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  1. On Stephen Engstrom, The Form of Practical Knowledge.Carla Bagnoli - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):191-203.
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    The Contemporary Relevance of Aristotle’s Thought.Enrico Berti - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):23-35.
    In order to explain the contemporary relevance of Aristotle’s thought, the following discussion explores various examples of Aristotelian theories, concepts, and distinctions which remain at the centre of the philosophical debate. From the domain of logic we consider the notion of category, which was developed by G. Ryle, the distinction between apophantic and semantic discourse, that was stressed by J. Austin, the debate on the principle of non- contradiction, and the theory of fallacies; from the domain of physics, we examine (...)
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  3. Extended Knowledge and Causal Dependence.Esteban Céspedes - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):55-67.
    One of the principal presuppositions in the extended mind account of Clark and Chalmers establishes that extended and non-extended cognitive systems have somehow the same structure and that the distinctions between them can only be superficial. In contrast, this work presents some arguments for the idea that it is possible to find fundamental differences between both, mainly on the basis that a criterion that does not include the notion of knowledge is not strong enough to define cognitive processes (section 2). (...)
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    Extended Knowledge and Causal Dependence.Esteban Céspedes - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):55-67.
    One of the principal presuppositions in the extended mind account of Clark and Chalmers establishes that extended and non-extended cognitive systems have somehow the same structure and that the distinctions between them can only be superficial. In contrast, this work presents some arguments for the idea that it is possible to find fundamental differences between both, mainly on the basis that a criterion that does not include the notion of knowledge is not strong enough to define cognitive processes. A brief (...)
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    Thinking About Love.Manuel Cruz - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):7-22.
    Has philosophy paid sufficient attention to love? It is evident that the thinkers of the past expended a large part of their intellectual energies on talking about feelings, passions, emotions or affections, to mention just some of the terms under which, one way or another, love has tended to be subsumed. By doing so they undoubtedly granted it a philosophical importance, but not necessarily the kind that should be its due. Because love is much more than a philosophical subject with (...)
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    The Skin and Me.Félix Duque - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):139-154.
    The following text revolves around a contrast in the form of a chiasm: the human skin of the word is the word of human skin, of its orifices and crevices. Halfway between a phenomenology of the life-world and quasi-surrealistic automatic writing, we attempt per impossibile to restore its rights to the living and speaking body, to allow the ear to speak, the eye to smell, and the hands to look – an exercise in synesthesia not devoid of a certain irony. (...)
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    Philosophy and Jewish Thought A Comparative Path.Beniamino Fortis - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):127-138.
    Through the analysis of some of the main categories of Greek philosophy and Jewish thought, this essay highlights a general, decisive antithesis between them, i.e. the theoretical opposition between a Greek conceptual-deductive method and a Jewish storytelling attitude. The attention paid by contemporary philosophy to narrative issues can thus be seen as bearing witness to philosophy’s need to reshape its speculative processes, and at the same time as proving the topicality of Jewish thought as a viable way to delineate new (...)
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    Introduction.Sergio Givone - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):71-73.
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    Some Reflections on Narrative Thought.Sergio Givone - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):75-88.
    The author reexamines a number of foundational episodes in the history of western thought through the prism of the notion of “identity philosophy,” a category that includes both parmenidean metaphysics, predicated on the assumption of a transparent relationship between reality and logos, to the exclusion of the irrational and the nothing from the number of thinkable realities, and a Wittgenstein-influenced philosophy of language implying that nothing can be said unless it has previously been fitted to the mathematical form of linguistic (...)
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    The Thought-Provoking Power of Narration.Dietrich Harth - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):89-107.
    After a time of theoretical condemnation common sense as well as academic curiosity have rediscovered again the all-permeating powers of narration. Narrativity and culture are, this is a conviction grounding this essay, closely interwoven. But from this doesn’t follow that narration has to be seen as a guardian of general order. On the contrary, if we contemplate the appearance of narratives in everyday life and in literature we may detect differences but also affinities in subverting common beliefs. Yet, literary narrations (...)
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    Self-Reflection and Life-Narratives in Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities.Olav Krämer - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):109-125.
    The role of narrativity in the constitution of personal identity, a widely discussed topic in recent philosophy, is also an important issue in Robert Musil’s novel “The Man without Qualities.” Apart from a theoretical passage, where the coherence established by life-narratives is explicitly rejected as an illusion, the novel displays various instances of reflection in which characters seek to articulate their identity by narrating parts of their lives. Not all of these self-narratives are presented as flawed; rather, by highlighting the (...)
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    Precariousness and Bad Faith: Giovanni Jervis on the Illusions of Self-Conscious Subjectivity.Massimo Marraffa - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):171-187.
    Giovanni Jervis was a prominent figure in the Italian intellectual landscape of the last fifty years. A student of the philosopher-ethnologist Ernesto De Martino, the main focus of his research was on social psychiatry and psychology, the foundations of psychology, and the psychological aspects of social and political problems. This article explores his rethinking of the psychoanalytic criticism of the subject. I shall try to show that Jervis has given shape to the premises of a philosophical anthropology that originally aims (...)
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    The Freedom of Judging.Patrizia Pedrini - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):37-53.
    John McDowell and Christine Korsgaard have defended the claim that when human beings judge or believe that p, they are exercising a fundamental kind of freedom, the “freedom of judging.” David Owens has challenged the view: he argues that they offer us at best no more than a modest notion of freedom, which does not vindicate the claim that we are free in many relevant instances of judgment, in particular in perceptual judgment. I argue that Owens is right if we (...)
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    The Expanded Epoché.Mario Perniola - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (6):157-170.
    The following essay argues that the Husserlian idea of the epoché could be expanded to cover all aspects of practical life. The first part summarizes the extensive debate developed on this issue in English speaking Phenomenology in the 1970s, one that focused on the relation between the notions of epoché and reduction. In fact, the notion of reduction seems to run counter to the idea of expanding the epoché, insofar as it confines the latter within the narrow horizon of a (...)
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    Norberto Bobbio: The Rule of Law and the Rule of Democracy.Richard Bellamy - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):53-59.
    One of the main themes of Bobbio’s writings was the relationship between law and politics. Yet an ambiguity runs through his writings on this point. He saw politics and law as intimately related, with the one entailed by the other. Yet, the tautologous relationship he saw as existing between the two posed a potential problem – what could be called the Hobbes challenge. For if politics is impossible without law, yet all law flows from politics, then we seem faced with (...)
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    Hannah Arendt's Reflections on Violence and Power.Richard J. Bernstein - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):3-30.
    Focusing on her essay “On Violence”, I explain and defend the sharp distinction that Hannah Arendt draws between power and violence. Although fully aware of how power and violence are frequently combined, she argues that they are conceptually distinct – even antithetical. I show how these concepts are related to many other themes in her thinking including politics, action, speech, persuasion, and judgment. I also explore the wider context of the role of violence in her philosophic and political thinking. She (...)
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    Memory and the Construction of Personality.Remo Bodei - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):87-98.
    The article proposes a kind of imaginary chess match in seven moves between memory and oblivion in which the construction of collective identity is at stake. Starting from the experience of unexpected changes, such as the collapse of political regimes, it aims to show how the failure to nourish established memory provokes oblivion. Memory and forgetting do not represent neutral territories, but actual battlefields in which identity – especially collective identity – is decided, molded, and legitimized. Moreover, every victorious power (...)
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    Memories of the Future: The Role of Memory in Building a Gendered Identity. The Case of Women.Gabriella Bonacchi - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):99-111.
    This article focuses on the relationship between memory, female identity and the history of women: issues and areas of scholarship that have a comparatively recent history, but already present a rich spectrum of contrasting approaches and studies. In the case at hand, interpretations rooted in Foucault’s genealogical approach are contrasted with more recent postcolonial studies, against the backdrop of the political history of European and American feminism, a position that can scarcely be reduced to the more familiar terms of the (...)
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    Towards a Philosophy of Political Myth.Chiara Bottici - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):31-52.
    This article argues for the need for philosophical reflection on political myth. It does so by addressing the twofold question “Why philosophy?” and “Why political myth?” The first part of the essay examines the ways that political philosophy could contribute to a better understanding of political myth. In particular, it proposes to look at political myth as a process rather than as an object, and to define it as the work of a common narrative, which grants significance to the political (...)
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    Hybrid Identities and Memory.Giuseppe Cacciatore - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):113-124.
    In this article the author reflects on some of the most recent instances of the hybridization of identities, brought about by movements of migration in the more general context of globalization. New situations triggered by the epoch-making historical developments of the world we live in require us to modify our notion of individual identity, which is no longer seen as a fundamental and self-referential essence of the individual, but rather as the product of a number of relational variables, many of (...)
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    On Massimo Cacciari's Hamletica.Massimo Donà, Claudio Ciancio, Vincenzo Vitiello & Federico Vercellone - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):183-204.
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    Between Past and Future: Identity, Religion and Public Space.Vanna Gessa Kurotschka - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):125-140.
    The following article addresses the political dimension of identity in its complex interrelations with memory on one hand and normativity on the other. Identity, as Amartya Sen has shown, is neither an essence nor a function of religious belonging, as determinists and reductionists have assumed, but the result of an active process of choice. Autonomous choice, however, does not take place outside of time and space, far from external resistance and contradictions, but is rooted in situations, emotions, corporeality and all (...)
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    An Introduction.Vanna Gessa Kurotschka - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):83-85.
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    The Man at the Mirror (Dialogue with Oneself).Dmitri Nikulin - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):61-79.
    The article provides a close hermeneutical reading and philosophical interpretation of a short text by Mikhail Bakhtin from 1943, quoted and translated in the beginning. Contra the modern Cartesian interpretation of the subject as always open to itself in an act of self-reflection, it is argued that one’s self is not immediately accessible and fully transparent to itself. Looking at oneself in the mirror stands for an attempt of self-cognition, in which one both recognizes and misses oneself, seeing oneself as (...)
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    On Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth's Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange.Marcus Ohlström, Marco Solinas & Olivier Voirol - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):205-221.
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    On Jacques Audiard's A Prophet.Mario Pezzella & Katia Rossi - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):161-169.
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    Regimes of Memory: Distance, Identity and the Liberty of the Citizen.Nadia Urbinati - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):141-157.
    The theoretical interpretations of liberalism in its relations to multiculturalism occupy a central role in contemporary political theory. Yet, although arguments of rights and equal respect have provided for reasonable justifications of cultural diversity, daily papers and political columns give us an image of democratic societies that is often intolerant, exclusionary and insensitive to the argument of rights when faced with cultural and religious pluralism. The diachronic rhythm between intellectual reasonableness and widespread opinion often goes unobserved in academic literature. In (...)
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    On Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery.Ugo Volli & Gloria Origgi - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3 (5):173-180.
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  29. The Claims of Reason: Engstrom’s Account of Practical Knowledge.Carla Bagnoli - 2011 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 3:197-203.
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