June 2019 Culture and society

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L’écologie présente les traits d’une nouvelle religion séculière

By Jean-Pierre Le Goff

Source: Le Figaro, 4 June

The ecology is the new apolitical, Manichean and moralizing dogma, which is predicated by the youth, the new key for reading the history of the Occident, which we all have to redeem from. But while thinking to the Planet, we should also care about which culture we want to transmit to our children.

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Für einen neuen Gesellschaftsvertrag

By Alexander Görlach

Source: Der Standard, 3 June

What does it mean speaking about the civil or social rights printed on the Constitutions of our democracies, if the citizens  nearly can’t put the dinner on the table? A new social contract can win the populism, if grounded not on the numbers of the economy, but on the real problems of the people, to be faced with empathy.

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Bernard-Henry Lévy: apostrophe au “peuple européen”

By Alexis Lacroix

Source: L’Express, 29 May

In Looking for Europe, the European and combative Bernard-Henri Levy is back. At the end of the History, where ideologies are discussed and scepticism, relativism and nihilism cultivated, what is left to be done is the cultural battle for the transnational values.

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L’homme qui fait parler les plantes

By Claire Chartier

Source: L’Express, 29 May

 La Révolution des plantes by Stefano Mancuso explains the intelligence of the vegetal world from the perspective of a neurobiologist: though not equipped with neurons , the plants have a sensitivity and transmit electrical signals able to understand, communicate and manipulate the environment around them.

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Big data e bioéthique

By Éric Favereau

Source: Libération, 30 May

The French ethics committee has taken the word lately on che change of scale of the health big data, to assert that the risks involved as long as they cause a medical decision don’t justify a hostile position towards the digital technologies and the benefits they bring to the society as well the medicine progress.

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Les citoyens semblent avoir réalisé combien l’Europe est utile

By Noémie Rousseau

Source: Libération, 30 May

La Merveilleuse Histoire d’Europe by Jean Louis de Valmigère with a preface by Antonio Tajani  is a collective and intergenerational work, a continental roman dedicated to the youth which explains the reasons of the love for Europe, that begin but don’t end in the 65 years of peace.

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Die Wissenschaft als magische Glaskugel

By Alexander Reutlinger

Source: Die Faz, 9 May

Concepts like the truth or the fact , waved in the March for Science worldwide, from a philosophical perspective are naive and not good for its defence. Instead, claiming the freedom of research legittimizes the place of science in the society, because freedom is an essential value of a democracy.

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On est ici entre le portrait et l’allégorie à travers cette beauté androgyne qui tend vers l’idéalisation

By Letizia Dannery

Source: L’Express, 29 May

In the castle of Chantilly, a charcoal drawing of big size, called Monna Vanna since it recalls the celebrated Monna Lisa, for the technique deployed, laboratory clues and historical reconstructions  seems to be attributable to Leonardo, who conceived it as the erotic double of the Louvre’s model.

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