Gaetano Chiurazzi

Gaetano Chiurazzi is Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Torino (Italy) and Director of Project at the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris).

He studied and worked as research fellow in the Universities of Torino, Berlin, Heidelberg, Paris and Oxford. His interests are especially directed to ontology, metaphysics, theory of judgment, philosophy of translation, philosophy of life, with a particular focus on Ancient Greek Philosophy, Classic German Philosophy and Contemporary French Philosophy. He is the author of many publications in several languages and his books are translated into English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian. Among his main publications we can mention: Scrittura e tecnica. Derrida e la metafisica (1992); Hegel, Heidegger e la grammatica dell’essere (1996);  Teorie del giudizio (2005; Spanish tr.: Teorías del juício, 2008); Modalità ed esistenza (200; German tr.: Modalität und Existenz, 2006); L’esperienza della verità (2011; Serbian tr.: Iskutsvo istine, 2016; English tr.: The Experience of Truth, 2017; Portuguese tr.: A experiência da verdade, 2019); Dynamis. Ontologia dell’incommensurabile (2017; English and Spanish tr. forthcoming); Détours de Derrida, 2020.

With Gianni Vattimo he is the co-editor of Tropos. Rivista di ermeneutica e critica filosofica.

Research project: Simmetry and Asymmetry in Historical Life

The aim of this project is an interdisciplinary inquiry about the concept of life, using the categories of symmetry (in physical term: invariance) and asymmetry (transformation).

The basic idea is that life is characterized by a certain principle of asymmetry that at a higher level manifests as self-consciousness – the knowledge of oneself and of nature. As Frank Close writes: “The Creation of a perfect symmetrical universe […] would have prevented any intelligent life ever being able to know it”. The research wants therefore to show that many productions of the human being can be conceived as the result of a symmetry breaking: such are the works of the technique, the art, the culture, all what Hegel called “second nature”. Thanks to the symmetry breaking, life is not only temporal, but also historical.

The objective of the research is then to understand history as a result of a symmetry breaking that gives an orientation and an irreversibility to human life.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2020 - 28 February 2021