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Issue 18 – Seriousness

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SERIOUSNESS IS THE STANDARD OF BOTH ITSELF AND THE FATUOUS

EDITORIAL

True seriousness seems to be always elsewhere than in its natural places – it is neither where it is invoked nor where it appears in the role of an admonishing power, and never where it chastises us with a raised finger, a respectable dress, or a frown of disapproval. Whether individual or collective, emancipatory processes typically affect conceptual references; seriousness is one of them.

The intuition from which we start is that the conceptual crisis affecting seriousness is one of the major features that characterize our time. In this context, by “conceptual crisis” one should understand a condition of extreme vagueness affecting a concept whose task should be instead that of accurately educating individuals to the kind of respect due to reality in all its specific manifestations. Read more »

 
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Serious Philosophy

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Haack

What is serious philosophy? What does it demand of us? And is it true, as some suppose, that a philosopher can’t be serious about his work unless he is solemn and humorless? Calling on ideas from C. S. Peirce, Haack argues first that philosophy is a serious form of inquiry, requiring real commitment and real intellectual effort, and then that playfulness and humor may actually be of help in such inquiry, while solemnity and self-importance will, for sure, impede it . Read more »

 
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The Seriousness of Fight And Work: A Dialogue With Maurizio Landini

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A short conversation with Maurizio Landini about workers’ struggles and their seriousness Read more »

 
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The Consolation of Seriousness

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Luciana

The essay analyzes the concept of seriousness, both its structures and its contingent aspects. The relevance of this concept for social and cultural life has been increasingly underestimated, and now we are confronted with difficult practical consequences. Seriousness is vital for a proper understanding of the dangerous nature of a situation but also for  individuals’  reliability. Read more »

 
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Thoughts on Seriousness and Comedy: A Conversation With Stefano Benni

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A short conversation with Stefano Benni about Seriousness and Comedy Read more »

 
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Seriousness and Time

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The authors consider the topic of seriousness in its connection with time and, in particular, with lived time. They outline the special times of boredom and adventure in order to get to the very delicate and precarious synthesis obtainable through seriousness. Read more »

 
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Play and Seriousness: Plato and Aristotle

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Roochnik

The paper begins with a contrast between two competing paradigms of play: the child and the adult athlete.  It then argues that Plato rejects the former but strongly affirms the latter as a model of philosophy – indeed, of the best human life – itself.  Read more »

 
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Appamāda: Seriousness of Non-Distraction

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Comba

The word used for “serious,” in the Pāli language of the Buddhist Canon, is garu (the equivalent of the Sanskrit guru); however, in the canonical texts, one cannot find the derivative abstract noun garutā. Instead, there is another key term that could be translated as “seriousness”: appamāda. Before his passing away, the Buddha told his disciples: “Strive on with appamāda”. Now, appamāda is a negative concept (a-ppamāda) that can be translated in many ways: for example, absence of negligence, distraction or laziness. According to Buddhaghosa’s commentary, the phrase of the Buddha means: “Carry out all things that need to be done with uninterrupted awareness”. Read more »

 
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Serious Subjects: on Values, Time, and Death

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Sanchez

this paper, we consider a phenomenology of seriousness after the Mexican philosopher Jorge Portilla. Thought about as an intentional relation between a subject and values (or rules), seriousness is represented in subjective behavior as commitment, loyalty, and adherence to values (or rules). We consider the displacement of that commitment via disruptions that invert values. Following Portilla, we refer to these displacements as relajo. Read more »

 
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