Thursday, September 10, 2015
Deal with the public language and its quality
is not a luxury to be intellectual or an academic question.
It is a crucial duty civil ethics.
"You can not think clearly if you are not able to speak and write clearly. " These are words of the philosopher John Searle, the theoretical relationship between language and institutional realities. The companies are built and steady, for Searle, essentially a linguistic premise: knowing, that is, make a statement that involves a commitment to truth and fairness to the recipients. Do not keep this commitment endangers the primary social contract of a community, that is confidence in a shared language.
The companies in which prevail statements empty of meaning are in poor health: in them, the loss of the sense of speech, follows a dangerous fall of legitimacy of the institutions.
Deal with the public language and its quality is therefore not a luxury or an intellectual exercise of academics. It is a crucial duty civil ethics.
If you happen to have made the magistrate and the parliamentary, and write books, do they also, quite often, to hear you ask what they have in common (if they have something in common) these three works. The answer is that these three activities so different from each other have all to do with the words and the truth. Rather, with the power of words and the duty to use them responsibly to say, in different forms and contexts, the truth.
Gianrico Carofiglio, With precise words. Breviary writing civil
Gianrico Carofiglio has long worked as a magistrate and was senator of the Republic. His books - stories, novels, essays - are translated all over the world. He has published novels Sellerio lawyer Guido Guerrieri, Involuntary Witness , Eyes closed , Reasonable Doubts and the perfect interim , translated all over the world, and the essay The Art of the doubt , while the most recent is the rule of ' balance (Einaudi). Among his works, two reflections on the strength and the power of language: The art of the doubt (sellers) and Tampering with the words (Rizzoli). With Rizzoli has also published the novels The past is a foreign country and Silence of the wave , the graphic novel Hunters in the darkness with his brother Francis and the story collection There is no wisdom.