Small Portraits (05_2022)

by Rodrigo Ballon Villanueva

Lorenzo Giovannetti

Lorenzo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Istituto per il Lessico Intellettuale Europeo e Storia delle Idee (ILIESI) of the Italian Research Council (CNR). He earned his Ph.D. from the Tor Vergata University of Rome and Rome Tre University with a thesis titled “Eidos and Dynamis. The Intertwinement of Being and Logos in Plato’s Thought.” In recognition of its excellence, the thesis received the Conrado Eggers Lan Prize (2nd Ed.), awarded by the International Plato Society, for the best dissertation in Platonic studies. The resulting work has been published (in open access) as a fascinating monograph. Lorenzo’s main research interest is ancient Greek philosophy: Plato, ancient metaphysics, and philosophy of language.

Yet his interests exceed ancient philosophy, reaching the contemporary discussions about metaphysical realism and linguistic/non-linguistic approaches to metaphysics. In addition, Lorenzo is also working on the philosophy of emotions and the relation between theatre and philosophy between the 5th and 6th centuries BCE – and has worked on lexicology and lexicography, particularly on philosophical texts.

In 2018, Lorenzo has been a Research Fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici and, in 2021, he has worked at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen with a DAAD Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. During those years, Lorenzo took part in a project aiming at the production of philosophical clips centred on some concepts from ordinary language that have a philosophical relevance. These clips can be found here (English captions available). Among Lorenzo’s publications, one should recall the two volumes that he edited: The Sustainability of Thought (Bibliopolis) and Le forme del vedere (Bibliopolis).