martedì 4 settembre 2012

THE WEST: ITS LEGACY AND FUTURE - TELOS CONFERENCE IN L'AQUILA

Philosophers debate on the present and future of the West: globalization and the pressure of the nations of the East. Are still current theories liberal or Marxist?

Gli sviluppi economici e storici recenti sembrano accelerare la "fine della storia" e prevedere invece la fine delle teorie occidentali. Dopo il 1989 molti si aspettavano una graduale convergenza verso i modelli occidentali di democrazia e di mercato liberale. Ma le risposte occidentali all'11 settembre e lo scricchiolio dell'economia statunitense del 2007-8,  hanno evidenziato i limiti del primato internazionale degli Stati Uniti e accelerato lo spostamento globale del potere da Ovest a Est e da Nord a Sud come si evince dalla crescita di Cina, India e degli altri mercati emergenti.
Stiamo vivendo i primordi di un mondo post occidentale e post americano?
Filosofi statunitensi ed italiani dibatteranno per tre giorni all'Aquila su questi temi all'interno di una conferenza organizzata dal Telos Institute.
L'organizzatrice della Conferenza è Mary Piccone vedova di Paul Piccone fondatore del Telos Institute. Mary, ha visitato Lucoli, è stata nostra ospite in visita al Giardino della Memoria nel 2011.

Maria Filice
Maria Filice Piccone a Lucoli's friend
Maria Filice, a first-time author and food stylist, is a first-generation Canadian-American Italian. Born and raised by immigrant parents from Calabria, Maria grew up following her family's old country, old-school values. She learned from the best—her mother, grandmother, and aunts—whom she watched from the time she could barely walk. While she observed her relatives mixing together a little of this and a little of that, she listened well. As in many Italian homes, the kitchen served as both the confessional and the center for storytelling. This had a lasting impact on Maria. Today, her relatives and friends are delighted as she entertains them in her kitchen, both with her storytelling and her cooking prowess. They're consistently amazed at how relaxed she is while preparing dishes, often created from a few simple ingredients from the pantry, and how comfortable she still is with the language of her ancestors.
When Maria married Telos publisher Paul Piccone in 1997, she moved from Toronto to New York. Almost immediately after her marriage, her apartment became the Grand Central Station of philosophical debate. It was then that she dove into her kitchen and honed her natural skills as home cook extraordinaire. Maria's flair for entertaining was her way of welcoming a diverse and eclectic circle of intellectuals into her home. When Paul died in 2004, she took over as publisher for Telos Press, even though she had no previous literary experience. Known in those circles as Mary Piccone, she continues in this role today. 


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