n. 14 April 2007

There is a philosophical tradition, generically defined as “Mitteleuropean philosophy”, which is difficult to find in manuals. It is, therefore, a “forgotten tradition”. It is not a school since Mitteleuropean philosophy does not have the characteristics of a “school”. Of course there are authors like Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl and Kazimierz Twardowski who are considered its “fathers”, and some texts, such as Logical Investigations by Husserl…

The title is Post Mortem, and it recounts the Katyn massacre, where thousands of Polish officials died at the hand of Stalin, a forbidden theme for many decades. With this new film, the director Andrzej Wajda shows how a people cannot live without considering their history. Just like individuals. He believes that the bond with the history and literature of one’s own land continues to be very strong, as all his works show, starting with those of his prestigious beginnings.

The management of cultural diversity is the real challenge of this century and the comprehension of other civilisations alone will make it possible to build bridges among peoples and understand the changes in the political and economic world. This is the theory outlined in the book Asia al centro by Franco Mazzei and Vittorio Volpi, scholars and experts on Japan. The former teaches at Naples University and the latter is the head of Ubs Italia.

The consequences of climate change do not only concern the configuration of our world. The effects can also be seen on the economy, rights, political and strategic balances etc. So, while experts make ever more dramatic appeals, there are those who ponder the possibility of investing in and making money from the business of catastrophes. Others are seeking  new solutions to the greenhouse effect, like Noè Van Hulst, director of the International Energy Agency, who is convinced that the new generation of nuclear energy is safer and less polluting than other energy sources. As for Wolfgang Sachs, a researcher at the WuppertalI institut..