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Storia delle società, delle istituzioni e del pensiero. Dal Medioevo all’Età Contemporanea


Scientific and educational program

The general educational aim of the “History of Societies, Institutions and Thought. From Medieval to Contemporary History” doctorate is uniform for all curricula, even though differing themes and perspectives are explored depending on the specific area of interest.

The doctorate intends to train scholars able to identify ample scientific problems of a historical nature; plan and carry out studies organically connected to the chosen area of research; identify and make competent use of necessary sources or critically analyze data, texts, themes, concepts and methods; identify and make use of an international bibliography; organize and present the material they have gathered and compose a scientific text. The program focuses on an interdisciplinary approach based on a global, diachronic and comparative perspective.    


In social sciences and humanities there is a widespread call to restore diachronic depth to our understanding of the present; this depth can be achieved with the tools of historical and philosophical knowledge.

This approach is even more important in a country that to a greater extent than others undervalues the importance of humanistic study (Martha Nussbaum in her “Not for Profit. Why Democracies Need the Humanities,” extends this criticism to all Western countries), including the study of history and philosophy, and denies the significant role these tools play in the creation of a democratic and conscious citizenship capable of taking on the challenges and profound changes of the present and the future.  

As such, one of the doctorate’s goals is to contribute to a reflection on the role of  humanities, and more specifically of history and philosophy, beyond the academic world and within whole society. This is especially important at this particular moment in history in which the push toward globalizing universalism is echoed by an unprecedented attention to the dimensions of otherness and plurality in their controversial relationship with the forms of rationalization. Since these themes represent a crucial junction in the choices that individuals and the society have to take today, in terms of content and methodology, they permeate the entire field of humanities in their most modern and updated expressions, and emerge in the most prestigious international research carried out today.  

The training provided during the three-year program aims to:

  • to produce scientific results worthy of presentation at conferences and/or publication in monographic form or in specialized journals;
  • to build up argumentative and communicative experience by way of frequent seminars and workshops;
  • to increase disposition for  team work and interaction with other researchers.



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