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Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences
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ENCICLOPEDIA MULTIMEDIALE DELLE SCIENZE FILOSOFICHE
UN'OPERA DELLA RAI RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA

under the patronage
of the Presidente of the Republic of Italy
of UNESCO
of the Secretary General Of the Council of Europe

editorial coordination
ISTITUTO DELLA ENCICLOPEDIA ITALIANA

with the cooperation of
ISTITUTO POLIGRAFICO E ZECCA DELLO STATO

editorial board
VIVARIUM

original project coordination, executive managment
Renato Parascandolo

scientific committee
Remo Bodei, Vincenzo Cappelletti, Massimo Fichera,
Francesco Gabrieli, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Antonio Gargano,
Vittorio Hösle, Gerardo Marotta, Vittorio Mathieu, Karl R. Popper,
Ilya Prigogine, Giovanni Pugliese Carratelli, Paul Ricoeur,
Federico Scianò, Pietro Vecchione, Roberto Zaccaria


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Presentation

In order to promote the knowledge of philosophy as it developed through the ages and as it relates to the phenomena of present day life and culture, the RAI Radiotelevisioue Italiana, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici and the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, has embarked upon a project using the new forms of expression and communication made available by technology.
  With attention always focused on current problems, the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences stands out as an element of reflection and critical awareness amidst the host of factors encountered by men and women as their process of personal development unfolds in today's world. This process is essential for the new generations and its core is the quest for the profound bonds between the culture of humanism and that of science, between result oriented behaviour and values.
  The Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences is an original project, the result of collaboration between RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana and the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi filosofici which is providing the necessary scholarly expertise and is acting as the project coordinator. The contributors include the foremost philosophers, historians, scientists and scholars of our time.
  For the first time in the history of Italian culture the need for a far-reaching and analytical circulation of knowledge has achieved tangible expression in the fruitful encounter between the primary Italian agency for information and communications and one of the most prestigious Italian cultural institutions which for more than a decade has been a touchstone for philosophical studies as well as international intellectual and scholarly discussion.
  Under the Special Patronage of the President of the Republic of Italy, of UNESCO and of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences has been planned for the very outset for "international use", i.e. ready in versions in all major languages.

Renato Parascandolo


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The structure of the Opus

  This Opus has been structured in a multi-media fashion and produced in differing versions, each corresponding to the specific characteristics of the relative diffusion media (e.g. TV, radio, videotapes, floppy disks, cd-rom, books). This inter-media synergism opens the way to new modalities of knowledge acquisition. If people had made full use of the early potential in movie technology fifty years ago and visually recorded lectures by Einstein, Freud, Husserl, Heidegger, Croce and Wittgenstein, they would have rendered a priceless service for future generations. However, perhaps the time was not ripe back then. Today it is possible to preserve the teaching of the great living masters for future listening and learning. In addition, the multi-media nature of communication and the wealth of available means of expression nowadays ensure active end-user involvement.
  Together with textbooks and anthologies of the works of philosophy, precious tools are now available to anyone wishing to study philosophy. Their range begins with the videotapes of lectures delivered by renowned scholars from all over the world, and goes all the way to a computer based interactive version of the Opus with the complete and multilingual texts of the original lectures, a computerized dictionary of philosophy, an analytical concept index for guided visits into the history of thought, and a iconographical file of portraits and places where such thought blossomed; and all of this in one and the same multimedia unit. In addition there are the programmes for radio and TV (air wave, satellite, cable broadcasting)
  In order to set the indispensable bases that render the Opus as complete as possible, an international committee of experts drew up a topic map which is divided into two parts: the History of philosophy and the Problems of philosophy.
  This map serves as a guide to the contents and the transversal itineraries.
The constituent units of the Opus (one thousand upon completion) are the lectures-interviews with eminent international scholars. The lecture-interview format with the interviewer off stage but in line with the camera creates an immediate visual relationship between the individual viewer. In this way the philosopher become the true protagonist of the Opus.
  The Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of Philosophical Sciences was begun in 1988.


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Products

 

THE ROOTS OF EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY

  This series consists of sets of complete works on major philosophical issues from the origins to modem times. By highlighting the historical element, its purpose is to focus on the contents specific to philosophy most likely to help people reflect, reason, and know. An effort has been made to be clear and not merely vernacular in presenting the nodes of knowledge, the focal points of human reflection through the direct mediation of renowned international scholars.
  The series consists of 60 videotapes with an equal number of monographic volumes prepared by the Italian Encyclopaedia Institute. The series is marketed in complete sets of 10 videotapes and the respective books.
  Each videotape lasts approximately one hour and includes the interview-lectures by numerous specialists, excerpts from works of philosophy read by actors, iconographic material, documentary footage, and computer graphics. Entrusted to the care of top level world experts, the 200 page books with appropriate illustrations are published by the Italian State Printing Company.


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GREEK PHILOSOPHY FROM THE PRESOCRATICS TO ARISTOTELE: VII-IV BC

 

Videotapes

 

The Birth of Philosophy
H. G. GADAMER, V. HÖSLE, M. RIEDEL
H. G. GADAMER, V. HÖSLE, M. RIEDEL

Pythagoras
W. BURKERT, M. DETIENNE, G. PUGLIESE CARRATELLI W. BURKERT, M. DETIENNE, G. PUGLIESE CARRATELLI

Parmenides
H. G. GADAMER, V. HÖSLE, G. PUGLIESE CARRATELI, E. SEVERINO H. G. GADAMER, V. HÖSLE, G. PUGLIESE CARRATELI, E. SEVERINO

Heraclitus
R. BODEI, M. DETIENNE, H. G. GADAMER R. BODEI, M. DETIENNE, H. G. GADAMER

The Sophists
F. ADORNO, H. G. GADAMER, V. HÖSLE, M. VEGETTI F. ADORNO, H. G. GADAMER, V. HÖSLE, M. VEGETTI

Socrates
G. GIANNANTONI, O. GIGON G. GIANNANTONI, O. GIGON

Plato: On Theory
E. BERTI, T. SZLEZÀK E. BERTI, T. SZLEZÀK

Plato: On Politics
H. G. GADAMER, C. JERMANN, M. ISNARDI PARENTE H. G. GADAMER, C. JERMANN, M. ISNARDI PARENTE

Aristot1e: On Ethics
P. AUBENQUE, P. RICOEUR P. AUBENQUE, P. RICOEUR

Aristotle: On Metaphysics
G. GIANNANTONI, W. KULLMANN, E. LLEDÓ G. GIANNANTONI, W. KULLMANN, E. LLEDÓ


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Books

 

Giovanni PUGLIESE CARRATELLI
The Birth of Philosophy

Charles H. KHAN
Pythagoras

Luigi RUGGIU
Parmenides

Vittorio MATHIEU
Heraclitus

Francesco ADORNO
The Sophists

Gabriele GIANNANTONI
Socrates

Enrico BERTI
Plato: On Theory

Thomas A. SZLEZÀK
Plato: On Politics

Pierre AUBENQUE
Aristot1e: On Ethics

Giovanni REALE
Aristotle: In Metaphysics


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PHILOSOPHY AND CURRENT AFFAIRS

  The purpose of this series is to foster the concrete and suggestive circulation of timely and problematic issues in order to generate reflection on some of the pivotal issues of life such as justice, ethics, values, history, science, etc.
  Each videotape lasts for approximately thirty minutes and includes an interview-lecture by only one scholar interspaced with music, documentary footage, images, and excerpts from movie masterpieces. To accompany each videotape the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, has prepared an introductory booklet.

 

Videotapes

 

Francesco ADORNO
Key Words of Greek Philosophy

Louis ALTHUSSER
A Desperate Philosopher

Karl Otto APEL
The Ethics of Communications

Gunther BIEN
Ethics and the Individual

Jean BERNARD
Ethics and Science

Norberto BOBBIO
The Meaning of Democracy

Remo BODEI
The Idea of Progress

Fernand BRADUEL
The Sense of History

Vincenzo CAPPELLETTI
Greek Medicine

Ralf DAHRENDORF
The Future of Democracy

Antoine DANCHIN
The Models of Knowledge

Paul DAVIES
Cosmo1ogy and Philosophy

Louis DUPRÉ
Ethics and Social Structures

Dietrich VON ENGELHARDT
The Cultural History of Pain

Hans Georg GADAMER
Universal Values

Hans Georg GADAMER
Europe and the Task of the Individual

Eugenio GARIN
Erasmus and Warfare

D. Carleton GAYDUSEK
Existence and Immunology

Ernest GOMBRICH
Art and Perception

Nelson GOODMAN
Art and the Construction of the World

Brian GOODWIN
The Forms of Living Reality

Ernesto GRASSI
German Philosophy during Nazism

Mirko GRMEK
Death

Mirko GRMEK
Disease


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Carl Gustav HEMPEL
The Vienna Circle

Vittorio HÖSLE
From Animal to Human Intelligence

Vittorio HULIN
The Transmigration of Souls

Hans JONAS
The Ethics of Responsability

Vittorio MATHIEU
The Philosophy of Money

Rita LEVI MONTALCINI
Developments in Neurophysiology

Emilio LLEDÓ
Key Words of Greek Philosophy

Niklas LUHMANN
The Complexities of Social Reality

Edgar MORIN
Rationality and Complexity

Roger PENROSE
The Exp1oration of the Cosmos

Adriaan PEPERZAK
Ethics and Politics

Karl POPPER
Fa1sificationism

Karl POPPER
The Theory of the Three Worlds

Ilya PRIGOGINE
Time and Entropy

Martin REES
The Origins of the Universe

Tullio REGGE
The Theory of Relativity

Paul RICOEUR
Current Problems in Ethics

Jacques ROGER
Evolutionism and Genetics

Dennis W. SCIAMA
The Developments of Cosmology

Giorgio SPINI
Modernity and History

Tzvetan TODOROV
The Conquest of America

Michel VOVELLE
The Ideas of the French Revolution

Georg H. VON WRIGHT
Logical Neopositivism

John A. WHEELER
Memories of Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein

John A. WHEELER
The Life of Man and the Cosmos


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THE MASTERS OF THOUGHT

  The series focuses on itineraries bound to today's masters who combine philosophical acumen with prime quality methodologies, and who transmit the bases considered indispensable for the building up of current knowledge. Outstanding philosophers, scientists, historians of thought, and historians of science have been invited to expound both knowledge and theories. The result is a series that offers contents and themes in a style of in-depth treatment able to pass on the essential elements in each master's thought.
  A set of three to ten videotapes lasting one hour apiece is planned for each author, along with original iconography obtained exclusively through the processing and creation of electronic imagery. The purpose behind that is to couple the knowledge dating back thousands of years with the most advanced forms of technology and expression.

 

Videotapes

 

Karl Raimund POPPER

Observations on the Theories of Sciences after Keplero and Newton

The Critique of Falsificationism and the Defenders of Inductivism

The Theory of the Three Worlds and the Problem of the Body-Mind Relationship

The future is Open-ended: Indeterminism and the Problem of Evolution

The Theory of Propensity and of Probability

 

Hans Georg GADAMER

Modern Philosophy and Science

Kant: The Conciliator of Metaphysics and Science

Fichte and the Beginning of the New Century

Romanticism as Philosophy

German Philosophy from Enlightenment to Romanticism

The Young Hegel

Hegel and the Phenomenology of the Spirit

Hegel and Dialectics

The Logic of Hegel and his System

Hegel: Historicity of the Spirit

Hegel in the l9th Century and in our Age

 

Paul RICOEUR

The Adventures of the Subject

The Exalted Subject

The Humiliated Subject

The Structures of Human Action

Explaining More to Understand Better

Describe, Narrate, Prescribe


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THE ORIGINS OF THOUGHT IN THE WORLD

  This series deals with the moment thought germinates, the moment when what emerge from the mind of man are the most original and the sharpest speculations about the universe, created reality, being etc. when categories assume form, and systems and reflections likely to experience broader sweeping developments come to the surface.
  This series ranges from the ancient civilizations India, Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, all the way to the most recent civilizations of the world, without overlooking the archaic cultures and anthropology, and also focusing its attention on the core turning points of western thought.
  Each one hour videotape contains interview-lectures delivered by one or more specialists, texts, documentary footage, iconographic material and music, computer graphics.

 

Videotapes

INDIAN THOUGHT

Vedica Speculation
Charles MALAMOUD Charles MALAMOUD

Speculations on Language
Charles MALAMOUD, André PADOUX Charles MALAMOUD, André PADOUX

Philosophical Systems: Mimansa and Vedanta
Samkhya and Yoga, Nyaya and Vaisesika
Michel HULIN

Buddhism and Buddhist Logic
Guy BUGAULT

Sankara and the Vedanta
Michel HULIN


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THE UNIVERSE OF KNOWLEDGE

  This open-ended and constantly growing series is designed to provide an educated but mostly student audience with interviews and lectures delivered by the most outstanding philosophers, scientists, and scholars representing all disciplines. The wealth of the themes tackled, the differing orientations, and the quantity of materials presented make this series the raw material for the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences.
  The fact of presenting the lectures and the interviews in the original languages as well as in three other languages highlights not only the eminently national character of this work, but also one of its basic premises: the circulation of knowledge transcending frontiers, schools of thought, and institutions. Each one hour videotape is dedicated entirely to the relative interview or lecture alone in order to foster the utmost degree of receptivity and learning.

Francesco ADORNO
Greek Sophism
Greek Philosophy by Concepts
Plato

Louis ALTHUSSER
The Crisis of Marxism

Karl Otto APEL
The Problem of the Ultimate Foundation
Formal Ethics and the Ethics of the Contents
Wittgenstein and Heidegger

Rosario ASSUNTO
The Theory of Art in the Middle Ages
The Esthetics of the Renaissance and of Romanticism

Pierre AUBENQUE
Aristotle's Ethics

Etienne BALIBAR
Spinoza and Politics

Françoise BALIBAR
Einstein Through his Writings


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Antonio BARGELLESI
Selfhood in Biology

Jonathan BARNES
Greek Skepticism

Sheila BENHABIB
On Critical Theory

Jean BERNARD
Ethics and Biology

Enrico BERTI
Plato and The Theory of ideas

Guy BESSE
Rousseau and Politics

William J. BEVERIDGE
The History of the Universe

Gunther BIEN
Ethical Behaviour
Aristotle: Ethics and Politics

Giuseppe BILLANOVICH
Humanism and Philology

Baruch BLUMBERG
Method in Biology

Norberto BOBBIO
The Meaning of Democracy
Human Rights Today

Remo BODEI
The Idea of Progress
The Philosophy of Life: Dilthey and Simmel
Heraclitus and Empedocles

Pierre BOURDIEU
Philosophy and Social Sciences
Symbolic Violence

Reinhard BRANDT
Kant
Schopenhauer

Fernando BRAUDEL
The Meaning of history

Jerome BRUNER
Contemporary Psychology

Guy BUGAULT
Greek Logic and Buddhist Logic
Aristotle and Nagarjuna

Manfred BUHR
Kant and Practical Philosophy
Fichte and Politics

Walter BURKERT
Pythagorical Science

Massimo CACCIARI
Nicholas of Cusa
Free Will

Gaetano CALABRÒ
The Profile of Descartes

Vincenzo CAPPELLETTI
The Birth of Psychoanalysis

Franco CELADA
Biology and Immunology

Umberto CERRONI
Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism


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Claudio CESA
Fichte's System

Franco CHIEREGHIN
Anthropology and Ethics

Noam CHOMSKY
The Birth of Contemporary Theoretical Linguistics

Bernard COHEN
Newton and the Scientific Revolution

Lucio COLLETTI
Kant: The Critique of Pure Reason
The Idea of Sensation:
The Theory-Observation Relationship

Pietro CORSI
At the Origin of Evolution: from Lamarck to Darwin

Lambros COULOUBARITSIS
Plotinus

Girolamo COTRONEO
Croce: Ethics and Politics

Umberto CURI
Philosophy and Warfare

Ralf DAHRENDORF
Democracy and Totalitarianism

Antoine DANCHIN
Biology and Knowledge

Paul DAVIES
Philosophy and Cosmology

Allen DEBUS
Paracelsus

Jacques DERRIDA
The Ethics of Discussion

Bernard D'ESPAGNAT
Physics and Objectivity
The Theory of Quantums

Marcel DETIENNE
Pythagoreanism
Heraclitus

Jacques D'HONDT
Diderot and the Encyclopedia
Hegel and Politics

Louis DUPRÉ
Ethics and Social Structures

Klaus DÜSING
Exponents of Classical German Philosophy
Hegel: Art, Religion, Philosophy

Umberto ECO
The Functions of Language: Expression, Representation,
Communication Meaning, Intention, Reference

Gerard EDELMAN
The Frontiers of Neuroscience

Paul FEYERABEND
The Dangers of Abstraction

Irving FETSCHER
Rousseau: Revolutionary and Conservative
Marx and His Heirs

Hans Friedrich FULDA
Hegel

Francesco GABRIELI
The Koran and Arab Thought
Mysticism and Iranic Poetry


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Hans G. GADAMER
Hermeneutics
Heraclitus
Greek Notebook (I)
Greek Notebook (II)
Intellectual Biography

Eugenio GARIN
Ficino and Pico della Mirandola
Erasmus and Italy
Erasmus and Warfare

D. Carleton GAYDUSEK
The Development of Immunology

Clifford GEERTZ
The Interpretation of Cultures

Theodore GERAETS
Hegel's Logic
Phenomenology and Existentialism: Husserl, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty

Ludovico GEYMONAT
Science and Reality

Sossio GIAMETTA
Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Gabriele GIANNANTONI
The Metaphysics of Parmenides and Aristotle
Socrates
Aristotle's Logic

Olof GIGON
The Birth of Greek Philosophy
Socrates

Sergio GIVONE
The Estethics of Romanticism

Maurice GODELIER
Marx

Ernst GOMBRICH
Art and Visual Illusion
The History of Caricature

Nelson GOODMAN
Art and The Construction of the World

Brian GOODWIN
The Forms of Living Reality

Woldemar GÖRLER
Cicero and Early Scepticism

Stephen J. GOULD
Theories of Evolution

Ernesto GRASSI
Vico
The Philosophy of the World in German Romanticism

Tullio GREGORY
Descartes

Mirko GRMEK
Greek Medicine
Death
The History of Disease

Adolph GRÜNBAUM
The Act of Creation in
Cosmology


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Amy GUTMAN
The Future of Liberalism

Henry S. HARRIS
Hume's thought
Hegel: The Phenomenology of The Spirit
Gentile

Jean HEIDMANN
The Anthropic Principle in Cosmology

Carl G. HEMPEL
The Meaning of The Concept of Truth
The Vienna Circle

Dieter HENRICH
Descartes' Philosophy
Kant
Hegel

Gerard HOLTON
The Components of Scientific Imagination
Bohr, Einstein, Fermi

Hans Heinz HOLZ
Leibniz: the System

Vittorio HÖSLE
The Birth of Philosophy
Parmenides
The Sophists
The Thought of Kant
The Thought of Hegel

Michel HULIN
The Doctrine of Act in Indian Thought

Claude IMBERT
The History of Logic

Alfonso INGEGNO
Bruno and his Century

Guendaline JARCZYK
The System of Hegel

Cristoph JERMANN
Plato: On Politics

Andreas KAMP
Aristotle's Metaphysics

George KATEB
The American Democracy

Hermann KRINGS
Schelling

Oskar KRISTELLER
Humanism

Wolfgang KULLMANN
Aristotle: Nature and the Soul
Aristotle's Politics

Pierre Jean LABARRIÈRE
Hegel's System

Reinhardt LAUTH
Fichte

Eugenio LECALDANO
The
Foundations of Death


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Emilio LLEDÓ
Key Words of Greek Philosophy

Domenico LOSURDO
Happiness as
a Political Right
Totalitarianism

Niklas LUHMANN
Social Complexity

Peter MACHMER
The
Scientific Revolution

Charles MALAMOUD
Truth
and Falsehood in Indian Speculations

Jean Claude MARGOLIN
Erasmus and Christian Humanism

Aldo MASULLO
Husserl
Time as "Pathic"

Ernst Mayr
Darwin and After Darwin

Vittorio MATHIEU
The Timelines of the Late Kant
Goethe and Italy
Bergson

Claude MAZAURIC
The Ideological Aspects of the French Revolution

Erman Mc MULLIN
The Scientific Revolution

Edgard MORIN
Rationality and Complexity

Stephens S. MORSE
The Evolution of Virus. The New Diseases

Evanghelos MOUTSOUPOULOS
Proclo

Robert NOZICK
The Rational Decision
Rational Thought

André PADOUX
Word, Sound and Body in Italian Speculations

Luigi PAREYSON
The Philosophy of Liberty

David PEARS
Wittgeinstein

Roger PENROSE
The Exploration of the Cosmos

Adriaan PEPERZAK
Ethics and Politics
Augustine and Thomas Aquinas
Hegel: the Philosophy of Law

Michael J. PETRY
Newton

Alex PHILONENKO
Fichte: The Theory of Science and of Politics
Rousseau and Politics

Alessandro PIZZORNO
Sociology and Sociologies

Guy PLANTY-BONJOUR
Hegel and the Principle of Non-contradiction
Russian Hegelianism

Otto PÖGGELER
Kant: The Critique of Judgement
Hegel: The Phenomenology of the Spirit
Hölderlin

Karl POPPER
The Future is
Open-ended: Indeterminism and the Problem of Evolution
Social Philosophy and Politics
The Vienna Circle


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Ilya PRIGOGINE
Time and Entropy

Giovanni PUGLIESE CARRATELLI
Parmenides: The History of Velia

Hilary PUTNAM
Does Philosophy have a Future?
William James

Willard QUINE
Reification

Roman H. RAINERO
Colonianism

Martin REES
The Origins of the Universe

Tullio REGGE
Einstein

Paul RICOEUR
The Idea of Justice
The Ethics of Aristotle
Descartes' Philosophy

Manfred RIEDEL
The Presocratics

Armando RIGOBELLO
The Foundation of Morals: Authenticity and Difference
The Ethics of Values: Personalism after Scheler

Jacques ROGER
Evolutionism and Genetics
The Organisation of Living Reality

Richard RORTY
American Pragmatism
Transcendental Pragmatism

Pietro ROSSI
Contempory Historicism
The Idea of Civilization and the Concept of Culture

Claudio RUGAFIORI
The Gift Theory

Luigi RUGGIU
Aristotle: Economics, Slavery, Labour

Alan RYAN
John Stuart Mill

Oliver SACKS
Neurology and Neuroscience

Abdus SALAM
Islam and Science: Harmony of Conflict

Giorgio SALVINI
Museums, Academies, Laboratories
The
Lincei
Academy Between Humanism and the Natural Sciences

Pasquale SALVUCCI
The Work of Fichte


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Hans Jorg SANDKÜHLER
Schelling

Gennaro SASSO
Politics and Ethics

Wolfgang SCHLUCHTER
Weber's Sociology

Arbogast SCHMITT
The Theory of the Sciences in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages

Dennis W. SCIAMA
The Developments of Cosmology

John R. SEARLE
Internationality

David SEDLEY
Stoicism
Epicureanism

Lucien SEVE
Marx

Emanuele SEVERINO
Parmenides

William SHEA
The Scientific Revolution

Quentin SKINNER
Hobbes
The Problem of Negative
Liberty

Giorgio SPINI
Enlightenment and the French Revolution

André STOLL
Las Casas

Thomas SZLEZAK
Plato: The Doctrine of the Ideas
Plato: The Dialogues

Jacques TAMINIAUX
Husserl's Thought

Nicolae TERTULIAN
Heidegger and Nazism

Jacques TEXIER
Gramsci and Civil Society

Paul THIEME
Indian Religions and Philosophies

René THOM
The Theory of Catastrophes
The Role of the Mathematical Entities

Tzvetan TODOROV
Las Casas and the Conquest of America

André TOSEL
Spinoza

Imre TOTH
The Eleatic Drama of Being and Non-being: The Paradoxes of Zeno
The Non-euclidean Revolution: a Political Revolution

Giuseppe VACCA
Gramsci

Francesco VALENTINI
The Relevance of Hegel
The Meaning of Politics

Cesare VASOLI
Ficino

Gianni VAT'I'IMO
Philosophy and The Critique of Technology

Salvatore VECA
The Problems of Democracy
Ethics and Politics

Mario VEGETTI
Ethics in Ancient Philosophy
Plato: On Politics

Valerio VERRA
Nihilism and History

Paul VIGNAUX
Medieval Philosophy

Maurizio VIROLI
Politics as Civil Philosophy

Michel VOVELLE
The Idea of the French Revolution

Dietrich von ENGELHARDT
The Ethics of Medicine
The Patient and Illness in the Course of Time
Medicine and Literature

Michael WALZER
Just Wars and Unjust Wars
Interpretation and Social Criticism

Georg Henrich von WRIGHT
Logical Neopositivism

Jan SPERNA WEILAND
The Origins of Philosophical Anthropology
Scheler
Karl Jaspers: the Contours of A Philosophical Faith

Richard WESTFALL
Newton

John Archibald WHEELER
Autobiography of a Scientist


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RAI EDUCATIONAL

  This DSE - Department for School and Education (the original name of RAI Educational) was established in 1975 and entered a new phase in 1990. In addition to its statutory task as the RAI sector specialized in the production of culturally meaningful radio and TV programmes geared to diffuse a blend of scientific and humanistic culture among the general public - for didactic purposes as well -, we now see the emergence of new endeavours in keeping with the intersecting nature of the new technologies of communication.
  RAI Educational's programme approach seeks to ensure that culture and information converge. This is a delicate operation and must be conducted by paying utmost attention to the fine tuned features of both information and culture: if news is to generate culture it cannot be burned or lead to partial views; if culture is to become news it must adjust its own means to TV as a media of communication. Therefore, what task has RAI Educational set for itself? To assume daily life as the foundation for its cultural and information activities. Establish a new three basic mainstreams - school, labour, culture - and strive to reach a public seeking knowledge. This audience will grow if nourished with stimulating programmes and opportunities for delving into things in order to learn how to reflect and to think. The MultiMedia Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences is the answer. It is an avant-garde work for the RAI Educational which, with its programmes and multi-media operations, seeks to promote the encounter of all expressions of universal knowledge, in the sense of the total number of disciplines and the international background of renowned authorities on the subjects.
  The objectives RAI Educational has set may seem overly ambitious. However, only through a marked enhancement of cultural information will RAI Educational be able to discharge its specific duty to people who can only grow in spirit if they wish to be better prepared and better motivated in life.


RAI EDUCATIONAL - SATELLITE

  A feature of the so-called "direct broadcast" satellites is their ability to guarantee an area for reception for TV programmes and therefore an international audience.
  This is the point of reference for RAI Educational-Satellite; the experimental channel of RAI which began broadcasting in 1990 (with the name of RAISAT).
  Its programmes cover a very large portion of Europe: from Scandinavia to Tunisia, from France to Eastern Europe.
  The programmes are varied in nature, going from entertainment to education and information, and make use of another feature inherent in satellite transmission: multilingual broadcasts (via teletext or via multi-sound channels). Within the RAI Educational - Satellite programme mix the "educational" sector plays an important role and is fundamentally geared to very specific and even quite limited target audiences.
  The experimentation underway includes co-operation with important international agencies such as EUROPACE, EUROSTEP, and NTU (National Technology University) in the United States, and is essentially based on experiments with new possibilities for remote vocational training and upskilling.
  This is intended to respond first and foremost to the growing requirements for industries and universities in pursuing the aims set forth in major community programmes such as DELTA, ESPRIT, etc.
  Quite evident, therefore, are the points of convergence between RAI Educational - Satellite and the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences: build up a true European cultural patrimony; upgrade the level of studies and the standard of teaching by offering intellectual, cultural, and educational input in the basic disciplines; create an all-embracing TV service where truly interwined are a planetary vision and the daily life of each citizen.


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ISTITUTO ITALIANO PER GLI STUDI FILOSOFICI

The presentation of philosophical concepts and questions through the modem mass media entails creative contact with a process for the transmission of ideas where both the contents and the means have an impact and exercise their influence upon the viewer in real time. While not the only challenge of our times, let alone the most important, it is a most significant one. And if, as Hegel asserts, philosophy is "our time learned through thought", then philosophy needs to come to terms with the new reality of communications.
  Actual work on the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, in close collaboration with the RAI Radiotelevtsione Italiana and the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, will involve the commitment of philosophers and men of science from all over the world, specialists in the history of philosophy and scientific thought. They will be able to call upon young and qualified scholars, experts in various fields and media consultants in this multilevel project whose declared purpose is to provide users, whether conversant with philosophy or not, with a reference work as well as a basis for reflection and analysis. Younger people, both those invited to invest their skills in the project and those who will use the final result as a daily tool of knowledge, will gain up-to-date and comprehensive information from the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences. In addition, they will be provided with an opportunity to penetrate, in a new and original way, into the historical development of ideas, in full awareness that this is none other than the quest for answers and solutions to the world's contradictions - the way to ensure freedom for mankind.


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Credits

The following poeple have been or are still involved in the production of the Multi-Media Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences

Original project coordination, executive managment
Renato Parascandolo

Editors
Maria Teresa de Vito, Giancarlo Burghi.

Responsibles
Silvia Calandrelli, Giampiero Foglino, Raffaele Siniscalchi.

Consultants
Dario Antiseri, Remo Bodei, Giuliana Calcani, Cosima Campagnolo, Massimo Capaccioli, Pietro Corsi, Umberto Curi, Giulio De Petra, Mariannina Failla, Francesco Fanelli, Bernardino Fantini, Sandro Fiorelli, Ennio Galzenati, Franca Garzotto, Vladimiro Giacchè, Mimmo Iodice, Cristoph Jerman, Morinda Li Vigni, Domenico Losurdo, Aldo Masullo, David Miller, Teodosio Orlando, Giuseppe Orsi, Paolo Paolini, Claudio Rugafiori, Lea Ritter Santini, Lucio Saviani, Massimo Stanzione, Imre Toth, Francesco Valentini, Maurizio Viroli.

Directors
Pino Adriano, Gianni Barcelloni Corte, Maurizio Cascavilla, Maria Teresa de Vito, Marco Duichin, Pasquale Misuraca, Carla Serena Monghini, Roberto Perpignard, Fabio Vannini.

Assistants
Ghigo Alberani, Francesco Ascione, Vincenzo Bitti, Luigi Bizzarri, Francesco Censon, Paolo Conte, Mario Chiari, Rossella Corsi, Gloria Eminente, Myriam Fiorellino, Olivella Foresta, Annalisa Forgione, Adele Franchi, Barbara Giuliani, Chiara Grigoletto, Fabrizio Intonti, Nietta La Scala, Micaela Latini, Cristina Marchetti, Massimilano Marotta, Gianluca Miligi, Matteo Minissi, Carla Serena Monghini, Emiliano Morreale, Carmelo Nicotra, Gian Piero Orsingher, Tilde Parrella, Luigi Pellegrini, Giovanni Perazzoli, Alessandro Pergola, Anita Cristina Pini, Annalisa Proietti, Roberta Pulino, Vittorio Rizzo, Giuseppina Rossi, Antonella Rucci, Lucio Testa, Susanna Testa, Francesca Todini, Paola Toscano, Maria Teresa Valente, Eugenio Farioli Vecchioli.

Collaborators
Italo Accettella, Maria Agostinelli, Cinzia Andrei, Andrea Angeli, Adriano Ardovino, Romeo Bassoli, Gabriella Baptist, Sergio Benvenuto, Francesca Bises, Giorgio Borri, Kenneth Britsch, Laure Brumont, Salvatore Cerasuolo, Marco Campogiani, Santino Cusimano, Leo De Carlo, Giorgio de Finis, Lorenzo De Masi, Riccardo De Sanctis, Mitra Divshali, Piergiorgio Donatelli, Fabio El Ariny, Peter Farrell, Giovanni Fuortes, Andrea Genovese, Dario Girolami, Bruno Gravagnuolo, Pietro Greco, Luisa Guaglione, Domenico lervolino, Marco Ivaldo, Gladys Joele, Pietro Lauro, Francoise Longy, Giuseppe Longo, Luca Mainetti, Sergio Marotta, Giannantonio Marcon, Daniela Marconi, Arturo Martorelli, Virginio Marzocchi, Paolo Masullo, Gianfranco Mattia, Melitta Mew, Gianluca Miligi, Sabrina Minucci, Francesco Misseri, Gabriele Montagano, Markus Nikel, Dmitrij Nikulin, Alessandro Ottaviani, Stefano Petrucciani, Simone Pollo, Monica Pozzi, Antonio Rainone, Nanni Riccobono, Francesco Rizzuto, Natalia Rolla, Roberto Romani,  Graziella Rotta, Stefania Sapora, Cecilia Sica, Giovanna Tambuni, Angela Taraborelli, Mirella Taranto, Fiorenza Toccafondi, Giorgio Tognini, Francesco Trincia, Stefano Vailati, Sara Valenti, Stefano Vaselli, Paola Vasconi.


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