Luca Luchesini

Biography

I graduated in Telecom Networks Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1994 and have been working in multinational companies ever since. I started self-learning Mimetic theory in 2007 by reading all major works of Rene Girard. In 2011, I published a paper about West and Middle East relationship at the annual Girardian COV&R conference 2011 dedicated to “Order/Disorder in History and Politics”. You can reach me here: luca.luchesini@libero.it

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
First and foremost, it helps clarifying ideas I have developed over time. You often think about a number of subjects and connect dots between facts, theories so to grasp a bit more of awareness and, why not, a small tidbit of truth to show your kids and nephews. But there is nothing like writing it down to inspect, challenge and make sure it stands on its feet. Then there is the feeling of coming back to things written in the past and finding yourself back, a bit like your soul in a time machine. Sometimes you like and approve even more what you wrote, sometimes not. But the time machine feeling is always amazing, it is like a time-warped soul looking glass.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have to make a distinction between essayists and novelists. Among essayists, it is by far Rene Girard. Powerful, far reaching ideas on the core concepts of anthropology and yet a very clear, accessible writing style. I think he is in the same league of Voltaire, when it comes to clarity of exposition and sharpness of analysis. Next comes Yuri Slezkine, he has a much narrower field of interest but somehow an even more imaginative writing style. When it comes to novelists, today I would start with Mordechai Richler, all the works I read are great novels and he is also a quite good essayist. Then Vassily Grossman, Joseph Roth and some works of Jorge Amado and Bruce Marshall. Among classics, certainly Stendhal (a long time preference since high school times) while Cervantes is a relatively recent discovery and I have to admit I find Bulgakov more intriguing than Dostoevskij.
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Books

The Righteously Mimetic Mind
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,920. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Category: Essay » Political
This essay connects the dots between “The Righteous Mind”, the recent success of Jonathan Haidt about the evolutionary foundations of morality and mimetic theory developed by Rene Girard around the key concepts of imitative desire and scapegoating. To my knowledge, the two theories are the best tools available today to interpret human moral and political behavior.
Fratelli Rivali: il Mediterraneo tra Mimesi e Sfida
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Price: Free! Words: 4,790. Language: Italian. Published: December 26, 2013. Category: Essay » Political
Brevissima dimostrazione che Samuel Huntington aveva torto: non esiste solo uno scontro di civiltà, ma un'incessante mimesi di civiltà (che a volte come tutte le mimesi può sfociare in rivalità e guerre).
Breve guida a Hegel per il secolo globale
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,230. Language: Italian. Published: December 11, 2013. Category: Essay » Political
Introduzione ai concetti base della filosofia di Hegel esposti nella Fenomenologia dello Spirito con una panoramica dell'influenza del filosofo di Stoccarda sul pensiero e sulla mentalita' contemporanee. L'autore azzarda l'ipotesi che l'attuale crisi finanziaria globali sia una manifestazione della crisi dell'hegelismo economico dopo che il ventesimo secolo ha visto la fine di quello politico.
Rival Brothers: A Mimetic View of East West Relations
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Series: Reflections on Mimesis, Politics, and History, Applying Mimesis to contempora. Price: Free! Words: 8,840. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Category: Essay » Political
A personal view of East-West relationship built from real life experience and filtered via the interpretation tools of Mimetic theory of Rene Girard
Desire and the West: Market, State and the Containment of Armageddon
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Series: Reflections on Mimesis, Politics, and History, Applying Mimesis to Modern His. You set the price! Words: 13,020. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2013. Category: Essay » Political
Find out how mimetic theory explains the reasons behind the ascent of the West in the last few centuries, complementing the thesis of Niall Ferguson about the killer applications of the West and the research of Yuri Slezkine on the role of the Jews in modernity, while also having a look at the latest interpretations of the restraint of Armageddon in St.Paul letter to Thessalonians
Ritratti di italiani in tempi di elezioni
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Price: Free! Words: 4,740. Language: Italian. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Democracy
Brevi ritratti di elettori italiani incontrati in volantinaggi, raccolte firme e altri momenti di campagna elettorale vissuta sul territorio, che anche nell’era delle reti sociali si rivela un metodo insostituibile per tastare lo stato di un Paese. Spero di aver restituito fedelmente la realta' di persone e storie che sostiene il cammino delle idee in generale e della politica in particolare.
Desire, History, State and the Destiny of Man in Hegel
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You set the price! Words: 12,270. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy
This book explains the core concepts of the philosophy of history of Hegel. For the reader interested also in the metaphysical view of Hegel, I refer to my other ebook, “The essential Hegel for the 21st Century” which includes also the content of this ebook.
Potere, Massa, Violenza e Desiderio in Elias Canetti e Rene Girard
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,730. Language: Italian. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Essay » Political
Questo saggio riassume le idee fondamentali sull’origine del potere e il comportamento delle folle che Elias Canetti raccolse in “Massa e Potere” e mette in relazione il pensiero di Canetti con quello di un altro grande antropologo e letterato dell’ultimo secolo, Rene’ Girard che ha trattato il ruolo della folla nella prospettiva della nascita del mito e della religione.
Power, Crowds, Violence and Desire in Elias Canetti and Rene Girard
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Series: Reflections on Mimesis, Politics, and History, Introducing Mimesis and Power. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2012. Category: Essay » Sociology
The essay nails down the key ideas about the origin of power and the behavior of human crowds as explained by Elias Canetti in his monumental work “Crowds and Power” and connects the dots with those of Rene Girard about desire, violence and religion to provide a comprehensive theory of the origins of power and religion.
The Essential Hegel for the 21st Century
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Series: Reflections on Mimesis, Politics, and History, The starting point. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,370. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Category: Essay » Political
This book explains the core concepts of the philosophy of Hegel based on the interpretations given by Isaiah Berlin and Alexandre Kojeve, and their lasting influence on the contemporary age and our way of thinking.

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