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Body and Soul

Articles and Essays

Written for Lapham´s Quarterly issue on "Flesh".

 

Neuro-News

Articles and Essays

Response to the 2016 Edge Question

https://edge.org/response-detail/26698

 

Paris, Searching for Peace

Articles and Essays

Written after the Paris attacks of November 13th, 2015.

 

The Passage from Normal to Dark

Articles and Essays

A testimonial written on the day after the Paris attacks of November 13th.

 

Metarepresentation

Articles and Essays

Response to the 2015 Edge Foundation Annual Question

 

The Rights of Spring

Articles and Essays

Essay on nostalgia, published in Indian Quarterly.

 

Indian Summer

Articles and Essays

A review of John Adams´s opera A Flowering Tree, published in Indian Quarterly. 

 

As A Lute Out Of Tune: Robert Burton´s Melancholy

Articles and Essays

Piece written for The Public Domain Review. 

 

The Curry Soup

Articles and Essays

Written for the "roundtable" blog of Lapham´s Quarterly.

 

Clothes are Transparent

Articles and Essays

Written for issue n. 1 of Garage.

 

A New Republic of Letters?

Lectures and Academic

Talk given at conference on Global Humanities, Italian Cultural Institute, New York.

 

Humoural Bodies and Balanced Minds

Lectures and Academic

Keynote talk given at conference "Situating Mental Illness", ICI, Berlin, spring 2011

 

The Internet and Slowness

Articles and Essays

Response to the 2010 Edge Question.

 

Bach´s Art of Fugue

Articles and Essays

Written for issue of Nexus on "Hope and Consolation".

 

La quête de l´équilibre: âme, vertus, humeurs

Lectures and Academic

Piece published in the French journal Corps (March 2010)

 

Great Expectations

Articles and Essays

Piece for Lapham´s Quarterly, "Medicine" issue (Fall 2009).

 

Up Close and Personal

Articles and Essays

Piece on the history of personals for Lapham´s Quarterly, Eros issue (Winter 2009).

 

Wine, Body and Soul

Articles and Essays

Given at the Third International Conference on the Philosophy of Wine, 30-31 May 2008.

 

"Just Life in a Nutshell": Humours as Common Sense

Lectures and Academic

Written for a symposium on "Folk Epistemologies" at Columbia University, in 2007. Published in The Philosophical Forum.

 

Wine Psychology

Articles and Essays

Written for the first issue of a new journal on the philosophy of wine, Tacuinum Vitineum.

 

Speech After Long Silence: Of Poetry and Consciousness

Articles and Essays

Delivered as invited speaker to the 2005 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize Reading, Poets´ House, New York City.

 

Brain Scans Lie, Not You

Articles and Essays

A response to some reactions to Passions and Tempers, written in July 2007.

 

Opaque Humors, Enlightened Emotions, and the Transparent mind

Lectures and Academic

Published in the journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics (Harvard University Press), issue 51, spring 2007.

 

Melancholy and Humoural Passions in Early Modernity

Articles and Essays

Written for the catalogue of the exhibition on melancholy shown in Paris and Berlin in 2005-06.

 

Alternatives in Medicine

Articles and Essays

Response to a "Risk and Biomedicine" online debate: "Complementary and alternative medicine: Why is conventional medicine not enough?"

 

Humoural Passions and Seasoned Cares

Lectures and Academic

Lecture given in 2004 at a conference at Barnard, "Medicine Across Cultures: Medicine and the Mind, 600-1600".

 

Reason and Emotion in the Early Enlightenment

Lectures and Academic

Presented in 2003, first at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, then as a University Professors Occasional Lecture at Boston University.

 

About "Moral Values"

Articles and Essays

This was written shortly after the 2004 US elections.

 

Of Reasons, Humours and Passions: Explanatory Structure and the Mind-Body Problem

Lectures and Academic

The "philosophical manifesto" underlying Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours. Presented in October 2002 as a seminar at the Italian Academy at Columbia University.

 

Text-e: Le texte à l´heure de l´internet

Articles and Essays

From the online symposium text-e.

 

Form and Function in the Early Enlightenment

Lectures and Academic

An article about the relation between anatomical form and physiological function, derived from the doctoral thesis and published in Perspectives on Science.

 

Deafness, Ideas and the Language of Thought in the Late 1600s

Lectures and Academic

Published in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 13: 2 (2005), pp. 233-262; based on a chapter from the doctoral thesis.

 

On "Intelligent Design"

Articles and Essays

Written in October 2005.

 

Computers, Speed and Us

Articles and Essays

Piece about the Internet, written initially for Prospect Magazine.

 

Book review: Undermining Man

Articles and Essays

Review of Kenan Malik, Man, Beast and Zombie: What science can and cannot tell us about human nature, Times Literary Supplement.

 

Book review: on Thomas Willis

Articles and Essays

Review (unpublished) of Carl Zimmer, Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain - and How It Changed the World (2004), commissioned initially by the New York Review of Books.

 

Book review: Metaphors of Memory

Articles and Essays

Review of Douwe Draaisma, Metaphors of Memory: A History of Ideas About the Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

 

On Pellegrino Artusi, Italy´s Victorian chef

Articles and Essays

Essay (unpublished) about the Italian cookery classic, Pellegrino Artusi´s La scienza in cucina e l´arte di mangiar bene.

 

Adam´s Spectacles: Nature, Mind and Body in the Age of Mechanism

Lectures and Academic

Full text of the (unpublished) doctoral thesis.

 

Passions and Tempers

Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

A 2500-year journey that explores the origins of humours in ancient Greece through the present day. Published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Read more.

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