Elena Pulcini

Scientific and Teaching Profile

Elena Pulcini: Full Professor of Social Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Florence. She completed her Nouveau Doctorat in June 1991 at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Her research revolves around the subjects of philosophical anthropology and social and political philosophy. Her central interest is the topic of passions in the sphere of a theory of modernity and modern individualism, also paying attention to the problem of female subjectivity in the field of "Gender Studies". She has given various papers on these topics at national and international congresses (UniversitÚ libre in Brussels, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Istituto Universitario Europeo in Florence, Institute of Philosophy-Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague etc.).

Among her works: La famiglia al crepuscolo, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1987; Teorie delle passioni (ed.),Kluwer, Dordrecht, Bologna 1989; Amour-passion e amore coniugale. Rousseau e l'origine di un conflitto moderno, Marsilio, Venezia 1990 (French translation c/o Champion-Slatkine, Paris 1998); Immagini dell'impensabile. Ricerche interdisciplinari sulla guerra nucleare (ed., with P.Messeri), Marietti, Genova 1991.

She has published numerous essays in national and international journals and in volumes of collected writings.

She has edited works by J.J.Rousseau and G.Bataille.

Recently she has published: L'individuo senza passioni. Individualismo moderno e perdita del legame sociale, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2001 (reprint 2005; which was awarded a "special mention" at the Salvatore Valitutti International Philosophy Prize as well as the Viaggio a Siracusa International Philosophy Prize). German transalation c/o Diaphanes publishers, Berlin 2004.

More recently she has also published Il potere di unire. Femminile, desiderio, cura, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2003; and Umano postumano. Potere, sapere, etica nell'etÓ globale (ed., with M.Fimiani, V.Gessa Kurotschka), Editori Riuniti Roma 2004.

She is a member of the editorial board of the review "Iride" (Il Mulino) and of the review "La societÓ degli individui" (Angeli).

She was a member of the organisational committee of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy (SIFP) under the presidency of S.Maffettone (2001-2003) and have recently been reconfirmed as a member of the new organisational committee under the presidency of R.Gatti (2004).

She is a member of the European project "Athena" (European Thematic Network Project for Women's Studies ATHENA) directed by Rosi Braidotti (Univ. of Utrecht).

Her current research revolves around the transformation of identity and social bonds in the global age. On these subjects, she edited the volume of collected writings Filosofie della globalizzazione (with D.D'Andrea), ETS, Pisa 2001/2003.