Stalling for Time

by Gabriel Furmuzachi (a sketch) Abstract: Carel Fabritius left behind few but important works of art. We are concerned here with the View in Delft, and attempt to make two points about it. The first is that this small painting manages to break away from the classical perception of perspective,... [Read More]

On Words and Things

by Gabriel Furmuzachi (a perspective on the relationship between metaphors and reality) Abstract In this essay, I will critically examine Collin Turbayne and Philip Wheelwright’s approaches to the theory of metaphor. Through criticism of their views I will arrive at Paul Ricoeur’s theory which I consider is the most comprehensive... [Read More]

Another Other: the Foreigner

by Gabriel Furmuzachi A Metaphor of Identity The metaphor to which we refer appears in a couple of letters written in May 1877. On May 13th: […] C’est faux de dire : Je pense : on devrait dire : On me pense. - Pardon du jeu de mots. - Je... [Read More]

Vasari: Lives of the Artists

by Gabriel Furmuzachi Vasari is important. He tells the truth about art and about its makers. The truth, as he saw it. His truth. In a way, he is another Aristotle. The latter was doing work in all fields of science, experimenting, pondering, discussing, writing, etc. He was happy to... [Read More]

The world without

With modern art, one needs to know the artist and the references she makes through her work. Otherwise it is not easy to understand her work. Art began with representing nature or what was out there. Plato thought nothing good of it since it did not have access to the... [Read More]

Augenschmaus. A feast for the eyes.

by Gabriel Furmuzachi There is a difference between seeing paintings and seeing a show. In this case, Augenschmaus. Vom Essen in Stillleben. Or, as it is called in English – Feast for the eyes. Kunstforum. Vienna. I can only think that the backbone for the show was made up of... [Read More]

So, how does this work?

by Gabriel Furmuzachi (a sketch on contemporary art) I understand the fact that in (most) contemporary art one should not look for beauty. This week I finished my tour in MUMOK and saw the Gender Check exhibition. The objects there are not beautiful. They are challenging, violent, sometimes funny, sometimes... [Read More]

The One or the Other?

Yesterday when I got up I found a request from PhilPapers in my mailbox. I wasn’t really awake; still had to rub my eyes to see well. Had nothing to eat or drink… But enough excuses… And what did the guys from PhilPaper want? A test. They wanted to make... [Read More]

Richard David Precht

While running I had the chance to hear a discussion on the radio with Richard David Precht. I heard about his latest book and wanted to read it, but now I have second thoughts. It started pretty interesting anyway. And I thought the guy had a certain sense of humor.... [Read More]


Care for a new non-philosophical obsession? Iubitafizica might be the answer. Well, it’s not really new and not really non-philosophical. But it certainly can become an obsession. N-am stiut de Iulian Tanase pina acum dar imi pare bine ca l-am descoperit (multam, A.) As da oricind metafizica pe iubitafizica. Ma... [Read More]

Narativitate, modernitate si tragedie

Cum pragmatismul educa umanitatea by Sami Pihlström, traducere de Gabriel Furmuzachi 1. Ideea ca “impresionantele metanaratiuni” au murit e privita in mod obisnuit ca fiind cheia fenomenului cultural cunoscut sub numele de postmodernism. Am fost invatati sa gindim ca notiunile iluministe de ratiune, rationalitate, cunoastere,adevar, obiectivitate si sine au devenit... [Read More]

Divinitate si Dialectica

by J.Douglas Rabb, traducere de Gabriel Furmuzachi In aceasta lucrare voi incerca sa arat ca ratiunea, luata in sensul larg al cuvintului, e perfect compatibila cu revelatia crestina si, prin urmare, constituie o alta modalitate de acces la divin. Pentru a realiza asa ceva, voi merge pe drumul deschis de... [Read More]

Descartes, dincolo de fenomenologia transcendentala

reconsiderind critica heideggeriana a proiectului cartesian by Anthony F. Beavers The University of Evansville traducere de Gabriel Furmuzachi I. Majoritatea studentilor in filosofie, mai devreme sau mai tirziu, s-au aplecat asupra Meditatiilor cartesiene fiind martori la reducerea lumii lares cogitans, lucru urmat de incercarea de a redobindi lumea reala sau... [Read More]

The Prince or the Cobbler?

by Gabriel Furmuzachi An identity story The story goes like this: … should the Soul of a Prince, carrying with it the consciousness of the Prince’s past Life, enter and inform the Body of a Cobler as soon as deserted by his own Soul, every one sees, he would be... [Read More]


the Science of Art vs. the Art of Science Gabriel Furmuzachi The Körperwelten exhibition (in French - Art anatomique, la fascination de l’authentique) has been advertised as controversial at least from an ethical perspective. I knew this before I went there and I expected to be able to make things... [Read More]


By J.D. Rabb traducere Gabriel Furmuzachi “A studia fara rugaciune este aroganta, a te ruga fara studiu e fanatism; si nici aroganta, nici fanatismul nu sint cai catre adevarata intelepciune.”(1) Aceasta afirmatie, continuta intr-un discurs tinut catre inceputul celei de-a doua jumatati a secolului trecut de catre profesorull S.S.Nelles, director... [Read More]

The Intolerable Acts

Gabriel Furmuzachi Preamble The Intolerable Acts, also known as the ‘Coercive Acts’, represent a series of disciplinary measures taken by Britain’s Parliament and directed at the colonies in the New World, in the aftermath of the French and Indian War. In what follows I will try to analyze the circumstances... [Read More]


Gabriel Furmuzachi In the following essay, I will try to analyze the relationship between reason and nature, as it appears in the work of Canadian philosopher, William Lyall. This essay is developed in two dimensions: the first sketches what I believe to be an interesting account of the above stated... [Read More]


A PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO WILLIAM LYALL’S INTELLECT, THE EMOTIONS AND THE MORAL NATURE by GABRIEL FURMUZACHI April 2001 Abstract In their work The Faces of Reason: An Essay on Philosophy and Culture in English Canada 1850-1950, Leslie Armour and Elizabeth Trott consider that the Canadian way of doing philosophy uses... [Read More]

"Sfaturi" filosofice

Gabriel Furmuzachi Am sa incerc in rindurile urmatoare sa spun citeva cuvinte despre counseling-ul filosofic. Mai intii citeva fapte: regele Filip al II-lea al Macedoniei trimite dupa Aristotel, pe atunci in virsta de 42 de ani, pentru a veni in Asia Mica pentru a-i instrui fiul, in virsta de 13... [Read More]


Gabriel Furmuzachi Filosofia nu are nici un atu in fata stiintei. Filosofia nu accepta si nu poate accepta schimbarea. Ea tinjeste dupa eternitate dar cel mai indepartat punct la care ajunge nu se afla decit la portile fiintei, niciodata inauntru. (Plotin a fost mai mult un mistic decit un filosof).... [Read More]


Gabriel Furmuzachi Introducere A) Critica metafizicii Platon si transcendenta Ideilor Descartes si metafizica Subiectului Criticismul kantian “Lectia pozitivismului” Concluzii la critica metafizicii Noua perspectiva asupra experientei; problema datului B) Metafizica si structurille recesive A. N. Whitehead Karl Jaspers Metafizica la Florian Epilog Bibliografie Note Introducere Rostul eseului de fata este... [Read More]