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Istituent thought. The theory of institutions between philosophy, politics and law


Tuesday, 5 November 2019 to Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Total hours: 60
Hours of lectures: 60

Examination procedure

  • Report or seminar


No prerequisites are requested


The course aims to analyze the paradigm of institution - or better of institutional practice - from a philosophical, anthropological and political point of view. Developed above all in the French phenomenological tradition and in the Italian juridical reflection in the first decades of the last century, the question of the institution, in its relationship with thought, returns to the center of the international philosophical debate in a different and more complex formulation. The course will focus on the peculiarity of a philosophy of institutions, exploring new meanings and theoretical potentialities.


Educational goals:

The course aims to give an account, on the analytical and hermeneutical level, of the integration between different lexicons such as those of philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, politics and law. The category of institution, analyzed in its genesis and in its effects, makes the complex sense of this semantic and conceptual integration. As institutions always involve a reflected experience, so thought in turn establishes new meanings destined to transform existing institutions in a new way. 

Bibliographical references

C. Castoriadis, L’istituzione immaginaria della società, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 1995.


M. Douglas, Come pensano le istituzioni, il Mulino, Bologna 1990.


R. Esposito, Pensiero istituente. Tre paradigmi di ontologia politica, Einaudi, Torino 2020.