INTEREST IN ARISTOTELIAN THINKING BY FRENCH PUBLISHERS "GALLIMARD" AND "FLAMMARION"

 

 

“ARISTOTELES: HOW DOES HE HELP US TODAY?”
(From the cover of the French magazine «Le Magazine Littéraire » of November 2014)

 

Mensuel n°472 daté février 2008
Après celle de Platon, l'œuvre d'Aristote verra bientôt l'achèvement d'une entreprise de traduction initiée à la fin des années 1980, aux éditions Flammarion. C'est l'occasion de bousculer quelques idées reçues sur la place de la philosophie et de la culture des Anciens dans notre temps et notre société - place qui serait de plus en plus réduite pour une culture humaniste ayant cessé d'exercer sur nos esprits et nos actions sa fonction de modèle éternel. Pourtant, nous n'avons jamais aussi bien connu nos Anciens que depuis trente ans.
 
De la première de couverture du mensuel «Le Magazine Littéraire » de novembre 2014
Aristote : Comment il nous aide aujourd’hui ?
 
Mensuel n°549 daté novembre 2014
Sans cesse réinterprétée, la pensée aristotélicienne fait l'objet de deux nouvelles éditions : ses méthodes et concepts demeurent stratégiques dans de multiples domaines. Six chercheurs nous expliquent en quoi ils ont encore l'usage du Stagirite en 2014.
Aristote, auteur de la rentrée ? Avec deux publications majeures - un gros volume des Œuvres complètes chez Flammarion, puis un tome intitulé Œuvres prévu un mois plus tard chez Gallimard, dans la « Bibliothèque de La Pléiade » - on pourrait croire que le fondateur du Lycée vient juste de tomber dans le domaine public. Cela fait pourtant deux millénaires que ses textes sont remaniés, déformés, traduits et réinterprétés par toutes les traditions; les Romains, les Arabes, les scolastiques et les Modernes ont tous précieusement conservé et interrogé ce gigantesque corpus [...]

 

 

 
 

"RECONSTRUCTION IN PHILOSOPHY" BY JOHN DEWEY, Professor of Philosophy in Columbia University

 

 Book available at: 

 

 

http://www.gallimard.fr/Catalogue/GALLIMARD/Folio/Folio-essais/Reconstruction-en-philosophie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"PRELUDES TO PRAGMATISM: TOWARD A RECONSTRUCTION OF PHILOSOPHY", BY PHILIP KITCHER

 

 

 https://books.google.fr/books?id=OVwz-SH-qyMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Preludes+to+Pragmatism:+Toward+a+Reconstruction+of+Philosophy++By+Philip+Kitcher&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xz0MVZSHNcLwUO_vg5gF&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Preludes%20to%20Pragmatism%3A%20Toward%20a%20Reconstruction%20of%20Philosophy%20%20By%20Philip%20Kitcher&f=false

 

 

 Excerpts from the book

 

“Classical pragmatism is, I believe, not only America’s most important contribution to philosophy but also one of the most significant developments in the history of the subject"

 

"…pragmatism has never achieved its potential for reform."

 

 

"For James, nineteenth-century inquiries into the natural world, into human culture and its history, call for a project of reconciliation: How can people who live after Darwin, Maxwell, and Helmholtz find a way to satisfy their spiritual yearnings? How can a tough-minded appreciation of the findings of science make room for the ideals that – rightly – move the tender-minded? Dewey recognizes the need for some such project, but views it as only a part of the task of philosophy. Casting his net more broadly, he intends to organize the knowledge of his age so it can more directly benefit his contemporaries. Questions of value are central to his perspective on philosophy, and from them flow a host of inquiries into religion, social life, politics, education and art.

 

 

During the past decade, I have become increasingly moved by this reformist approach to philosophy, and, particularly, by Dewey’s broad elaboration of it. The essays collected here are intended to supply motivation for the “reconstruction in philosophy” Dewey envisaged. (…)

 

 

I am inclined to think that, were Descartes to be resurrected among us, he would be puzzled by the legacy of his questions in contemporary epistemology – and far more interested in the neglected issue of how to provide access to reliable information in a world awash in potential sources (the “Google/Wikipedia problem”)."

 

 

Personal Note: Navigating through information overload - How to obtain information from Google

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dewey

Dewey asserted that complete democracy was to be obtained not just by extending voting rights but also by ensuring that there exists a fully formed public opinion, accomplished by communication among citizens, experts, and politicians, with the latter being accountable for the policies they adopt.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_opinion

The English term "public opinion" dates back to the seventeenth century work by John LockeAn Essay Concerning Human Understanding, which contains an early consideration of the importance of public opinion in the ordering of politics. The term was derived from the French word l’opinion, which was first used in 1588 by Michel de Montaigne.[1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILOSOPHICAL EVENT IN NEW YORK - 24 April 2015 - 7pm to 7am New York Time (EST) 

1.00 AM - 1.00 PM CEST 

 

 

“Ready Thyself for an All-Night Philosophy Jam”
"More than 60 philosophers will hold forth, in 20-minute bursts, on knotty problems in logic, ethics, metaphysics and religion."

 

 

 

Web site of the event
 

 

 

Facebook page of the event
 
French Embassy in the United States Twitter account
 
 
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Ready Thyself for an All-Night Philosophy Jam!! nyti.ms/1DlgJEj via @nytimesarts

 

 

 

Announcement of the event by the “French Embassy in the United States - Cultural Services” frenchculture.org