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Ten Lessons On Evil

The Crimes of Adolescents

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Teenagers are not adults. Often, they do not know who they are or where they belong: they are a potential, a promise. The reason why a young person may end up on a path of delinquency are many. The background they belong to often plays a key role, but it is not only matter to be considered.Even seemingly "problem-free" teens experience situations of distress that can give rise to antisocial behaviors. This phenomenon is very complex, and is often linked to psychological fragility in which an existential void matures.Punishments alone are not a deterrent: it is not necessary to fill the void with listening, presence, and culture. At a time like this, with turbulent and explosive youth discomfort, the most important thing is to make kids understand that another path is possible.

Italy of Miracles

Stories of Saints, Magic and Mysteries

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

"San Gennaro is the true God of Naples", wrote Alexandre Dumas. He wasn't overinflating: this ancient martyr is the absolute lord of Neapolitan devotion, and his acrobatic liquefaction of blood is the most famous miracle in the world. Southern European catholic countries, and Italy in particular, have a special relationship with religion and sacred rites - a cult that may appear freakish and absurd to the eyes of large northern cities such as Paris or London.It is crucial to remember, however, that all Catholic rituals were borrowed from the pivotal rites of the Roman Empire - ancestral rites that have their roots in the mists of time and have dominated the social order and the life of many civilizations, even those that now seem to have disengaged from these folk habits.With great evocative effectiveness, the author retraces these stories that have endured through the centuries to us, capturing in depth the power of myths and rituals that have always invested the traditions of peoples.

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

How Our Body and Mind Live in the Present

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

The discovery of mirror neurons was a huge revolution not only for the neurological and biological studies, but also for humanities. Anthropological and sociological research is highlighting the paradox of considering ourselves as expressions of the relationships and contexts in which we live.Science, in fact, shows us that intersubjectivity sets its roots in the prenatal stage, throughout the relationship between the fetus and the mother, within wich multisensory connections are developed and are destinated to leave a trace in postnatal memory.Two distinguished scholars of our time draw attention to the importance of recognizing ourselves as sharers, rather than individuals, in order to understand what it means to be human nowadays through an interdisciplinary essay that starts with a scientific discovery and comes to embrace all that underlies the world and the life of our species.

To Be or Not To Be Human

Rethinking Human Beings between Science and other Ways of Knowing

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Is a science of the human being at all possible? And if it is, what is it for?

The Myths in the Stars

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Behind every constellation lies a tale in a sky alive with the images of gods and heroes.

The Final Spectacle

Soviet Funerals that Have Gone Down in History

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Lenin, Stalin, Gagarin, Majakovskij... Memorable funeral spectacles of the USSR.

In Small Doses

Against Withdrawal from Mathematics

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

A thousand-year journey through the works of arts of mathematical thought

The Challenges of Mars

Tales of the Exploration of a Difficult Planet

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Ever since the beginning of the space age, Mars has been the main target of our explorations of the solar system. It has also been the scene of many spectacular and dramatic failures.This book takes the reader on a journey through the history of the missions to Mars, and explains why, although it is the planet that is the most similar and closest to ours, the challenges that its unique characteristics constitute for our spaceships are so tough that they have defeated half of the tens of missions that have tackled the Red Planet.The author, who has participated actively in all the European missions to Mars and has also been involved in many of the NASA missions to the Red Planet, writes of these explorations and of the planet from his personal experience. The conclusion of the book looks to the future, to the missions to Mars that are programmed for the coming years and the dream of sending the first human beings to the Red Planet, maybe even by the end of the first half of this century.

Around the World in the Anthropocene

A Map of Humanity in the Future

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

A voyage in the future to understand past mistakes and avoid repeating them

Pills of Mathematics

Numbers in the Humanities and Science

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

The illness that has been diagnosed is scientific innumeracy, the cure prescribed: 120 “pills of mathematics”

On Friendship

Investigating a Sentiment that Concerns All of Us

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Friendship is a basic sentiment that concerns everyone.  It links us with others but doesn’t exclude solitude, of which indeed it is the central part. It is both a miraculous source of joy and a fragile balance that has to be protected, cared for, nurtured. It is an ancestral sentiment composed of infinite nuances, susceptible to change depending on elements such as the time of life, gender, characters, as well as external, familial, social and historic conditions.Last but not least, friendship is of significant interest in psychiatry, particularly in this post-pandemic phase, and plays an important role in therapy.The words of great thinkers, poets, and authors from Friedrich Nietzsche to Emily Dickinson accompany Eugenio Borgna in this all-embracing reflection on the sentiment of friendship, to better capture its meaning and value.

The Sicily of Gods

A mythological guide

publisher: Raffaello Cortina Editore

Stromboli, Taormina, Selinunte, Siracusa: travelling in Sicily with nymphs and cyclops

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