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Spirituality, the new Ovi thematic issue

ovicover_02_04_15Even though the idea was to publish this thematic issue in the beginning of 2015, it took us three months to finalize it. Our aim in the beginning was to invite people who could represent a diverse spectrum of beliefs and spiritual ideas.

However, even though with some spiritual beliefs absent, I want to believe that we managed pretty well. Oddly we didn’t only managed to collect diverse article about spirituality but we also managed to have articles diverting spirituality. Which makes everything far more interesting.

I think the best way to see this diverting diversity is to see this special issue as a whole and not just the articles that attract your believes or your curiosity.

Then there are the pictures that accompany the articles and some that stand on their own. They also have stories to tell and to be honest I would like to add more, since I have the feeling that we often mixed spirituality with religion. But the same time as I mentioned before looking at the magazine as a whole you understand that it is not about religion but about spirituality.

From the beginning I had the feeling that this was a strange theme with a lot of semantics but looking at it finished the feeling that mission was accomplice, grew stronger inside me. You see Ovi’s aim was never to give answers but provoke questions. And I think we managed well.

A big thank you to the participants – members of the Ovi team or not – in the series their articles appear in the Ovi Thematic Issue:

Kittirat Yothnangrong,
Lady Layla,
David Sparenberg,
Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella,
Amir Khatib,
Murray Hunter,
Ali Najjar,
Larry Culliford,
Nikos Laios

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Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella’s: Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers

aesthetic_theoriesProfessor Emanuel L. Paparella – familiar to all the readers of Ovi magazine – is the writer of the book: “Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers” Ηιs second book with Ovi. 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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Professor Ernesto Paolozzi’s “Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom”

CroceOvi presents Professor Ernesto Paolozzi’s new book 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 Dr. 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.

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Two new additions for Ovi bookshelves

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: 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 EmanuAesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella’s new book. In twenty chapters, twenty philosophers and their studies on art and aesthetics.el 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.

Both books!

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Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity

Most of you have already read Murray Hunter’s articles in Ovi magazine about the Kelantan project. The first of his books “Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity” with Ovi is all about the project and it is something I wanted to become a book from the first time I’veKelantan_cover read the article long before published in Ovi magazine. The project is the essence of green economy.

Green economy for most connects economy and environment, an economic theory and practice that finances business while protecting the environment. That’s semantics; you see Murray has gone one step further connecting environment with culture where culture is the human element and their cultural identity. This is the part that I got lost. I got lost in thoughts and ideas. Because, of course people’s cultural identity is part of the environment and it demands equal respect if you want to succeed the harmony between people’s needs and environment with a successful business.

And here comes Kelantan where the theory has become practice and the practice application in human lives. Where the theory takes examples from real life and becomes the prototype that expands far beyond natural products, their marketing, their management and their market. It becomes an investment on nature from nature. And then is not only about natural products any more. Then it iseco-tourism, it is eco-products, it is eco-investments. The essence of green economy. And somehow I felt envy and I hope my economic troubled compatriots read this book. It might be the break they need.

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5 new books for the Ovi shelves

ovicover_02_03_13This must be the first time we publish so many books in such thematic variety the same time. And we keep our aim to have some new books in the beginning of every month. Five new books. From economics and environment to photography and from sensing ideas and thoughts to cartoons. Ovi definitely covers every issue even when it comes to books! Just check the Ovi Bookshop and it is all there!

1.  “Campaigning for Environmental and Cultural Integrity” Murray Hunter

2. “The Green Troubadour Source Book” David Sparenber

3. “The first line Of personal care Entrepreneurship”. Murray Hunter

4. “Ovi in Finnish means doors” Ovi Team

5. “Just a salad please!” Thanos Kalamidas

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Nationalism – The new thematic issue of the Ovi magazine

Check and download the latest Thematic Issue of the Ovi magazine and is all about “Nationalism.”

I must admit that in the beginning except the challenging of the issue I felt a certain enthusiasm seeing in it a good chance to exhibit all the above. Then questions started. So what is nationalism and how you identify nationalism. As oppose to patriotism or as a partner to fascism? Hitler was a nationalist; he actually flagged the word as the essence of his philosophy. But Stalin and Mao were also nationalists in their own very unique and twisted way.

What about Argentina’s Peron. And why the most nationalistic elements of the British populist spectrum admire Margaret Thatcher? Was Yasser Arafat a nationalist or a liberator patriot and then what does that makes the Iranian mullahs and the Afghani Taliban? And the same time the Lapi people, the indigenous that live in a non existent situation between Russia, Finland and Sweden they also talk about the nation and need for national unity. Again the words “nation,” “nationalism” jump here and there always with different meanings and approaches.

Semantics you might say. I absolutely agree. It is about semantics but how far semantics can excuse a holocaust in the name of nationalism? Now we are all more confused since we are talking theoretically about something that has cost millions of lives.

In this thematic issue of the Ovi magazine we are not giving answers about “nationalism.” We simply express opinions. We also start a dialogue with only aim to understand better. That’s why we invite everybody to participate and you can do that in our magazine. You can do it commenting or sending your own opinion/essay/article and we promise to publish it.

Ovi magazine with the 24th thematic issue, welcomes you to a new era and effect. A big thank you to all the contributors of the Ovi magazine for their daily participation to the big or small battles we give, a big thank you to the Ovi friends and a huge thank you to all the Ovi readers from all of us.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this issues of the Ovi thematic magazine, what remains is to …download it from HERE!

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