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Alessandro Ferrara

Alessandro Ferrara is a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and teaches Legal Theory at Luiss Guido Carli. He served as President of the Italian Association for Political Philosophy (2005-2010). His academic journey includes a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley as a Harkness Fellow and post-doctoral research in Munich and Frankfurt with Jürgen Habermas. Ferrara has also been actively involved in various administrative roles, serving as Director of the Ph.D. Program and the School of Journalism at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Additionally, he has played a significant role in academic evaluation and assessment, serving on the National Committee for Habilitation in Political Philosophy and the National Group of Experts for assessing research quality in Italy. Ferrara has twice chaired the Panel of Experts for evaluating research in the humanities in the Czech Republic.

He has been a Co-Director of the Yearly Prague Conference on Philosophy and Social Science since 1991. This conference was originally founded by Jürgen Habermas and has featured distinguished colleagues throughout the years.

In terms of editorial experience, Alessandro Ferrara co-edits the series Philosophy and Politics – Critical Explorations at Springer and serves as an editorial consultant for several academic journals.

Furthermore, his extensive visiting and lecturing experience has taken him to numerous universities and institutions worldwide, including prestigious ones such as Harvard University, Oxford University, Columbia University, and many more.

A highly accomplished academic, Professor Ferrara's work and contributions span across international institutions and research domains, solidifying his standing in the field of Political Philosophy and beyond.

Among some of his recent publications:


- Sovereignty Across Generations. Constituent Power and Political Liberalism, Oxford, Oxford UP, 2023. 

- Frank I. Michelman, Legitimation by Constitution. A Dialogue on Political Liberalism, (Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory), New York, Oxford UP, 2021.   

- Rousseau and Critical Theory, Boston and Leiden, Brill, 2017. 

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