Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Hegemony as Pedagogy: The Formation of a Collective Will and of Individual Personality According to Gramsci

This chapter addresses the relationship between the individual and the social that is central to Gramsci’s well-known understanding of the pedagogical nature of hegemony. Gramsci blended two theoretical approaches in his Prison Notebooks: one approach relates to macro-problems, defined by … Continue reading

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Antonio Gramsci: A Pedagogy to Change the World

This volume provides evidence for the argument of a central place of pedagogy in the interpretation of Gramsci’s political theory. Gramsci’s view that ‘every relationship of hegemony is necessarily a pedagogical relationship’ makes it imperative to dismiss narrow and formal … Continue reading

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Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy of Nature: System and Method in What is Philosophy?

For its elliptical style, What is Philosophy? appears to be fragmentary and inscrutable, and its reception has been correspondingly contentious. Following an intimation by Gilles Deleuze himself, this article proposes that his final book, written in collaboration with Félix Guattari, … Continue reading

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The Philosophy of Social Evolution

From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behavior. In the early 1960s, Bill Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behavior evolves. He introduced three key innovations – now known as … Continue reading

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Science as Social Existence: Heidegger and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

Jeff Kochan’s book is distinguished by clearly formulated theses, convincing arguments, and far-reaching consequences. It continues the tradition of existential-phenomenological theories of science begun by Joseph Kockelmans, Patrick Heelan, Theodore Kisiel, and Martin Eger. The seven chapters focus on the … Continue reading

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Deleuze and Guattari’s Philosophy of Freedom

This volume addresses the issue of freedom in the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari. This is all the more challenging in that Deleuze-Guattari almost never use the term freedom, preferring instead, the concept of the refrain. The essays collected in … Continue reading

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How the Enlightenment sold us a twisted view of Human Nature

Why the historian David Wootton thinks we should question our assumptions about human psychology. A new book by David Wootton, a British historian of ideas, argues that the second interpretation has prevailed in the West and that it has permeated every … Continue reading

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On the Influence of Cultural Marxism

A specter is haunting the imaginations of many in the modern West—the specter of cultural Marxism. Its influence, the suspicious say (and the suspicious range from the moderately conservative to the screamingly extreme alt-right), is evident in everything from gender-neutral … Continue reading

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Aristotle way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Hall’s new book clears a rare middle way for her reader to pursue happiness, what the ancient Greeks called eudaimonia, usually translated as well-being or prosperity. This prosperity has nothing to do with the modern obsession with material success but … Continue reading

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Bertrand Russell’s advice for How (Not) to Grow Old: “Make Your Interests Gradually Wider and More Impersonal”

Advice on how to grow old frequently comes from such banal or bloodless sources that we can be forgiven for ignoring it. Public health officials who dispense wisdom may have good intentions; pharmaceutical companies who do the same may not. … Continue reading

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