NEW SERIES N.13, II, DECEMBER 2016
Official Journal of the ESMP
The official publication of the ESMP is the international journal of philosophy Philosophical News, starting with the new series in Autumn 2016 for MIM International. The journal aims to promote research and reflection, with particular attention to contemporary philosophical debate, from different cultural perspectives.
Over the years many scholars collaborated to this publication, enriching research in the philosophical panorama. These authors have included Martha Nussbaum, Roger Scruton, Rémi Brague, John Milbank, Stanley Houerwas, Stanislaw Grygiel, Linda Zagzebski, Giovanni Reale, Enrico Berti, Angelo Scola, John H. McDowell, Hans Joas, Pierangelo Sequeri, Josef Seifert, Michele Marsonet, Robert Spaemann, Bernhard Waldenfels and many others. Grateful for all their collaboration, we have decided to continue developing the project by anchoring it within the research section of the newly founded European Society for Moral Philosophy. Moral philosophy was, after all, always central to the review’s focus; and we will continue to maintain the broad spectrum of perspectives represented in the review thus far. In this vein, we are happy to have the collaboration, next to the Scientific Committee, also of non-European Scholars.
Two issues per year are expected in its electronic and paper format. The review will have free access on MIM platform for all duly registered members of the ESMP (see membership page).
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS: 50th ANNIVERSARY!
A new book by Alan O’Leary for Mimesis International
Commissioned by Algerians and made by Italians with dialogue in Arabic and French, The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) is a classic of political cinema influential on art-house and popular cinema alike. The film’s complex consideration of the efficacy of torture and terrorism means it is a key text for thinking about the ethics of conflict, and it is studied not only by scholars of cinema but also by political scientists and historians, not to mention the military and revolutionary groups. If The Battle of Algiers is a ‘birth of a nation’ film in a melodramatic mode (something regularly disavowed in favour of its supposedly ‘documentary’ realism), it is also an ‘end of empire’ film. It ambivalently pictures the failure of a Utopian project imposed by the French colonizer and looks forward in time to circumstances in postcolonial Europe even as it celebrates the achievement of an African nation.
Alan O’Leary is Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds. He has published several books and many articles on Italian cinema and co-founded the annual Film Issue of The Italianist. He is Currently leading the ‘Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories’ project and his next project will be devoted to the ‘trivial’.
The Battle of Algiers, Alan O’Leary
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