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Is Philosophy Really So Distant From Our Life?

Knowledge, reason, mind, freedom, destiny, identity, God, goodness, justice, politics are all issues which are dealt with in Philosophy, but they are also questions that people generally approach in a more spontaneous way, since these issues are precisely those which shape the way we think about the world and how we define our place in it, as well as being major issues examined by many great thinkers. The word ‘philosophy’ brings with itself some rather unfortunate connotations; you often hear that it is abstract, it does not have much to do with the real world, that it is stuff for

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Positioning Philosophy in the Western Culture

In this podcast I talk about the importance of philosophy in the western culture and science; I also deal with the questions of “what is philosophy?” and “what philosophers do?”. The question of the relation between life and thinking is also treated here; freedom and understandings are strictly interconnected, for example. What type of questions characterise philosophical interrogation? Is philosophy a science or an art? Click on the play button below to enjoy it. =======^^^^^^^^^^^^^^=======^^^^^^^ The production of cultural stimuli and the original research that you can find on this web site requires hundreds of hours of work each month.

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Heraclitus (essential introduction – audio)

Ηερακλειτοσ, Ηερακλιτοσ, Heraclitus, Greek philosopher born in Ephesus (c536-475 BC) Reality is in a constant flow. Hour senses can only see the multiplicity of Being. The λόγοσ is rational the principle that the orders the universe. … … … You can listen to my introduction to Heraclitus by playing the file below.   ================================= Per produrre gli stimoli culturali e le ricerche originali che puoi leggere in queste pagine, occorrono centinaia di ore di lavoro ogni mese. Se rispetti il mio lavoro, sei ne hai tratto piacere, sei hai trovato in qualche modo utile questi scritti, puoi contribuire alla sussistenza

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The Socratic Illusions

The Socratic Illusion “This illusion consists in the imperturbable belief that, with the clue of logic, thinking can reach to the nethermost depths of being, and that thinking can not only perceive being but even modify it. This sublime metaphysical illusion is added as an instinct to science and again and again leads the latter to its limits, where it must change into art; which is really the end to be attained by this mechanism.” F. Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, p.53, 1955, Dover Publications, NY

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Some Observations about Reality

by Maurizio Bisogno My first line, then, will be a question about reality and sense perception. Without making any erudite reference, I should phrase it as it follows: is what I call reality given to me by my perception? (I do not mean only external perception, but internal perception as well). What I see, what I hear, what I touch, what I smell, what I taste, what I feel, what I remember, what I know: all those aspects contributes to my idea of what is real. And in this sense, the idea of reality can be subjective or relative to

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