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ON PRIMAVERA FISOGNI’S DEHUMANIZATION AND HUMAN FRAGILITY: A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION (2013 BLOOMINGTON, AUTHORHOUSE)

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Di Maximiliano E Korstanje

[Maximiliano E. Korstanje is professor at the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires; e-mail: maxikorstanje@arnet.com.ar ]

[CORVINUS JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL POLICY Vol.5 (2014) 2, 111–117]

The attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 resulted in two different effects on the Western cosmology. At a first glance, a tragedy of this magnitude appears to have triggered a globalized fear associated with a decline of trust in the modern means of transport. Mobile industries such as tourism and hospitality have not only faced serious problems but also temporary stagnation. The efficacy of terrorists in administering panic consisted in their ability to utilize the comfortable technologies of the West against civilian targets. Secondly, religion has been placed under scrutiny to the extent that the process of secularization has experienced rapid acceleration. The points of view of religious leaders have been equated with expressions of intolerance and discrimination. In this discussion, Primavera Fisogni´s attempt to unravel the roots of vulnerability and terrorism is not only necessary but also bold. She uncovers the legacy of Aquinas and scholastic philosophers to reconstruct the universe of ethics in terms of a new theology. What have we learned from 9/11 events? Based on a most profound philosophical concern, our Italian philosopher explains convincingly that events should be judged by feeling their complexity and by being in the world of the other. This type of empathy expands the current understanding of a terrorist’s mind. Beyond any repudiation of terrorism’s effects, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that terrorists are not evil maniacs or demons that must be effaced from the planet. Following the legacy of Arendt and Eichmann’s trial, this text shows how the idea of “the banality of evil” also applies to the indifference necessary to engender terrorism.  (altro…)