Massimo Cacciari

Massimo Cacciari (1944) is one of Italy’s foremost philosophers and has been both a member of parliament for the Italian Communist Party as well as the mayor of Venice. He is known for his critique of the dialectical tradition of German idealism and his critical engagement with Western metaphysical and theological tradition. Professor emeritus of aesthetics at the University of Venice, Cacciari is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Withholding Power: An Essay on Political Theology (2017) and Philosophy, Mysticism and the Political: Essays on Dante (2022).

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