Barbara Carnevali

Researcher in Philosophy

Institut d’études avancées de Paris

After studying philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Barbara Carnevali defended a PhD dissertation on Rousseau under the direction of Remo Bodei in 2001. She continued her education at the University of Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar (2003-2004) and at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (post-doctoral work, 2006-2008). Dr Carnevali has taught the history of modern and contemporary philosophy at the University of Piedmont, and is currently a guest lecturer at EHESS. A member of EHESS's CRAL (Centre for Research on Arts and Language) and ENS’s Centre for Research on the Relationship between Literature, Philosophy and Morals. Dr Carnevali is also an editor for the philosophical journals Iride (Il Mulino) and Iris and Philosophy and Public Debate (Florence UP).  Her research focuses on social philosophy (i.e. social aesthetics and the culture of appearances, the theory of recognition and symbolic power), anthropology of the comparative passions (amour-propre, vanity, envy, honour, glory, distinction, etc.), and the relationship between literature and philosophy, in both a genealogical and theoretical perspective. She has published Romanticismo e riconoscimento, Figure della coscienza in Rousseau (Bologna, Il Mulino, 2004; French  augmented trans.), Romantisme et reconnaissance, Figures de la conscience chez Rousseau (Geneva, Droz, 2012); Il mondo delle apparenze, Un'estetica sociale (Bologne, Il Mulino, 2012, in press) ; an annotated italian translation of Rousseau’s Social Contract, and articles on the history and theory of recognition, Hobbes, the moralist tradition, Proust, René Girard, and Pierre Hadot.