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Corrado Piroddi

Grant Holder, Post Doc Research
Tampere University
City Centre Campus

About me

On August 28th, 2020, I defended my doctoral dissertation (monograph) Towards a critical social ontology: A study on Pierre Bourdieu and Axel Honneth, under the supervision of Professor Arto Laitinen (Tampere University) and Senior Lecturer Onni Hirvonen (University of Jyväskylä). The dissertation was accepted with distinction on September 23rd, 2020. 

My postdoctoral project shows a certain continuity with my doctoral research but also a significant change of perspective in my scientific interests. In my doctoral dissertation, I provided a novel comparative study of two prominent social theorists, Axel Honneth and Pierre Bourdieu, and developed new conceptual tools that can be useful for philosophical studies and research in social sciences. In my actual research, I will approach problems related to health justice and equity, which are currently pivotal in the public debate related to the Covid-19 pandemic, from a perspective that is sensitive to the theory of recognition and critical theory. 

Since 2013, I have been a member of the editorial staff of La società degli individui, a four-monthly journal of political philosophy and social theory directed by Professor Ferruccio Andolfi and Professor Italo Testa. The journal focuses especially on the history, the exponents and the phenomenology of individualism, the relationship between individualism and modernity, the meaning of individualistic ethics, the moments of conflict and convergence between the tradition of solidarity and individualist stream of thought, the ways of a possible mediation between self-affirmative needs and the need for community. 

Fields of expertise

Ethics, Critical Theory, Social Ontology


Finnish Cultural Foundation-Pirkanmaa, «Pandemics, Social Distancing, and Social Pathologies. An Ethical and Socio-Philosophical Perspective», 2021.

Selected publications

A. Peer-Reviewed Articles:

1. “Hope, habitus, and social recognition: a Bourdieusian proposal”, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior. Forthcoming. 

2. “Can critical theory work without the concept of ‘ideology’? A Bourdieusian perspective”, Consecutio Rerum, 10, 2021. Forthcoming. 

3. “Pathologies of society and social philosophy: New perspectives from Finland”, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 2020, DOI: 10.1080/1600910X.2020.1779770. *

4. “Conflitto, riconoscimento e dominio. Tra John Dewey e Pierre Bourdieu”, La società degli individui, 63, 2018/3. 

5. “Patologie della società e filosofia sociale. Nuove prospettive dalla Finlandia”, Consecutio Rerum, 4, 2018.

6. “Il dominio della crisi in Europa”, Philosophical Readings, 10, 2018/1. 

7. “Pierre Bourdieu: habitus collettivo e riconoscimento sociale”, Quaderni della Ginestra, 22, 2017/3.

8. With Paolo Costa, Marco Solinas, “Verso un nuovo spirito della critica”, La società degli individui, 53, 2015/2.

9. With Timothy Tambassi, “Relativismo e critica alla teoria critica”, La società degli individui, 49, 2014/1.

10. “Reclusi in 35 millimetri”, La società degli individui, 40, 2011/1. 

B. Non-Refereed Scientific Articles:

11. “Tunnustuksen kentät, habitukset ja pääomat”, Ajatus, 77, 2020/1.

12. With Stefano Canali, “Introduction. Which philosophy, ethics, and politics for epidemiology today?”, Mefisto, 5, 2021/1.

C. Scientific Books (Edited Refereed Collections, Special Issues of Scholarly Journals, Translations):

13. With Stefano Canali, “The philosophy, ethics, and politics of epidemiology today”, Mefisto, 5, 2021/1. 

14. Translation, John Dewey, Filosofia sociale e politica. Lezioni in Cina (1919-1920), ed. Federica Gregoratto, Rosenberg & Sellier, 2017. 

15. With Diego Melegari, La società degli individui, 52, 2015/2. 

D. Other Scholarly Publications

D.1 Book Reviews on Scholarly Journals

16. Barbara Stiegler, “De la démocratie en pandémie. Santé, recherche, education”, Mefisto, 5, 2021/1.

17. Matteo Santarelli, “La vita interessata”, Quaderni di Teoria Sociale, 2020/1-2.

18. Pierre Rosanvallon, “La legittimità democratica”, La società degli individui, 54, 2015/3.

19. Federica Gregoratto, “Il doppio volto della comunicazione”, La società degli individui, 52, 2015/1.

20. Alessandro Bellan, “Teorie della reificazione”, La società degli individui, 51, 2014/3.

21. Ermanno Vitale, “Contro i beni comuni. Una critica illuminista”, La società degli individui, 48, 2013/3.

22. Valentina Pazè, “In nome del popolo. Il problema democratico”, La società degli individui, 42, 2011/3.

23. Michel Henry, “Marx. Una filosofia della realtà”, Quaderni della ginestra, 4, 2011/3. 

24. Vito Mancuso, “La vita autentica”, La società degli individui, 38, 2010/2.

D.2 Teaching materials

25. Introduction to the course IHMJ1004, Research Ethics for Philosophers (Responsible Teacher Petteri Niemi, University of Jyväskylä).

E. Publications intended for the general public:

26. “La pandemia nella regione nei laghi. Suomi Mon Amour”, Le parole e le cose, 21/03/2020,

 Finnish transl., “Suomi mon amour: pandemia järvien maassa”, Nuori Voima, 07/04/2020,


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