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Usefulness of the Useless (Paperback) (Nuccio Ordine)
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"A little masterpiece of originality and clarity."—George Steiner
"A necessary book."?Roberto Saviano
"A wonderful little book that will delight you."?François Busnel
An international bestseller in eighteen languages.
In this intriguing and original work, Nuccio Ordine illuminates the usefulness of the useless and the uselessness of the useful. Through the reflections of great philosophers and writers, Ordine shows how the obsession for material goods and the cult of utility end up by withering the spirit, thus jeopardizing not only schools and universities, art, and creativity, but also fundamental values such as human dignity, love, and truth.
Nuccio Ordine is a professor of literature at the University of Calabria.