Eduardo Giannetti takes his speech far beyond the financial market and wins awards leading debates from the perspective of the Enlightenment.
By Thales de Menezes
Nov 7, 2019, 10 pm – Posted on Nov 7, 2019, 9 pm
duardo Giannetti is an economist and sociologist, but declares that his passion for real study is philosophy, even though he has never taken a specific course in the field. With a doctorate in economics from Cambridge University, he has admitted in interviews that he regrets being constantly called for lectures restricted to economic issues. Want to talk about other things, and subject seems not to be lacking the intellectual.
His bibliography provides examples of ways that are far from reflections on the financial market. This track has some highlights, such as Happiness, released in 2002. In the book, four contemporary characters have meetings from time to time to discuss various subjects.
The quartet is made up of a liberal economist, a screenwriter who switched from Marxism to analytic philosophy, a journalist, and a learned and unemployed man. Happiness is a well-fitting representation of what Giannetti's philosophical work would be. More than defending points of view or proposing solutions, Giannetti wants to raise questions or to start debates. The narrative is schematic. At each meeting, one participant makes a brief initial presentation and then a debate is opened.
The choice of characters capable of supporting the discussions proposed by the author is a recurring and successful side of Giannetti's work. In 2010, in the book The Illusion of the Soul, a scholarly literature teacher from Machado de Assis is partially deaf after surgery to remove a brain tumor. His life then ends up restricted to books, in works that refer to the functioning of the mind.
The unique ideas are spread throughout his widely popular books. In The Value of Tomorrow, the reader is surprised by the relationship Giannetti envisions between financial market interest and the metabolism of human bodies. For him, the issue of interest is not restricted to the world of finance, but reaches the most diverse and surprising spheres of practical, social and spiritual life, starting with the aging process. The economic principle of interest is simple: the debtor anticipates a benefit for immediate enjoyment and agrees to pay for it later, and the lender relinquishes something he now has and expects to receive a higher amount at the end of the transaction.
In planning his life, man projects his desires using this practice. Then, as you get older, your body “charges” for what has been spent before. Thus, the notion of interest is already inscribed in the metabolism of living beings and permeates much of their behavioral repertoire.
Giannetti began his editorial work on economics and gradually moved away from it to delve into the philosophical discussions he enjoys so much. Thus, it is a pleasant exercise to make a comparative reading of older and newer works. Preserved some differences, it is curious to find the same verve in Private Addictions, Public Benefits ?, of 1993, and in the essays of The Praise of the Mutt, released 25 years earlier. He won Jabuti twice, with Private Addictions, Public Benefits ?, in 1994, and with The Parties and the Whole, the following year.
He also drafted the government plans for candidate Marina Silva in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 presidential campaigns.