I obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Naples "Federico II" in the academic year 2018/2019, with a thesis in “Theory and History of Historiography” titled "The Young Lukács and the Neo-Kantian School of Baden," conducted under the guidance of Prof. Edoardo Massimilla. My studies have predominantly focused on Kantianism and German philosophy of the 19th century.
I have actively contributed as a lecturer and organizer to study groups and university conferences on idealistic philosophy and dialectical thought at the University of Naples, the University of Campania, and the University of Catania. Additionally, I participated as a training fellow for seminars and edited a volume at the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples.
I am a member of the editorial secretariat for the "Studies in Neo-Kantianism" series published by FedOA – Federico II University Press, Naples.
Since November 2021, I have been a doctoral candidate in “Sciences of Interpretation” at the University of Catania, co-supervised by the University of Heidelberg. My research project, titled "Concept and Value: The Impact of Hegel on the Crisis of Southwestern Neo-Kantianism," is under the guidance of Prof. Santo Burgio and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Peter König. Additionally, I am a Visiting PhD Student at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Vienna, supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Martin Kusch.
The research project aims to investigate, from a historical-philosophical perspective, the relationships between the Southwestern Neo-Kantian school and Hegel, as well as the so-called Hegel-Renaissance, to explore their influence on the theoretical framework of key figures in this intellectual current. The examination will focus on both the significant differences in approach and the analogies between the two conceptual frameworks, addressing crucial aspects of the Baden Weltanschauung.
The project will unfold around three main research strands: the exploration of the philosophy of culture, the development of a theory of knowledge, and the construction of a methodology for historical research. The Neo-Kantian attempt to construct a universal concept of Kultur, distinct from Diltheyan historicism and idealistic philosophy of history, involves distinguishing between genesis and validity, the realm of values, and the realm of reality.
However, the research will scrutinize whether the Baden attempt to formulate a logic of history adequately develops a concept of "cultural object" and, consequently, Kulturwissenschaften. The interpretative hypothesis suggests that key figures in this school, such as Windelband, Rickert, and Lask, may not transcend a "Neo-Kantian Hegel”, that follows the very same interpretative model by Kuno Fischer. Consequently, the work aims to contribute to the history of philosophical historiography in the 20th-century Hegelian tradition.