Essays
  • BENEDIKT LIVšIC

    L'arciere da un occhio e mezzo

    introduction and notes by Jean Claude Marcadé
    translation by Renata Francheschi
    pages: 344
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: July 1989
    images: 44
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 98877570016



    €18,08

    “The title is symbolic: the Shiite archer, representing the Asian creator, galloping on the border between the Western and Eastern worlds, his face turned towards the immense East (the Russian multinational empire, Persia, China, Japan, India), with only half an eye observing what comes from the West. The meaning of the metaphor is clear, perhaps arguable, but deliberately provocative: Russian avant-garde art exists in itself; it finds the necessary forms, the creative inspiration, on its own terrain”. Benedikt Livšic's memoirs, which cover a crucial period of artistic development in Russia, are of fundamental importance in the reconstruction of the epic of the expressive revolution of the first two decades of the twentieth century. Introduction by Jean Claude Marcadé.
  • CORNELIUS CASTORIADIS

    Gli incroci del labirinto

    pages: 311
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: March 1989
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 88775701103



    €18,08

    “What is the soul, and to what extent, under what conditions, does psychoanalysis force us to think differently about it? What is language and how can we talk about it? What is the mathematical, physical, biological, socio-historical object, and how does it reveal and at the same time hide itself from the extraordinary enterprise that is modern science? From what and through what can we talk about economics, equality, justice, politics? An unrestrained, gratuitous and compulsory ambition: to clarify the strange fact of knowledge, to explore its current situation, to search for meanings that go beyond it”. Cornelius Castoriadis (1922) has lived in France since 1945. He co-founded the journal Socialisme ou Barbarie and was its main animator. He has published numerous works on social analysis and political philosophy.
  • HENRI ATLAN

    A torto e a ragione. Intercritica tra scienza e mito

    pages: 281
    format: 19 x 28 cm
    date of publication: March 1989
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 88877570121



    €20,66

    “The aim of this work is to show that there are different rationalities, different ways of being ‘right’, all of them legitimate though different, in the manner in which they account for the data of our senses”. This is how the author introduces his dissertation on the territories of reason, the subject of this volume. Henri Atlan, a doctor and biologist born in Algeria in 1931, currently teaches at the Universities of Paris and Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous studies on cell biology, biophysics and artificial intelligence. His formal theory of self-organisation has inspired fruitful intellectual explorations in various disciplines. In Italy he is known for his essay Tra il cristallo e il fumo, published by hopefulmonster in 1987.
  • BERNARD D'ESPAGNAT

    Un atomo di saggezza. Note in un fisico sul reale velato

    translation by Fortunato Lepore
    pages: 144
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: November 1987
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 98877570075



    €12,91

    “With rationality we must imperatively go as far as it can take us. Since it does not lead us to the ultimate goal, that is, to know what is real, we must then rely on less certain guides.” A fundamental text by Bernard d’Espagnat, physicist, philosopher and director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Paris-Orsay. In an authentic and direct way, d’Espagnat investigates and verifies the very foundations of physics and the relationship between it and the philosophy of knowledge.
  • HENRI ATLAN

    Tra il cristallo e il fumo. Saggio sull'organizzazione del vivente

    translation by Roberta Coltellacci and Renato Corona
    pages: 348
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: February 1987
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 98877570024



    €18,59

    An important essay by the well-known French biophysicist and philosopher of Algerian origin, this volume offers a meditation on the living that goes beyond biology to cross the sciences of nature, the sciences of man, the experience of Jewish thought, life and death, towards a new knowledge of the world that has to choose: ethics or biology?
  • VLADIMIR JANKELEVITCH

    Il paradosso della morale

    pages: 216
    format: 16 x 22,5 cm
    date of publication: January 1987
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 8877570032



    €13,17

    The fact that the ‘law of desire’ can only find a limit in the ‘desire for law’ is not just a play on words: it is one of those necessarily equivocal expressions with which language must strive to illuminate the paradoxical structure of ‘moral discourse’. Vladimir Jankélevitch (1903-1985) taught at the universities of Toulouse, Lille and the Sorbonne. His philosophical works include: H. Bergson, 1931, L'odyssée de la conscience dans la dernière philosophie de Schelling, 1933, Traité des vertus, 1949, Le je-ne-sais-quoi et le presque-rien, 1957, La mort, 1966. A pianist and musicologist, he has written essays on Liszt, Fauré, Debussy and Ravel. Recent translations of La musica e l'ineffabile and La coscienza ebraica have been published in Italian.