four elements: nature is made by them and they governess our lives.
We don’t think about it a lot, but we everyday use all of them to survive, even if we’re in technology times.
History of literature – especially philosophy – has made some steps to understand the importance and utility of nature and her elements. So, there’s my selection for this issue.
Fahreneit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Fire as eruption: that is the main concept of this famous novel from the sci-fi magister author Ray Bradbury.
A dystopian world where books are forbidden and minds of people erupted with fire – the fire that burn all the culture and the sapience, the intelligence, the knowing.
Ocean Sea – Alessandro Baricco
Maybe the most famous book by our best Italian author, Ocean sea tells the story of a Inn where all can happen and stories of several persons bound.
The main character wants to paint a portrait of the sea, making the water element central in his personal history. An ode to where we are born and where we all return: water, what made us and make us grow and survive.
Hippocratic writings – Hippocrates
With scientific precision, philosopher Hippocrates told us the link between the human nature and anatomy and soul to the four elements at the basis of the Nature, the main concept of his humoral organic medical philosophy.
An a-vanguardist at his times.
The basic works of Aristotle – Aristotle, Richard Peter McKeon, C.D.C. Reeve
Beautiful collection of essays from Aristotle, the father of the theory of four elements where he added a fifth, the etere that is a mix of the other four.
With an introduction from CDC Reeve, this book is essential for understanding the best of the theory of four elements in the history of philosophy.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The history of a wanderer – in places and life- becomes the excuse to tell us a story about every human’s journey in finding who we are and what made us as human beings, starting from the simplicity of four elements – the basis of the alchemy.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The most famous love story of all, a history of forbidden passion and hate, a compendium about what love is and really means to a boy and a girl in their adolescence.
The Bronte tells us the story making metaphors with the English countryside and nature, violent and tormented from the tempests and rain, combining water and air, the most vendicative and important elements in nature.