SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy

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Myth and Authority

Argues that Giambattista Vico's early modern account of Roman mythology was a sophisticated attempt to present an epistemological and political critique of the aristocratic way of conceiving the world.

Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political

Nine masterful essays on Dante’s Divine Comedy and his political theology by one of today’s leading Italian philosophers.

The Future of the World Is Open

Conversations with prominent Italian feminist thinkers Lea Melandri, Luisa Muraro, and Adriana Cavaero, as well as three essays - appearing in English for the first time - by author, journalist, and renown political figure Rossana Rossanda.

Rethinking Life

Fourteen Italian philosophers reflect on how the global experience of vulnerability and precariousness—of which the Covid-19 pandemic is but one example—compels us to rethink life and collective living.

Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers

A unique portrayal of the theoretical positions of eleven Italian women thinkers who share the practice of philosophy and extend philosophical work and interests beyond the realm of the discipline strictly defined.

Open Borders

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

Love and Violence

A critical, philosophical engagement of the psychological structures that propagate the continued oppression of women.

Boundary Lines

Systematically addresses the philosophical implications of the postcolonial.

Beyond the Subject

An original reading of Nietzsche and Heidegger that paved the way for Vattimo's conception of weak thought.

Thinking the Inexhaustible

Essays address the major themes of Pareyson’s hermeneutic philosophy in the context of his existentialist approach to personhood.

Roberto Esposito

Analyzes key concepts and arguments in the work of one of Europe’s leading philosophers.

The Symbolic Order of the Mother

Argues that affirming the irreducible differences between men and women can lead to more transformative politics than the struggle for abstract equality between the sexes.

The Experience of Truth

Advances a hermeneutic conception of truth as a mode of being, in dialogue with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Heidegger, Putnam, and Rorty.

Beyond Beauty

Traces the decline of beauty as an ideal from early German romanticism to the twentieth century.

Viva Voce

Firsthand perspectives on the past, present, and future of contemporary Italian philosophy.

Quasi-Things

An aesthetic and phenomenological account of feelings.

The Debt of the Living

An analysis of theological and philosophical understandings of debt and its role in contemporary capitalism.

Containing Community

Analyzes the role of community in the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Contemporary Italian Political Philosophy

Highlights and critically assesses the work of contemporary Italian political philosophers.

The Ethics of Democracy

Demonstrates how the ethical underpinning of Hegel’s political and social philosophy has relevance for contemporary democratic life.

Flower of the Desert

A profound meditation on Leopardi’s art and thought as well as a reframing and reassertion of Negri’s own philosophical and political project of liberation.

Manifesto of New Realism

Retraces the history of postmodern philosophy and proposes solutions to overcome its impasses.

Nihilism and Metaphysics

An assessment and reevaluation of nihilism’s ascendency over metaphysics.

Truth and Interpretation

A resolute defense of philosophy and hermeneutics against the threats of dogmatism and relativism.

Goodbye, Kant!

A penetrating and freewheeling evaluation of Kant's magnum opus.

Weak Thought

Foundational collection on one of the most influential concepts to emerge from contemporary Italian philosophy.

Aesthetics of the Virtual

Reconfigures classic aesthetic concepts in relation to the novelty introduced by virtual bodies.

The Possible Present

A practical hermeneutics of time.

Between Nihilism and Politics

Essays describe Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo’s unique and radical hermeneutic philosophy.

An Unprecedented Deformation

Philosophical interpretation of Proust based on the work of Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze.

Ethics of Writing

First English translation of Sini’s important work on the influence of writing and the alphabet on Western rationality.

Contemporary Italian Philosophy

Leading Italian philosophers engage issues in ethics, politics, and religion.