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    Fritjof Capra Archive



    A Personal Introduction


    Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., is a scientist, educator, activist, and author of many international bestsellers that connect conceptual changes in science with broader changes in worldview and values in society. For his CV, bibliography, and additional information about his professional activities, please visit www.fritjofcapra.net. Following is a brief personal introduction.


    For the past thirty years, my professional life has had two sides. I am a scientist and science writer. I am also an environmental educator and activist. I would like to tell you a little about both of these sides and show you how they synergistically interrelate.


    I was trained as a physicist and spent twenty years (1965-85) engaged in theoretical high-energy physics research. From my early student years, I have been fascinated by the dramatic changes of concepts and ideas that occurred in physics during the first three decades of the twentieth century. In my first book, The Tao of Physics (1975), I discussed the profound change in our worldview that was brought about by the conceptual revolution in physics — a change from the mechanistic worldview of Descartes and Newton to a systemic and ecological view.


    In my subsequent research and writing, beginning with my second book The Turning Point (1982), I engaged in a systematic exploration of a central theme: the fundamental change of world view, or change of paradigms, that was also occurring in the other sciences and in society; the unfolding of a new vision of reality, and the social implications of this profound cultural transformation.


    To connect the conceptual changes in science with the broader change of worldview and values in society, I had to go beyond physics and look for a broader conceptual framework. In doing so, I realized that our major social issues — health, education, human rights, social justice, political power, protection of the environment, the management of business enterprises, the economy — all have to do with living systems; with individual human beings, social systems, and ecosystems. This realization shifted my research interests from physics to the life  sciences. I began to develop an appropriate multidisciplinary conceptual framework, using insights from the theory of living systems, complexity theory, and ecology.


    At the same time, during the 1980s, I became involved in environmental activism. In 1984, I founded an ecological think tank, the Elmwood Institute, and over the next ten years we built up an international network of thinkers and activists from many fields and in many parts of the world. In 1994, we transformed the Institute into an organization called Center for Ecoliteracy, which promotes “education for sustainable living” in primary and secondary schools.


    Over the years I have realized more and more that the  two sides of my professional life are deeply synergistic. The main focus of my environmental education and activism is to help build and nurture sustainable communities. To do so, we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which  are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. So, the quest for ecological sustainability naturally leads to the question, how do ecosystems work? How do they organize themselves to sustain life? This question, in turn, leads to the more general question, how do living systems — organisms, ecosystems, and social systems — organize themselves? And this is the focus of my theoretical work.


    During the last thirty years (1984-2014), I developed a conceptual framework that integrates four dimensions of life: the biological, the cognitive, the social, and the ecological dimension. I presented summaries of this framework, as it evolved, in two books: The Web of Life (1996) and The Hidden Connections (2002). My final synthesis, titled The Systems View of Life and coauthored by Pier Luigi Luisi, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014.


    During the last ten years (2002-12) I have also been involved in an extended research and writing project about the science of Leonardo da Vinci, which resulted in three books: The Science of Leonardo (2007), La botanica di Leonardo (2009), and Learning from Leonardo (2012). Leonardo's science is a fascinating subject, which is surprisingly little known. He developed the empirical approach now known as the scientific method one hundred years before Galileo, but his science was very different from the mechanistic science of Galileo and Newton. Leonardo's science is a science of living forms, of patterns of organization and processes of transformation that often foreshadows our modern systems and complexity theories.


    Studying the famous Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci led me to ask once more some very fundamental questions about knowledge, art, science, and philosophy — questions I had explored in my very first book, The Tao of Physics, thirty years earlier.



    Preliminary List of Contents



    A.    Works by FC

    B.     Correspondence

    C.    Lectures and Seminars

    D.    PR Files, 1974-2014

    E.     Organizations Founded and Co-founded by FC

    F.      Awards

    G.    Photographs, 1972-2016

    H.    Personal Life








    A.  Works by FC


    A1 Physics papers (1965-85)


    These printed files include copies of FC’s papers in theoretical physics, as well as research notes, copies of papers by other authors, and the ms. of an extensive interview with FC’s mentor Geoffrey Chew: “Bootstrap Physics: A Conversation with Geoffrey Chew,” in C. DeTar, J. Finkelstein, and Ch.-I. Tan, A Passion For Physics: Essays in Honor of Geoffrey Chew, World Scientific, 1985; pp. 247-86.


    A2 Articles


    1. Articles, printed, 1984-2014
    2. Articles, digital, 1977-2016


    A3 Blog Posts (http://www.fritjofcapra.net/blog/ )


    Esssays by FC on his blog include:

    “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?: Reflections on the Spirit and Legacy of the Sixties”

    (Dec 2002);

    “Qualitative Growth,” coauthored with Hazel Henderson (Sept 2009);

    “The Unification of Physics” (May 2014);

    “Laudato Si’: The Ecological Ethics and Systemic Thought of Pope Francis” (Jun 2015);

    “Werner Heisenberg: Explorer of the Limits of Human Imagination” (Sept 2016).


    A4 Columns


    1. The Bridge (column in Japanese online journal, 2001-3)
    2. Web Page (column in Resurgence, 1996-98)


    A5 Books

    (list of all editions on FC website, http://www.fritjofcapra.net/books/publishers/ )


    The Tao of Physics (1975)

    The Turning Point (1982)

    Uncommon Wisdom (1988)

    The Web of Life (1996)

    Die Capra Synthese, edited by Franz-Theo Gottwald (1998)

    The Hidden Connections (2002)

    The Science of Leonardo (2007)

    La botanica di Leonardo (2009)

    Learning from Leonardo (2013)


    Green Politics, with Charlene Spretnak (1984)

    Die Seele Indiens: Tamil Nadu, with Jacqueline Capra (1984)

    Belonging to the Universe, with David Steindl-Rast (1991)

    Mindwalk, with Bernt Capra and Floyd Byars (1991)

    EcoManagement, with Ernest Callenbach, Lenore Gioldman, Rüdiger Lutz,

    Sandra Marburg (1993)

    Steering Business Toward Sustainability, edited with Gunter Pauli (1995)

    The Systems View of Life, with Pier Luigi Luisi (2014)

    The Ecology of Law, with Ugo Mattei (2015)


    A6 Audio Books


    The Tao of Physics, Audio Renaissance (tapes and CDs), 1990.

    The Turning Point, Enhanced Audio Systems (tapes), 1991.

    The Web of Life, Audio Renaissance (tapes), 1996.


    A7 Notes for Books


    1. Printed files


    The author’s notes for various books are arranged by chapters; and they also include illustrations, reviews, some PR material, etc.


    The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, Green Politics, Tamil Nadu, Uncommon Wisdom, Belonging to the Universe, EcoManagement, The Web of Life, The Hidden Connections, The Science of Leonardo, Learning from Leonardo, La Botanica di Leonardo, The Systems View of Life, The Ecology of Law.


    1. Digital files


    Mindwalk (ms.), The Web of Life, The Turning Point (condensed version), Steering Business Toward Sustainability, The Hidden Connections, The Science of Leonardo, Botanica, Leonardo 2,

    Learning from Leonardo, The Systems View of Life, The Ecology of Law.


    1. Book excerpts


    Extensive excerpts from scientific and philosophical books, which constitute the core of FC’s research notes for his books).


    A8 Literary Support


    FC’s book-jacket endorsements of other books; authors include Lester Brown, Hazel Henderson, Michio Kaku, Frances Moore Lappé, Amory Lovins, Pier Luigi Luisi, Humberto Maturana, Carolyn Merchant, Arne Naess, David Orr, Gunter Pauli,Theodore Roszak, Francisco Varela, Margaret Wheatley, and Ken Wilber.


    A9 Forewords to books by other authors


    Hazel Henderson, The Politics of the Solar Age, Knowledge Systems, 1988.

    Larry Dossey, Space, Time & Medicine, Shambhala, 1982.

    Joachim Ernst Berendt, The World Is Sound, Destiny, 1991.

    Gunter Pauli, Upsizing, Waterstones, 1998.

    David Diamond, Theatre For Living, Trafford, 2007.

    Cinzia Scaffidi, Guarda che mare, Giunti, 2007.

    Mark Hathaway and Leonardo Boff, The Tao of Liberation, Orbis, 2009.

    David Orr, Hope Is an Imperative, Island Press, 2010.

    Jeremy Lent, The Patterning Instinct, Prometheus, 2017.


    A10 Manuscripts


    1. The Tao of Physics: typed ms. with editor’s notes in publisher’s postal envelope;
    2. Bound manuscripts (as submitted to publishers by author, some with

    different titles):

    The Turning Point, Green Politics, Uncommon Wisdom, Belonging to the Universe, The Web of Life, The Hidden Connections, The Science of Leonardo.


    A11 Contributions to multi-author books


    “Science and Mysticism,” in Frances Vaughn and Roger Walsh (eds.), Beyond Ego:

    Transpersonal Dimensions in Psychology, Tarcher, 1981.

    “The Tao of Physics Revisited” (conversation with Renee Weber), in Ken Wilber, The

    Holographic Paradigm, Shambhala, 1982.

    “The New Vision of Reality: Toward a Synthesis of Eastern Wisdom and Modern

    Science,” in Stanislav Grof and Marjorie Livingston Valier (eds.),

    Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science, SUNY Press, 1984; pp. 135-48.

    “The Role of Physics in the Current Change of Paradigms,” in Richard Kitchener (ed.),

    The World View of Contemporary Physics, SUNY Press, 1988; pp. 144-55.

    “The Turning Point,” in Andrew Dobson, The Green Reader, Mercury House, 1991;

    pp. 40-45.

    “A Systems Approach to the Emerging Paradigm,” in Michael Ray (ed.),

    The New Paradigm in Business, Tarcher, 1993; pp. 230-37.

    “Systems Theory and the New Paradigm,” in Carolyn Merchant (ed.), Ecology,

    Humanities Press, 1994; pp. 334-41.

    Hal Zina Bennett (ed.), Fritjof Capra in Conversation with Michael Toms,

    New Dimensions, 1994.

    “Experiencing R.D. Laing,” in Bob Mullan (ed.), R.D. Laing, Cassell, 1997; pp. 278-90.

    “Networks and the Web of Life,” in Mike Seymour (ed.), Educating for Humanity,

    Paradigm, 2004; pp. 17-22.

    “Beyond Language,” in James Huchingson (ed.), Religion and the Natural Sciences,

    Wipf and Stock, 2005; pp. 225-30.

    “Complexity and Life,” in Alicia Juarrero and Pedro Sotolongo (eds.), Reframing

    Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South, ISCE, 2007; pp. 1-26.

    “Systems Thinking for Environmental Responsibility,” inMartin Reynolds et al. (eds.),

    The Environmental Responsibility Reader, Zed, 2009; pp. 123-31.

    “Systems Thinking and the State of the World: Knowing How to Connect the Dots,” in

    Stephan Harding (ed.), Grow Small, Think Beautiful, Floris, 2011; pp. 72-77.

    “Complexity and Life,” in David Lambert and Chris Chetlan (eds.), The Intuitive Way of

    Knowing: A Tribute to Brian Goodwin, Floris, 2013; pp. 127-40.


    A12 Books by other authors with dedications


    FC’s personal research library contains over 100 books signed with dedications by his mentors, colleagues, and students. These authors include, among many others, Gregory Bateson, Janine Benyus, Ernest Callenbach, Manuel Castells,  Betty Friedan, Anthony Giddens, Stanislav Grof, Tom Hayden, Hazel Henderson,  Stuart Kauffman, Petra Kelly, Arthur Koestler, Satish Kumar, R.D. Laing, Frances Moore Lappé, Amory Lovins, Humberto Maturana, Arne Naess, David Orr, Ilya Prigogine, Peter Senge, Charlene Spretnak, David Suzuki,  and Margaret Wheatley.


    A13 Mindwalk  


    A feature-length film starring Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, and John Heard; based on FC’s The Turning Point, created and directed by Bernt Capra, co-produced by Bernt and Fritjof Capra and Klaus Lintschinger; screenplay by Floyd Byars and  Fritjof Capra.

                Mindwalk Productions: contracts and articles of incorporation

                Correspondence, 1988-89

                Reviews (U.S), Reviews (German)

                PR (U.S.), PR (Germany), PR (Brazil)

                Memorandum (1984), Proposal (1986), Treatment (1988)

                Early Screenplays (1982-88)

                Final screenplay, shooting script

                Location shots (prints and negatives)

                Liv Ullmann’s autobiography, Choices (with dedication to FC)

                Mindwalk Commentary (2 audio cassettes, recorded for Liv by FC)

                VHS copy of film

                Proclamations by Mayor of Cambridge, Mass., and Mayor of Berkeley

                Book proposal and ms. (screenplay, director’s notes, scientific commentary)



    B.   Correspondence


    Correspondence with friends and colleagues, including many well-known and famous scientists, philosophers, artists, and politicians, e.g.


    Geoffrey Chew                     Manfred Eigen                      R.D. Laing

    Werner Heisenberg             Heinz von Foerster              Rollo May

    Brian Josephson                   James Lovelock                    Carl Rogers

    Yoichiro Nambu                  Ilya Prigogine                       Alan Watts

    Yuval Ne’eman                    Francisco Varela                   Ken Wilber

    Victor Weisskopf


    Ellen Burstyn                        Hazel Henderson                 Mikhail Gorbachev

    John Cleese                           Leopold Kohr                       Al Gore

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti         Satish Kumar                        Václav Havel

    Ali Akbar Khan                    Arne Naess                            Tom Hayden

    Tom Stoppard                      Theodore Roszak                 Elie Wiesel

    Liv Ullmann                          Vandana Shiva


    B1 Letters to FC, 1971-2015

    (hand-written and printed)


    B2 Lecture Correspondence, 1998 – 2006

    (hand-written and printed)


    B3 Letters by FC, 1993-2016




    C.   Lectures and Seminars


    C1 Lecture Texts


    1. Lectures, printed, 1972-2003
    2. Lectures (U.S.), digital, 1990-2016
    3. Lectures (U.S., CEL), digital, 2005-11

    (see also CEL website, www.ecoliteracy.org )

    1. Lectures (Europe), digital, 1992-99
    2. Lectures (Cortona, Italy), digital, 1998
    3. Lectures (Europe), digital, 2004-15
    4. Lectures (Brazil), digital,, 2002, 2008-15
    5. Lectures (Argentina), digital, 2000
    6. Lectures (Cuba), digital, 2002
    7. Lectures (Costa Rica), digital, 2015
    8. Lectures (Mexico), digital, 2014
    9. Lectures (Japan), digital, 1996
    10. Lectures (India), digital, 2008


    NOTE: Digital lecture folders include correspondence and PR materials.


    C2 Lecture Audio Tapes


    1. Alan Watts Radio Talks, 1970s (6 audio cassettes)
    2. Bateson seminars at Esalen Institute, 1977-80 (12 audio cassettes)

    Laing on Bateson, Esalen, 1982 (1 audio cassette);

    1. Lecture with R.D. Laing, San Francisco, 1982 (4 audio cassettes)
    2. “New Paradigm in Science and Theology,” Esalen Institute, 1987

    (dialogues with David Steindl-Rast and Thomas Matus, which were transcribed, edited, and published in book form, titled Belonging to the Universe)

    1.  “Primordial Tones (Berendt), 1989 (2 audio cassettes)

    “Die Welt ist Klang” (Berendt), 1989 (audio cassettes)

    “Vom Hören der Welt” (Berendt), 1989 (audio cassettes)

    1.  “Deep Ecology for the 21st Century,” New Dimensions Radio, 1998-99

    (12 audio cassettes)


    C3 Seminar Texts


    1. Seminars, printed, 1990-2003:

    Global Forum, Moscow, 1990

    Sundance (with Margaret Wheatley), 1997

    Prague (Ivan Havel), 1998

    Banff Management Centre, Canada, 2000-01

    Cuba Complexity Seminar, 2002

    Brasilia Dialogues (with Marina Silva), 2003

    1. Seminars (U.S.), digital, 1993-94; 1996-2013


    NOTE: All seminar folders include correspondence and PR materials.


    C4 Seminar Audio Tapes


    1. “The Turning Point,” Santa Barbara, 1982 (6 audio cassettes)


    C5 Seminar Videos


    1. “Peptide T: A New Therapy for AIDS” (with Candace Pert), 1992

    (4 VHS copies)

    1. “Education for Life” (with Satish Kumar, Gunter Pauli), Mallorca, 2011



    C6 International Conferences


    1. The Global Forum (with Mikhail Gorbachev), Moscow, 1990
    2. Forum 2000 (hosted by President Václav Havel), Prague, 1997, 1999, 2000

    (Conf. programs, speeches, videos, etc.; letters of invitation by President Havel) 

    1.  “Is there a purpose in nature?”, Prague (with Ivan Havel), 1998
    2.  “Argonauts of the Noosphere,” Conference on Cognitive Science, Centro Pio Manzù, Rimini, Italy, 1999 (Conference programs and videos)
    3. Health and Healing (Milz Conference), Bolinas, 2000
    4. Complexity Theory, Cuba, 2002
    5. Brasilia Dialogues (with Marina Silva), Brasilia, 2003


    C7 Conference Audio Tapes


    1. Health and Healing (Milz Conference), Bolinas, 2000 (7 audio cassettes, 4 sets!)


    C8 Schumacher College Courses, 1992 - 2014


    1. Notes, student lists, photographs, etc.
    2. Texts of lectures, discussion notes, student lists, etc.


    C9 Capra Course (2016 - )


    FC’s online course, “The Systems View of Life,” based on his textbook of the same title (coauthored with Pier Luigi Luisi), consists of 12 pre-recorded lectures, supplementary text and video materials, and an online discussion forum. The lecture videos were produced in 2015 by Amana-Key in São Paulo, Brazil. The first two courses (Spring and Fall 2016) had between 150 and 200 participants each from over 30 countries around the world.


    Digital files include production and administrative notes, participant lists, as well as copies of videos, texts, and other course materials. The course website, www.capracourse.net, contains detailed information, including a 5-minute trailer, and gives access to registration, the lectures, and the discussion forum.


    C10 Video clips with messages for Amana-Key


    FC has been on the faculty of the Amana-Key Executive Education Program in São Paulo, Brazil, since 1998. In addition to personal appearances in Brazil, he has produced numerous video clips with short messages on a wide variety of subjects, which are used in Amana-Key’s executive seminars.


    VHS tapes

    3 video tapes, untitled, 1998

    “The Network Society,” 1999


    Mini DVs

    “#1” (untitled), 2001

    “Biotechnology at a Turning Point,” 2001

    “#3” (untitled), 2002

    “The Hidden Connections,” 2002

    “Energy in the 21st Century,” 2002



    “Comments on the Play Copenhagen,” 2000

    Book ad for “The Soul of Leonardo,” 2012

    Leonardo da Vinci event, São Paulo, 2012

    FC at Tivoli, 2012

                “Living and functional networks”

                “Organizational vitality”

                “Organizational health and stress”

                “Competition and cooperation”

                “How new ideas come out”

                “Organizational transition”

    FC at WTC, 2012

                “Living networks”

                “designed and emergent structures”

                “Informal networks / Communities of practice”

                “Power in organizations”

                “Instability in creative process”

                “Simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic systems”

    Conversation with Amana-Key team, Parts 1 and 2, 2012

                “The power of art”

                “Quality versus quantity”

                “Economic global crisis”

                “The power of corporations”

    “The nature of education,” 2013

    “Motivating people to be engaged in causes,” 2013



    D.  PR Files, 1974 - 2014


    D1 Lecture and seminar announcements, press clips, interviews, etc.


    D2 Book tours (PR materials, bound)

    Book tours in Japan, 1984-90

    Scherz book tour in Germany, 1987


    D3 Interviews and presentations on video (1977-2004)


    D4 Interviews, printed


    D5 Books about FC


    Hal Zina Bennett (ed.), Fritjof Capra in Conversation with Michael Toms,

    New Dimensions, 1994.

    Jeffrey Kripal, Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, University of Chicago

    Press, 2007; pp. 302-307.

    David Kaiser, How the Hippies Saved Physics, Norton, 2011; Chapter 7:

    “Zen and the Art of Textbook Publishing,” pp. 149-65.


    D6 Documentaries about FC


    “The Tao of Physics,” IKON & BBC Everyman (1985)

    “Beautiful Minds,” BBC (2003)


     D7 Documentaries with FC Participation


    “The Long Search” by Jonathan Stedall, BBC (1977)

    “The Doomsayers,” KQED-TV (1986)

    “The Last Stand: Ancient Redwoods and the Bottom Line” by Holiday Johnson and   

    Todd Wagner (2002)

    “Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food” by Timo Nadudvari (2006)

    “Dirt: The Movie” by Bill Benenson (2009)

    “An Ecology of Mind” by Nora Bateson (2010)

    “The Mystery of the Vitruvian Man” by Andrea Pasquettin (2010)

    “Animate Earth” by Stephan Harding (2014)

    “Symbiotic Earth” by John Feldman (2017)

    “Leonardo: The Man Who Saved Science” by Mark Daniels (2017)


    E.    Organizations Founded and Co-founded by FC


    E1 The Elmwood Institute (1984-94)


    An ecological “think-and-do tank,” founded by FC and developed with a group of colleagues into an international network of scholars and activists. Programs included publications, symposia, and research projects. Collection includes administrative reports and a full set of copies of the “Elmwood Newsletter,” later called “Elmwood Quarterly.”


    E2 Center for Ecoliteracy (1995 - )


    Co-founded by Fritjof Capra, Peter Buckley, and Zenobia Barlow, the Center for Ecoliteracy (CEL) grew out of the Elmwood Institute as far as its conceptual framework is concerned, but acquired a different organizational and financial structure. Its purpose has been narrower than that of the Elmwood Institute: to promote ecological literacy and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. Together with a group of colleagues, FC developed a special pedagogy (“education for sustainable living“) to teach the basic principles of ecology and the skills that are necessary to build and nurture sustainable communities.


    1. Early history: various documents (digital)
    2. Publications and other documentation

    (available from the Center for Ecoliteracy, www.ecoliteracy.org )



    F.    Awards


    F1 Academic awards


    1. Ph.D. diploma, University of Vienna, 1966
    2. Gold Medal of UK Systems Society, 2005
    3. Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Plymouth, 2006
    4. Leonardo da Vinci Medallion of Honor, UAT, Tempe, Arizona, 2007
    5. Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, University of Messina, 2017


    F2 Book awards


    1. American Book Award, 1992
    2. Northern California Book Award Nominee, 2008
    3. Gold IndieFab Award, Foreward Reviews, 2013
    4. Benjamin Franklin Award, IBPA, 2016


    F3 Other awards


    1. Age of Enlightenment Award, Maharishi Int. University, 1976
    2. Premio Dharma (Masgalano), Centro Studi OECE, 1985
    3. New Dimensions Broadcaster Award, 1998
    4. Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, 1999
    5. Bioneers Award, 1999
    6. Certificate of Appreciation, Banff Executive Leadership, Inc., 2002
    7. Award for Outstanding Lecture, SEBRAE, Brazil, 2004
    8. Neil Postman Award, Media Ecology Association, 2008
    9. Honorary Fellowship, Institute of Green Professionals, 2008



    G.  Photographs, 1972 – 2016


    G1 Prints, 1972 – 2002


    G2 Prints, unsorted


    G3 Digital pictures, 1983 – 2016



    H.  Personal Life


    H1 Reminiscences from childhood and youth (videos)


    1. My Formative Years

    Childhood on a farm; inspiring teachers in high school and college; early exposure to philosophy and art through my parents;


    1. Writing The Tao of Physics

    I discover Heisenberg’s Physics and Philosophy; I encounter the hippie movement at the University of California; I publish my first essays on physics and mysticism in London;


    1. My Experience of Spirituality

    My catholic upbringing and disenchantment with religion; I experience the “cosmic dance” on a beach in California; a different knowledge through meditation; healing the split between science and mysticism; the dominance of the “yang” principle in our culture.


    H2 Reminiscences from childhood and youth (written)


    The reminiscences on video (see H1 above) are discussed more extensively in written form in the author’s book Uncommon Wisdom, pp. 227-8 and pp. 17-49.


    H3 Travel Journals (hand-written)


    1. Miscellaneous notes, 1975-85
    2. Journey to India, 1982
    3. India – Sri Lanka, 1982-83
    4. Japan, Nov-Dec 1986
    5. Moscow, Oct 1988
    6. Japan, Jul-Aug 1989
    7. Bali, August 1994
    8. Cuba, Jan 2002
    9. India, February 2008


    H4 Travel Journals (audio recordings on cassette tapes)


    1. Mediterranean Impressions, 1979 (1 cassette)
    2. Journey to India, 1982 (2 cassettes)
    3. Japan Trip, 1986 (1 cassette)


    H5 Selected photographs from childhood and youth (1949-62)

  • 21.12.2015
    Giorno 20 gennaio 2016 nell'Aula Magna dell'Università di Messina, alle ore 16.30 Francesco Coniglione (Università di Catania) e Michele Lenoci (Università Cattolica di Milano) presenteranno il volume di AA. VV., Lo storicismo di Girolamo Cotroneo, a cura di G. Gembillo, Rubbettino, Soveria mannelli 2015

Edgar MorinIl Centro Studi di Filosofia della Complessità Edgar Morin è stato fondato nel marzo 2002 a Messina da un gruppo di studiosi del Dipartimento di Filosofia dell'Università, da tempo impegnati a indagare le relazioni fra filosofia e scienze, e a esplicare i differenti paradigmi epistemologici che si sono succeduti e contrastati negli ultimi due secoli.