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My friend Lino, Professor Emanuel L. Paparella
by Thanos Kalamidas
2018-02-05 11:24:58
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Lake Worth, Florida
May 3, 1942 - Jan 31, 2018

A few months ago Lino sent me an email which included a question-answer exchange between him and his very clever grand-daughter.  It was not the first and I got often “reports” from similar exchanges with his grandkids. Then a few weeks later I got a mail about the birth of another granddaughter and I could sense his joy. This last year we also often talked about health problems since we both went through similar heart procedures.

paparella01_02During this last year I had to calm him down a bit a few times, especially after the election of Donald Trump in the US presidency. For Lino, President Trump had become a personal insult and he felt obliged to do something about it. Actually he was angry, very very angry. He felt that Donald Trump was something like a personal defeat and he transmitted that in every single article he wrote plus his weekly column, the “Caligula Presidency” - dedicated to Trump - that went on for a full year.

With Lino we often had heated discussions because we did disagree in a few things but the important was that we agreed in our common aims. Democracy, democracy, democracy and we both shared the belief that democracy is not just a political institution but a way of life.

In the beginning of 2018 he sent me a mail talking about the battles we have to give – me obviously thinking of Trumpism – and added that due to a bad cold he had to be a away from writing for a couple of weeks. And that was it. Lino had lied to me and this is complaint I hope he can hear it now. It was not …just a cold.

Emanuel joined the Ovi Magazine Team in May 2007. 2007 was a very strange year for Ovi magazine. It was the year we became daily and it was the year we realized that internet is …global. It was the year the Ovi magazine was nominated as the European online magazine for our work for democracy and freedom of speech. It was the year we realized that people were listening to us.

Emanuel’s first article was an answer to another article published in Ovi magazine that doubted the European identity inside EU’s bureaucracy. You can actually read it HERE!  His last article was his column ““Caligula Presidency” and was published on the 30th of December 2017. "Week 29" Ten years later.

Ten years, over 700 articles, 7 EBooks. From the philosopher Vico to Pope Francis and from Barack Obama to the decadence of Trump, Emanuel fought for democracy and freedom. Period.

Professor Emanuel Paparella was the author of “Hermeneutics in the Philosophy of G. Vico”, Europe beyond the Euro” (pub Ovi 2012), Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers (pub Ovi 2013), “The Caligula Presidency: A Satirical Debunking Critique” (pub Ovi 2017), “Ovi Symposium” Part I & II (pub Ovi 2015 & 2017) and “Essays on the Philosophical Nexus between Religion and Politics. Volume 1” (pub Nova Science 2017). He also translated from Italian Professor Ernesto Paolozzi’s  "Benedetto: “Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom” (pub Ovi 2013) and “The Aesthetics of Benedetto Croce” (pub Ovi 2016). You can find most of his books HERE!

M Phil. and Ph.D. in Italian Humanism from Yale University, Professor Emanuel Paparella studied Comparative Literature at New York University and taught at various Universities.

A former Fulbright scholar, Professor Emanuel Paparella directed the Summer Program in Urbino, Italy for the University of Central Florida, and accomplished two major translations from the Italian: Vitorio Possenti's Philosophy and Revelation (Ashgate Publishing, London, 2001) and Diego Fabbri's Jesus on Trial. Since 2000 he was active in the debate on the European Union while writing, lecturing and teaching Humanities part time at Barry University.

Emanuel Paparella, Lino, lived in Florida with his wife Catherine and his three daughters Cristina, Alessandra, and Francesca.

The thoughts of all Ovi Team is with them.

Arrivederci Lino, a Cinema Paradiso!

Thanos Kalamidas




Check Dr Emanuel Paparella's laterst EBOOK
"The Caligula Presidency: A Satirical Debunking Critique"
is online now and you can download it for FREE HERE!



Check also Dr Emanuel Paparella's other EBOOKS
Aesthetic Theories of Great Western Philosophers
& Europe Beyond the Euro
You can download them all for FREE HERE!

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Nikos Laios 2018-02-04 11:41:48
Wow ,such sad news, and commiserations to his family from me.

. I enjoyed his writing, didn’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but agreed on most things.

I had the privilege of being asked by Lino to write for the OVI Symposium for awhile, and I will always be greatful to him for that challenge.

RIP Lino

Asa2018-02-04 13:40:51
A touching obituary that honours a highly respected man. He shall be missed by many.

Akli Hadid2018-02-04 14:31:27
Oh no! May his memory be a blessing. Big loss for Ovi and for me personally. His informed advice and criticism will be missed.

Gordana Mudri2018-02-04 16:31:41
Sad news and a big loss for Ovi.
I will never forget his comments when I started to write for Ovi.
It was the great impetus and I felt honoured but it also showed his greatness and it was the proof that no matter where we come from, no matter how successful we are in our private lives, we were all one team.
May his memory be eternal.

Mirella Ionta2018-02-04 16:33:17
His sophisticated, stylized essays were interesting reads as they linked together ideas from a varied range of intellectual disciplines: Humanism, Politics, History, Philosophy, Literature, Psychology, Spirituality, Sociology, Anthropology, Mythology, Poetry, Rhetoric, and Art History.

On news of his passing, I send my condolences to his family and closest friends.

Michael Czinkota 2018-02-08 07:24:17
I was treated to many of his comments, quick, precise, and always courteous. I missed them this year - as I miss him.
To all of his family go my condolences and kind regards.

Gerard C. Farley2020-09-16 00:51:26
Emanuel was my former student, and then for many years my kind, loyal friend. I am a better person for having had him in my life for many years. He asked me to be best man at his wedding. This was a true honor. I have enjoyed reading his discussion on aesthetics on Ovi. With rue my heart is laden for a golden friend I had." May Emanuel rest in peace.

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