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CAS SEE Seminars with Guests: Giovanni Giorgini

Giovanni Giorgini is a Full Professor of History of Political Thought at the University of Bologna, a Life Member of Cambridge’s Clare Hall College, and Visiting Professor at many international Universities such as Chicago, Columbia, and Princeton. His primary research interests are Greek philosophy, twentieth-century liberalism, and the recuperation of classical political thought in contemporary philosophy. He is currently pursuing two fields of research: the link between Machiavelli and classical thought from a historical point of view and, from a theoretical perspective, the problem of ancient and modern relativism and the strategies to counteract it; on this topic, Giorgini is writing an essay in which he attempts to utilize law’s notions to show the practical ineffectiveness of relativistic claims. Among his last published works, are The Roots of Respect (with Elena Irrera, De Gruyter 2017) and The Brill Companion to the Reception of Athenian Democracy (with Dino Piovan, Brill 2020).

Relativism and its Discontents

On Thursday, May 26th at 10 am (CET), we hosted the CAS SEE Seminar with Giovanni Giorgini presented by our Fellow Achille Zarlenga

Relativism, the view that all knowledge is relative to some percipient subject and that there is no universal, objective truth, is a product of the advancement of knowledge. Understanding different customs brought about a challenge to knowledge itself. Some daring thinkers argued that there was thus an obvious contrast between what is valid by nature, always and everywhere, and what is valid by custom or law, and is therefore situated in a specific time and place. Nowadays, it is primarily moral and cultural relativism that holds the sway. The problem of relativism, when applied to practical matters, is still more exciting and commands our attention for its consequences. Besides our preferences, likes, and dislikes, is there any standard by which we may evaluate competing claims about entities of the utmost importance (values, political arrangements, religion, scientific theories about man and the universe)?

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