Reason and Global Feeling

By: Elisa Grimi  

In recent times there has been an increasing loss of the individual's strength of judgement to the benefit of an ever-increasing confidence in global feeling. Secularisation has led the concept of reason to be diminished alongside the paradoxical increasing interest in virtues. Religious belief - a pillar in the structure of the self - seems to have to rest more and more on the pretensions of a globalized society, increasingly liquid, neutral, without identity. I will therefore analyse the perspective of a realistic phenomenology, of the foundations of ethics and of the criteria of the spiritual dimension proper to Western culture. I will therefore conclude the essay by opening a debate on the concept of reason, essential to both philosophy and religion, as the perfect junior ally of faith.

Religion, Secularization, Enlightenment, Globalization, Realisticphenomenology, Ethics, Love
Religious Foundations
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Elisa Grimi

Post Doc in Philosophy, European Society for Moral Philosophy, Executive Director, Italy

Elisa Grimi is the Executive Director of the European Society for Moral Philsophy, Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Philosophical News and Project Manager of On 30th May, 2014, she received the Paolo Michele Erede Foundation First Prize with a work on 'Politics and Network'. She has studied and worked at various universities throughout the world, in countries including Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, England, France and the United States. She is author of numerous publications, including her first italian monograph G.E.M. Anscombe. The Dragon Lady (2014) with direct testimonies, the collected volume Tradition as the future of Innovation (Cantagalli 2015), co-author with Rémi Brague of Contro il cristianismo e l'umanismo. Il perdono dell'Occidente (Cantagalli 2015), editor of the collection La philosophie de l'humilité (Recherches Philosophiques, ICT, 2017), "Europa? Una questione di diritto" (in Etica e religione, a cura di P. Stagi, Stamen 2018), G.E.M. Anscombe: guida alla lettura di Intention (Carocci 2018). For further information please visit the official website: