Physics as a pathway of contemplation

Luigi Lombardi Vallauri

May 22, 2010 17:00

Institut français Florence | IT


encounter within the project
Focus on Art and Science in the Performing Arts
with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission


Physics is often exploited for technology, and technology for profit. It is however also possible to enhance physics as a dizzying balcony that overlooks infinities and the formidable agility of the human brain, to a horizon of rekindled, fulfilling lay mysticism.


Luigi Lombardi Vallauri
From 1970 he was the Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Florence. From 1976 to 1998 he taught at the Catholic University of Milan, from which he was dismissed for heterodoxy. From 1973 to 1977 he was Director of the Institute for Legal Documentation at the CNR in Florence. From 1996 to 2000 he was President of the Italian Society for Legal and Political Philosophy.
His studies span a wide range of historical, theoretical and philosophic-legal subjects. He has published numerous works including Terre. Terra del Nulla, Terra degli Uomini, Terra dell’Oltre (1989), Logos dell’Essere, Logos della Norma (1999) and Nera Luce (2001). These are profound studies of the fundamentals of general and religious philosophy. He lays the foundations of a carefully considered and practiced mysticism which lies at the intersection between eastern spirituality and western science/art. In 1979 he set up, and continues to lead, meditation groups that explore the possibility of a contemplative life commensurate with modern knowledge.













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