Lorenzo Calabi

Biography and/or project

Lorenzo Calabi was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1945. He was educated in Italy: he attended the elementary and secondary schools in Padua and Venice (“Maturità Classica”, 1964); and the Faculties of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Padua and of the State University of Milan (“Laurea” in History of Philosophy, 1969). His doctoral dissertation was focused on the relationship between the two main works of Adam Smith. He started his research work at the CNR, Milan, in 1969. He was awarded a Research Fellowship funded by the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, c/o the State University of Milan, in the aa. yy. 1971-1973, and a Research Fellowship, funded by the Kress Library, Baker Library, Harvard University, in 1972. He then became “Professore Incaricato” at the University of Salerno, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in the a.y. 1973-74, and at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in the aa. yy. 1974-1980; “Professore Associato” at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, since 1980 to 2005; “Professore Ordinario” of Moral Philosophy, at the University of Pisa, since 2005. He served as Vice-Rector for International Relations of the University of Pisa in 1995-2002, and as President of the Rating Commission, Subject Area 11 (Philosophy, History, and Geography), of the University of Pisa, for the 2008-2010 term. His published scientific contributions consist of books and papers concerning A. Smith (modern relations among men in the “commercial society” and the “great mercantile Republick”; historical view of ethics; method of enquiry and “theoretical history”); G. W. F. Hegel (translation of Findlay’s Hegel into Italian, with an Introduction and Notes); K. Marx (Italian edition of the 1861-1863 Manuscript, with an Introduction and Commentary; papers about: antiutopianism in the Grundrisse der politischen Oekonomie; Marx’ idea of an historical-scientific method and Hegel’s philosophy); Th. R. Malthus (his principle of population as a principle of Moral Philosophy; improvement as against progress); Ch. Darwin (his Metaphysical Notebooks; Moral as against Social Darwinism; the theme of chance and Darwin’s Descent of Man); K. Loewith (between Rosenzweig and M. Heidegger: temporality and Philosophy of History as a Problem). He published a contribution concerning I. Kant and M. Mendelssohn on progress and the liberty of conscience in 2011, and an Italian edition (with an Introductory Essay) of F. Schiller’s Lectures on the Philosophy of History, in 2012.