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The Human Project : The Year Nicola Abbagnano. This book explores human possibility at the end of the twentieth century. It takes the form of discussion between an eminent philosopher and a skilled journalist about "the human measure" as it engages false absolutes and their accompanying utopias. The book proposes a "third way" between capitalism and socialism, and it concludes with comments on end-of-century phenomena, including democracy, intellectuals, and terrorism.

Revolt of the Individual. Intellectuals and Freedom. Immoralism and Political Moralism. Democracy Today. Risk and Salvation. Biological Risk. Dignity and Freedom. Discipline of Choices. Menace of Terrorism.

His production of philosophical literature before, during, and after that period was enormous, but not so overwhehning that we cannot divide it into three distinct classes. Their merit did not lie in being ciphers for another time. Abbagnano speaks of the philosophers in his Storia as "voices. He attended school in Salerno, moving to university studies at the University of Naples.

Upon receiving his degree The Laurea in , he published his thesis Le sorgenti irrazionali del pensiero [ The Irrational Sources of Thought ] that signaled the anti-rationalistic character of his mature thought. He taught at secondary schools in Salerno and Catania, then returned to Naples in to teach at the Liceo Torquato Tasso. Simultaneously, he joined the staff of the journal Logos.

He achieved his most important academic position in when he was appointed to the Chair of the History of Philosophy at Turin. He remained there until his retirement in The book La struttura dell'esistenza [ The Structure of Existence ], published in , marked him as an original and important thinker.

During this period he co-edited with Noberto Bobbio the Rivista di filosofia [ Review of Philosophy ]. After his retirement, Abbagnano moved to Milan and wrote for newspapers and journals. He came once to the United States in to give a series of lectures at several universities. Official acknowledgment of his work as a teacher and philosopher mark the last years of his life. The last part of his writing career produced works of popular philosophy, even a bestseller in Italy, La saggezza della vita [ The Wisdom of Life ].

Abbagnano is buried in the cemetery of Santa Margherita in Liguria. A memorial plaque in the Milan Cemetery commemorates him among other famous people. The Third Way. Nino Langiulli.


Nicola Abbagnano

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Nicola Abbagnano was born in Salerno on 15 July He studied in Naples , and in November obtained a degree in philosophy , his thesis that became the subject of his first book Le sorgenti irrazionali del pensiero His mentor was Antonio Aliotta. At the same time he actively contributed as secretary of editorial staff to the review Logos , edited by his mentor Aliotta. From to he was a full professor of History of Philosophy, and then in he was appointed to a full-time professorship at the Faculty of Letters and philosophy at the University of Turin.

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