Edition: 2022
Pages: 144
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788858149973

Manifesto of the New Realism

Maurizio Ferraris


Manuel Enrique Loyola (Chile) - Biblioteca Nueva (Spain) - Hermann (France)



We can’t do without the real. It is something that resists as a fact and does not tolerate being reduced to interpretation.

“What I call new realism is first and foremost the acknowledgment of a turning point. The historical experience of media populisms, of the post-September 11 wars and of the recent economic crisis, has brought with it an extremely severe rebuttal of what to my mind are the two dogmas of the post-modern: that all reality is socially constructed and infinitely plastic, and that the truth is a futile notion because solidarity is more important than objectivity. The real necessities, real lives and deaths, which do not tolerate being reduced to interpretations, have asserted their rights and confirmed the idea that realism (like its opposite) does not just have cognitive implications but ethical and political ones too. Of course, the turning point does not only have a history but a geography as well, confined to what Husserl called the “European spirit”, to the West whose decline Spengler prophesied ninety years ago. It is difficult to think about post-modernity in China or in India. However, the corner of the world where I live, which is – I feel I can say – a little wider than the circle of my friends and acquaintances, this West that has dabbled in postmodernism, is now appearing to abandon it. So the question is why?”

The author

Maurizio Ferraris

Maurizio Ferraris isone of the most well-known Italian philosophers. He teaches Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin and he is president of Labont (Centre for Ontology). He directs ‘Scienza Nuova’, the institute of advanced studies that unites the University and the Polytechnic of Turin in the design of a sustainable future. Visiting professor at Harvard, Oxford, Munich, Paris, columnist for “Corriere della Sera” and “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”, author of successful tv programmes and over sixty books translated worldwide, he is the founder of the “New Realism”. Among his publications for Laterza: Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar tracce (2009); Mobilitazione totale (2015); Documanità. Filosofia del mondo nuovo (2021); Manifesto del nuovo realismo (n.e. 2022) and, with Guido Saracco, Tecnosofia. Tecnologia e umanesimo per una scienza nuova (2023).

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