Important social changes in these last years have allowed us to analyze new paradigms of Cultural Heritage and to open new perspectives. Professor Wolfgang Welschthe, a German philosopher, affirms that the separatist idea of cultures has been surpassed through cultures’ external networking. In fact, the cultures today are extremely interconnected with each other. Lifestyles no longer end at the borders of national cultures, but go beyond these, are found in the same way in other cultures. The way of life for the community is no longer Italian or Japanese, but rather European or Global. The new forms of entanglement are a consequence of migratory processes, as well as of worldwide material and immaterial communications systems and economic interdependencies and dependencies. Consequently, the same basic problems or the progress of the knowledge today appear also in cultures or in studying areas once considered being fundamentally different: for example, the human rights, ecology, education, ethics, ecc.; these are only some of the topic that today we must analyze among the paradigms of Cultural Heritage. This book presents some reflections born from international seminars and that have had an important role in the reformulation of new perspectives for the definition of Cultural Heritage. In fact, the new conceptions of the culture are not just descriptive or abstract concepts, but operative concepts. Therefore, the understanding of these new perspectives is an active and important factor in our cultural life for a correct transcultural approach and so for a constructive dialogue with humanity.
Appendix by: Grazia Marchianò