Dr. Dr. Ferdinando Giuseppe Menga


Geb. 1974 in Foggia (Italien)
Studium der Philosophie und Italianistik in Triest und Neapel

Academic Titles

  • Dr. Phil, Dr. iur. et pol. rer.
  • Award of the National Scientific Qualification according to the Italian Academic System (“Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale a Professore di Seconda Fascia”) as an Associate Professor in the following disciplines: Theoretical Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Legal Philosophy

 

Academic Positions

  • April 2016 –: Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Institut für Ethik, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Universität Tübingen.
  • April 2015 – April 2016: Professurvertretung / Interim Professorship 50% for Religionswissenschaft und Judaistik, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät), Universität Tübingen.
  • February 2011 – February 2015: Post-Doc Assistant / Post-Doc wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Institut für Ethik (Chair: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Gräb-Schmidt), Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Universität Tübingen.
  • October 2014 –: Teaching Fellow at the Department of und Religionswissenschaft und Judaistik, Universität Tübingen. 
  • October 2013 –: Teaching Fellow at the Master of “Literatur- und Kulturtheorie”, Philosophisches Seminar, Universität Tübingen.
  • April 2011 –: Teaching Fellow at the Forum Scientiarum (Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies), Universität Tübingen.
  • July 2008 – November 2010: Teaching Assistant (Cultore della materia) of Political/Legal Philosophy, University of Catania (Italy).

 

Areas of Competence and Research

  • Contemporary political, moral and legal philosophy
  • Forms of democracy
  • Agonistic politics and legal orders
  • Ethics in the Public Sphere
  • Intergenerational Justice and Environmental Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • Intersubjectivity, Plurality, Interculturality, Philosophies of Dialogue
  • Contemporary Jewish Philosophy
  • Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Post-Structuralism

 

 

Publications

 

A.    Books

  1. La mediazione e i suoi destini. Profili filosofici contemporanei fra politica e diritto [Mediation and its Destinies. Philosophical Profiles in Contemporary Thought between Politics and Law], Ombre Corte, Verona 2012.
  2. Potere costituente e rappresentanza democratica. Per una fenomenologia dello spazio istituzionale [Constituent  Power and Democratic Representation. For a Phenomenology of Institutional Space], Editorial Scientifica, Napoli 2010.
  3. L’appuntamento mancato. Il giovane Heidegger e i sentieri interrotti della democrazia [The Missed Appointment. The Early Heidegger Off the Beaten Tracks of Democracy], Quodlibet, Macerata 2010.
  4. La passione del ritardo. Dentro il confronto di Heidegger con Nietzsche [The Passion of Delay. Inside the Confrontation of Heidegger with Nietzsche], FrancoAngeli, Milano 2004.
  5. (ed.) The Paths of the Alien. On the Philosophy of Bernhard Waldenfels, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XIII, 2011. Link: www2.units.it/etica/2011_1/copertina.html
  6. (ed. with P. Biasetti), Human Rights in a Plural Ethical Framework, in Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 2, 1, 2014. Link: www.metodo-rivista.eu/index.php/metodo/issue/view/9/showToc
  7. (ed.), Simposium: Hans Lindahl, Faultlines of Globalization: Legal Order and the Politics of A-Legality (Oxford University Press, 2013), in  Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XVI, 2, 2014. Link: www.openstarts.units.it/dspace/handle/10077/10695
  8. (ed. with F. Ciaramelli), L’età dei populismi. Diritto e conflitti / The Age of Populism. Rights and Conflicts, in Teoria e critica della regolamentazione sociale, 2, 2015.
  9. (ed. with E. Gräb-Schmidt), Grenzgänge der Gemeinschaft. Eine interdisziplinäre Begegnung zwischen sozial-politischer und theologisch-religiöser Perspektive, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2016 (in press).

Forthcoming books

  1. Ausdruck, Mitwelt, Ordnung. Zur Ursprünglichkeit einer Dimension des Politischen im Anschluss an die Philosophie des frühen Heidegger, Fink Verlag, München (2017).
  2. (ed. with M. Fritsch), Responsibility and Justice for Future Generations in Dialogue with Phenomenology, in Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 2, 2017.

 

 

B.    Articles and Book Chapters (with *: articles  in peer-reviewed journals):

B1.  Key Articles

In English:

  1. “On E. Balibar’s Equaliberty: Political Essays”, in Contemporary Political Theory (entrusted by the Editorial Board of the Journal) 2016 (forthcoming).
  2. “On Ch. Mouffe’s Agonistics” in ID: International Dialogue (entrusted by the Editorial Board of the Journal) 2016 (forthcoming).
  3. “Antagonism, Natality, A-Legality. A Phenomenological Itinerary on the Democratic Transgression of Politico-Legal Orders”, 2016 (in process of peer-review).*
  4.  “Agonistic Democracy and the Modern Political Paradigm: Framing the Space of Conflict in a Critical Encounter with Chantal Mouffe”, 2015 (in process of final peer-review after the first).*
  5. “How Much and What Kind of Radical Democracy Can a Community Withstand?, in E. Gräb-Schmidt, F.G. Menga (eds.), Grenzgänge der Gemeinschaft, 2016 (in press).
  6. “The Seduction of Radical Democracy. Deconstructing Hannah Arendt’s Political Discourse”, in Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Thought 21, 3, 2014, pp. 313-326 .*
  7. “A-Legality: Journey to the Borders of Law. In Dialogue with Hans Lindahl”, in  Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XVI, 2, 2014, pp. 919-939.*
  8. (with P. Biasetti) “Human Rights in a Plural Ethical Framework: a Questioning on the Threshold of Legal Orders”, in Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 2, 1, 2014, pp. 7-16.*
  9. “Interculturality and the Limits of a Globalized Order. Some Paradigmatic Insights on the Unavoidable Intervention of Contingency Within Human Institutions”, in Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia, 3, 2, 2012, pp. 254-262.*
  10. “The Experience of the Alien and the Philosophy of Response”. Editor’s Preface to F.G. Menga (ed.), The Paths of the Alien. On the Philosophy of Bernhard Waldenfels, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XIII, 2011, pp. 7-15.*
  11. “Order as Unclosed Scene: the Alienness of Origin between Translation and Tragedy”, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, IX, 2007, 2, pp. 403-422.*
 

In German:

  1. “Repräsentation und Entzug. Phänomenologische Wege zwischen Fragen und Antworten”,  hrsg. Band, Tübingen 2016 (in press).
  2. “Säkularisierung und die aporetischen Schicksale der modernen Demokratie. Rechts- und politisch-philosophische Überlegungen zur Versuchung einer Strategie der Immanenz”, in Ph. Stoellger, M. Kumlehn (hrsg.), Machtwort – Wortmacht. Wer hat das Sagen in Sachen Religion? Deutungsmachtkonflikte in und um Religion, Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2016, pp. 169-197.
  3. “Wie viel Gastlichkeit darf sich ein demokratischer Raum leisten? Phänomenologische Überlegungen zur politischen Konfliktualität im Anschluss an die Agonismus-Theorie Chantal Mouffes”, in B. Liebsch, M. Staudigl (hrsg.), Perspektiven europäischer Gastlichkeit. Geschichte –  Kulturelle Praktiken – Kritik, Velbrück Wissenschaft, Weilerswist  2016, pp. 679-695.*
  4. “Was sich der Globalisierung entzieht. Die unaufhebbare Kontingenz bei der Stiftung von Weltordnungen”, in  D. Koch. M. Ruppert, N. Weidtmann (hrsg.), Globalisierung – Eine Welt? Philosophische Annährungen, Attempto, Tübingen 2015, pp. 64-73.
  5. “Die autonome Gesellschaft und das Problem der Ordnungskontingenz. Kritische Anmerkungen zu Castoriadis‘ Diskurs der radikalen Demokratie”, in H. Wolf (hrsg.), Das Imaginäre im Sozialen. Zur Sozialtheorie von Cornelius Castoriadis, Wallstein, Göttingen 2012, pp. 103-134.
 

In Italian:

  1. “La sfida dell’agonismo politico all’immaginario giuridico contemporaneo. Considerazioni introduttive”, in Teoria e critica della regolamentazione sociale, 2, 2015, pp. 9-17.*
  2. “Diritto, pluralismo, democrazia radicale. Fra l’agonismo politico di Chantal Mouffe e la fenomenologia dell’a-legalità di Hans Lindahl”, in Sociologia del diritto, 3, 2015, pp. 141-165.*
  3. “Aporie del potere costituente. Per un percorso genealogico-decostruttivo su un concetto chiave della modernità politica e giuridica”, in Ars interpretandi, 2, 2015, pp. 143-163.*
  4. “Per un umanesimo declinato al futuro. La condizione antropologica nel contesto di una giustizia intergenerazionale”, in Apulia Theologica 1, 2, 2015, pp. 305-350.
  5. “Per una giustizia iperbolica e intempestiva. Riflessioni sulla responsabilità intergenerazionale in prospettiva fenomenologica”, in Diritto e Questioni Pubbliche, 14, 2014, pp. 711-793.*
  6. “Per una nozione responsiva di potere costituente. Una riflessione fenomenologico-giuridica”, in L’Ircocervo. Rivista elettronica italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato, 2012, 1, pp. 1-23.*
  7. “Dall’autonomia radicale all’autonomia assoluta. Annotazioni critiche sul discorso dell’istituzione di Cornelius Castoriadis”, in L’Ircocervo. Rivista elettronica italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato, 2011, 1, pp. 1-34.*
  8. “Il primato della contingenza e la premessa politica del discorso etico. Riflessioni sulla filosofia del giovane Heidegger”, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XI, 2009, 1, pp. 109-156.*
  9. “La ‘passione’ della risposta. Sulla fenomenologia dell’estraneo di Bernhard Waldenfels”, in aut aut, 316-317, 2003, pp. 209-237.*
 

In French:

  1. “La traduction comme tragédie, la tragédie comme traduction. L’étrangeté de l’origine et l’ordre comme une scène non clôturée”, in Le cercle herméneutique, 8-9, 2007, pp. 19-35.

 

B2.  Other articles

  1. “L’inatteso e il sottrarsi dell’evento. Vie d’accesso filosofiche fra domandare e rispondere”, in ATQUE, 2012, 10, pp. 73-100.
  2. “L’istituzione e l’estraneo. Elementi di una fenomenologia del politico nella riflessione di Bernhard Waldefenls”, Preface to B. Waldenfels, Politiche dell’estraneo. L’istituzione del moderno e l’irruzione dell’altro, ital. ed. by F.G. Menga, ombre corte, Verona 2012, pp. 7-20.
  3. “Dal ‘pre-giudizio’ al ‘pregiudizio’. Lo scivoloso crinale fra l’ascolto dell’altro e il suo stereotipo”, in Tempo pieno. Rivista per la scuola, 2011, 1, pp. 39-41.
  4. “Dal fondamento ontologico alla costituzione politica dell’esperienza. Un percorso di riflessione sul paradigma della mediazione”, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII, 2009, pp. 283-295.*
  5. “Unitarietà del potere ed eccedenza della pluralità. Hannah Arendt alla prova della decostruzione”, in aut aut, 346, 2010, pp. 159-186.*
  6. “L’ombra lunga di Apollo. Annotazioni sulla filosofia nietzscheana della tragedia”, in S. Bertolini (ed.), Apollineo e Dionisiaco. Prospettive e sviluppi con Nietzsche e oltre Nietzsche, Aracne, Rome 2010, pp. 33-48.
  7. “Heidegger e il nichilismo”, in Treccani.it – Encyclopedia (section of Humanities), 2009  (http://www.treccani.it/Portale/sito/scuola/in_aula/scienze_umane_e_sociali/nichilismo/menga.html).
  8. “Ciò che si sottrae agli ordinamenti. Incursioni dell’estraneo nella razionalità giuridica”, in C. Vinti, F. Minazzi, M. Negro, A. Carrino (ed.), Le forme della razionalità tra realismo e normatività, Mimesis, Milan 2009, pp. 337-346.
  9. “Filosofia del soggetto e mediazione interpretativa. Riflessioni sull’ermeneutica fenomenologica di Paul Ricoeur”, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XI, 2009, 2, pp. 330-370.*
  10. “Potere collettivo e rappresentanza democratica. Un confronto con Hannah Arendt”, in P. Barcellona, R. Cavallo (ed.), L’Europa allo specchio, vol. 1: Frammenti di coscienza europea, Bonanno, Acireale/Rome 2008, pp. 213-244.
  11. “La mediazione e i suoi destini. Metafisica e soggettività fra Heidegger e Nietzsche”, in Quis ut Deus, 1, 2008, pp. 137-163.
  12. “Legge della pluralità o armonia del potere? Annotazioni su una possibilità di pensare Arendt contro Arendt”, in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, X, 2008, 1, pp. 116-139.*
  13. “Né prima, né ultima parola. Il discorso dell’estraneo di Bernhard Waldenfels”, Afterword to B. Waldenfels, Fenomenologia dell’estraneo, Raffaello Cortina, Milan 2008, pp. 157-175.
  14. “Il pensiero alla prova del nulla. Riflessioni su Heidegger e gli eccessi del nichilismo”, in G. Limone (ed.), Il nichilismo alla sfida della sostenibilità nel mondo civile, FrancoAngeli, Milan 2007, pp. 63-100.
  15. “Per una fenomenologia dell’interculturalità: la filosofia dell’estraneo di Bernhard Waldenfels”, in R. De Vita, F. Berti, L. Nasi (eds.), Ugualmente diversi. Culture, religioni, diritti, FrancoAngeli, Milan 2007, pp. 247-259.
  16. “Sulla soglia degli ordinamenti. Elementi introduttivi alla fenomenologia dell’estraneità di Bernhard Waldenfels”. Introduction to B. Waldenfels, Dentro e fuori l’ordine. Ordinamenti giuridici dal punto di vista di una fenomenologia dell’estraneo, in Specula Iustitiae, 2, 2006, pp. 13-20; published also in G. Limone (ed.), L’arcipelago dei diritti fondamentali alla sfida della critica, Franco Angeli, Milan 2006, pp. 387-392.
  17. “Nietzsche oltre Heidegger. Per una filosofia della mediazione”, in aut aut, 328, 2005, pp. 135-157.*
  18. “Fra eccesso e ordine. Waldenfels, Heidegger e il discorso dell’estraneo”, Afterword to B. Waldenfels, Estraniazione della modernità. Percorsi fenomenologici di confine, Città Aperta, Troina (En) 2005, pp. 153-175.
  19. “Estraneità della fondazione e contingenza degli ordinamenti. Suggestioni giusfilosofiche a partire dalla fenomenologia dell’estraneo di Bernhard Waldenfels”, in Magazzino di filosofia, 15/2004, pp. 140-150.
  20. “Estranei in casa propria. Nota introduttiva a Bernhard Waldenfels”, in Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 50, 1/2004, pp. 27-31.
  21. “Fenomenologia dell’intersoggettività e sfida dell’estraneo in un libro di Bernhard Waldenfels”, in L’Acropoli, 3/2004, pp. 337-342.
  22. “Il problema dello straniero nell’informazione”, in R. De Vita e F. Berti (eds.), Pluralismo religioso e convivenza multiculturale. Un dialogo necessario, FrancoAngeli, Milan 2003, pp. 407-409.
  23. “Fra nostalgia dell’origine ed esperienza della finitezza. Heidegger/Nietzsche e la ‘morte di Dio’”, in Rivista di scienze religiose, 17, 1/2003, pp. 37-63.
  24. “L’affinità e l’abisso. L’oscillazione heideggeriana nella lettura dell’eterno ritorno dell’uguale di Nietzsche”, in L’Acropoli, 6/2002, pp. 725-748.

 

Conferences and Talks (selection)

  • 01.-04.09.2016 (scheduled): “Conflicts on the Threshhold of Politico-Legal Orders”. Paper (accepeted after selection) at the Annual APSA (American Political Science Association), Pittsburgh (USA).
  • 16.05.2016 (scheduled): “Was sich der (Ohn)Macht entzieht. Die Exzentrizität des Unendlichen aus der ethischen Perspektive Emmanuel Levinas‘”. Presentation at the conference: “Gottes Schwache Macht”, University of Halle/Wittemberg (Germany).
  • 23.06.2016 (scheduled): “Hetorotopy. A Topological Insight on a Moral Justification for a Responsibility towards Future Generations”. Presentation at the International Conference on “Justice towards Future Generation as a Challenge for Moral, Political and Legal Thought”, Department of Law, University of Naples (Italy).
  • 29.01.2016: “For a Phenomenology of the horror alieni. The Destinies of Modernity Facing the Scandal of the Alien”. Keynote Presentation at the Interdisciplinary Workshop for Post-Graduate Students on the Topic: “Bordering/Ordering/Othering”, Departments of History and Philosophy, University of Trieste (Italy).
  • 02.12.2015: “Radical Democracy, Conflicts, Transformative Politics. Phenomenological Remarks on the Transgression of Politico-Legal Boundaries” Keynote Presentation at the conference: “Law and Phenomenology”, The Collegium of Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki (Finland).
  • 11.09.2015: “Schmitt’s Antagonism as Condition for Mouffe’s Agonism. Political-Phenomenological Remarks on a liaison dangereuse”. Presentation at an international workshop on “Conditions of Agonistic Democracy”, Department of Politics, University of Exeter (UK).
  • 25.06.2015: “Framing the Space of Conflict in Agonistic Democracy”. Presentation at a workshop organized by the Legal School of Tilburg University and the Legal School of Catania University. Venue: Catania (Italy).
  • 16.06.2015: “Conflict and Democratic Legitimation. Democracy’s Profiles Between Agonism and Antagonism”. Presentation at the Conference: “Governance, Governamentality, and Democratic Legitimation”, Law Department, University of Naples (Italy).
  • 01.04.2014: “Agonism, Natality, A-Legality. Three Fruitful Notions for a Theory of Radical Democracy”. Presentation in the Realm of a Conference/Seminar Series organized by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Trieste and the Doctoral School University of Trieste and Udine (Italy).
  • 24.10.2014: “Which Particularity of Cultures for Which Universalism?”, Presentation at the conference: “Particularity of Cultures and the Universal Pretensions of Law”, organized by the Legal Department of the University of Naples (Italy).
  • 25.06.2014: “Secularization and the Destinies of Modern Democracy. Some Remarks on the Seduction of a Politics of Immanence”, Presentation at the conference: “Säkularisierung/skritik und alternative Deutungsmuster”, organized by the Graduiertenkolleg “Religion und belief systems in Deutungsmachkonflikten”, University of Rostock (Germany).
  • 16.04.2014: “The Calling from the Future. Intergenerational Ethics and the Primacy of Alterity”. Presentation in the Realm of a Conference/Seminar Series organized by the Department of Philosophy of the Univesity of Trieste and the Doctoral School University of Trieste and Udine (Italy).
  • 20.09.2013: “How Much and What Kind of  Radical Democracy Can a Community Withstand? Some Remarks on the Specters of Political Identity”. Presentation at the International Conference: “Gemeinschaft. Ort der Krise, Ort der Chancen”, Institute for Ethics – Theology Department, University of Tübingen (Germany).
  • 02.05.2013: “The Power of Plurality and the ‘Dilemma’ of Representation. Some Motives for Deconstructing Hannah Arendt’s Political Discourse”. Presentation at the “Research Seminars in Legal Philosophy”, Philosophy Department – University of Tilburg (The Netherlands).
  • 20.02.2013: “Aporias in Constituent Power from a Phenomenological Perspective”. Presentation at a Conference Series on the Topic of “The Constitution of Democracy”, Institute for Political Studies, University of Naples (Italy).
  • 07.11.2012: “Interculturality or Multuculturalism? A Paradigmatic Reflection on the Ethics of Alienness”. Presentation at a Conference Series organized by the Department of Philosophy, University of Triest (Italy).
  • 31.05.2011: “The Alien and the Common. Political-Philosophical Reflections from the Perspective of the Phenomenology of Bernhard Waldenfels”. Presentation at the Waldenfels-Symposium, University of Bari (Italy).
  • 05.05.2011: “Ethisch-politische Überlegungen über Vertrauen und Misstrauen im sozialen Raum”. Presentation at the Symposium: “Vertrauen. Fundament zur Bewältigung organisationaler und gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen“, University of Vechta (Germany).
  • 03.03.2011: “Die autonome Gesellschaft und das Problem der Ordnungskontingenz bei Cornelius Castoriadis”. Presentation at the Castoriadis Symposium, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, University of Göttingen (Germany).
  • 19.02.2010: “The Problem of Representation in Deliberative Democracy”. Presentation at the international conference: “New Forms of Authority in Deliberative Democracies. The Role of Argumentation”, University of Naples (Italy). 
  • 04.12.2009: “The Political Dimension in the Thought of the Young Heidegger”. Presentation at the 10th Edition of the Philosophical Prize “Viaggio a Siracusa”, Siracusa (Italy).
  • 02.04.2009: “Political Orders and the Stranger. Insights on the Legal-Political Structure of Institutions in Modernity”, Presentation at the Department of Philosophy of Law, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy).
  • 03.04.2008: “What Escapes the Orders. Intrusions of the Alien within the Legal Rationality”. Presentation at Conference: “Forms of Rationality. Between Realism and Normativity”, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Naples (Italy).
  • 24.10.2005: “From Technical to Ethical Temporality. The Anacronism within the Realm of Justice Towards Future Generations”. Presentation at the Conference: “Responsibility Towards Future Generations and Changing in the Value of Personal Identity”, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy)
  • 08.03.2004: “Alienness as Limit of Order. On the Philosophy of Bernhard Waldenfels”, Presentation in Tübingen, invited by the research group BTWH (Berkley-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard) in the seminar: “What is Blackness?”
  • 25.11.2003: “The Words of the Alien. On the Translation of Bernhard Waldenfels”, Bozen, invited by the Italian-German Sociology Association of Trento (Italy).
  • 05.11.2002: “The Never-ending Translation of Orders. The Fragile Power of the Alien”, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici of Naples, invited by the association “Transeuropéennes”.
  • 11.09.2002: “The Stranger and the Rhetoric of State”, Conference on “Interculturality and Dialogue between Religions”, organized by the University of Siena (Italy).