Francesco Totaro

Practical Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Sciences in Enrico Berti’s Thought. Consensus and Dissent

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Enrico Berti was one of the most eminent thinkers in the Italian and international philosophical panorama. As an authoritative scholar of Aristotle, he has reproposed its relevance in the field of practical philosophy, which he has framed in an overall building of knowledge that has at its peak the «metaphysics» and finds its articulation in an encounter with the specific sciences. The latter, also in their contemporary development, could benefit from the conceptual apparatus provided by the Stagirite and by its actualization. The following essay emphasizes the fruitfulness of the interweaving between metaphysics and specific types of knowledge; at the same time, it criticizes the causal paradigm (scire per causas), on the contrary considered by Berti the most rigorous model of knowledge. The author suggests that metaphysical research itself could usefully distance itself from it.


  • Enrico Berti
  • Practical Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Sciences
  • Causality


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