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Alessandro Pinzani, Ph.D.

Alessandro Pinzani is professor for Ethics and Political Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil (since 2004).

He studied philosophy in Florence (M.A.) and Tübingen (PhD). From 1997 to 2004 he was assistant professor and appointed teacher at the University of Tübingen, where he got his Habilitation in philosophy. He was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (2001-2002 with a Feodor-Lynen-Fellowship by the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation) and at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2010-2011 with a fellowship by Capes). He was visiting professor at the PUC-RS, Porto Alegre (2000 and 2001), at the University of Dresden (2013) and at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (2016). At present he is Fellow Researcher of the CNPq (Level 1D) and head of the Centro de Investigações Kantianas.

For a list of courses taught see here; for a list of papers and participation in events see here; for a complete list of publications see here.


January 2003 to present: Member of the Forschungsstelle für politische Philosophie of the University of Tübingen

March 2006 to present: Fellow-Researcher of CNPq (Brazilian National Research Counsel)

September 2013 to August 2015: Co-coordinator of the research project “Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals as Guidance in a Morally and Legally Complex World” (in cooperation with prof. dr. Thomas Mertens, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands)

October 2011-September 2013: Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy at the UFSC

October 2011-January 2013: Member of the Academic Senate of the UFSC

October 2010-October 2014: Member of the Directory of the Brazilian Kant Society

February-September 2010: Head of Department, Dept. of Philosophy, UFSC

January 2007-December 2010: National Coordinator of the research group “Theories of Justice” (GT Teorias da Justiça) of the ANPOF (Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Philosophy)

August 2007 to present: Coordinator of the Centro de Investigações Kantianas (Kantian Research Center) at the UFSC

August 2006 to present: Member of the research group on Ethics and Political Philosophy (NEFIPO) of the UFSC

January 2005-December 2007: Main editor of the on-line journal ethic@. An International Journal for Moral Philosophy

Referee for the following institutions and journals:




Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Switzerland)


Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Center – Poland)

International Marx-Engels-Stiftung (Germany) (Member of the Scientific Committee)

Kant-Studien (Germany) (Member of the Scientific Committee)

Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía Política (Argentina) (Member of the Editorial Committee)

Isegoria (Spain) (Member of the Scientific Committee)

ethic@.An International Journal for Moral Philosophy (Brazil) (Member of the Editorial Committee)

Estudos Kantianos (Brazil) (Member of the Editorial Committee)

Cadernos de Filosofia Alemã(Brazil) (Member of the Editorial Committee)

Dois Pontos (Brazil)

Veritas (Brazil)



April to August 2016: Visiting Professor at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

August 2015 to March 2016: Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Political Science, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.

June to July 2013: Visiting Professor at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

February 2010 to January 2011: Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

July 2004 to present: Professor for Ethics and Political Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil

February-June 2004: Work at a research project on „Citizenship, Democracy, Globalization“, founded by the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung

June 2003-June 2004: Part-time lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) at the Philosophisches Seminar of the University of Tübingen (Germany);  Member of the Forschungsstelle für politische Philosophie of the University of Tübingen (Germany)

May-June 2003: Visiting Professor, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil

January-April 2003: Work at the own Habilitationsschrift with a funding from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (Germany)

June 2001 to December 2002: Visiting Scholar, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York

March-April 2001: Visiting Professor, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (“PUCRS”), Porto Alegre, Brazil

July 1997 to March 2001: Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter (Assistant Professor) (BATIIa/halb) at the Forschungsstelle “Politische Philosophie” under Prof. Otfried Höffe at the University of Tübingen (Germany)


2016: International Award “Karl-Otto Apel” for Philosophy

2015-2016: Visiting Scholar Fellowship from Capes (Brazil) to spend one year at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

2014: Support through the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation for the realization of a Humboldt-Kolleg on the crisis of democracy (with guests from Germany, Argentina, and Brazil)

2013-2015: Support through Capes and Nuffic of the research project “Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals as Guidance in a Morally and Legally Complex World” in cooperation with Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (NL)

2013: Support through Capes for the realization of the V National Congress of the Brazilian Kant Society (with guests from Germany, USA, Poland, Spain, Argentina and Brazil)

2011: Support through Capes for the realization of the V International Symposium on Justice (with guests from Germany, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil)

2010-2011: Visiting Scholar Fellowship from Capes (Brazil) to spend one year at the Humboldt-University Berlin

2009-2010: Support through CNPq for the research project “Direito, política e moral em Kant” (Law, Politics, and Ethics in Kant)

2006 to present: Research Fellowship from the CNPq (Brazilian National Research Counsel)

2004: Research Fellowship from the Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation

2001-2002: Feodor-Lynen-Scholarship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation

2000-2001: Support through the European Commision of the project “Euro-Conferences: Global Justice” (organized with Jean-Christophe Merle). Themes of the Conferences: (1) The normative requirements for particular agreements (7-10 December 2000, Tübingen, Germany); (2) The formation of a global public sphere (14-17 June 2001, Lyon, France); (3)  Subsidiarity, federalism and democracy (6-9 December 2001, Florence, Italy)

1997-2000: Fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for a research on “Moralische Grundlagen der Demokratie” (Moral Grounds of Democracy)

1995-1997: Fellowship from the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg (Graduiertenförderung)


Evânia E. Reich (2017): The Tension between Religious Demands and Liberal Equal Rights (PhD)

Davi Silva (2017): Just War in Rawls’ Law of Peoples (PhD)

Amaro Fleck (2015): Theodor W. Adorno: A Critic in Capitalism’s Golden Age (PhD)

Cristina F. Consani (2013): The Paradox of Democracy and the Tension between Politics and Law (PhD)

Patricia Rosa (2013): Equality and Singularity in the Foundations of Ethics and Politics (PhD)

Idete Teles dos Santos (2012): On the Social Contract in Hobbes (PhD)

Leon Farhi Neto (2012): Political Spirituality: A View from Spinoza and Foucault (PhD)

Alexandre Lima (2011): The Concept of Economy in Aristotle and Marx (PhD)

Franciele B. Petry (2011): Beyond a Critique of Instrumental Reason (PhD)

Diana Piroli (2017): Institutional humiliation in Rawls, Nussbaum and Margalit (MA) 

Evânia E. Reich (2012): Recognition in Hegel (MA)

Jordan M. Muniz (2012): Althusius and Hobbes on Representation (MA)

Marcel S. Dietzold (2012): Reason and the Individual: The Hegelian Attempt to Overcome the Philosophy of Subject (MA)

Amaro Fleck (2011): The Critique of Political Economy and its Consequences (MA)

Alberto P. Neto (2009): Jürgen Habermas’ Analysis of the Tension between Human Rights and Popular Sovereignty in Kant’s Doctrine of Right (MA)

Diogo Ramos (2009): The Concept of Work in Marx and Arendt (MA)

Andrei L. Lodea (2008): The Foundations of Morality in Habermas and Tugendhat (MA)

Elizabete Guerra (2008): The Space of the Political in Modernity according to Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt (MA)

Idete Teles (2008): Power, Passion and Corruption in the State according to Machiavelli and Montesquieu (MA)

Leandro M. Cisneiros (2007): Freedom in Kant as a political-philosophical project (MA)



Franco Rodriguez Migliarini: Normative Tensions in Karl Marx: On Marx’s Concept of Justice (PhD)

Jordan M. Muniz: Communality and Hegemonic Articulation: Should we Redistribute Freedom and Equality? (PhD)

Marcone C. Cerqueira: Action in Machiavelli (PhD)

Nayara Barros: Feminism and Critical Theory (Ph.D.)

Nunzio Alì: Interactional VS. Institutional Conception of Human Rights: a Conflict without Solution? (PhD)

Alessandra Formica: Just War and Terrorism (M.A.)

Fabiano Wolfart: Emmanuel Renault’s Theory of Social Suffering (M.A.)

Tiago Mendonça dos Santos: Ethics and Economy in A. Sen (M.A.)


A Critical Theory for the 21st Century (sponsored by CNPq)


Social Justice and Human needs (sponsored by CNPq)

Kant and Hobbes: How to Behave in an Unjust or Tyrannical State (sponsored by CNPq) (with D. Dutra, D. Dall’Agnol, A. Barbieri Durão e M. C. Tonetto)

Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals as Guidance in a Morally and Legally Complex World (sponsored by Capes and Nuffic) (with Th. Mertens, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Democratic Ethos and Citizen Ethos: A Conceptual Analysis (sponsored by CNPq and Capes)

Law, Politics, and Ethics in Kant (sponsored by CNPq)

Democracy, Constitution, and Democratic Ethos: A Dialogue between Past and Present (sponsored by CNPq)



May 2004:

Habilitation (venia legendi) at the Philosophische Fakultät of the University of Tübingen; Habilitationsschrift (post-doctoral dissertation) on “An den Wurzeln moderner Demokratie. Bürger und Staat in der Neuzeit: Ein Blick auf vier Grundmodelle” (At the Roots of Modern Democracy. Citizen and State in Modern Time: A Look on Four Models), at the University of Tübingen, under the supervision of Prof. Otfried Höffe. Examiners: Prof. Dr. Otfried Höffe (Philosophisches Seminar), Prof. Dr. Anton Schindling (Historisches Seminar), Prof. Dr. Rudolf Hrbek (Institut für Politikwissenschaft), Dr. habill. Peter Rinderle (Humboldt-Universität Berlin). N.B.: Habilitation is a post-doctoral qualification required in Germany to be eligible for academic positions

July, 1997:

Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen (Germany).  Dissertation: “Diskurs und Menschenrechte:  Habermas’ Theorie der Rechte im Vergleich” (Discourse and Human Rights – Habermas’s Theory of Rights Compared), grade: magna cum laude (first examiner: Prof. O. Höffe, Tübingen, second examiner: Prof. R. Wimmer, Tübingen).

February, 1992:

“Laurea” in philosophy (in Italy this degree marks the end of university studies and is required for beginning Ph.D.); thesis: “La genesi del ‘Nuovo Pensiero’ di Franz Rosenzweig” (The Genesis of Franz Rosenzweig’s ‘New Thinking’). Examiners were M. Moneti (philosopher), B. Accarino (philosopher) and I. Zatelli (theologian), grade: 110 cum laude of 110. Institution: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence (Italy)

July, 1985:

Maturità classica (university entrance qualification), grade: 60 of 60. Institution: Collegio Alla Querce, Florence (Italy)



1. Books


(editor with A. Faggion and N. Sanchez Madrid) Kant and Social Policies. London: Palgrave Macmillan


(with Walquíria Leão Rego) Vozes do Bolsa Família. Dinheiro, Autonomia e Cidadania. São Paulo: Editora UNESP (2nd Edition: 2014)


(editor with M. C. Tonetto) Critical Theory and Global Justice / Teoria Crítica e Justiça Global, Florianópolis, NEFIPO

(editor with M. C. Tonetto and D. Dall’Agnol) Investigações Kantianas I: Um debate plural. Florianópolis, FUNJAB


An den Wurzeln moderner Demokratie. Individuum und Staat in der Neuzeit: Ein Blick auf vier Grundmodelle, Berlin, Akademie Verlag


Jürgen Habermas, München, Beck (portuguese translation: Habermas, Porto Alegre, Artmed, 2009)


Ghirlande di fiori e catene di ferro. Istituzioni e virtù politiche in Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau e Kant, Firenze, Le Lettere


(co-autor with M. Moneti Codignola) Diritto, politica e moralità in Kant, Milano, Bruno Mondadori

Maquiavel e ‘O Príncipe’, Rio de Janeiro, Jorge Zahar Editor


(editor with K.-J. Kuschel & M. Zillinger) Ein Ethos für eine Welt? Globalisierung als ethische Herausforderung, Frankfurt/New York, Campus

 2. Articles and Chapters:


Gibt es eine ethische Pflicht, äußerlich frei zu sein?. In: Bernd Dörflinger, Dieter Hüning, Günter Kruck (Hg.). Das Verhältnis von Recht und Moral in Kants praktischer Philosophie. Hildesheim: Olms, 171-190.

¿Tenemos el deber de manipular genéticamente a nuestros hijos?. In: S. Truccone (org). Justicia intergeneracional. Ensayos desde el pensamiento de Lukas H. Meyer. Cordoba: Editorial de la UNC, 137-166


(with Walquíria Leão Rego) Money, Autonomy, Citizenship. Effects of the Programa Bolsa Família on Its Participants. In: Philosophy and Public Issues, 6/3, 115-159.

(with Nuria Sanchez Madrid) The State Looks Down. Some Reassesments of Kant’s Appraisal of Citizenship. In: Alessandro Pinzani, Andrea Faggion and Nuria Sanchez Madrid (eds). Kant and Social Policies, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 25-47.

Pobreza. In: Oscar Pérez de la Fuente, Guillermo Lariguet, Hugo Seleme, René González de la Vega (orgs.). Democracia. Perspectivas jurídicas, morales y políticas. Buenos Aires: Euro Editores, 55-122.

Farewell to Welfare. An End to Citizenship as We Know It. In: SocietàMutamentoPolítica, 7/13, 119-137.


(with Denilson L. Werle) Die Vermögen der Bürger und ihre Darstellung. In: O. Höffe (Hg.). John Rawls: Politischer Liberalismus (Klassiker Auslegen). Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 63-78

Between the Natural and the Artificial. Habermas (and Kant) on Eugenics. In: Darlei Dall’Agnol; Milene Tonetto (eds.): Morality and Life. Kantian Perspectives in Bioethics. Pisa: ETS, 147-164

Minimal Income as Basic Condition for Autonomy. In: N. De Oliveira, M. Hrubec, E. Sobottka, G. Saavedra (eds.). Justice and Recognition. On Axel Honneth and Critical Theory. Porto Alegre; Prague: PUCRS; Filosofia, 223-238


Zwischen Wut und Resignation. Politische Apathie, negativer Aktivismus und technokratischer Diskurs. In: Andre Brodocz; Dietrich Hermann; Rainer Schmidt; Daniel Schulz; Julia Schulze Wessel (Hrsg.): Die Verfassung des Politischen. Festschrift für Hans Vorländer. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 133-156

(In)justice and Morality. A commentary on Christoph Horn. In: ethic@, 13/1, 18-26.

O colecionador de mariposas. Arte, morte, coleção. In: Patrícia Peterle; Andrea Santurbano; Maria Aparecida Barbosa. (Org.). Coleções literárias. 1ed.Rio de Janeiro: 7Letras, 2014, v. 1, p. 119-126.


(with Cristina F. Consani) Jefferson vs. Madison Revised in: Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik / Annual Review of Law and Ethics. Bd. 21: Das Rechtsstaatsprinzip / The Rule of Law-Principle, 111-132.

In the beginning was the deed. On the origin of property and society in Rousseau and Kant, in: Estudos Kantianos, I/2, 11-24

Religion bei Machiavelli. In: D. Brantl / R. Geiger / St. Herzberg (Hg.) Religion und Politik. Klassische Modelle von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Berlin: Akademie, 91-104.

Politische Tugenden bei Hobbes. In: H. Vorländer (Hg.). Demokratie und Transzendenz. Die Begründung politischer Ordnungen. Bielefeld: transcript verlag, 217-245.

Os paradoxos da liberdade. In: R. Melo (org.) Ensaios sobre Honneth. São Paulo: Saraiva, 293-315.

Democracia versus tecnocracia. Apatia e participação em sociedades complexas. In: Lua Nova. Revista de cultura e política, nº 89, 135-168.


Licença para matar. In: A. Pinzani / M. C. Tonetto / D. Dall’Agnol (orgs.) Investigações Kantianas I: Um debate plural. Florianópolis, FUNJAB, 65-77.

Justiça social e carências. In: A. Pinzani / M. C. Tonetto (orgs.). Critical Theory and Global Justice / Teoria Crítica e Justiça Global, Florianópolis, NEFIPO, 133-159

Grundbedürfnisse als Handlungsgründe. In: J. Nida-Rümelin / E. Özmen (Hg.). Welt der Gründe. Hamburg: Meiner, 633-651.

Doch ein Republikaner? Ein Blick in die anderen politischen Schriften Machiavellis. In: O. Höffe (Hg.). Niccolò Machiavelli: Der Fürst (Klassiker Auslegen). Berlin: Akademie, 161-178.

Sobre a Terceira Antinomia. In: J. Klein (org.). Comentários às obras de Kant: Crítica da Razão Pura. Florianopolis: Nefipo, 561-590

Produção de massa, produção da massa. In: M. A. Barbosa / M. H. Marsal / P. Peterle (orgs.). Literatura de vanguarda e política – o século rivisitado. Niterói: Comunitá, 147-166.

Teoria Crítica e justiça social. In: Civitas, 12, 88-106.


Botanische Anthropologie und physikalische Staatslehre. Zum 5. und 6. Satz der Idee. In: O. Höffe (Hg.). Immanuel Kant: Schriften zur Geschichtsphilosophie (Klassiker Auslegen). Berlin: Akademie, 63-78.

Chi è il soggetto della Dottrina del diritto?. In: V. Rocco Lozano / M. Sgarbi (eds.). Diritto e storia in Kant e Hegel. Trento: Verifiche, 35-52.

Da pessoa ao indivíduo. O lugar sistemático do sujeito na seção “Moralidade” da Filosofia do Direito de Hegel. In: A. Fleck / D. Ramos (Org.). A racionalidade do real. Estudos sobre a filosofia hegeliana do direito. Florianopolis: Nefipo, 59-80.

Alienados e culpados. Os cidadãos no republicanismo contemporâneo. In: ethic@. An International Journal for Moral Philosophy, 9/2, 267-288.


Minimal Income as Basic Condition for Autonomy, in: Veritas, 55/1, 9-20.

El debate sobre la inmigración como discurso ontológico-político, in: Arbor, 744, 513-530.


Democratic Constitutions and Education to Freedom, in: Civitas, 9/3, 472-495.

(with Otfried Höffe) Von Weber zu Kant. Habermas’ Wiederentdeckung der Rechts- und Staatsphilosophie, in: G. Schaal (Hg.), Das Staatsverständnis von Jürgen Habermas, Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag, 43-58

Reconhecimento e solidariedade, in: ethic@, 8/3, 2009, 101-113 (

Despolitização e crítica social. Cinco teses. In: A. Storck / W. B. Lisboa (Org.). Norma, moralidade e interpretação: temas de filosofia política e do direito. Porto Alegre: Linus Editores, 124-134


Kant on Sovereignty, in: Kant e-prints, Série 2, Vol. 3/2, 2009/1, 229-236 (

Representation in Kant’s Political Theory, in: J. Joerden / S. Byrd / J. Hruschka (Hrgs.), Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik 16, Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 203-226


“It’s the power, stupid!” On the Unmentioned Precondition of Social Justice, in: A. Føllesdal / Th. Pogge (eds.), Real World Justice. Grounds, Principles, Human Rights, and Social Institutions, Dordrecht, Springer, 2005, 171-197

Der systematische Stellenwert der pseudo-ulpianischen Regel in Kants Rechtslehre, in: Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung, 59, I/2005, 71-94

Gobierno de las leyes y/o gobierno de los ciudadanos. ¿Hay incompatibilidad entre republicanismo y democracia liberal?, in: Isegoria, 33, diciembre 2005, 77-97.

O natural e o artificial. Argumentos morais e políticos contra a eugenia liberal seguindo Habermas e Foucault, in: Ethic@, 4/3, 2005, 361-377 (


Patrioti o diavoli? Sovranità nazionale e diritti individuali tra repubblicanesimo e liberalismo, in: Fenomenologia e società, XVII, 1/2004, 68-100


The contrabassist and the CEO. Moral Judgement and Collective Identity, in: Etic@, 2/2, 120-136 (

L’equivoco della governance, in: Iride, XVI/40, 2003, 555-566

Brauchen wir Bürgertugenden oder demokratischere Institutionen? in: Berliner Debatte Initial, 14/1, 2003, 34-44


Selbstbestimmung und Sezessionsrecht, in: St. Gosepath / J.-Ch. Merle (Hg.), Weltrepublik. Globalisierung und Demokratie, München, Beck, 255-265


Demokratisierung als Aufgabe. Läßt sich Globalisierung demokratisch gestalten?, in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, B 33-34/00, 32-38

(with J.-Ch. Merle) Rechtfertigung und Modalitäten eines Rechts auf humanitäre Intervention, in: S+F Vierteljahresschrift für Sicherheit und Frieden, 18/1, 71-75


Das Völkerrecht (§§ 53-61), in: O. Höffe (Hg.), I. Kant, Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Rechtslehre, Reihe Klassiker Auslegen, Berlin, Akademie-Verlag, 235-255



Italian (native language)

German (excellent)

English (excellent)

Portuguese (excellent)

Spanish (proficient)

French (read)

Latin (read)

Ancient Greek (read)