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    In this article, I draw upon the ‘post-Kantian’ reading of Hegel to examine the consequences Hegel’s idea of God has on his metaphysics. In particular, I apply Hegel’s ‘recognition-theoretic’ approach to his theology. Within the context of this analysis, I focus especially on the incarnation and sacrifice of Christ. First, I argue that Hegel’s philosophy of religion employs a distinctive notion of sacrifice (kenotic sacrifice). Here, sacrifice is conceived as a giving up something of oneself to …Read more
  •  172
    Hegel and the ontological argument for the existence of God
    with Paul Redding
    Religious Studies 50 (4): 465-486. 2014.
    We reconstruct Hegel’s implicit version of the ontological argument in the light of his anti-representationalist idealist metaphysics. For Hegel, the ontological argument had been a peculiarly modern form of argument for the existence of God, presupposing a ‘representationalist’ account of the mind and its concepts. As such, it was susceptible to Kant’s famous refutation, but Kant himself had provided a model for an alternative conception of concept, one developed by Fichte with his notion of th…Read more
  •  89
    Hegel, the Trinity, and the ‘I’
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 76 (2): 129-150. 2014.
    The main goal of this paper is to argue the relevance of Hegel’s notion of the Trinity with respect to two aspects of Hegel’s idealism: the overcoming of subjectivism and his conception of the ‘I’. I contend that these two aspects are interconnected and that the Trinity is important to Hegel’s strategy for addressing these questions. I first address the problem of subjectivism by considering Hegel’s thought against the background of modern philosophy. I argue that the recognitive structure of He…Read more
  •  51
    Kant’s sacrificial turns
    International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 73 (2): 97-115. 2013.
    This paper addresses the role of the notion of sacrifice in Kant’s theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy, and in his account of religion. First, I argue that kenotic sacrifice, or sacrifice as ‘withdrawal’, plays a hidden and yet important role in the development of Kant’s transcendental philosophy. Second, I focus on Kant’s practical philosophy, arguing that the notion of sacrifice that is both implied and explicitly analyzed by Kant is mainly suppressive sacrifice. However, Kant’s accou…Read more
  •  46
    Sacrifice In Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4): 1-19. 2012.
    In this paper I rely on recent literature that emphasises the importance of recognition in Hegel's philosophy in order to apply the recognition-theoretic approach to the notion of sacrifice in the Phenomenology of Spirit. Firstly, I conduct a preliminary analysis by examining the general meaning of sacrifice as a form of determinate negation. Secondly, I focus on two phenomenological moments (the struggle between ?faith? and ?pure insight?, and the cult) in order to answer the question, ?Is a re…Read more
  •  37
    Kierkegaard’s Regulative Sacrifice: A Post-Kantian Reading of Fear and Trembling
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (5): 691-723. 2012.
    Abstract The present paper suggests to consider Kierkegaard?s use of Abraham?s story in Fear and Trembling in regulative terms, that is, to consider it as a model ? not for our moral behaviour but rather for our religious behaviour. To do so, I first rely on recent literature to argue that Kierkegaard should be regarded as a distinctively post-Kantian philosopher: namely, a philosopher who goes beyond Kant in a way that is nevertheless true to the spirit of Kant?s original critical philosophy. T…Read more
  •  34
    Solger's Notion of Sacrifice as Double Negation
    Heythrop Journal 50 (2): 206-214. 2009.
    The aim of the paper is to clarify the theoretical core of Solger's thought, the foundation for his aesthetics. I first analyze Solger's dialectic of double negation. Secondly I focus on Solger's gnoseology, which is orientated toward grasping the equilibrium between the Infinite (God) and the finite (world) consisting in this double negation. Lastly I investigate the notion of sacrifice, connecting it with Solger's ironic dialectic and showing its relevance to a complete understanding of his th…Read more
  •  33
    Solger and Hegel: Negation and Privation
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (2): 173-187. 2009.
    This paper has two related goals. Firstly, after briefly clarifying the theoretical core of Solger's thought, it will analyse his metaphysics from Hegel's point of view, emphasizing that sacrifice is, for Solger, the fundamental structure of the relationship between the finite and the Infinite. Secondly, it will investigate the main reasons behind Hegel's criticism of Solger, showing that they have different conceptions of privation and negation and concluding that Solger and Hegel have differen…Read more
  •  23
    The I and World history in Hegel
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (4): 1-21. 2017.
    In this paper, I investigate the relations between the notion of the I and the conception of World history in Hegel’s philosophy. First, I address Hegel’s account of the I by reconstructing its phenomenological and logical development from consciousness to self-consciousness through recognition with the other and arguing that the project of the Philosophy of Right is normative, as it provides an account of the logical process of affirmation of the I as the normative source of the realm of object…Read more
  •  22
    Mimetic Theory and Hermeneutics
    Colloquy 9 16-28. 2005.
    René Girard's mimetic theory has been object of much interest in the last few years, both in the 'Continental' and in the 'English-speaking' philosophical areas. Nevertheless, Girard's thought is not always accepted in the academic circles. The main cause for this is that his theory is considered too 'philosophical' in the Human Sciences Departments, and it seems too close to cultural anthropology and literary criticism to be appreciated by philosophers. This is the reason why it could be fruitf…Read more
  •  21
    Review of Chris Fleming, Rene Girard: Violence and Mimesis (review)
    Australian Religious Studies Review 21 (1): 96-97. 2008.
  •  18
    Organicism and Perspectivism from Leibniz to Hegel
    Philosophy Today 61 (3): 785-791. 2017.
  •  17
    On Søren Kierkegaard
    Review of Metaphysics 62 (3): 675-676. 2009.
  •  16
    It may seem strange to connect the ontological argument for God‟s existence with René Girard‟s thought. My first aim is to clarify this connection.In order to do so, we must first suggest three distinct hermeneutical approaches to Girard. Ifwe take an internal, literal approach, we find that Girard writes nothing about theontological proof. Nevertheless, he does cite Anselm. If we take an internal, nonliteral approach to Girard, we can try to deduce what he might have thought about the ontologic…Read more
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    Hegel: Death of God and Recognition of the Self
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23 (5): 689-706. 2015.
    This paper covers the theme of the death of God considered from a Hegelian standpoint. For Aristotle, the image of God as ‘thought thinking itself’ was an image of the knowledge aspired to in philosophy. With the notion of God becoming man and his insistence on the icon of the Cross, Hegel challenged the Aristotelian goal of philosophy as immutable knowledge of an ‘ultimate’ reality. Hegel viewed the crisis of normativity as strictly linked to the conception of the self. It is Nietzsche who is b…Read more
  •  12
    The Reality of Religion in Hegel’s Idealist Metaphysics
    Hegel Bulletin 37 (2): 232-257. 2016.
  •  11
    Hegel, Heidegger, and the 'I'
    Philosophy Today 59 (1): 73-90. 2015.
    In this paper, I contend that both Hegel’s and Heidegger’s philosophies can be regarded as attempts to overcome Cartesian subjectivism and to by-pass traditional oppositions between subjectivist and objectivist accounts of the ‘I.’ I explore Hegel’s notion of the ‘I,’ stressing how Hegel takes up Kant’s ‘I-think,’ freeing Kant’s philosophy from its subjectivism. Then, I submit that Heidegger, in the twentieth century, was similarly concerned with the overcoming of subjectivism, and that an analy…Read more
  •  9
    Self and Nature in Heidegger
    Research in Phenomenology 48 (2): 175-196. 2018.
    _ Source: _Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 175 - 196 This article provides an analysis of the development of the notions of “self” and “nature” through three stages of Heidegger’s thought. The main contention is that Heidegger’s conceptions of the self and nature are indissolubly connected to each other, and that such connection appears through three concerns that represent important elements of continuity: 1) the “irreducibility of the self,” conceived in a non-subjectivist way; 2) the recovery of a non…Read more
  •  9
    Oblazione e paradosso. Fascino e ambiguità nell'evoluzione del pensiero di René Girard
    Iride: Filosofia e Discussione Pubblica 17 (1): 151-162. 2004.
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    Introduction
    Philosophy Today 59 (1): 1-5. 2015.
  •  8
    Hegel: From the I to the Spirit
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (1): 115-132. 2019.
    The author argues that one of the “circles” that constitute Hegel’s philosophical system, as it is displayed in the Encyclopedia, is the circle between the I and the spirit. Specifically, the author focuses on the emergence of spirit as a self and an I, and on the encounter of the I with nature. The author also argues that absolute spirit maintains fundamental intersubjective and perspectival features that are proper to the I, and that grasping the circular movement between the I and the spirit …Read more
  •  7
    Solger's notion of sacrifice as double negation
    Heythrop Journal 50 (2): 206-214. 2009.
    The aim of the paper is to clarify the theoretical core of Solger's thought, the foundation for his aesthetics. I first analyze Solger's dialectic of double negation. Secondly I focus on Solger's gnoseology, which is orientated toward grasping the equilibrium between the Infinite and the finite consisting in this double negation. Lastly I investigate the notion of sacrifice, connecting it with Solger's ironic dialectic and showing its relevance to a complete understanding of his thought.
  •  6
    Not Just a Metaphor
    Philosophy Today 63 (2): 561-565. 2019.
  •  2
    Why Philosophy? (edited book)
    De Gruyter. 2019.
  • Male E Redenzione: Sofferenza E Trascendenza in René Girard (edited book)
    with Silvio Morigi
    Edizioni Camilliane. 2008.
  • Perspectivity, Intersubjectivity, Normativity: On Malpas’s Place and Experience
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 1-15. forthcoming.
    The publication of the revised edition of Jeff Malpas’s Place and Experience in 2018 gives the opportunity to reconsider this book and the debates that it originally...