Sollevare lo sguardo verso l’invisibile. Immagini medievali (Ing. & Fr.)

Looking up towards the invisible

How can we doubt that images were in the Middle Ages much more than what we now banally call an image? The medieval world was gradually filled with material images of all kinds: some painted on the walls, others in the books – the miniatures were so called, not because they were relatively small, but because the minium was the base of their red color – on the windows of the churches, on the altarpieces and pictures of wood; others embroidered or woven (think of the Bayeux Tapestry, which is actually an embroidery) – or carved in bas-relief or high-relief in wood or stone, melted in bronze, silver or gold. Continue reading

Metodologia del Diritto Internazionale (Ing. e Fr.)

Methodology seeks to define the means of acquiring scientific knowledge. There is no generally accepted definition of the methodology of international law. In this article it will be taken to comprise both its wider meaning of the methods used in the acquisition of a scientific knowledge of the international legal system and its narrower and more specialized meaning, the methods used to determine the existence of norms or rules of international law. Continue reading

La decolonizzazione della natura (Fr. & Ing.)

The conception of nature as matter to be objectified by modern science or as an inanimate resource at our disposal is currently being disrupted by ecological, ethological, anthropological and philosophical research. Because of global warming, nature is simultaneously entering the political scene. Ironically, the urgent need to reassess our relationship to nature is surfacing at the very same time that we are losing its concept.  Along the way, we might also lose a certain type of humanhood: who are we becoming, and what is our place in this coming nature? Continue reading

Dono, scambio, valore e moneta (Fr & Ing.)

By virtue of a habit determined by our own conditions of social existence, we only consider money as an economic agent which acquires merchandise  on a market. It is inseparable from the equivalence that can explain why goods are traded and according to which relationship; the latter determines their economic value. In the classical theories, money is therefore defined by exchange, that is to say by a form of reciprocity. It is this definition that the practices of certain so-called exotic societies call into question – they who see money as a means of exchange only because it is first the object of a gift. Continue reading

Attraverso la fotografia – Ian mcewan Il Comfort degli Estranei

The conspiracy in The Comfort of Strangers- Ian McEwan

References to photography are infrequent in McEwan’s work, and therefore it becomes all the more interesting to study the distinction that can be made among the photos, from one work to another. To approach The Comfort of Strangers, it should be noted that a curious first parallel occures between a passage of this novel and another one, from The Cement Garden. Continue reading

Il ruolo, l’impegno e le prestazioni delle agenzie di aiuto come importanti fornitori di beni pubblici globali. (Ing. & Fr.)

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Beyond much rhetoric and stated ambition in recent years, the implementation of global public policies has been weak so far. There is a huge gap between the official discourse and the reality. This chapter focuses on the role, commitment and performance of aid agencies as ‘small’ but important suppliers of global public goods. While acknowledging some advances in the right direction (broad international recognition and improved costing of the global risks, consensus on the high vulnerability of the low-income countries and the need to act urgently, and substantial financing commitments) the author argues, based on available evidence from evaluations and effectiveness reviews, that only limited progress has been made in the aid delivery model and that the poor have not yet gained much from these undertakings. Continue reading

Ecosostenibilità, Arte, Antropologia e Filosofia

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GREEN CULTURE – The conception of nature as matter to be objectified by modern science or as an inanimate resource at our disposal is currently being disrupted by ecological, ethological, anthropological and philosophical research. Because of global warming, nature is simultaneously entering the political scene. Ironically, the urgent need to reassess our relationship to nature is surfacing at the very same time that we are losing its concept. The books addressed in this article combine art and theoretical thought. They function as explorations that both try to outline the kind of nature we are leaving behind and the possibilities we could be traveling towards. Along the way, we might also lose a certain type of humanhood: who are we becoming, and what is our place in this coming nature? All these questions are asked by these recent publications. Continue reading