George Di Giovanni, McGill University

Philosophy Professor Montreal, Quebec george.di_giovanni@mcgill.ca Office: (514) 398-3100

Bio/Research

George di Giovanni did his classical studies in Rome, at the Ginnasio Torquato Tasso, and his university studies in Toronto and occasionally in Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto with a thesis on Hegel’s concept of contingency, under the direction of Emil Fackenheim.


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Bio/Research

George di Giovanni did his classical studies in Rome, at the Ginnasio Torquato Tasso, and his university studies in Toronto and occasionally in Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto with a thesis on Hegel’s concept of contingency, under the direction of Emil Fackenheim.

His areas of interest include the history of nineteenth-century philosophy and the philosophy of religion; however, his research has concentrated on the late German Enlightenment and the early German Romantic period. Kant’s critical philosophy, and especially its aftermath in Fichte, Schelling and Hegel, have been the focus of his attention, but he has also done extensive work on such until recently neglected figures as Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Solomon Maimon, and Karl Leonhard Reinhold, contributing to the dissemination of their works with English translations. His 2005 book, subtitled The Vocation of Humankind (Cambridge UP), traces the development of the theme of “the vocation of humankind” from the theologian J. J. Spalding’s 1748 essay of that title to Fichte’s 1800 tract of the same name. He is now working on a book that traces this theme up to 1832, with special attention to the early Romantics and Hegel. His most recent publication (2010) is a translation into English of Hegel’s “Greater Logic,” with an introductory study and critical notes.


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