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  stelios ramfos on disenchantment + design

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stelios ramfos is a contemporary prominent greek philosopher. recently i happened to find online a very interetsing discussion he had on the greek tv about the current national and international social and cultural context. here i will just present some very basic points i extracted from this talk. if interested, here you can find the video (in greek).

ramfos during this conversation mentions max weber’s theory of “disentachement of the world” (more you can find here – in short weber observes that societies rely more on scientific investigation and rational approaches and leave aside myths and magic, meanings that for many philosophers are of great importance for societies ). this disenchantment, if I get it correctly, has resulted to the loss of rituals (not necessarily religious… even the small every-day ones) the demystification of art but also to a greater extent, the demystification of social values. consequently our societies are governed by rationalism, functionalism and bureaucracy. according to him this phenomenon explains why today value is only assigned to the insignificant and not to the “special” and why aesthetics decline.
ramfos believes that if humanity can not afford to live without myths, then it will follow a process of re-enchantment and this will not happen through the establishment of grand and special values but instead this will happen through the uniqueness that could be found within the every-day, current material such as (translating exactly his examples) dresses, small objects and in general all this world of design. this trivia little objects, he concludes, will bring back to people a sense of sensitivity.
the discussion later moved to the topic of fantasy (greek: φαντασία : the ability of forming mental images, sensations and concepts, in a moment when they are not perceived through sight, hearing or other senses ) where I found interesting his definition for the term which is “the pressure of the emotions towards the intellect”. a definition which is almost identical to the quote of the italian philosopher and theologian thomas aquinas (1225-1274) “nihil est in intellectu quod non prius in sensu “ (nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses – τίποτα δε βρίσκεται στη διάνοια που δε πέρασε πρώτα από τις αισθήσεις) and probably based on the theories of protagoras

i will leave it here for now.

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