150 years of Bertrand Russell

MR. PRINCIPAL:

On May 18, the 150th anniversary of the birth of a philosopher, mathematician, logician and writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950 for his defense of humanitarian idealism and freedom of thought, was commemorated; It is about the British Bertrand Russell, belonging to one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom. Born in 1872 and died in 1970 at the age of 97, son of the Viscount of Amberley, John Russell, and godson of the philosopher John Stuart Mill. He was the most influential philosopher of the 20th century, founder of the so-called analytical philosophy. He also had a great influence on mathematical logic, publishing a book called Principia Mathematica, which dealt with set theory.

Some of his philosophical and religious works were On Denotation, The Problems of Philosophy, Why I’m Not a Christian or The Conquest of Happiness, among others.Edgar Alberto Sanchez Moreno

The contribution of the candidates

MR. PRINCIPAL:

The electoral debate has been characterized by the informative contribution of the media, especially EL TIEMPO and Caracol. For this reason, those of us who have had the opportunity to access these spaces feel the duty to make modest contributions to the democratic future of our country.

Taking into account the serious current problems, I suggest that the next government have a diverse composition, including current contenders, as they themselves have announced. With this same purpose, I dare to highlight some strengths that we see in the candidates.

Rodolfo Hernández, due to his firmness against corruption, would have a good performance in the defense of the country or in the control entities. Sergio Fajardo, in education and science to put them in true benefit of the integral development of the country. Federico Gutiérrez has valuable general knowledge, but has been harmed by his sympathy with the current government. Gustavo Petro, because of his career, is the one who knows the most about rural matters, including the environment, and about the peace process.Fidel Vanegas Singer

Heritage in Cali

MR. PRINCIPAL:

As a Caleño, I feel ashamed and hurt by the collapse of part of the Immaculate Conception Chapel, attached to the San Francisco Temple, two iconic buildings in downtown Cali. The news does not give details, but I imagine that the deterioration of the collapsed wall – supposedly due to the recent heavy rains – was not something that occurred a short time ago, but rather that the authorities and the Franciscan community were careless in preventing the disaster. Surely the damage would have been minor and less expensive to correct. Cali is a city that does not have many colonial buildings and has not been particularly careful to preserve them.

In other respects, the demolition of the French-style Alferez Real hotel was another Cali mistake back in the 20th century, and nothing worthwhile was built there. The Alférez Real, the Jorge Isaacs Theater and the National Palace, in front of Caycedo Park, formed a harmonic ensemble in French architectural style with the Otero building.Alberto Restrepo Velasquez

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150 years of Bertrand Russell