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Between Two Worlds: Memoirs of a Philosopher-Scientist by Mario Bunge

By Mario Bunge

To wade through the pages of the Autobiography of Mario Bunge is to accompany him via dozens of nations and view the highbrow, political, philosophical and clinical spheres of the final hundred years. it's an event that oscillates among varied worlds: different and the same, the pro and the personal.

It is a longtime indisputable fact that one in every of his nice loves was once, and nonetheless is, technological know-how. He has regularly been devoted to clinical paintings, instructing, learn, and coaching women and men in a number of disciplines.  Life classes fall like ripe fruit from this ebook, bringing us in the direction of an idea, a philosophical notion, a systematic digression, which had considering the fact that been exposed in several notes, articles or books.

Bunge writes concerning the existence stories during this booklet with ardour, naturalness and with a colloquial frankness, whether or not they be persecutions, banishment, imprisonment, successes, would-be losses, feelings, relationships, debates, impressions or evaluations approximately humans or things.

In his pages we go via the folk with whom he shared a fruitful century of achievements and extraordinary depths of concept. every thing is remembered with sincerity and humor.

This autobiography is, honestly, Bunge on Bunge, sharing every thing that passes in the course of the sieve of his reminiscence, as he might say.

Mario’s many grandchildren are a testomony to his proud status as a kinfolk guy, and on the age of ninety six he provides us a publication for everybody: when you worth the stories that carry the trauma of his existence in addition to in case you percentage his ardour for technology and tradition. additionally, possibly, for a few with whom he has had disagreements or controversy, for he nonetheless merits attractiveness for being a staunch defender of his convictions.

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Chapter 2 Adolescence High School It has been said that childhood is shorter in the underdeveloped countries than in the affluent ones, because in the former most children start earlier to fend for themselves: they have no pocket money, and their parents are too busy to spend time on them. They are on their own at around age 12 years. My own childhood ended at the beginning of the autumn of 1932, when I moved from my friendly and protective elementary school to the high school attached to the University of Buenos Aires.

The idea of the CLES had been Aníbal Ponce’s. Ponce, who made a living as a clinical psychologist, was a high-level amateur who succeeded José Ingenieros as the head of his Revista de Filosofía, a non-partisan intellectual review. Ponce surprised everyone when he gave a learned lecture in praise of the Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels. He later founded Dialéctica, a short-lived review of Marxist scholarship that reprinted Marx’s deplorable encyclopedia potboiler on Simón Bolívar, aka El Libertador, whom he treated with Eurocentric arrogance.

In those towns I also learned about the legendary feats of the Menéndez-Behety businessmen who owned the shipping company and were said top pay one gold coin per Indian ear. I also learned that in 1920 the first democratically elected national government had ordered the army to massacre the striking workers in the Patagonian meat and wool factories. Back in Buenos Aires, I went to the library of the La Nación daily to study these events and wrote an essay, but no one was interested. In 1974 some courageous filmmakers released “La Patagonia rebelde”, a film based on Osvaldo Bayer’s book that documented and dramatized that episode.

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