Gianmarco Bisogno is a PhD student in the RAMUS (Research and Studies on Antiquity, Middle Ages and Humanism) program at the University of Salerno. He graduated from the University of Salerno, in 2014, with a Bachelor’s dissertation entitled: The Transformation of the Christian Paradigm Between Tertullian and Augustine. He subsequently graduated from the University of Bologna, in 2017, with a Master’s degree in History of Philosophy, for which he wrote a dissertation on the concept of selfhood in Hegel’s early writings. Deeply interested in the philosophy of religion, Bisogno is currently studying Hegel’s thought and its interpretations, particularly in the left-wing Hegelian tradition. He is also deeply interested in David Hume’s work on religion, economics, and social issues.
Paolo Castaldo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Naples – Federico II. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Salerno’s RAMUS program (Research and Studies on Antiquity, Middle Ages and Humanism), in 2017, with a dissertation entitled: “Logica Laurentiana: A Study on Books II and III of Lorenzo Valla’s ‘Dialectica'”. Castaldo is appointed as a “subject-matter expert” for the courses “History of Renaissance Philosophy” and “Metaphysics” at the University of Salerno. His interests focus on the relation between logic and rhetoric in Renaissance Humanism and in the Early Modern Age.
Catherine Fullarton is a Faculty Fellow at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada, and a doctoral candidate at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Studies and History from the University of King’s College, in 2005, with a thesis on Derrida’s Aporias. She then completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy at Ryerson University, in 2013, with a Major Research Paper on Merleau-Ponty’s intersubjective phenomenology. In her current research, she is developing an account of empathic expertise modelled on Aristotle’s account of phronesis (practical wisdom) and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological account of embodied expressivity.
Alessio Lembo is a PhD student at the University of Urbino – Carlo Bo. He graduated from the University of Salerno, in 2014, with a Bachelor’s degree in History of Political Thought, composing a dissertation on the concept of authority based on the interpretation of Herbert Marcuse. He then completed a Master’s degree in Early Modern Philosophy (2017), also at the University of Salerno, where he wrote a dissertation entitled: “Platonic and Cartesian themes in Spinoza’s Early Theory of Knowledge”. His current research considers the relationships between Spinoza and Jewish thought, Descartes and Hobbes, as well as contemporary interpretations of Spinoza (in, e.g., Martinetti, Strauss, Deleuze) in terms of the relationship between knowledge and politics. More specifically, he has focused on work by the Italian philosopher Piero Martinetti – both from a historical point of view, by analyzing his political positions towards Fascism, and from a theoretical and moral perspective, in terms of his interpretation of Spinoza.
Fiorenza Manzo is a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Milan. She completed a Master’s degree in Early Modern Philosophy at the University of Salerno, in 2017, where she wrote a dissertation on the themes of alterity and intersubjectivity in Leibniz’s monadological system, comparing the position that attributes to Leibniz a solipsistic view of the universe with Ernst Cassirer’s “functionalist” reading of Leibniz’s epistemology. Her current research endeavors to offer an organic framework of Leibniz’s ethics, politics, and theory of natural law (especially between the years 1669-1672). Particularly relevant for her work is the analysis of Leibniz’s criticism of Thomas Hobbes’s political anthropology.
Giuseppe Palermo is a PhD candidate at the University of Salerno. He completed a Master’s degree in Medieval Philosophy at the University of Salerno, in 2017, where he wrote a dissertation on the knowledge of God in the thought of Siger of Brabant. His current research focuses on the Augustinian doctrine of grace. He is interested in late-ancient philosophy (both pagan and Christian), Averroism and Aristotelian philosophy in the late-Middle Ages – and particularly, embracing Pierre Hadot’s perspective, in the ethical aspects of such thought. His research also includes work in open science and the digital humanities.
Enrico Volpe is a PhD candidate at the University of Salerno. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Salerno, in 2012, with a dissertation on Karl Popper’s interpretation of Parmenides. Partly on the basis of thesis research conducted as an Erasmus scholar at the Freie Universität of Berlin, he earned a Master’s degree from the University of Salerno, in 2014, with a dissertation on Aristotelian criticism of Eleates. Since November 2017, he has been enrolled in the doctoral program at RAMUS (Research and Studies on Antiquity, Middle Ages and Humanism), at the University of Salerno, where he is working on a research project concerning the role and the interpretation of the demiurge between Numenius and Plotinus. Since April 1st, 2019, he has been undertaking a joint-PhD with the University of Cologne. His recent research interests focus on Plato, the Platonic tradition, and Eleatic ontology.
Raffaele Ciccone graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Salerno, in 2016, with a dissertation entitled: “Theoretical Conflict and War among States in Kant’s View on Peace”. His research interests are in Moral and Political Philosophy, focusing on authors and works from the period between the 18th- and 19th-Centuries, with close attention on the Italian Risorgimento. He edited “Vita meridionale” (Aras, 2020), a collection of essays about Italy’s “Southern Question”, and has authored several publications in modern political philosophy, including: “Perpetual peace: relationships between Kant’s political thought and the Italian political context in the Nineteenth Century” (European Consortium for Political Research, 2016). He is an experienced journalist and is interested in new technologies and website development.
Germana Giardullo graduated with a Master’s degree in History of Contemporary Philosophy, in 2014, from the University of Salerno, where she wrote a dissertation entitled: “Jewish Identity, Totalitarian Evil and Judgement in Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought”. In this work, she discussed issues related to Jewish assimilation, Zionism and the Judenfrage, from the late-German Enlightenment to Hannah Arendt – themes she continues to investigate in her recent work on the Judenfrage in its connection with the current Arab-Israeli conflict. She is a freelance journalist, currently working with the Italian newspaper Zerottonove.it. She is also an expert in web editing, social media, SEO (search engine optimization), communications, and online marketing.