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“The Sweetness of Nothingness”. Poverty and the Theology of Creation in Bonaventure, Angela of Foligno, and Meister Eckhart

Num°20 POVERTY
Hughes

Although mendicant poverty has been critiqued both practically and theologically in recent years, it captures an insight into ontological reality as contingent beings that Francis of Assisi aimed to capture in his Canticle of the Creatures, and one that should be explored more deeply. Leggi tutto »

 
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Poverty and the Test of Experience: A Confrontation between Rilke and Benjamin

Num°20 POVERTY
Schiavoni

This essay focuses particularly on two German authors who, in the first thirty years of the twentieth century (when, starting with Expressionism, a confrontation with social poverty and its origins becomes unavoidable), seem to emerge over all others because of their originality and evocative power with respect to the theme of Armut, namely, Reiner Maria Rilke among the poets and Walter Benjamin among the philosophers. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Pontifical Elections: Some Historical Considerations and Suggestions for Further Reflection

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Piazzoni

The electoral system through which the popes are elected has peculiar characteristics, which make it difficult to use it as a model for other institutions. Nevertheless, recalling the history of the elections of the bishop of Rome, the oldest example of an electoral institute still in use, could be a stimulus for reflections that are useful even today. Leggi tutto »

 
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An Ungraspable Democracy: Voting, Elections, and Political Representation In Historical Great Britain

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Torre

A short fragment from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Contrat social on the behaviour of the English voters and the limits of their participation in parliamentary elections may be a helpful starting point for a survey of some issues regarding the lessons that the historical development of the British electoral practice are likely to teach to the Italian reader who is used to pay some attention to the present debate on the electoral reform. Leggi tutto »

 
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Olympe de Gouges, Les Trois Urnes, ou Le Salut de la Patrie (1793)

Num°19 ELECTIONS
Criscenti

With authentic revolutionary spirit, Olympe de Gouges, who became an essayist and a playwright at the time of the French Revolution, writes a manifest, Les Trois Urnes, in which she exhorts the exponents of the newly established power to call for free French elections and let the people take up political responsibility in terms of deciding the form of government that better fits the principles of the Declaration of Rights. Leggi tutto »

 
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An Obsolete Concept for Democracy? Elections and the Crisis of Political Representation

Num°19 ELECTIONS
CampatiManin

The aim of this essay is to investigate the concept of elections in relation to the crisis of political representation. The first objective is to review the details of the adoption of the “elective principle,” especially through the contribution of Bernard Manin. The second step is to consider the political effects of the adoption of the idea of “deselection.” Leggi tutto »

 
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Play and Seriousness: Plato and Aristotle

Num°18 SERIOUSNESS
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.  Leggi tutto »

 
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Appamāda: Seriousness of Non-Distraction

Num°18 SERIOUSNESS
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”. Leggi tutto »

 
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Serious Subjects: on Values, Time, and Death

Num°18 SERIOUSNESS
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. Leggi tutto »

 
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