A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights? The case of the Ogaden War (part II)

Estimating reading time: 8 minutes 4. A Fundamental Tenet of US Foreign Policy? Even though the complex and cautious approach to the Ethio-Somali conflict seemed to depict the Carter administration’s recurrence to traditional Cold War policies, we believe that the President’s commitment to human rights was simultaneously sincere and of no secondary relevance. If, on the one hand, the US administration was trying to interpret … Continua a leggere A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights? The case of the Ogaden War (part II)

A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights?  The case of the Ogaden War (part I)

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes 1. Introduction   According to Nancy Mitchell, Jimmy Carter “was a complex man who led the United States  in a complex era.”1 We believe that the complexity of Carter’s presidency, embodied in the simultaneous juxtaposition of a “desire to move beyond the Cold War”2 and the “failure to establish well-defined parameters for superpower behavior in the Third World”3 which influenced  “rising Cold War … Continua a leggere A Cold Warrior Warmly Promoting Human Rights?  The case of the Ogaden War (part I)

Empty Rooms and Strange Loops. Models of Mind from Calasso to Hofstadter (part II)

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes In the previous article, I presented Rorty’s viewpoint on the relationship between reality and language. In particular, the author’s thesis is based upon the contingency and variety of language and vocabulary and how it can change according to the context.In this second and final section, instead, I will examine various and relevant models of cognitions. Functionalism and the philosophy of … Continua a leggere Empty Rooms and Strange Loops. Models of Mind from Calasso to Hofstadter (part II)

Empty Rooms and Strange Loops. Models of Mind from Calasso to Hofstadter (part I)

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes To introduce this text it is worth saying that the main topic of this contribution will be the type of metaphors we use to think about the mind, and especially the human mind. Think of this as an anthology of metaphors that I have found to be especially apt at this task, taken from the works of a few important … Continua a leggere Empty Rooms and Strange Loops. Models of Mind from Calasso to Hofstadter (part I)

(In)visible cities: Blind rush

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes I’m in a hurry, that’s why I’m running. If I were not, no… I would not run! I would walk at a fast pace, at a venetian pace, as they say here…but no, I would not run. Venezia: a place so difficult to call home… Before entering Rio Terà Foscarini I don’t even throw a glance at the island of … Continua a leggere (In)visible cities: Blind rush

(In)visible cities: The Shore of Time

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Fireworks, lights, the buzz of the crowd watching the parade, a concert just round the corner. Everything was so intense and bright that she felt like the world around her was spinning at the speed of the light. The laughs, the little signs of surprise of the children and the little screams of joy of the kids didn’t match at … Continua a leggere (In)visible cities: The Shore of Time