science and hope. The interpretative lines chosen by Ernst Bloch and Karl Löwith see in Marx a philosopher of hope more than a philosopher of science; and these reflections recognise the inevitable utopian tension in relation to which science is a... Read more →

The West Removed. Economics, Democracy, Freedom: A Counter-History of our Civilization

The seven chapters of this book cover a variety of concepts (liberalism, freedom, Marxism) and classic thinkers (Mill, Marx, Hayek, Popper) in order to disclose several myths we’ve become accustomed to taking for granted in the West. It posits that exploration of these myths is crucial to understanding the essence of the West or, better, to seeing what has been “removed” from the West as the title of this book implies. What emerges is a rigorous and surprising counter-history of our civilization. Foreword by Santiago Zabala Paolo Ercolani (Rome, 1972)... Read more →

Europe and capitalism. Regaining the future

The current E​uropean Union is too often presented as the Europe of peoples and freedom. This essay overturns this common way of understanding our political reality. In fact, upon closer and unbiased analysis, Europe appears to be the result of a “passive revolution” (Gramsci) through which the dominant class, after 1989, has managed to stabilise capitalist relations of power. This happened at the expense of the force which had partly resisted it: the sovereign nation state, which gave primacy to the political over the economic and guaranteed social rights. Marking... Read more →

After the Yemeni spring. A survey on the transition

Yemen has been a key-actor in the War on Terror throughout the 2000s. It is a complex country, too often trivialized by statistics focusing on its inconvenient position as the youngest and poorest country in the Arab world. Working on the most updated economic, social, political, and strategic data, the authors bring to the attention the new scenarios after Saleh’s era, in which Yemenis are called to rebuild their country and outline a new national pact for the future. The results of this research (supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)... Read more →

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