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Italo Testa is Associate Professor at the University of Parma, where he teaches Theoretical Philosophy, Critical Theory, Social Philosophy, and Political Philosophy. His research interests include German Classical Philosophy, Critical Theory, Pragmatism, Embodied Cognition, and Social Ontology, with a focus on the notions of habit, second nature, and the theory of recognition. Among his philosophy books: La natura del riconoscimento (Mimesis, 2010), Teorie dell'argomentazione (Bruno Mondadori, 2006), Ragione impura (Bruno Mondadori, 2006), Hegel critico e scettico (Padova 2002). He has edited I that is We, and We that is I. Perspectives on Contemporary Hegel (Brill, 2016), a collection of essays of Th.W. Adorno, La crisi dell'individuo (Diabasis, 2010), and is editor of Habits. Pragmatist Approaches from Cognitive Neurosciences to Social Sciences, in preparation by Cambridge University Press. Recent articles have appeared on "Constellations", "Philosophy and Social Criticism", "Critical Horizons", "International Journal of Philosophical Studies"", European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy".

He is an active figure in the literary  and artistic scene as  a poet, critic, and journal editor.


Ph.D. in Philosophy, University Cà Foscari, Venice, February 2002

B.A. in Philosophy, University Cà Foscari, Venice, (cum laude), June 1997


        Visiting Scholar, June 2010-October 2010 : Université de Provence Aix-Marseille, Centre Ceperc

Visiting Scholar, June 2009-December 2009: École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris) and Centre NoSoPhi (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) 

Visiting Scholar, November 2008-February 2009: École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris) and Centre NoSoPhi (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) 

Visiting Scholar, October 2005- February 2006: J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt (Prof. A. Honneth)

Visiting Ph.D. Student, February 1999-October 1999: Ruhr University, Hegel-Archiv, Bochum, (prof. W. Jaeschke)

Visiting Ph.D. Student, April 2000-October 2000: J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt (Prof. A. Honneth)


Riconoscimento naturale e autocoscienza sociale. Ricostruzione e ripresa della teoria hegeliana dell’Anerkennung [Natural Recognition and Social Self-consciousness. Reconstruction and Reprise of the Hegelian Theory of Anerkennung], 2002


2007-present: Assistant Professor (Professore aggregato), Department of Philosophy, University of Parma

2006-2009:  Visiting Professor for “History of Philosophy”, Department of Philosophy, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice

2004-2006: Research Fellow (Full Time), University Ca’ Foscari, Venice 

2003-2006: Lecturer for “History of Political Philosophy”, Department of Philosophy, University of Parma

2001-2004: Teacher  in “Philosophy and History”, Scientific Lyceum, G. Veronese, Chioggia, Venice

1997-1998: Tutor for Undergraduates, Department of Philosophy, University Ca’ Foscari,Venice


Political Philosophy; History of Philosophy; 19th Century German Philosophy;  Social Philosophy; Theory of Argumentation and Rhetoric


20th Century Continental and Anglo-American Philosophy; Philosophy of Social Sciences; Aesthetics


Research Fellowship, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, September 2004-September 2006 (awarded as a result of a national competition)

Visiting Scholar Grant, October 2005- February 2006, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt

Doctoral Fellowship and Grant, University Cà Foscari, Venice, 1998-2001 (awarded as a result of a national competition)

Doctoral Fellowship, University of Genua, 1998 (awarded as a result of a national competition, declined)

Selected Member of the Italian Delegation at the “Biennale of the Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean”, Sarajevo, 2001

Undergraduate Scholarship, INDPAP, 1995-1996

Grant for Residential Seminar, IBM Italy, 1996


Visiting Professor, Kentucky University, January 2012

Erasmus Lecturer, Universidad de La Laguna, 27 february-8 March, 2013


Project Leader,  Research Group  “Individuation” (Parma University) – within the Research Program of National Interest (PRIN-COFIN 2009) “Ontology, hermeneutics, and politics. Historical Articulations and theoretical structures”, funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) 

Partner Investigator, Australian  Research Council Discovery Project – Macquarie University: “The Social Ontology of Personhood. A Recognition-Theoretical Approach” (2011-)

Partner Investigator, Research Program (PRIN 2007-2009) “Truth: Identities and Differences. Ontological Identities, Hermeneutical Differences, Historical Dialectics”, funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research

Series Editor (with Ferruccio Andolfi), “La Ginestra. Collana di classici sull’individualismo solidale”, Diabasis Press, (2007-)

Managing Editor, “La Società degli Individui. Quadrimestrale di teoria sociale e storia delle idee”, (1999-)

Editor-in-Chief, “L’Ulisse. Rivista di poesia, arti e scritture”, Lietocolle Press (2007-)

Editorial Panel, Member, “Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain (2009-)

Advisory Board Member, “Philosophical Inquiries” (2012-)

Scientific Board Member, “Phenomenology and Mind” (2014)

Peer-Reviewer, “Philosophy Study” (2012-), “Philosophy and Social Criticism” (2013-), “Philosophical Inquiries” (2013-), “Between” (2014-)

Founding Member, “Ergo. Associazione di teoria e pratica dell'argomentazione” (2008-)

Member, “European Pragmatist Association” (2014-)

Member, Internationale Hegel Vereinigung (2009-)

Member, ENSO-European Network for Social Ontology (2009-)

Member, Hegel Society of America (2008-)

Member, ISSA. International Society for the Study of Argumentation, (2008-)

Member, SIFA; “Società Italiana di Filosofia Analitica” (2003-)

Member, Internationale Hegel Gesellschaft (2002-)

Member, Hegel Society of Great Britain (1999-)



Member, PhD Program “Filosofia e antropologia”, Università di Parma, 2008-2012


Supervisor - Rosa Lanzafame, Dissertation’s Title: "Agire e e conoscere. La teoria dell'esperienza in Wilhelm Dilthey e John Dewey", PhD Program “Filosofia e Antropologia”, Ciclo XXIII, Università degli Studi di Parma, defended in the academic year 2010-2011

Supervisor - Sandra Manzi-Manzi, Dissertation’s Title:"L'individuazione in Spinoza", PhD PRogram “Filosofia e Antropologia”, Ciclo XXVII, Università degli Studi di Parma (2012-)

Member, PhD International Jury, Università Ca’ Foscari/Goehte Universitaet Frankfurt, 31 Marzo 2014


Italian, German, English, French, Latin, Ancient Greek

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2024/2025

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2023/2024

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014


Teacher tutor

Lines of research

Research Themes: - Theory of Recognition - Second Nature - Habit ad Habitus - Anaphora and Repetition - Social Practices - Personhood - Philosophy of Nature and Contemporary Naturalism - Theory of Literature Literary Criticism - Poetry and Visual Arts AREAS OF SPECIALISATION: - Critical Theory and Frankfurt School - Classical and Contemporary Pragmatism - German Classical Philosophy - Social and Political Philosophy - Social Ontology -Embodied Cognition - Argumentation Theory


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Plesso D'Azeglio
Strada Massimo D'Azeglio, 85
43125 PARMA