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Giovanni Giorgini

Full Professor

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Academic discipline: SPS/02 History of Political Thought

Curriculum vitae

Giovanni Giorgini is Full Professor of History of Political Thought in the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna. He is also Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, where he was previously a Fellow.

Giovanni Giorgini has been Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics, Princeton University; the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago; in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pittsburgh; Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Columbia University in New York, where he has also been a Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and Adjunct Professor of Political Science. He has taught at the IMT-Alti Studi in Lucca, the Free University of Bolzano and the Dickinson College, Bologna centre.

Giorgini is member and Past President of the Collegium Politicum (a network of international scholars working on ancient political thought) and of the scientific board of Società Libera, an association for the promotion of liberal ideals that awards the International Liberty Prize. He is also member of the Renaissance Society of America, of the European Society for the History of Political Thought, of the Società Italiana di Filosofia Politica [Italian Society of Political Philosophers] and of the Associazione Italiana Storici delle Dottrine Politiche [Italian Association of Historians of Political Thought]. Giorgini is member of the scientific board of Il Pensiero Politico (Florence: Olschki) and a member of the board of directors of Filosofia Politica (Bologna: Il Mulino) and “Etica & Politica” (online journal).


Giorgini received his degree in Philosophy at the University of Bologna under the supervision of Nicola Matteucci and then received a scholarship from the Istituto Italiano Studi Storici in Naples, where he did graduate studies under the supervision of Marcello Gigante and Ettore Lepore. He received a Ph.D in History of Political Thought and Institutions from the University of Turin under the supervision of Nicola Matteucci and Lucio Bertelli and went on to do post-graduate research at Cambridge University  with a scholarship from the Italian National Council for Research.


Giorgini's area of specialization is ancient Greek philosophy and its revival in contemporary political theory. He is mostly interested in conceptual history, the history of ideas and the ways in which institutions represent and embody political ideals: the relationship between politics and ‘vision' and how the study of classics may help creating political vision. His current interests are the use of classical political thought by Machiavelli, relativism ancient and modern and the strategies devised to tackle it. Finally, Giorgini is also currently working on the philosophical foundations of decision theory, especially in its political implications.



Giorgini is the author of three books: La città e il tiranno. Il concetto di tirannide nella Grecia del VII-IV secolo a.C. (Giuffrè, 1993), an examination of the evolution of the concept of tyranny in ancient Greece; Liberalismi eretici (Edizioni Goliardiche, 1999), a critical interpretation of some contemporary political philosophers, such as Stuart Hampshire, Leo Strauss, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Oakeshott, Alasdair MacIntyre; I doni di Pandora. Filosofia, politica e storia nella Grecia antica (Bonomo, 2002), an exploration of some philosophical-political themes and classical authors, such as Protagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, Xenophon, conducted in a conceptual history perspective. He has also published a translation, with notes and introduction, of Plato's Politicus (Rizzoli, 2005), numerous essays in English and Italian on learned journals, translations and entries in encyclopaedias. In 2017 he edited (with Elena Irrera),The Roots of Respect. A Historic-Philosophical Itinerary, Berlin-Boston, De Gruyter, an examination of the notion of 'respect' in the history of political thought. In 2021 he edited (with Dino Piovan) The Brill Companion to the Reception of Athenian Democracy.