Public Engagement

Cattedra Rotelli


Due to the Coronavirus emergency,  the cycle of lessons of the Rotelli Chair will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.

UniSR students and teachers will be able to participate both in person and online.


The Faculty of Philosophy of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan launched in 2017 a series of lectures in memory of Professor Giuseppe Rotelli, the founder of Gruppo ospedaliero San Donato, who passed away in 2013. Each year the lectures are devoted to issues of relevance for contemporary societies that are tackled by internationally distinguished personalities from different philosophical areas.

Each international guest provides five or six lessons open to anyone interested.

Each speaker is asked to present his or her thought on the issue chosen, as already outlined in previous publications, but also to provide some original development.

After each lesson, there is a discussant – chosen among the members of the Faculty of Philosophy or among the research centres’ members – and a junior discussant – chosen among the students – to discuss the issues raised during the speaker’s talk.

The international speakers are:

  • François Jullien (Chaire sur l’Altérité, Fondation maison des sciences de l’homme) – April 3rd-11th, 2017. The main focus of Professor Jullien’s lectures is Alterity in its various applications and implications.
  • Rae Helen Langton (Newnham College, Cambridge) – March 19th-23rd, 2018. Professor Langton’s lectures focus on Speech Acts and the Accommodation of Injustice.
  • Julian Nida-Rümelin (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich) – March 18th-22nd, 2019. Professor Nida-Rümelin will focus on Perspectives and Limitations of Cosmopolitan Humanism.
  • Philip Pettit (Princeton University and Australian National University) -  June 17th-19th 2020. Professor Pettit’s lectures focus on “How Language Powers the Mind”.
  • Seyla Benhabib (Columbia University, Yale University) - Dal 2 al 6 novembre 2021, ha tenuto un ciclo di lezioni sul tema “The Seduction of Sovereignty. A Democratic and Cosmopolitan Critique”
  • Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - Dal 14 al 18 marzo 2022, terrà una serie di lezioni dal tema “Spinoza as Moral Philosopher”.

How to reach Cesano Maderno

LOCATION Palazzo Arese Borromeo, Via Borromeo 41, 20811 Cesano Maderno (MB)


It is possible to reach Cesano Maderno by train using the Ferrovie Nord services: from Cadorna take the train to Meda, Seveso or Camnago (line S4), and get off at the Cesano Maderno stop.
In addition to Cadorna, the train to Cesano Maderno can be taken at Affori station (underground line 3).

Otherwise it is possible to reach the town by car.
From Bergamo: take the A4 motorway towards Milan; choose the Tangenziale Nord-Monza exit towards Como; take the Como exit towards Como-Incirano until exit 10 Cesano Maderno.
From Milan: take the Tangenziale Est, direction Turin, Como; choose the Tangenziale Nord exit towards Como; take the Como exit towards Como-Incirano until exit 10 Cesano Maderno; continue until exit 10 Cesano Maderno. Alternatively, you can take the Tangenziale Ovest, choose the Turin, Venice, Milan-viale Certosa exit; follow in the direction of Venezia-viale Certosa up to the Cormano exit where you must take the SS35 dei Giovi (Milan - Meda) towards Meda-Seveso up to exit 10 Cesano Maderno.
From Como: take SS35 dei Giovi to the Lentate sul Seveso crossroads, here choose the Milan direction (Milan - Meda freeway). Exit at exit 9 Binzago and follow the signs for "Historic Palaces" - "Parco Borromeo".


Yellow taxi: 02/6969

Radio Taxi: 02/8585

Taxiblu: 02/4040

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