Authors:Alberto Peruzzi Abstract: Giulio Preti’s third book, Praxis ed empirismo, appeared in 1957. The present paper, written on the occasion of 50 years since its publication, deals with its first chapter, in which the extraction of basic ideas of logical empiricism, pragmatism and historical materialism leads to a Program for a democratic culture pivoting on the role of scientific education. The main tenets of this Program are listed and the resulting role of philosophy, as “philosophy of culture”, is analysed and discussed. Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Dimitri D’Andrea Abstract: Starting from a distinction between global and globalised and a definition of the concept of global threat for future generations, this paper aims to identify cognitive, moral and emotional phenomena that hinder to the adoption of effective policies against global warming. The main thesis of this paper is that it is difficult to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases mainly because the unlimited economic growth is the imperative of our company and the continuous increase of material goods and personal consumption is what is closest to our idea of happiness and wellbeing. Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Carlo Gabbani Abstract: The paper examines the epistemological significance of the expe- rience of estrangement caused by some types of descriptions of objects and phenomena. It shows how, today, the main productive matrix of these descriptions is formed by natural science. A distinction is drawn between a reductionist and pluralist approach to the aspect of estrangement offered by science, and subsequently analysed. The paper then puts forward an argument in support of the latter attitude. Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Pierluigi Minari Abstract: This paper deals with the infinitary modal propositional logic Kω1, featuring countable disjunctions and conjunc- tions. It is known that the natural infinitary extension LKô°€ω1 (here presented as a Tait-style calculus, TK♯ω1 ) of the standard sequent calculus LKô°€p for the propositional modal logic K is incomplete w.r. to Kripke semantics. It is also known that in order to axiomatize Kω1 one has to add to LKô°€ω1 new initial sequents corresponding to the infinitary propositional counterpart BFω1 of the Barcan- formula. We introduce a generalization of Kripke seman- tics, and prove that TK♯ω1 is sound and complete w.r. to this generalized semantics. By the same proof strategy, we show that the stronger system TKω1 , allowing countably infinite sequents, axiomatizes Kω1, although it provably doesn’t admit cut-elimination. Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Gianluca Garelli Abstract: In recent years, the confidence in the cultural koiné of Hermeneutics (shared by many continental philosophers in the last decades of the 20th century) went into a sort of epistemological crisis. However, this offers now much opportunity to reflect seriously about the philological roots of philosophical hermeneutics and about its close relationship with Hegel’s dialectical legacy. That’s why, after half a century, it’s still worth reading the methodological introduction of Wolfgang Wieland’s standard book on Aristotle’s Physics (1961). Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Maria Moneti Abstract: The spirit of modern utopia was to state the primacy of planning on the reparation, conservation, and reformation of reality and the view that we should destroy what already exists and start again from the beginning in order to build something rational and good. In this paper Maria Moneti sketches out some aspect of the history of utopian thought from the modern rationalism to its decline in the contemporary age. The ‘bankruptcy’ of utopia as philosophical and literary genre has swept away also the need to imagine the ‘ideal city’. At the end of this path, a first balance seems to suggest a post-modern utopia which nourishes more modest ambitions than its modern version and aims at keeping and respecting the world where we live. Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Vittoria Perrone Compagni Abstract: This paper focuses on the specific topic of oniric and prophetic praenotio, which Pomponazzi discussed in his main works. Pomponazzi aims at proving that dreams and prophecies are not inspired by Christian God, angels or demons, but are natural phaenomena, depending on divine, impersonal providence (fatum), which guarantees through astral movement the eternal preservation of human species. Issue No:Vol. 17
Authors:Mario Farina Abstract: This paper aims to examine Hegel’s formulation of aesthetics during the years between the Gymnasium in Stuttgart and the sojourn in Frankfurt. In this period Hegel’s thought was primarily focused on moral, political and religious problems. By following a particular route through the juvenile texts, it is possible how- ever to examine a group of meditations concerning the theme of beauty, the status of ancient Greece and the role of sensibility in the process of aesthetic education of man. Issue No:Vol. 17
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