Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Top Italian philosophy studies institute runs out of cash


(ANSA) - Naples, August 23 - One of Italy's leading institutes
of philosophical studies is on the ropes after being unable to
pay its rent and with little government help in sight.
The core collection of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi
Filosofici in Naples, which houses some 300,000 volumes and
which has been praised for its importance by the UN's cultural
organization, needs to find a new home.
Gerardo Marotta, the institute's director, said in an
interview Thursday on website that in order to
raise funds to pay the institute's rent he went so far as to
take on debt and sell his personal belongings.
Marotta accuses the government for abandoning the cause.
"The government cut us all out," Marotta said in the
interview, picked up by other media.
For now the collection is likely to be moved to a warehouse
in Casoria, near Naples.
The institute's plight has caught the attention of local
politicians, who were quick to jump on the government-bashing
"I hope the cultural affairs ministry will look to the needs
of the Institute and that the regional government will soon be
able to unblock funds already allocated," Naples Mayor Luigi de
Magistris said.
De Magistris said that the city has offered some facilities
to temporarily house the collection as well as spaces for
research and teaching and added that the collection of volumes -
which includes original works by Benedetto Croce and Giordano
Bruno - was a source of "international pride for our city and
our country".

photo: Marotta in his study

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