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Michael Oakeshott, Philosophy and International Relations
The thesis places Michael Oakeshott political philosophy in the context of the British Idealist tradition. The analysis of the Idealist sources leads to the understanding of Oakeshott’s meta-philosophy, political and legal theory. On this ground, the thesis develops some implications of Oakeshott’s political philosophy at the international level.
British Idealism, Political Theory of International Relations, Modern and Contemporary Scepticism, Modern and Contemporary Political Thought
In 2012-13 I teach on the following modules in EUROP:
- Introduction to Political Thought;
- Introduction to International Relations.
Articles in peer review journals
(forthcoming), Unity of Knowledge and Role of Philosophy in Oakeshott’s Idealism, in “INTERSEZIONI”, accepted. (in Italian)
(2013), What is Political Philosophy? Theory and Praxis in Oakeshott’s Thought, in “FILOSOFIA POLITICA”, XXVII: 2, pp. 215-226. (in Italian)
(2012), Philosophy and Criticism. Conversation in Oakeshott’s Thought, “COLLINGWOOD AND BRITISH IDEALISM STUDIES”, XVIII: 1, pp. 8-29.
(2012), La sensibilité morale éduquée. Quelques remarques sur la relation entre action et éducation dans la pensée de Michael Oakeshott, in L’Action. Penser la vie – ‘Agir’ la pensée. Actes du 33ème congrès international de l'Association des Sociétés de philosophie de langue française, (ed. M. Malaguti et all.), Paris, Libraire Philosophique J. Vrin. (in press). [Moral Educated Sensibility. Some remarks on the relation between action and education in Oakeshott’s thought]. (in French)
(2011), Diritti umani e “rule of law”. Il giudizio di giustizia sulle leggi in Michael Oakeshott, “LESSICO DI ETICA PUBBLICA”, 2, pp. 108-116. [Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Justice in Law in Oakeshott’s thought]. (in Italian)
(2013), translation into Italian of Michael Oakeshott, Political Philosophy, “FILOSOFIA POLITICA”, XXVII:2, pp. 199-214
Book reviews in peer review journals
(2012), L. Strauss, La città e l’uomo. Saggi su Aristotele, Platone, Tucidide, in “FILOSOFIA POLITICA”, XXVI:2, pp. 334-337 (The book is the first Italian translation of Leo Strauss’ The City and Man).
(2012), P. Chiantera-Stutte, Un intellettuale del Novecento, in “FILOSOFIA POLITICA”, XXVI: 2, pp.341-342.
(2012), C. Altini, Democrazia. Storia e teoria di un’esperienza filosofica e politica, in “FILOSOFIA POLITICA”, XXVI: 2, pp. 345-347.
I have also published a number of reviews in non-peer review Italian journals.
- 2011 - (2014) Ph.D Candidate in Politics / Cardiff University (UK), AHRC
- Research Project: Michael Oakeshott and British Idealism. Supervisors: Professor David Boucher, Professor Bruce Haddock
- 2012/2013, Tutor, Introduction to Political Thought and Introduction to International Relations / Cardiff University, School of European Languages, Translation and Politics
- 2010 – (2013), PhD Candidate in Philosophy /Scuola Alti Studi, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo (It).
- Research Project: Philosophy of History and Philosophy of Politics in Michael Oakeshott’s Thought. Supervisor: Professor Giovanni Giorgini (University of Bologna). Advisor: Professor Dario Antiseri (Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena).
2011 – 2012, Tutor, Scuola Internazionale di Alti Studi Scienze della Cultura, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena (Humanities research institute with a post-graduate school and two cultural centres)
- Assistance to teaching activities (co-ordination of post-graduate seminars, assistance to visiting professors)
- Assistance in organizing a series of public lectures under UNESCO patronage
- Assistance to public activities involving high-school students on the theme of utopianism in philosophical thought.
- Administrative support to admission procedure and courses
- 2008-2009, Postgraduate specialization course / Scuola Internazionale di Alti Studi, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, Modena, (It). Final dissertation: The Relation between Religion, Philosophy and Politics in Eric Voegelin.
- 2002 – 2007, Diploma Collegio Superiore, Alma Mater Studiorum, Università degli Studi di Bologna (It). Highly competitive academic programme (8% acceptance rate) providing advanced interdisciplinary education, full scholarship, individual tutoring and extra academic training.
- 2005 – 2007, M.Phil. in Philosophy / Alma Mater Studiorum, Università degli Studi di Bologna (It). Thesis: Constancy and Diversion. Passions in Montaigne’s Essais - 110/110 cum laude
- 2002 - 2005, B.A. in Philosophy / Alma Mater Studiorum, Università degli Studi di Bologna (It). Thesis: Compassion and Public Life in Martha C. Nussbaum – 110/110 cum laude.
- 2011 (January–March), Visiting Student at the “Collingwood and British Idealism Centre”, School of European Studies, Cardiff University (UK). Supervision: Professor David Boucher.
- 2006 (January–September), Visiting Student at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (FR).
Scholarships and Awards
- 2011 - , School of European Languages, Translations and Politics, PhD Scholarship. 2011 - , AHRC BGP (Fees).
- 2012 - , AHRC Research Training Support Grant
- 2010-2012, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena, Post-graduate Research Scholarship.
- 2011, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo, Research Abroad Grant
- 2011, R.G. Collingwood Society, Travel Grant
- 2009, Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena, Post - graduate Maintenance Grant.
- 2006, Socrates/Erasmus Scholarship
- 2003-2008, Collegio Superiore – Università di Bologna, Honour Scholarship (University fees, Accommodation, Living Expenses Grant).
- Member of Political Studies Association of UK (2011-)
- Member of British Idealism Specialist Group of the PSA (2011-)
- Member of Associazione Alumni, Collegio Superiore dell’Università di Bologna (2008-)
Papers in conferences
- Modern Political Philosophy and Truth. Oakeshott in the Context of the Analytic Critique of Normative Thought, presented at “Michael Oakeshott Association Conference. Modernity and Its Discontents”, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA, September 26-29, 2013.
- Michael Oakeshott’s Theory of the Self in the Context of the Debate between Personal and Absolute Idealism, presented at “ British Idealism and the concept of the self”, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, August, 27-30, 2013.
- International Customary Law and the Jus in Law. Some Considerations from Michael Oakeshott’s Theory of Civil Association, presented at “St. Andrews Graduate Conference in International Relations Theory”, St. Andrews University, June, 10-11, 2013.
- The Critique of Instrumental Laws and the Role of Civil Society in the Enactment of Equality, presented at “Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory”, Nuffield College, April, 25-27, 2013.
- Oakeshott and the Analytic Critique of Normative Thought, presented at “Political Studies Association Annual Conference”, British Idealism Panel, Cardiff, March, 25-27, 2013.
- Tradition and Truth in Michael Oakeshott’s Philosophy, presented at “Tradizioni e migrazioni culturali. Prospettive interdisciplinary”, jointly organized by Fondazione San Carlo, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Erfurt Universitat, September 27-28, 2012.
- Michael Oakeshott on History of Philosophy, presented at the “Mancept Political Theory Workshop” (British Idealism Panel), Manchester University, September 5 – 7, 2012.
- Oakeshott and Scepticism, presented at the British Idealism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association Annual Meeting, Gregynog, December, 15th-16th, 2011.
- Conversation and Dialectic in Michael Oakeshott, presented at the “Mancept Political Theory Workshop” (British Idealism Panel), Manchester University, August 31 – September 2, 2011
- Diritti umani e giutizia in Michael Oakeshott, presented at the III Summer School Cespec (Centre for the Study of Contemporary Thought), September 23, 2010, Religious Tradition and Human Rights, Cuneo, Italy.
- La sensibilité morale éduquée. Quelques remarques sur la relation entre action et éducation dans la pensée de Michael Oakeshott, presented at the XXXIII Congrès « Association Sociétés de Philosophie de Langue Française (ASPLF) », L’Action. Penser la vie – ‘Agir’ la pensée, August 19, 2010, Venezia, Italy.