Leading Italian philosophers engage issues in ethics, politics, and religion.
Italian philosophy provides a long-overdue and much-needed supplement to continental thinking. This book offers some living and lively examples, some for the first time in English, of original thought from the Italian philosophical scene. The contributors—seventeen leading Italian philosophers—offer perspectives from many areas, particularly ethics, politics, and religion. Contemporary Italian Philosophy includes a primarily historical introduction and is composed of three parts, corresponding with the unfolding of past, present, and futural thinking.
Silvia Benso is Professor of Philosophy at Siena College. She is the author of The Face of Things: A Different Side of Ethics, also published by SUNY Press. Brian Schroeder is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Religious Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is coeditor (with Lissa McCullough) of Thinking through the Death of God: A Critical Companion to Thomas J. J. Altizer, also published by SUNY Press. Together they are coauthors of Pensare Ambientalista. Tra filosofia e ecologia.
"Benso and Schroeder's book is indispensable and a cause for celebration. There have lamentably been no collections that allow us entry into the Italian philosophical environment. This collection, in a way never done before in the English language, displays the majesty of the Italian philosophical scene. These philosophers are not epigones, but original and provocative thinkers. Contemporary Italian Philosophy single-handedly transforms one's sense of the continental philosophical terrain. " — Jason M. Wirth, author of The Conspiracy of Life: Meditations on Schelling and His Time