We live in an age of inconstancy and sudden change in private
and public life. What is the place of perseverance in today's world? One can
persevere in a diet or in one's study habits. One perseveres when one pursues
a project to its end, at any cost, because one believes in it. Perseverance
is in play, at a higher level, when one's goals are elevated and complex, when
one continues to struggle, for example, for a more just society and even when
history encourages one to abandon the fight. But what exactly inspires us to
persevere? Why resist if the price is personal sacrifice? It is almost a question
of faith, so much so that the word endures in the religious vocabulary. Perseverance
is, according to the author, essentially a form of self-fulfillment.
This book is part of a new series entitled "Forgotten Words":
silence, patience, frugality, perseverance, decency, prudence, courage... and,
finally, old age. This new series comprises brief essays by authors having different
intellectual backgrounds, who discuss these forgotten words, explore their contemporary
relevance, and identify their existential features.
Salvatore Natoli teaches Theoretical Philosophy
at the Bicocca University and History of Ideas at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele
University, both in Milan.
Introduzione. Speranza e perseveranza
I. Perseveranza, parola scomparsa
II. Perseverare, perché?
III. La perseveranza e il suo vizio antagonista: l'accidia
Anteprima del testo delle prime cinque pagine a stampa del primo capitolo.
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