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Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis, Rita Messori & Salvatore Tedesco
Nature doesn’t seem reducible to rigid systems and classifications. Although resorting to metaphors may give rise to contradictions, it allows the elaboration of explanatory models which help us to organize thought and to find orientation in the natural world. Giving form through metaphors stands for seeking the way by which mankind looks for both solutions and new configurations to face nature’s enigmas. The creation of morphological and/or evolutionary metaphors framed in a schematic way what...

Metafore della natura e natura della metafora in Denis Diderot

Rita Messori
The writings of Diderot, even the most philosophical, are characterized by a poetic style, by the frequent use of figures of speech, especially metaphor. The metaphorical images like, the "great chain of being", the "swarm of bees" and the "sensitive harpsichord", are an expression of experimental philosophy that proceeds by "presentiments", by intuitions and not by concepts. The philosopher, from the experience of natural phenomena, forms an idea, though vague, of nature as a dynamic...

Funktionskreis e Gestaltkreis: la metafora del circolo nella biologia teoretica

Salvatore Tedesco
This paper aims to examine the use of the circle metaphor within the functionalist perspective by Jakob von Uexküll and the morphological perspective by Viktor von Weizsäcker. Whereas the functionalist theory dissolves the unity of the organism in the multiplicity of functional relationships, Weizsäcker’s morphology recognizes the fundamental unity of the biological act, leading to a new concept of the living organism.

Epigenesis and Coherence of the Aesthetic Mechanism

Fabrizio Desideri
Can we properly define and explain the human mind an aesthetic mind? The purpose of the paper is to answer this and the related questions that it implies. How do we understand the conceptual field of the aesthetic? What do we mean when we speak about an aesthetic experience or when we express an aesthetic judgement? The first move consists in shaping the outlines of the «aesthetic» as a cluster-concept. Having identified the conceptual core...

Phenomenology and Neuroaesthetics

Elio Franzini
Phenomenology is not the simple description of a fact, but rather the description of an intentional immanent moment, and it presents itself as a science of essences, and not of matter of facts. The Leib, the lived body of the phenomenological tradition, is not a generic corporeal reality, but rather an intentional subject, a transcendental reference point, on the base of which the connections between physical body and psychic body should be grasped. So, the...

John L. Bell: A biographical note

Alberto Peruzzi
Born in 1945, John Lane Bell is not only one of the greatest logicians of our time, but he is also one the most gifted in the art of writing, as witnessed by the success of his introductory texts, many of which were originally written as lecture notes: their essential clarity is an exemplar of the Attic style. More generally, Bell’s works are a rare example of how rigour and sophisticated elegance can coexist.

La mia esperienza di allievo dell’lstituto Magistrale Virgilio (1938-1944)

Mauro Laeng
Studi sulla Formazione, Anno XVII, I-2014

III. Filosofe dell’educazione come eredi del razionalismo critico. Da Colicchi a Fadda, da Xodo a Mortari: quattro modelli

Franco Cambi
The article presents four contemporary Italian philosophers of educations, that are inspirited by critical rationalism and it points out their critical function.

Per una pedagogia dell’“intercultura”

Franco Cambi
The intercultural pedagogy has an ontological horizon, that is defined in this article by a complex net of ontological categories. The function of ontology isn’t only constitutive, but also (and especially) regulative.

L’evento educativo: uno sguardo pedagogico al “pensiero indipendente” di Hannah Arendt

Marta Ilardo
The article aims at seeking the possible connection between Hannah Arendt’s thought and a few categories of the “pedagogical problematicism”. Key Concepts like Evil, Action and “Vita Activa” are investigated in relation to the “educational event” and its implications for the pedagogical reflection.

Gramsci e il movimento per l’educazione nuova. Alcuni spunti di riflessione

Daniele Martinez
This paper traces the considerations of Gramsci about the New Education Movement. We have analyzed the relationships between the Educational Activism and the Gramsci’s work. In particular we evaluated similarities and differences with the Pragmatism of Dewey, with the Educational Spontaneism, inspired by the tradition of Rousseau, and with the Italian Neo-idealist Pedagogy represented by the figure of Lombardo Radice. In conclusion, in the history of the italian school after the Second World War, we...


I Direttori
Studi sulla Formazione, Anno XVII, I-2014

Learning the “language of connections”. The value of art in the thinking of Gregory Bateson

Silvia Demozzi
The article presents a brief analysis of the role of art in the thinking of Gregory Bateson. This is the starting point for a pedagogical reflection that may emphasize, in the educational processes, the languages of connection, typical of art and metaphor, and may propose alternative paths to «single thought» and simplification.

Ripensare l’estetica nel tempo “mostruoso”

Paolo Mottana
The text reads again the notion of esthetic above all as symbolic sensibility, sensibility to the secret language of world, to her intimate correspondences, to the network of affinity in which it’s interweaved. Today this sensibility appears secondary and anesthetized, with effects of decline that reflect in many aspects of our life. It’s necessary to reactivate as soon as possible this sensibility and the resulting responsibility through the exercise of an accurate and receptive look,...

Collaborare online per la progettazione educativa. Un ambiente web di scrittura collaborativa come laboratorio nella formazione universitaria

Giuseppe Pillera
How can we support group collaboration about designing human and social change? This paper reports three years of blending laboratory at university course about pedagogic models for educational planning and it especially explores about methodology, tools, participants, activities and assessment, with regard to group-based collaborative writing set in a specially made web environment.

L’umanesimo di Aristotele fra politica, conoscenza e educazione

Marco Salis
According to the author of this study, the nature of Aristotle’s work is, at the same time, humanistic and anthropocentric, unlike Plato’s work, which is hu- manistic and theocentric. The author arrives at this conclusion through exami- nation of the philosopher’s pedagogical ideas: the definition of the purposes and means of education is related to the quality of the responses on the organisation of human societies, on the problem of the common good, and on...

Note sulla fanciullezza nel pensiero di Leopardi

Michele Zedda
Childhood is a central topic in Leopardi’s literary production. The poet describes the child’s mind very carefully: his memory, imagination, attention and his pe- culiar points of view. These descriptions haven’t a direct pedagogical purpose, but it is possible to find in them important ideas on education.

Youth and the United Europe

Daniela Preda
The Second World War marked a turning point in European history, leading to a shift from the European to the world system of states and decreeing the historical failure of the absolute national state. The idea of European unification, which in the interwar period still appeared as unrealistic, became concretely achievable in the immediate postwar period, beginning to take shape with the theoretical reflections of many Europeans, who organized associations to promote the idea of...

Crisis política y juventud en España: el declive del bipartidismo electoral

Francisco José Francés García & Oscar Antonio Santacreu Fernández
This paper shows the increasing trend of Spanish young people towards non-conventional mechanisms of political expression, in a crisis context which has reduced its reliance on traditional political actors. As an alternative to bipartisanship, political participation moves towards increased interest and attention to new players, such as emergent political parties. Using a covariance structural model, factors such as political activism, awareness and understanding of country problems, and trust in the political system, are explored in...

Identity-related: young people, strategies of identity and social networks

Chiara Moroni
The social networks are activators of exponential relations and of new formulas of self-representation. For this the social networks may be considered real laboratories in which to experience different possibilities of construction and reconstruction of Self. This construction process is very common among young people, called “digital natives”; they use the social networks to define themselves and their social relationship. Today we have more and more identity-related.

Looking for new ways of bringing different dimensions of lives together. An interview with Andy Furlong

Andrea Pirni
SocietàMutamentoPolitica, Vol 5, N° 10 (2014): Youth for What? New Generations and Social Change

Natural perceptual wayfinding for urban accessibility of the elderly with early-stage AD

Giuliana Frau
Population ageing and the increase in neurodegenerative diseases that lead to dementia, together with growing urbanisation, cause us to reflect on an important aspect of life in the city for elderly people: the ability to move around independently without getting lost and to find their way back home. By reviewing the existing literature on the theme of wayfinding and analysing some data on residual capacities in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, the concept of...

Ringraziamenti / Acknowledgements

Fiorenzo Fantaccini, Arianna Antonielli & Samuele Grassi
Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, No 5 (2015)

Meeting with Joyce

Jan Parandowski
Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, No 5 (2015)

From the Frontiers of Writing: Pol/Ir/ish Intertexts

Fiorenzo Fantaccini & Luigi Marinelli
Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, N° 5 (2015)

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