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Introduction on Massimo Cacciari's Disenchanted Activism

Alessandro Carrera

in The Unpolitical

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230037
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230037.003.0001
Introduction on Massimo Cacciari's Disenchanted Activism

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This book views Massimo Cacciari's career. As well as being an academic philosopher who has devoted his life to active politics, he is also one of the most high-profile intellectuals in contemporary Italy. This busy man's bibliography is massive because he has published more than forty authored and coauthored books, several of them translated into all major European languages, and has written hundreds of articles, interviews, essays, and journalistic pieces. The range of his study has ignored the borders of academic specialization, and he has often broken new ground with impressive competence. In his most ambitious theoretical books, he shows a masterful command of classical antiquity, Neoplatonism, and Christian theology, but many of his works are far from being simply accessible to the reader who is not well learned in Greek and German literature and philosophy. It proves that the author's conclusion is not just poetic; his emphasis on possibility is just the beginning of a new phase in philosophy because possibility means chance and chance is infinite only before it is realized.

Keywords: academic philosopher; politics; antiquity; Neoplatonism; Christian theology; literature; poetic

Chapter.  19215 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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