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Salvatore Lavecchia

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Lavecchia-Ritratto

Salvatore Lavecchia

Storia della filosofia antica (M-FIL/07)


Salvatore Lavecchia

Storia della filosofia antica (M-FIL/07)


Lavecchia-Ritratto

Penso, dunque oso la libertà.

I was a scholarship holder at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in the years 1990-1997, obtaining a Ph.D. in 1998 in Philological, Linguistic and Historical Classical Disciplines with a new critical edition of Pindar's dithyrambic fragments, accompanied by a dedicated historical-religious study to Dionysus and his mystery cults (supervisors Franco Ferrari and Walter Burkert). Drawing on some of the topics covered in my dissertation, I developed and concluded a project on assimilation to the divine (homoiôsis theôi) in Plato's philosophy, publishing the first extensive monograph on that subject.

After a few years of living in Great Britain (London, University College) and Germany (Karl-Eberhard-Universität Tübingen), in 2004 I started teaching at the University of Udine, funded by MIUR as part of the incentive program mobility of Italian scholars working abroad. Since 2009 I am an Associate Professor of History of Ancient Philosophy, and I teach in the degree course in Humanities, Philosophical curriculum, and in the interuniversity degree course in Philosophy.

My research interests are currently linked to the philosophy of the Principle in Plato and Platonism, to the philosophy of Plotino, to the metaphysics of light, the Socratic dialogue and its relations with different dimensions of counseling, ancient aesthetics, even in relation to points of continuity with modern and contemporary art.

I aim to integrate the horizons of ancient thought into an interdisciplinary vision, as well as to enhance those horizons within the contemporary philosophical discourse - with particular regard to the philosophy of the subject, the ego and the self - and philosophical and spiritual practices. In this perspective my teaching is in the Master in "Philosophical Consultancy for Transformation" at the University of Verona (2010-2015), and the the Master in "Meditation and Neuroscience" at the University of Verona. Udine (from 2018).