Incontro con Forza Italia

Catania, 27 novembre 2005

 

1. Il tema fondamentale

Il tema che mi è stato assegnato per questo incontro - «I nostri valori, le nostre ragioni» - riguarda la nostra identità.

18 October 2005

The situation of scientific research in Italy
Italian Academy - Columbia University - New York


1. Science is power 

Before tackling my topic directly, I would like to make a consideration about the role of scientific research in our times. 
At the beginning of the Scientific Revolution, one of its founding fathers declared that scientia est potentia (science is power). Today we can fully appreciate the far-sightedness of this prediction. Over time, the way wealth was created has changed many times. In different periods men became rich in different ways: first by cultivating the soil, then by excavating it. Then by trading between themselves and with their neighbors. Later by transforming materials and more recently by manufacturing goods. However, the proliferation of scientific research and the resulting dramatic rise of technology has opened the way to an entirely new concept of the production wealth. Peoples become prosperous through creativity and invention. In particular, today, they become affluent not so much by satisfying needs through the use of instruments, but by anticipating needs by creating new instruments. The latest technological revolution, computers and the Internet, does not require huge financial resources but rather great intellectual capability. It is possible to generate more wealth in a garage than in a large factory. 

22 September 2005

Liberals, Cannibals and Christians
Georgetown University


1. The unknown "telos" 

In this presentation I will discuss the crisis of Europe, not from the political, economic or social angle, but from the moral and spiritual point of view. Although much of what I have to say refers to the West as a whole, I will concentrate on my Old Continent. I leave open the question of whether the situation is different in the New Continent, as I hope it is, or whether it is more or less the same, as in my more pessimistic moments I am inclined to believe. Of course, I would be happy if, at the end of my presentation, you could cheer me up.

19 September 2005

The crisis of Europe illustrated through the crisis of liberalism
Yale University


1. The problem

In this address I will offer an interpretation of what I view as a cultural and spiritual crisis of Europe in terms of the crisis of liberalism. Even if much of what I have to say refers to the West as a whole, I will speak specifically about Europe, because the problem is more serious in Europe and because I am European. And I will focus on liberalism, because it is the main idea underlying European democracies and because I happen to be an admirer of this great tradition of thought.

Gubbio, 10 settembre 2005

 

1. Tre modi di discutere

Questo incontro di Gubbio avviene in un momento politico particolarmente caldo. Non c'è soltanto la competizione con la sinistra, normale in epoca pre-elettorale, ci sono le tensioni nella maggioranza e anche le discussioni dentro Forza Italia. Queste tensioni sono tanto forti che talvolta è sembrato che arrivassero a mettere in discussione le ragioni dello stare insieme della coalizione. Perciò mi concentrerò solo su questo punto.

Convegno "L'Europa: radici e confini"

Università Europea di Roma, 7 giugno 2005

 

1. Il principio di separazione

Del tema di questo Convegno, prenderò la parte che riguarda le radici. E di questa parte, mi concentrerò sulla fase moderna e sulla situazione attuale. So di dire cose che in gran parte ho già detto e scritto, e me ne scuso, ma ritengo che sia utile tornare sull'argomento. Anche perché queste cose sono difficili, la ricerca deve continuare e il confronto proseguire.