The Science of Goodness (and of the Sun)

In his mythopoiesis of ‘Goodness’ and ‘Justice’, Plato affirms the primacy of Goodness over other ideas, comparing it to the sun: “As in the visible sphere, the light of the sun and vision can correctly be considered similar to the sun, but it is not correct to assume that they are the sun, so in this other sphere it is correct to assume that ‘truth’ (ἀλήθεια) and ‘science’ (ἐπιστήμη) are both similar to Goodness, but it would be incorrect to think that one or the other of them are Goodness: the condition of Goodness is due the highest honour” (Republic, 509a).

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Truth is not blameless

BY SIMONE BANDINI “(Europe) is a bourgeois and individualistic continent preoccupied with its refrigerator.” Albert Camus, speaking in Athens 28th April 1955.   In 1955 Albert Camus was incredibly – and today I add miserably – prophetic.  Post-bourgeois nihilism has brought us to extreme consequences in technocratic, rationalist and materialistic thinking. That the value of […]

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Less than zero

BY SIMONE BANDINI “If you want something, you have the right to take it” Bret Easton Ellis Following an exotic cultural fashion rather popular in the Anglo-Saxon world of radical chic and amplified by the simplistic reductionism of social networks, the capacity to be well (and alone) with and in yourself becomes the archetype and the panacea […]

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Where has thinking gone?

Well. Where has thinking gone? “But I had it just a moment ago!” As a famous song has it.  And with thought, freedom, in its highest sense, which increasingly contemplates revolt and transgression. This great modern unknown. Both fell under the blows of the absolutely technological and technocratic, the new fetish of progressive politicians and […]

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Smart life (or dizziness)

“The return to civilization was for her the return to soma, was the possibility of lying in bed and taking holiday after holiday, without ever having to come back to a headache or a fit of vomiting, without ever being made to feel as you always felt after peyotl, as though you’d done something so […]

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