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Serious Philosophy


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 . Leggi tutto »

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Numero 18 SERIOUSNESS December, 2016 - Autore:


The Real, The Fictional and The Fake


real: actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact, objective, genuine, rightly so called, natural, sincere, not purely nominal or supposed or pretended or artificial or hypocritical or affected.

(Oxford English Dictionary)

For a while, as I mulled over Prof. Guglielminetti’s invitation to write a paper “about reality,” I felt somewhat at a loss. “What in the world isn’t real?” I wondered; and then, “Can I really write about everything—in 5,000 words or less?” Leggi tutto »


Reality show(s)?


In the media age, reality is an act of writing. This, however, does not consist in an author’s writing a text addressed to some readers; rather, writing consists in a sort of almost anonymous “engraving” on the visual framework, an almost automatic writing that comes from the ether. Reality becomes the result of an agreement made through negotiation processes. Media have helped the access to reality precisely by including feedback in the process of the transmission of signals. Entertainment represents the core of television language, melting together sensations and perceptions, feelings and rational paths. The web makes reality wider and it denies its reliability. The web works in the background by attempting to show that the TV screen is pervaded by deceiving presences. In the same time, television wants to be thought as a medium conveying reality. All these remarks confirm that we are dealing with a recurring issue, namely: In the TV media, does anything exist that remains independent from the idea we build around it?


A sound Sense of Reality


The notion of reality is strictly intertwined with the concreteness of our cognitive and evaluative practices, their complexity, and the dynamism of the inevitable interference of empirical and logico-semantic factors that constitute it. From this perspective, the demand to choose between realism and anti-realism can only appear as a pseudo-problem which is moreover nourished with unsustainable dualisms, such as those between mind and world, pragmatic and epistemic, as well as the methodological dichotomies that gather around such oppositions.

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