Olavo de Carvalho


Olavo de Carvalho
Olavo de Carvalho

Olavo de Carvalho
Born 29 April 1947
Campinas, Brazil
School Realism, Scholasticism, Phenomenology, Conservatism
Main interests Metaphysics, Epistemology, Politics, Religion, History, Symbology, Philosophy of Science
Notable ideas Systematization of the Aristotelian Theory of the Four Discourses; Modern philosophers as victims of Cognitive Parallax; The Historic-Social Atomic Method applied to Social Analyses; The Sextupole Theory in Philosophical Anthropology

Olavo Luiz Pimentel de Carvalho (Campinas, April 29, 1947[1]) is a Brazilian philosopher,[2][3][4] journalist,[5] and essayist on several issues like the history of astrology and mysticism; the history of revolutionary mentality; and Philosophical Anthropology.[6] Known for his conservative political stances, and for being a vehement critic of leftist and antiamerican opinions, he is considered by many an influent and erudite thinker.[1][4][7]

Now living in the United States in the state of Virginia, he is an international correspondent and writes a weekly column for the Brazilian newspaper Diário do Comércio. He also teaches philosophy to over 1000 students online. Carvalho has previously written for several other magazines and newspapers, such as Bravo!, Primeira Leitura, O Globo, Época and Zero Hora,[8] and taught philosophy to a smaller circle of students, while still living in Brazil. He also translated to Portuguese works of important philosophers of the 20th century, such as the Romanian Constantin Noica, the Spanish Xavier Zubiri, the French René Guénon, the German-American Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss.[9][10] He has commented and developed researches and theories on the works of Aristotle.[11] He has also being delivering lectures on his own work and on the work of several of those philosophers mentioned above.[12]

In 2009 Carvalho was the founding President of the Inter American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought.[13]

He is the host of the popular weekly show "True Outspeak" on blogtalkradio.[14]

Contents

Contributions to the study of revolutions

Carvalho's study of the revolutionary mind has been well regarded in Brazil by people such as Roberto de Oliveira Campos,[15] Paulo Francis[16] and Bruno Tolentino.[17]

He sees a characteristic of the revolutionary mind in the inversion of the perception of time. He says normal individuals, based on common sense, view the past as something immutable and the future as something that can be changed (it is contingent, as de Carvalho puts it). Not so the leftist revolutionary, who sees the utopian future as a goal that eventually will be reached no matter what and the past as something that can be changed, through reinterpretation, to accommodate it.[18]

De Carvalho also points out that because the revolutionary believes implicitly in a future utopia where there will be no evil, this same leftist revolutionary believes that no holds should be barred in achieving that utopia. Thus, his own criminal activities in achieving that goal are above reproach.[18]

However Carvalho believes that by the definition of revolution the American revolution is not a revolution at all because for him the Founding Fathers were men who held themselves (not just others) to high moral standards, and in no way tried to usher in a novel experimental utopian system by centralization of power, basing their actions and policies on older English traditions and common law, and modeling the new Republic on these tried and true common sense precepts.[18]

Works (in Portuguese)

  • A imagem do homem na astrologia. São Paulo: Jvpiter. 1980.
  • O crime da Madre Agnes ou A confusão entre espiritualidade e psiquismo. São Paulo: Speculum. 1983.
  • Questões de simbolismo astrológico. São Paulo: Speculum. 1983
  • Universalidade e abstração e outros estudos. São Paulo: Speculum. 1983.
  • Astros e símbolos. São Paulo: Nova Stella. 1985.
  • Astrologia e religião. São Paulo: Nova Stella. 1986.
  • Fronteiras da tradição. São Paulo: Nova Stella. 1986.
  • Símbolos e mitos no filme "O silêncio dos inocentes". Rio de Janeiro: Instituto de Artes Liberais. 1992.
  • Os gêneros literários: seus fundamentos metafísicos. 1993.
  • O caráter como forma pura da personalidade. 1993.
  • A nova era e a revolução cultural: Fritjof Capra & Antonio Gramsci. Rio de Janeiro: Rio de Janeiro : Instituto de Artes Liberais & Stella Caymmi. 1994, available online: [1]
  • Uma filosofia aristotélica da cultura. Rio de janeiro: Instituto de Artes Liberais. 1994.
  • O jardim das aflições: de Epicuro à ressurreição de César - Ensaio sobre o materialismo e a religião civil. Rio de Janeiro: Diadorim. 1995.
  • Aristóteles em nova perspectiva: Introdução à teoria dos quatro discursos. Rio de janeiro: Topbooks. 1996.
  • O imbecil coletivo: atualidades inculturais brasileiras. Rio de Janeiro: Faculdade da Cidade. 1996.
  • O futuro do pensamento brasileiro. Estudos sobre o nosso lugar no mundo. 1998.
  • O imbecil coletivo II: A longa marcha da vaca para o brejo e, logo atrás dela, os filhos da PUC, as quais obras juntas formam, para ensinança dos pequenos e escarmento dos grandes. Rio de Janeiro: Topbooks. 1998.
  • Coleção história essencial da filosofia. São Paulo: É Realizações. 2002-2006.
  • A Dialética Simbólica - Ensaios Reunidos São Paulo: É Realizações. 2006.
  • Maquiavel ou A Confusão Demoníaca. São Paulo: Vide Editorial. 2011.
Collaborations
  • Arthur Schopenhauer - Como vencer um debate sem precisar ter razão: em 38 estratagemas (dialética erística). Introduction, notes and comments by Olavo de Carvalho. Rio de Janeiro: Topbooks, 1997.
  • Otto Maria Carpeaux - Ensaios reunidos, 1942-1978. Edition, introduction and comments by Olavo de Carvalho. Rio de Janeiro: UniverCidade & Topbooks. 1999.[19]
  • Émile Boutroux - Aristóteles. Introduction and notes by Olavo de Carvalho. Rio de Janeiro: Record. 1999.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Huxley, Aldous. Admirável Mundo Novo (Brave New World). Preface, 2nd edition. Globo Livros, 1946. ISBN 8525033227, ISBN 9788525033222.
  2. ^ The Inter-American Institute homepage President of the Institute, Distinguished Senior Fellow in Philosophy, Political Science, and the Humanities
  3. ^ Olavo L. P. de Carvalho Résumé Olavo de Carvalho's Curriculum
  4. ^ a b Newman, Alex. Olavo de Carvalho on Communism in Latin America. The New American, March 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Oliveira, Eliézer Rizzo de. Democracia e Defesa Nacional. Editora Manole Ltda, 2005. ISBN 8520419526, ISBN 9788520419526
  6. ^ http://www.olavodecarvalho.org/traducoes/the%20metaphysical.htm
  7. ^ Campos, Roberto. A brincadeira de Sokal.... Folha de São Paulo, September 22, 1996. Quote: "Olavo de Carvalho, um filósofo de grande erudição"
  8. ^ Dornelles, Beatriz. Mídia, imprensa e as novas tecnologias, p. 53. Volume 24, Coleção Comunicação. EDIPUCRS, 2002. ISBN 8574303038, ISBN 9788574303031
  9. ^ Darc Costa, Antônio Celso (ed.) Mundo Latino e Mundialização, p. 199. Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Mauad Editora Ltda, 2004. ISBN 8574781290, ISBN 9788574781297
  10. ^ Rezende, Vani T. de. Luzes e Estrelas - T. W. Adorno e a Astrologia, p. 266. Editora Humanitas. ISBN 8577320014, ISBN 9788577320011.
  11. ^ The Inter-American Institute: Fellows President of the Institute, Distinguished Senior Fellow in Philosophy, Political Science, and the Humanities
  12. ^ Some Lectures Delivered in the U. S. Lectures by Olavo de Carvalho
  13. ^ Inter-American Institute Welcome to the Inter-American Institute: A word from our president
  14. ^ http://blog.blogtalkradio.com/host-highlight/a-brazilian-political-philosopher-tops-the-charts-at-blogtalkradio/
  15. ^ ROBERTO CAMPOS, Minister of Planning (1964-67), Brazilian Ambassador to the United States and to the United Kingdom, Folha de S. Paulo, September 22, 1996.
  16. ^ PAULO FRANCIS, O Globo and O Estado de S. Paulo, July 28, 1996
  17. ^ BRUNO TOLENTINO, prominent Brazilian poet, in the preface to The Garden of Afflictions
  18. ^ a b c http://laiglesforum.com/olavo-de-carvalho-on-the-revolutionary-mind/305.htm
  19. ^ Faustino, Mário. De Anchieta aos concretos: poesia brasileira no jornal, p. 509. Mário Faustino, Maria Eugênia da Gama Alves Boaventura (ed.), Companhia das Letras, 2003. ISBN 8535903372, ISBN 9788535903379

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