Premio Strega 2022: Quel maledetto Vronskij di Claudio Piersanti

Tempo di lettura: 3 minuti Come tutti sanno la felicità viaggia a corrente alternata e non è priva di insidie e timori, primo tra tutti quello di perdere i suoi favori. Giovanni e Giulia sono sposati da più di vent’anni; lui è proprietario di una tipografia acquistata ad un’asta grazie all’aiuto economico di uno zio, mentre lei è una segretaria appassionata di giardinaggio. Agli occhi … Continua a leggere Premio Strega 2022: Quel maledetto Vronskij di Claudio Piersanti

Premio Strega 2022: Nova di Fabio Bacà

Nova, edito da Adelphi, si premette di esplorare la violenza come possibilità e come realtà nella vita borghese, placida, insipida e condita con la preoccupazione del veganesimo, degli hobby giusti, della musica classica a uso e consumo. Fabio Bacà si spinge verso quella frattura, insanata e nascosta, tra il quieto vivere e le pulsioni, sotterranee e indicibili, che stregano le nostre menti e i nostri … Continua a leggere Premio Strega 2022: Nova di Fabio Bacà

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)