June 2019 Culture and society

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Adela Cortina retrata al pensador en su 90° cumpleaños

By Adela Cortina

Source: El País, 15 June



Jürgen Habermas' defence of the philosophical activity starts from the disappointment for the German philosophy. His theory about the communicative action counterposes the conception of the language as the messenger of an excluding identity with the dialogic exchange between people of the same dignity and freedom.

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Die fünf grossten Myten über den Mond

By Florian Freistetter

Source: Der Standard, 15 June

 The Moon watched from the Earth has switched on the scientific curiosity and nurtured the human phantasy. In the quinquagenary of the Moon landing  here are explained at the light of the reason the major myths elaborated by the human thought since the dawn of time.

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Warnhinweis: bitte nicht bekifft autofahren!

By Maria Mast

Source: Die Zeit, 5 June

After the Global Drug Survey the cannabis, the most loved of the drugs not only gives addiction, but is dangerous for the neuropsychiatric health, in particular of the youngest, and has the same risks of the tabac. Furthermore, it causes car accidents.

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Food: bigger than the plate leaves you wanting more

Source: The Economist, 22 May

A new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London presents through seventy installations all the lifecycle of the food in its production chain, explaining what we put on the table as a matter of choice and responsibility.

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Im Auge des Betrachters

By Julia Sica

Source: Der Standard, 5 June

A research by Wien’s University means to approach from a psycological point of view the human attraction for the beauty, an innate sensitivity which is explained not only with the biological instinct, but concerns the perception’s system and the cultural codes through complex ways.

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The Earth is round

By Lee Mcintyre

Source: Newsweek International, 14 June

The Flat Earthers represent an interessant chapter of sociology about the communities closed in their beliefs. It isn’t never a matter of logic, certainty or evidence to fight the negationists of science. People are convinced not by data, but by those they trust.

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Un mundo de ciudadanos controlados

By Ignacio Vidal-Volch

Source: El País, 9 June

The supremacy of technology on the private life and the control of groups of power on the information realize a reduced version of the Great Brother imagined by Orwell 70 years ago. It is also easy today mirroring in the social nets and in the current conditions of the middle-low classes some prophecies told by the writer.

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Nathaniel Rich

By Coralie Schaub

Source: Libération, 8 June

The fight for the climate change is not a recent phenomenon. The propaganda spread by the fossil industry has buried the good proposals of the politics of the Eighty’s and lowers the level of the discussion, moving aside the fundamental aspect of the problem, which is the crisis of our civilisation.

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L’écologie présente les traits d’une nouvelle religion séculière

By Jean-Pierre Le Goff

Source: Le Figaro, 4 June

The ecology is the new apolitical, Manichean and moralizing dogma, which is predicated by the youth, the new key for reading the history of the Occident, which we all have to redeem from. But while thinking to the Planet, we should also care about which culture we want to transmit to our children.

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Für einen neuen Gesellschaftsvertrag

By Alexander Görlach

Source: Der Standard, 3 June

What does it mean speaking about the civil or social rights printed on the Constitutions of our democracies, if the citizens  nearly can’t put the dinner on the table? A new social contract can win the populism, if grounded not on the numbers of the economy, but on the real problems of the people, to be faced with empathy.

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Bernard-Henry Lévy: apostrophe au “peuple européen”

By Alexis Lacroix

Source: L’Express, 29 May

In Looking for Europe, the European and combative Bernard-Henri Levy is back. At the end of the History, where ideologies are discussed and scepticism, relativism and nihilism cultivated, what is left to be done is the cultural battle for the transnational values.

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L’homme qui fait parler les plantes

By Claire Chartier

Source: L’Express, 29 May

 La Révolution des plantes by Stefano Mancuso explains the intelligence of the vegetal world from the perspective of a neurobiologist: though not equipped with neurons , the plants have a sensitivity and transmit electrical signals able to understand, communicate and manipulate the environment around them.

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Big data e bioéthique

By Éric Favereau

Source: Libération, 30 May

The French ethics committee has taken the word lately on che change of scale of the health big data, to assert that the risks involved as long as they cause a medical decision don’t justify a hostile position towards the digital technologies and the benefits they bring to the society as well the medicine progress.

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Les citoyens semblent avoir réalisé combien l’Europe est utile

By Noémie Rousseau

Source: Libération, 30 May

La Merveilleuse Histoire d’Europe by Jean Louis de Valmigère with a preface by Antonio Tajani  is a collective and intergenerational work, a continental roman dedicated to the youth which explains the reasons of the love for Europe, that begin but don’t end in the 65 years of peace.

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Die Wissenschaft als magische Glaskugel

By Alexander Reutlinger

Source: Die Faz, 9 May

Concepts like the truth or the fact , waved in the March for Science worldwide, from a philosophical perspective are naive and not good for its defence. Instead, claiming the freedom of research legittimizes the place of science in the society, because freedom is an essential value of a democracy.

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On est ici entre le portrait et l’allégorie à travers cette beauté androgyne qui tend vers l’idéalisation

By Letizia Dannery

Source: L’Express, 29 May

In the castle of Chantilly, a charcoal drawing of big size, called Monna Vanna since it recalls the celebrated Monna Lisa, for the technique deployed, laboratory clues and historical reconstructions  seems to be attributable to Leonardo, who conceived it as the erotic double of the Louvre’s model.

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