Tuesday, 24 January 2012


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Friday, 28 January 2011

I campagnoli giulivi

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Oppura compralo subito - è meraviglioso, impossibile da resistere e se uno inizia a leggere non smette più. E' intelligente, divertente, vero, saggio e con fuochettini di artificio in ogni pagina. Maddalena Semino è una grande scrittirice e beati quelli che leggono questo libro.

Monday, 10 May 2010

William James

"Theories thus become instruments, not answers to enigmas, in which we can rest. We don't lie back upon them, we move forward, and, on occasion, make nature over again by their aid" William James, What pragmatism means.

Centrifugal movements around Picasso's glance

Matisse's Dance has made a big impression on Isabella (she calls it 'Girotondo')

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Adse Leijen (17 februari 1941 – 11 november 2009)

(kleine speech voor zijn crematie)
Adse heb ik leren kennen op zijn 65ste verjaardag. Mijn relatie met Jeroen was pas een maand eerder begonnen, maar het was al duidelijk dat we bij elkaar hoorden. Ik was onmiddellijk onder de indruk van Adse. Groot, mooi, met een open gezicht, super charmant: "chiararobbiano" zei hij met een glimlach "ik heb je gegoogled... welkom!" Ik was onmiddellijk verkocht.
Zijn ziekte heeft zijn lichaam veel veranderd sinds toen maar als je in zijn tuin of in zijn woonkamer zat, merkte je geen verschil. Zijn krachtige, weldadige, magnetische aanwezigheid bleef onaangetast. Die uitstraling heeft ook op mijn ouders veel indruk gemaakt, die vandaag in gedachten hier bij ons zijn.
De sfeer bij Adse en zijn goede fee Inge was zeer bijzonder – ik ben zo dankbaar voor die zomermiddagen, grazie lieve Adse e grazie cara Inge.
Een laatste punt wil ik maken over zijn ogen. Zulke ogen had ik nooit eerder gezien: donker bruin met heel veel licht. Mijn dochter Isabella heeft altijd prachtige bizarre donker-grijze ogen gehad, met heel veel licht. Ik heb ooit gedacht dat Isabella's ogen een mix waren tussen die van mij en die van Adse. de ochtend na zijn overlijden hebben Jeroen en ik onafhankelijk van elkaar vastgesteld dat haar ogen bruiner dan ooit waren geworden.
Adse gaat voortleven in Isabella, in Rosalie en Franck en in de gedachten van al de mensen die het geluk hebben gehad om Adse's unieke uitstraling mee te mogen maken.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Katerina Scott (March 26, 1973 – November 6, 2009)

the sweetest friends
I met Katerina in high school, in Kingston Ontario when we were 17. Katerina revealed to me that thinking deeply about things should not prevent one from doing, or even making, things. At 17 I could not fry an egg by myself. With Katerina I baked 10 kinds of different cookies in an afternoon. After that afternoon I knew that everything was possible, if you had the right kind of inspiration. For everything there is a recipe/ a book explaining how to/ something or someone capable of tickling and directing your inspiration. Needless to say, very often in all these years, the inspiration came for me from Katerina.

She initiated so many of my thoughts, passions, and behaviours. I will protect, cherish and let grow the seeds she gave me in the last 20 years. I am sure you will all do the same and you will miss her creativity and her unique lovely presence as much as I do.

Katerina has always surprised me with her points of view, ideas, and knowledge. We have written tons of letters in these 20 years, we have grown up together discussing anything to the bone. Katerina knew and gave me so many crazy, new, surprising things. Katerina knew how to make chutney, to bind books and to ask questions to tarots cards. Katerina sent me once for my birthday a hand-bag made of mushrooms – for another birthday an enormous, heavy book with blank pages.

During our summer in Prague she would pick flowers with nice smells to put in my ring with a secret opening; later I gave her that ring – I hope Anika will wear it sometime. She would tell me fairy tales she had just invented; we would discuss our encounters with Josefa's family and friends. She initiated me to walks in the woods and swims in countryside lakes in the moonshine.

Katerina has taught me so much: from the Holographic Universe to the Art of Travelling Lightly – she travelled around Europe with Alex for months with one small backpack each. In the week they stayed with me in Genova they changed into a new dress every day. She explained that you just had to pick light clothes and squeeze them well in your bag.

Katerina was a role model. Before meeting her children, I had always been afraid of children. I thought they were small, screaming, irrational beings. Three years ago my husband Jeroen and I spent a couple of days with Katerina's family in Paris: Anika was 5 and Darrien 10. I could not believe it: it was just like a group of adults, but more inspiring. Katerina and Alex would speak to the children in a normal adult way, showing them interesting things and then they would carry out a normal conversation with us. Anika had a little booklet in her bag, on which she would draw when adults were talking; Darrien discussed with me the multicultural atmosphere in Vancouver and asked me about my friendship with Katerina. When the plan included a playground, Darrien and Katerina explained to me how important playgrounds were.
After those days Jeroen and I decided to have a baby – if a child can be like Alex's and Katerina's, we thought, then we wanted one. I have always remembered the importance of playgrounds. My daughter Isabella must be very grateful to Katerina.

A couple of weeks ago, in October I went to Vancouver where we spent together one of the most amazing weeks ever. Breakfast parties with her, Alex and the children in her bedroom; afternoons smelling marjoram, sage and essential oils; talking about how to relax without losing oneself; making lists of what gives one pleasure – Katerina loved the sound of rain on the road, the sound of water on pebbles, the smell of lavender, of bee wax, the sight of sunbeams through the trees, the sight Alpine meadows, the taste of baguette and smoked salmon, the touch of a friend's hand on her skin.

Katerina is one of those very unique persons - if you are lucky you meet one of them in your life. If you are lucky beyond words, Katerina was your Mum, your spouse, one of your closest friend - and you were allowed to have her at your side during some of your walks.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

July 2009

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Wonderful review on BMCR!!

I am so happy with this both flattering and critical review. The author has read my book so carefully and the critique is so insightful! I pasted the first paragraph below. The review is to be found online: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2009/2009-03-57.html

Chiara Robbiano, Becoming Being: On Parmenides' Transformative Philosophy. International Pre-Platonic Studies; v. 5. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2006. Pp. 240. ISBN 9783896653833. EUR 54.00.

Reviewed by Shaul Tor, St. John's College, Cambridge University (st354@cam.ac.uk)
Word count: 3554 words
Hailed by A.A. Long as "a full scale paradigm shift"[[1]] in Parmenidean scholarship, R(obbiano)'s provocative monograph displays an exceptionally original methodology, resulting in some radically innovative if, I believe, fundamentally problematic theses. Rather than
simply extrapolating from the poem a set of epistemological and ontological propositions, R. approaches the text from a variety of literary, rhetorical and dialectical perspectives, and finds in it a systematic heuristic guide designed to enable and help the audience to develop the unfamiliar categories and mental attitudes they would require in order to achieve an understanding of Parmenides' truth. This understanding, moreover, consists, not merely in the discursive acceptance of certain doctrines, but in a spiritual or mental transformation, culminating in the genuine rejection, and consequent elimination, of the distinction between the human knowing subject and Being as the object of knowledge. "The unique Being is what one can grasp, understand and be (at least with one's mind) if one learns a certain way of looking at reality" (p.208). Although, as I shall argue below, central aspects of R.'s elaboration of this thesis involve various difficulties, her insightful, lucid, scholarly and suggestive
discussions will reward close study not only for Parmenidean experts and specialists in other areas of ancient philosophy, but also for classicists of all disciplinary persuasions, non-classicists interested in Parmenides or ancient philosophy and students of comparative
literature or the ancient literature of other cultures (the volume includes a text and translation of the poem). [...]
[1]. A.A. Long, Phronesis Vol.53, no.3 (2008), p.296f.

Sunday, 18 January 2009


Originally uploaded by chiararobbiano
Isabella sings!
On the contrary, ehm, about sleeping all night, well, I must say that last time it happened was the 10th of January.
Nevertheless: "DEDEDE"!