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Vittorio D'Anna

Adjunct professor

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Curriculum vitae

Vittorio d'Anna is a professor of the history of contemporary philosophy at the department of philosophy and communication at Bologna University.

He is also the director of the "Dianoia" magazine. 

His studies are focused on both Italian and German philosophy.

His focus of interest is the monograph entitled Kant in Italia. Letture della Critica della ragion pura 1860-1940 is based on the idea that we cannot speak of a true and proper neokantism in Italy.

As far as German philosophy is concerned, he dealt firstly with Simmel's works on which he wrote two monographs both entitled Georg Simmel. Dalla filosofia del denaro alla filosofia della vita , e Il denaro e il "Terzo Regno". The first monograph provides a complete reconstruction of Simmel's train of thought regarding early twentieth century philosophy; the second concerns life as the centre of reflection at the bottom of which lie hidden messianic instances.

After writing various essays on Scheler, Bloch and Gehlen, d'Anna concentrated on philosophical anthropology and in a monograph about Gehlen entitled,L'uomo fra natura e cultura. Arnold Gehlen e il moderno , he demonstrated how it was stimulated by classical German  philosophy.

He later wrote two monographs on Max Scheler (Max Scheler. Fenomenologia e spirito del capitalismo e Il Dio in Tensione. Uomo e mondo della vita nella metafisica di Max Scheler ). The former focuses on values and the approach to depravity in the capitalist world, the latter focuses on the recovery of metaphysics within a movement of development in the ontological sense of phenomenology. Moreover, d'Anna translated two of Scheler's essays on love and phenomenology into Italian.

Of recent publication is the monograph of Herbert Marcuse: Il positivo nella filosofia negativa (2016). It is based on the idea of Marcuse’s thought, critical, and mainly negative. This thought should be switched in a positive philosophy, in the sense that happiness it is last condition to obtain because, essentially given, from the beginning it is the base of existence.

At present, he is turning his attention towards the school of Frankfurt: in particular to Marcuse and Adorno