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Anderson Antonio Pedroso

Anderson Antonio Pedroso was born in São Paulo (Brazil). Research Member of the Centre André Chastel (INHA - Sorbonne Université) in Paris, he is currently a professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).  Having earned  a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in Brazil, he studied Theology (Bachelors and Masters degrees) at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome. This basic academic training awakened his interest in the anthropological issues of the image and, in a foundational way, of perception. In this way, in 2016, he obtained a Master in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics and, in 2020, he concluded a Doctorate in History of Art, both at the Sorbonne. Under the supervision of Professor Arnauld Pierre, he defended the thesis: "Vilém Flusser: from the philosophy of photography to the universe of technical images". This is the first thesis on Vilém Flusser in France. He is currently interested in one of the lines of research opened up by this experience, namely the interdisciplinary issues of aesthetic perception and, in particular, of design, where art and technology meet.

Articles of Anderson Antonio Pedroso

Vilém Flusser et Abraham Moles: le fond et la forme d’une « affinité combative »

The central role that Abraham Moles played in Vilém Flusser's thought during the first years after his return to Europe in 1972 is indisputable. Certain personal coincidences are striking: they were born in the same year 1920, and they died six months apart (respectively in November 1991 and in May 1992). From a theoretical point of view, the affinities between the two friends are also remarkable: if the interest in the phenomenon of cybernetics connected them, it is the aesthetics of communication open to phenomenology that allowed them a fruitful exchange.
But there is a third element, more formal and less known: their paradoxical Jewishness. The reference to the Golem myth, which appears as the background of their cybernetic thoughts, seems to refer to the Judaic substratum that animated their method of study involving heated discussions.
Thus, after some biographical data, these three elements provide the general outline of the article: the cybernetic approach, the phenomenological method, and the Talmudic practice. The goal is to show how the relationship between Vilém Flusser and Abraham Moles shows that, beyond intellectual gestures, in which they sought, in a perpetual effort, to regroup (the law of “elective affinities”), real “combative affinities” remain, resisting the entropy of the world and eternal oblivion.

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