Author Archives

  • “What is the logical form of this?” on Sen, Gramsci, Sraffa and Wittgenstein

    In a perceptive book, Ray Kurzweil, chief engineer at Google, and responsible for the Hidden Markov Model that stays behind much of today speech and text recognition software (like Siri), restates  the position of the Logical Neopositivism as the following:… Read More ›

  • On the distinction of Pure and Practical Reason, beyond Kant

    “Finally, I believe that my attempt to separate the Kant of the Critique of Pure Reason from the Kant of the Critique of Practical Reason has a real basis in history. For bourgeois thought and civilization succeeded in founding the… Read More ›

  • Dante and Islam

    I recently attended a very interesting conference by Roger Scruton, the celebrated author of (among many titles) “A short History of Modern Philosophy”. After that, a discussion ensued where one of the points was the fact that European identity can… Read More ›

  • A German dictionary

    Hegel - Berlin

    “In an attempt to explain Russian Bolshevism to Lady Ottoline Morrell, Bertrand Russell once remarked that, appalling though it was, it seemed the right sort of government for Russia: “If you ask yourself how Dostoevsky’s characters should be governed, you… Read More ›

  • Theodicy 2.0

    If someone is, like me, working all the time with RNGs and strives to produce MonteCarlo scenarios about events via computer simulations, he cannot help but thinking that different outcomes are due to different randomness structures (Sobol anyone?) In view… Read More ›

  • Ratzinger and Habermas on “deus sive natura”

    In 2004, two great figures of Europe’s Life of the Mind met to discuss the times of faith and secularization. This is the book containing their thoughts. Ratzinger has been extremely bold in trying to confront the implications of science… Read More ›

  • Also sprach Darwin

    Russell (History of Western Philosophy) did not understand Nietzsche when he said that he was an essentially moral philosopher. As Kubrik later explored in his magnificent film (2001:A Space Odyssey), Nietzsche realized the full implications of Darwin’s ideas. He knew… Read More ›

  • Subversive Spinoza

    Sebastiano Timpanaro did investigate the relationship between Giacomo Leopardi and d’Holbach in the Italian preface to the latter’s book “Good Sense”. Clearly, d’Holbach was just a broadcaster of the doctrine the Portuguese-Dutch thinker had previously elaborated. The Portuguese-Dutch thinker was… Read More ›

  • Giorgio Colli on Spinoza

    The great Giorgio Colli wrote a superb introduction to Spinoza’s Ethica, here reproduced in Italian – from ”Per una enciclopedia di autori classici”, Adelphi: “L’Etica richiede lettori non pigri, discretamente dotati e soprattutto che abbiano molto tempo a loro disposizione…. Read More ›

  • Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Cosmism

    It appears to me that a single idea transpires through Isaac Asimov’s “New Guide to Science”, Carl Sagan’s book “Cosmos” and many more: this idea is Cosmism. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a true legend, the inventor of astronautic and a pioneer… Read More ›