I have mentioned many times how important are the Ovi bookshelves for us. It is part of our identity and what makes Ovi magazine what it is. A crossroad of ideas and knowledge. And this crossroad is in the middle of the internet highways which mean that millions can access these ideas and knowledge; furthermore they can download it in the form of an eBook always for free.
Somehow looking at the titles of the books we have published the last nearly nine years and knowing the themes I wish somehow millions could reach them. Actually nowadays with all the tablets frenzy it will be a very good addition to their “pocket” libraries.
For this month we have two new additions in the Ovi bookshelves. Both books are about philosophy but written in a way that there is no academic cryptic; books fulfilling the aims of Ovi, to share ideas and knowledge with everybody.
The first book is written by Professor Ernesto Paolozzi titled: “Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom.”
Benedetto Croce was an Italian idealist philosopher, and occasionally also politician. He wrote on numerous topics, including philosophy, history, methodology of history writing and aesthetics. He was a prominent liberal, although he opposed laissez-faire free trade, and had considerable influence on other prominent Italian intellectuals including both Marxist Antonio Gramsci and fascist Giovanni Gentile. That according to Wikipedia.
But Benedetto Croce was much much more and this is the much more that is what Professor Ernesto Paolozzi, Professor of History and Philosophy at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples and member of the Italian Commitee for historical studies, introducing us in his book.
Note that the superb translation from Italian is from Massimo Verdicchio; Professor of Italian at the University of Alberta, Canada and the introduction to the book is written by Professor Emanuel L. Paparella, director of the summer study abroad program for University of Central Florida and Broward College.
Professor Emanuel L. Paparella – familiar to all the readers of Ovi magazine – is the writer of the second book: “Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers” In twenty chapters, twenty philosophers study the evolution of art and aesthetics.
Borrowing the author’s words from his prologue: “The students complained that they found the reading hard going. Some of them had never taken a philosophy course before. In an attempt to alleviate their difficulties I decided to attempt a simplification, a sort of Ockam’s razor of several entries and definition of aesthetic theories as outlined in Wertenberg’s anthology.
“I simply eliminated the reading themselves, although I left quite a few quotes from each philosopher or artist and focused rather on simplifying and explaining their theoretical thinking and definitions of Art. In other words, while the inspiration for those notes came directly from the text itself, my function as a commentator was that of simplifying, as best I could, the complex aesthetic theories of the great philosophers of Western Civilization and thus make the students more aware of the rich aesthetic tradition of Western Civilization as expressed philosophically.”
And at least for me he succeeded to his aim 110% and if you think that I exaggerate I challenge you to read the book.
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