Università degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Francesco Restuccia got his PhD in Philosophy at La Sapienza – Università di Roma with a thesis about Vilém Flusser as a critic of idolatry in the age of new media. His main research interest concerns aesthetics as a common ground between religion and the theory of media and technology. He published articles about Flusser, Benjamin, Baudrillard, Wiener, as well as about the genealogy of Christian images.
Articles of Francesco Restuccia
Reading Flusser is not easy. One can easily get lost in his nomadic thought. Flusser’s writing must be understood as a game, with its own rules: the reader needs to play with those rules, by following or transgressing them. In this short essay, an excerpt from my doctoral dissertation, I try to detect some of Flusser’s habits as a writer that any reader should take into account. His anti-academicism, his plurilingualism, and his interdisciplinary approach demand extra work but can also be very fruitful.
Della banalità del male (traduzione di Francesco Emilio Restuccia)
In this article, published in 1969, Flusser rethinks the concept of the banality of evil, which Hannah Arendt developed in her book Eichman in Jerusalem, in the chapter “A Report on the Banality of Evil” (1963). Unlike Arendt, Flusser is more interested in the trivial evil: the one produced by those who need to live with an apparatus (e.g. a factory or a school), even if they are responsible and well-educated. And given that nowadays, we increasingly cannot live without the apparatus, we should rather try to understand how we can be free with them.