The acronym CRISI stands for Centro di Ricerca Interdisplinare di Storia delle Idee (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in History of Ideas). Crisis, however, beyond any accidental irony of history, is also the dominant feature of our age, which is both critical time as to events and decisions and, as Kant stated in his major work’s Preface, age of critique, which nothing can escape. On the other hand, all major issues of our time tend to be conceptualized and framed by the point of view of a general paradigm, which could be sketched out as the belief that naturalization, i.e. the reduction to non-symbolic devices, of the human being, of his social life and of his expressive activity, is not only possible and pursuable, but indeed desirable. Such a naturalization implies, as its corollary, the removal of a historical perspective, considered, along with the social dimension, a secondary and superficial aspect, while the very technical activity of human beings, which is inseparable from the symbolic and collective perspective, is reduced to the figures of production and exchange, both conceived from a framework that sees economy, or rather a certain historically-determined idea of the economic space, playing the role not of an integral part, but that of an immutable whole. Truth is, first of all, critique of non-truth and rejection of its imposition, which is called, generally speaking, “power”. The purpose of critique, indeed, is that of weakening and dividing powers, where the effect of political freedom resulting from the traditional political separation of powers is just a special case of the freedom effect directed towards reality as a whole, favoring the creation of increasingly larger and more differentiated interstitial spaces of autonomy, so to fully deploy the polychromy of our experience’s possibilities. Although educational programs in our schools and universities do not hesitate to claim vocational training to critical thought as part of their mission, for the above-outlined reasons, criticism today does not enjoy nor good press nor good health. Against this anesthesia of the critical sense, it is the belief of the Center’s founders that such a sense should on the contrary be awakened and kept awake and that the main goal of philosophy, its authentic profession, consists precisely in soliciting such a training to criticism. This is the founding reason of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the History of Ideas, conceived as a space for the development of that critical activity that it is essential not only for the exercise of citizenship within a democratic state, but also for the researcher and the scientist, struggling with the organic resistance of academic disciplines to revolutionary innovation of scientific paradigms, and finally for the very creativity of the person in general – a creativity that should be released so to be able to build the future of novum also and especially through the organ of critique.

Simonetta Bassi (Università di Pisa), Giovanni Bonacina (Università di Urbino), Massimo Cacciari (Università San Raffaele – Milano), Massimo Donà (Università San Raffaele – Milano), Giulio D’Onofrio (Università di Salerno), Sebastiano Ghisu (Università di Sassari), Elena Loewenthal (Università San Raffaele – Milano), Romano Màdera (Università Milano-Bicocca), Maurizio Migliori (Università di Macerata), Salvatore Natoli (Università Milano-Bicocca), Francesca Rigotti (Università della Svizzera italiana), Emidio Spinelli (Università La Sapienza – Roma), Italo Testa (Università di Parma)

For more information on the courses taught by the members of the CRISI, please see the student guides (Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Master’s degree in Philosophy).

– What is the history of ideas?

– Culture

– Critique

– The care of the self and others

– The development of the Western philosophical canon

– The relationship between philosophy and lifeworld

– Philosophy as lifestyle, literary genre and form of expression of the self

Journals and book series

– Giornale Critico di Storia delle Idee

– Biblioteca di Filosofia della storia

– Biblioteca della polvere

– I Cento talleri

Director: Andrea Tagliapietra
Scientific secretary: Corrado Claverini
Senior researchers
: Raffaele Ariano, Luca Basile, Mario Carparelli, Enrico Cerasi, Raphael Ebgi, Diego Fusaro, Alfredo Gatto, Giuseppe Girgenti, Paolo Salandini, Andrea Tagliapietra
Junior researchers: Marco Bruni,  Gianpaolo Cherchi, Corrado Claverini, Michele Giugni, Vito Limone, Erminio Maglione, Caterina Piccione, Luigi Sala, Valentina Sperotto, Janna Voskressenskaia