Knowledge and Belief according to Lanza del Vasto

Drago, Antonino (2003) Knowledge and Belief according to Lanza del Vasto. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 103-105.


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In past millennia religious traditions suggested a kind of wisdom from which science divorced since its beginning, belief being then considered as a backwards attitude with respect to the triumphant scientific reason. Apparently, no sacred text suggested an adequate analysis on both the admirable intellectual construction built by scientific reason and modern way of life, essentially advantaging progress with respect to all traditions. Since one century a new attitude on scientific knowledge was proposed by a particular renewal of religious belief, the non-violent philosophy of life suggested by Tolstoy (Tolstoy 1880), Gandhi (Gandhi 1908) and Lanza del Vasto (Lanza del Vasto 1959). All they criticized Western science inasmuch as it is severed from both ethics and common life of mankind. The criticism was qualified by Lanza del Vasto (= LdV, 1901-1981, graduated in Philosophy at Pisa University in 1928) through an analysis of two Christian texts, i.e. Genesis 3 and Apocalypse 13, in the same years Catholic Council Vatican 2 instead accepted modern science as an ineluctable modernity (incarnationist thesis vs. apocalyptic thesis).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: religious belief; scientific knowledge; Carnot, L.; Gandhi
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2003
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Religionsphilosophie, Religionskritik
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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