Armando Massarenti

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Armando MassarentiBorn in Italy (1961), he has taught Philosophy in the universities of Bologna, Lugano, Siena and Milan. He is responsible for the “Science and Philosophy” section in Il Sole-24Ore‘s cultural supplement, where he analyzes, with a fresh and popular style, several aspects related to philosophy of science, ethics and politics. He has co-authored (with Carlo Falmigni, Maurizio Mori and Angelo M. Petron) the Manifesto di bioetica laica, and, since 1999, he manages the magazine Etica ed economia. Some of his most relevant published works are Il filosofo tascabile. Dai presocratici a Wittgenstein. 44 ritratti per una storia del pensiero in miniatura (2009) and Il lancio del nano e altri esercizi di filosofia minima (2006). He is also part of the jury of several prizes for scientific popularization.

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An interview with Armando Massarenti

Answers from this author by topic

What is knowledge?

“The ways of knowing do not have an ultimate, unmovable foundation”

Is there an external reality?

“It is useful to think about all the hallucinatory and illogical consequences the contrary hypothesis implies”

External Reality
What is the meaning of life?

“Seen from outside, our life looks absurd”

Meaning of life
What is free will?

“Does it make sense to go on living if I think that every one of my decisions is determined?”

Free will
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