Authors
 

Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Is a member of the College of Writers of La Civiltà Cattolica

 

When asked about the criterion for recognizing the greatness of a philosopher, Hegel suggested we let two centuries pass and then consider what remains of their achievement. This adage can appropriately be applied to Karl Marx, one of Hegel’s best-known scholars. On the bicentennial of his birth, Marx continues to be talked about; although in… Read the full article

13.07.2018

Some points of reference A non-profit telephone helpline set up in Italy in 1987 to guarantee the rights of children, Telefono Azzurro, recorded 270 cases of bullying and cyberbullying in the course of nine months (September 2015 to June 2016), practically one call a day leading to 619 consultations. The victims of physical bullying are… Read the full article

15.03.2018

Counseling the doubtful is a spiritual work of mercy widely attested to since the origin of Christianity. It shows the intellectual and wisdom dimension of the discipleship of Jesus and of the works of charity. It is not a technique that is learned, a sort of persuasive ability, but it is tied essentially to knowledge… Read the full article

14.12.2017

An emblematic term for our era Doubt can be considered a watchword for people today. It is the premise for the construction of any solid, critical and complete thought based on reason alone without any recourse to authority or tradition that would penalize liberty or autonomy. The key philosopher of doubt is of course Descartes…. Read the full article

15.09.2017

A universal experience that eludes definition Happiness is hard to define precisely. It has a vast array of synonyms with slightly different meanings that can take us in different directions (wellbeing, satisfaction, gratification, pleasure, joy, contentment). At the same time, people of all ages and cultures are familiar with it; happiness is understood all over… Read the full article

15.06.2017

Sadness, along with the vast array of synonyms which are difficult to distinguish precisely, is certainly not a desirable or attractive feeling. As a result, since World War II, we have tried to eradicate this feeling, to propose a vision of existence that symbolizes perfect serenity. The article shows the attempts of this exclusion and… Read the full article

10.05.2017

“Mysticism presents itself as the space where a speculative study of religious facts meets the need to live religious experience in the milieu of the advanced secularism of western society.”1 The men and women of our secularized society still live under the action and sign of rasonnierende ffenlichkeit (public reasoning) of Kantian memory, which makes… Read the full article

12.04.2017

The relationship between reason and emotion is not an easy one, but it cannot be conceived of in terms of an antithetical opposition, or of an elimination of one of the two polarities. When we put this into perspective, to be impoverished is precisely the power that we would want to guarantee. The close relationship… Read the full article

10.02.2017
 
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