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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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Charis of Kairós and Kairós of Charis: A Homeric Specificity

Num°17 GRACE
DingremontHomericHymns

This essay intends to offer an approach to charis and kairos viewed not as separate but as intertwined. This happy interlacement is a specificity of the Homeric tradition, specifically found in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. A poet like Hesiod will have the greatest difficulty in conceiving the proximity of kairos and charis without a negative side (Pandora, a trap for men).

 
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In the Beginning Was Aglaia: Story of the Divorce Between Charis and Feminine Divinity in (late) Ancient Philosophy

Num°17 GRACE
Antonio-Canova_Le-Grazie

This study intends to present the traces of the doctrinal development of the figure of Charis within the Platonic tradition and the story of the conceptual divorce between Charis and feminine divinity within Christian theology. This is the story of the absorptions and recompositions of the rays of Beauty through many prisms. In concluding, the essay indicates some obstacles that prevented the history of Christian thought from formulating a complete theory of Beauty and argues that the elimination of such obstacles would bring additional doctrinal development.

 
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Grace, Responsibility, and Theurgy in Some Kabbalistic Texts

Num°17 GRACE
albero sefirotico-min

The Talmudic and Kabbalistic dictates and precepts, accurately handed down in order to create a living connection between Divine and Human, are explored in the essay through the categories of theurgy (“esoteric rituality”), responsibility, and the mystic meaning of “Grace” (Chesed). By accepting even partially what has been passed down of the religious and cultural Hebrew world, the author follows Gershom Scholem’s invitation intentionally to risk ahistorical approaches and parallelisms and glances through the meanders of “esoteric rituality” from the Talmud to the medieval and modern Kabbalah. Leggi tutto »

 
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Nature, Art, and Beauty: The Theme of Grace in Schelling’s Akademie-Rede

Num°17 GRACE
SchellingCampesi

Focusing on Schelling’s 1807 lecture Über das Verhältnis der bildenden Künste zu der Natur (the so-called Akademie-Rede, given by the German philosopher at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts), this essay explores Schelling’s conception of “grace” in the context of the wider relationship between art, nature, and beauty. Not only is grace a “feature” of some particular forms of art, as previously stated in the Philosophie der Kunst (1803), but it is also the most perfect achievement of the process of artistic creation. Leggi tutto »

 
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The Chlorophyllic Image of Grace in Simone Weil

Num°17 GRACE
weilDeLussy

“The Greeks were haunted by the idea of grace.” Simone Weil analyses this idea on the basis of the Greek word charis understood in the sense of gratuitous gift (with no reference to the sense proposed by the Hebrew language). Her taste for science and her inclination to link sensible realities and spiritual events through analogies bring her to compare the work of grace to the phenomenon of chlorophyll assimilation (or photosynthesis).  Leggi tutto »

 
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Understanding Simone Weil’s “Science of the Supernatural” within the Context of Rationalism

Num°17 GRACE
Simone_Weil_filatelia

In her oeuvre,  Simone Weil focused on that “other reality,” as she termed it, situated outside space and time, otherwise called the supernatural. Though it is inaccessible to human faculties, it is, paradoxically, essential to an accurate anthropology, central to the just constitution of a state, and, indeed, key to the accurate perception of reality. But how can the twain meet? And how can its existence be proven philosophically and scientifically, when it is not empirically verifiable and appears to be experienced only by a select few?  Leggi tutto »

 
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The “Grace” of the Real: Some Considerations in the Wake of Jankélévitch

Num°17 GRACE
LiscianiPetrini

Following up on Vladimir Jankélévitch, this essay considers the category of “grace” (charis) in its rich polysemy and inseparable connection with the notion of “occasion” (kairós). Jankélévitch’s philosophy is focused precisely on the notion of “charme,” which is one of the most emblematic cognates of the ancient term charis. In Jankélévitch, “grace” becomes the “motivation” of the real, understood (according to a register that echoes Bergson’s teachings) as movement, producer of forms, without substance. Leggi tutto »

 
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