July 2018 Culture and Society

Read the articles selected in July 2018

Wenn di Daten fehlen, bleibt die Metaphysik

By Sibylle Anderl

Source: Die Faz, 10 July

The physics of the Universe is a still unresolved puzzle. Many problems of the contemporary cosmology coincide with the fundamental questions of philosophy. A workshop organized by the University Western Ontario intends to lay the foundations for a continuous interdisciplinary dialogue between physics and metaphysics.

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Jakobson et Lévi-Strauss, lettres et les géants

By Philippe Lançon

Source: Libération, 12 July

The correspondence through forty years between Roman Jakobson and Claude Lévi-Strauss follows the development of the structuralism from the intersection of linguistics and anthropology in the search for invariant forms through the diversity of languages and human societies, highlighting a common poetic and scientific passion.

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Découvertes estivales

By Alexandre Demidoff

Source: Le Temps, 11 July

In the University of Lausanne, rhetoric is being discovered as the art of the word and the plastic of emotions. The students, future lawyers or literature teachers, practice in the composition of discourses formulated through the technique of Cicero and Quintilianus.

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Saramago: diario del año del Nobel

By Javier Martín Del Barrio

Source: El País, 9 July

Already announced in the epilogue of the fifth Quaderno de Lanzarote, the sixth and last, casually just discovered by his widow and translator navigating among the briefcases of his computer, is going to be published for the first international congress on Saramago, taking place in Coimbra next October.

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Freiheit für das kulturelle Welterbe

By Gerhard Lauer

Source: Der Tagesspiegel, 5 July

The modern civilization has been grafted on the field of human rights. If culture is a heritage of the whole of mankind, all people are equal. The digitalization of the known risks to impoverishing our tradition, if we don’t safeguard the right and the capacity to critique against any manipulation.

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Les virus géants réécrivent l’histoire du vivant

By Paul Molga

Source: Les Echos, 2 July

The discovery of three new giant viruses, whose genetic patrimony is rich and differentiated, will change the description of the living world. From the presence of genes until now considered exclusively cellular, appears a co-evolution’s system stemming from various kinds of life.

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“Tout Internet est un texte de Roland Barthes”

By Frédérique Roussel

Source: Libération, 5 July


The Internet has made us all writers. But our “uncreative writing” is deeply influenced by the digital platforms. Otherwise, it has been the literature to drive us to the digital experience. On these shores, with the death of the author and the masterpiece, creativity has been reborn.

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Une histoire de la dissection

By Sylvie Logean

Source: Le Temps, 3 July

Considered from the 18° century as a fundamental teaching for medicine’s students, the dissection of corpses is counted among the subjects on the brink of extinction, in an era when nothing of the human body seems still unknown.

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Sizilien sehen und leben

By Nicola Kuhn

Source: Der Tagesspiegel, 25 June

Manifesta, the migrant artistic Biennal of Europe woken up from the Iron Curtain, arrives at Palermo, a living example of multi-cultural coexistence and wealth. Between the wars of the Mafia and the NATO’s platforms, the beauty of this city seems to withstand everything.

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“La medicina del siglo XXI tiene que salir del hospital”

By Ana Macpherson

Source: La Vanguardia, 17 June

In the future, the hospitals won’t be long the place for the cure of many patients. The medicine is destinated to move to the patient’s home and a deep transformation in the approach to the person. The healthcare must reduce costs to make the most modern treatments accessible to all.

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Los ensayos que muestran en qué piensa Europa

Source: El País, 24 June

What does it read Europe? The European identity is differently reflected in its Member countries, each one handling with a piece of its history. The books printed in its nationalities’ tongues tell the anxieties and the complex of the intellectual class borne from a continent so variegated as much so tormented by the same crisis.

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L’atelier du sculpteur renaît dans un musée à Paris

By Valérie Duponchelle

Source: Le Figaro, 23 June

In Paris, the just inaugurated Institute Giacometti, through the precise reconstruction of the artist’s atelier restores the city with part of its history, made not only of objects and works, here presented also in temporary exhibitions, but also of friendships and relationships.

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