Open Borders

Encounters between Italian Philosophy and Continental Thought

Edited by Silvia Benso & Antonio Calcagno

Subjects: Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Literature, Italian American Studies, Women's Studies, Political Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy
Paperback : 9781438482200, 386 pages, July 2021
Hardcover : 9781438482194, 386 pages, March 2021

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Table of contents


Open Borders: Introduction
Silvia Benso and Antonio Calcagno

Part I: Being, Beings, Nothingness

1. Luigi Pareyson's Ontology of Freedom: Encounters with Martin Heidegger and F. W. J. Schelling
Silvia Benso

2. Emanuele Severino versus Western Nihilism (A Guide for the Perplexed)
Alessandro Carrera

3. Increase or Kenosis: Hermeneutic Ontology between Hans-Georg Gadamer and Gianni Vattimo
Gaetano Chiurazzi

Part II: Temporality, Subjectivities, Performances

4. Lingering Gifts of Time: Ugo Perone, Edith Stein, and Martin Heidegger's Philosophical Legacy
Antonio Calcagno

5. Failing to Imagine the Lives of Others: Remo Bodei and Jean-Luc Nancy on Citizenship and Sancho Panza
Alexander U. Bertland

6. A Political Gesture: The Performance of Carlo Sini and Michel Foucault
Enrico Redaelli

Part III: Thinking, Estrangement, Ideologies

7. What Does It Mean to Think? Antonio Gramsci and Gilles Deleuze
Richard A. Lee Jr.

8. Herbert Marcuse in Italy
Michael E. Gardiner

9. Engaging Contemporary Ideology with Mario Perniola, Slavoj Žižek, and Robert Pfaller
Erik M. Vogt

Part IV: Community, Apocalypse, the Political

10. Between the Inoperative and the Coming Community: Jean-Luc Nancy and Giorgio Agamben on the Task of Ontology
María del Rosario Acosta López

11. Who Can Hold the Apocalypse? Massimo Cacciari, Carl Schmitt, and the Katechon
Pietro Pirani

12. Movements or Events? Antonio Negri versus Alain Badiou on Politics
Christian Lotz

Part V: Voices of Difference

13. A Critique of the Forms of Political Action: Carla Lonzi and G. W. F. Hegel
Maria Luisa Boccia

14. C'è Altro: Luisa Muraro on the Symbolic of Sexual Difference along and beyond Luce Irigaray
Elvira Roncalli

15. Adriana Cavarero and Hannah Arendt: Singular Voices and Horrifying Narratives
Peg Birmingham

Part VI: Topology, New Realism, Biopolitics

16. Topology at Play: Vincenzo Vitiello and the Word of Philosophy
Giulio Goria

17. On the Question of the Face of Reality: Addressing the "Myths" of the New Realism and Postmodernity
Rita Šerpytyte

18. Deconstruction or Biopolitics
Roberto Esposito


Offers a dialogue about the future of the nature of the human, technology, metaphysical foundations, globalization, and social and political oppression.


In order to create a greater dialogue between new and emerging Italian philosophy and established continental traditions of thought, Silvia Benso and Antonio Calcagno bring together the work of well-known figures in Italian philosophy such as Antonio Negri, Roberto Esposito, Remo Bodei, Gianni Vattimo, Massimo Cacciari, and Adriana Cavarero with important thinkers like Schelling, Hegel, Schmitt, Heidegger, Gadamer, Irigaray, Arendt, Deleuze, Guattari, Derrida, and Foucault. In Open Borders, Benso and Calcagno introduce to a larger English-speaking audience the thought of highly regarded late twentieth-century Italian philosophers who seek to redefine concepts such as freedom, interpretation, existence, woman, male-female relationships, realism, emotions, and aesthetics. The diverse contributors to this book often transgress and redefine the limits and insights of philosophy itself and bring to the fore a new body of thinking that offers new ways of self-understanding while deeply engaging the issues and questions of contemporary society.

Silvia Benso is Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author, editor, and translator of many books, including Viva Voce: Conversations with Italian Philosophers; Aesthetics of the Virtual; and Thinking the Inexhaustible: Art, Interpretation, and Freedom in the Philosophy of Luigi Pareyson, all published by SUNY Press. Antonio Calcagno is Professor of Philosophy at King's University College at Western University, Canada. He is the author and editor of several books, including Roberto Esposito: Biopolitics and Philosophy (coedited with Inna Viriasova) and the translator of Lea Melandri's Love and Violence: The Vexatious Factors of Civilization, both also published by SUNY Press.