Archives mensuelles : décembre 2014

Motion as Paralysis in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, (1957) is arguably the best-known Beat Generation text. It embodies the rejection of the 1940s and 1950s notions of conformity and mass consumption, seeing that, throughout the novel, the author dismisses many of the norms that the society of the time lived by. Also it emphasizes the notion of motion as freedom from the repressive times during which it was written. The narrative follows the picaresque tradition, telling the story of Sal Paradise as he crisscrosses the country from east to west, mostly trying to spend time with his friend Dean Moriarty.


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Christmas, a time for pardon?

In Christmas time, Australia is undergoing its ordinary policies of migrants detention at Christmas Island. Refugees and forcibly displaced detained in those contemporary concentration camps face moral dilemmas from which we could learn of. Pardon could be a valuable lesson for democracies. Continuer la lecture

Como a Arte e a Dança podem ajudar na Inclusão da Pessoa com Deficiência

Nowadays we still see regular schools rejecting or dismissing students with disabilities, or even worse, accepting those students, but excluding them inside the classroom, with little or none curricular adaptation. Through dance teaching, we can provide image enhancement and body awareness of the student as well as their creativity, expressiveness, motor and cognitive skills, and promote self-assertion and enhancement of self-esteem. Art can thus be the gateway to the improvement of human relations and construction of a more just and equal society.

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La speranza nell’amicizia ne Il Sentiero dei nidi di ragno

In his novel The path to the Nest of Spiders (Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno,) Italo Calvino represents the sufferings of the protagonist child during the Second World War. At that time also the little boys have been thrown in condition of poverty and they have had to get by. In this article, based on the theorie of the philosopher Ernst Bloch, we analyse the Pin’s hope in face of the experienced difficulties.

Disegno di Rita Catunda

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Presente de Natal

Some days before Christmas, Brazil receives news that may bring hope concerning the reception of a current expectation: progress. The ANVISA (National Agency of Sanitary Vigilance) announced the possibility of the liberation of marijuana for medical usage in 2014. The subject has been widely discussed in Brazilian media.

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A Cultura da Violência

This article provides a generic and current diagnosis of Brazilian violence, covering national data for the years 2012 and 2013. Some comparisons are made only to highlight the seriousness of the national situation. Later, some comments are outlined, emphasizing some faces that shape the outlook presented. At the end, ten action points are proposed in order to change this sad and shameful reality.

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O ensino de Filosofia nas escolas brasileiras: que caminho percorrer?

In Brazil, Philosophy spent almost fifty years away from official schools’ curricula. In 2008, it was reintroduced after a long struggle, waged since the time of the political opening of the country. Faced with the consolidation of its teaching, it is urgent to reflect on its methodology: which way to go?

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Violencia en Mesoamérica: un espejo de la realidad.

Ayotzinapa is not another massacre left in forgotten archives and yet another statistic free of consequences in the Mesoamerican region. The death of the 43 Ayotzinapan students brought to light to the world and reflected the worst plague that affects the Latin-American subcontinent daily: violence.

Foto: portada del libro « Crónicas Negras desde una Region que no Cuenta » del Faro (Prisa Ediciones, Madrid, 2013)

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Les Mots ou François Truffaut

Pour François Truffaut la vie passe toujours par le texte, à la fois sous la forme de confrontation, distance, obsession ou combustion. C’est pourquoi il organisait de façon obsessionnelle des registres de tous ses films. Si l’exposition à la Cinémathèque est aussi riche c’est en grand part grâce à la grande quantité d’écrits que nous avons hérité du réalisateur, qui nous donnent le bonheur de vivre sa passion pour le cinéma. L’exposition continue jusqu’au 1er Février de 2015 à la Cinémathèque Française (77, rue de Bercy ou 8, boulevard de Bercy – 75012, Paris).

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Women Hawkers , Sign of Progress or Recession?

These days, a growing number of women are obliged to assume hawking as a way of economically sustaining their life, and this phenomenon is particularly discernable within Tehran’s metro system.

In general economical terms, the rate of participation of women in the economical activities is considered to be one of the major factors which may help us to evaluate the degree of the development of different economies.

However, given that vocations such as hawking require almost no level of education and which are often forced upon those who take them upon them through lack of sufficient education, unfavorable social conditions or sheer poverty, it is very difficult to consider these kinds of participation of women in the economical activities to be a sign of social and economical progress.

As such, it would be a lot more accurate to say that this phenomenon lays bare the really problematic state in which the Iranian economy finds itself at the moment as it is the weakness of social and health care services in Iran that compels many of these women to take up such jobs.

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