Remo Bodei


Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University

Remo Bodei is a Fellow at the Italian Academy, Columbia. He also serves as professor at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, working alternately in the two institutions. In his numerous works, Remo Bodei presents his classical form of philosophy which involves a detailed reading of the great authors, rather than confining himself to the peremptory preoccupations of the present. Thus, he analyses the works of Spinoza, Kant, Burke, Tocqueville or De Maistre, but also extends his studies to texts dealing with political history or psychoanalysis. His resulting thought is an example of creative independence and rigour. His monumental book Una geometría de las pasiones (Muchnik, Barcelona, 1995 and Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 1995) deals with the place occupied by passions in revolutionary movements, in conservative and reactionary thought and practice, as well as in democracy. The diagnosis of the present that affirms the disappearance of ideologies is interpreted by Bodei as the progressive liberation of individual consciousness made possible by the renouncing, by the political powers, of the option of extending their tentacles in a totalitarian way.