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Paola de Cuzzani

Professor, philosophy
  • E-mailPaola.de.Cuzzani@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 32 06
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 12/13
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 BERGEN

My fields of research are modern philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of medicine, in particular French philosophy of medicine with special emphasis on the problem of medicalisation, and medical ethics.  I published a book on this particular subject in 2003.

I have also published several articles in French, Italian, English and Norwegian concerning the problem of tolerance in modern philosophy, the interpretation of the woman’s being in Spinoza’s thinking, the concept of peace, epistemology of medicine, and the problem of normality and pathology in modern medicine, the concept of trust from a historical-critical perspective.My  interests in in social philosophy concentrate first on intercultural relations and the problem of diversity. Now I'm working with a research project where I explore  the complex relationship between rationality and emotions with a special focus on their roles in politics. My focus is to analyse the theoretical genesis of the modern state and democracy, and the role played by some passions and sentiments in the construction and deconstruction of the political body.

I have had courses within History of philosophy, Modern philosophy (main focus on Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza, Rousseau), French philosophy, Social Philosophy and History of ideas.

  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2010. : “Paura e sicurezza nell’Europa delle diversità” in Trust and Fear Fiducia e paura, red. Mirella Pasini, Paola de Cuzzani, Città del Silenzio, Genova 2010. 18 pages. ISBN: 978-88-903479-2-4.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria; Rørstadbotten, Gro. 2009. Tidslinjer - Ideenes Historie fra Homer til Aasen. Spartacus. 320 pages. ISBN: 978-82-430-0352-1.
  • Lillebø, Jonas Gamborg; De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2009. FIDUCIA E PAURA / FEAR AND TRUST. 150 pages. ISBN: 9788890347924.
  • De, Cuzzani Paola Maria. 2003. A lese medisinen. Normalitet og patologi i den franske medisinfilosofi. Spartacus. 219 pages. ISBN: 82-430-0208-1.
Journal articles
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2019. “Political cohesion, friendship and hostility”. Nordicum-Mediterraneum. 14. 19 pages.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2017. Prejudices, philosophy and Language: Spinoza and his “strategy of liberation. Nordicum-Mediterraneum. 12. 15 pages.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria; Johnsen, Kari Hoftun. 2015. Pragmatic universalism – A basis of coexistence of multiple diversities. Nordicum-Mediterraneum. 10. 20 pages.
  • Lillebø, Jonas Gamborg; De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2015. Historiens rolle. Salongen : Nettstedet for filosofi og idéhistorie.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria; Pasini, Mirella. 2009. Filosofens yrke: fornuften som mulighet. Om den italienske neoilluminismens arvtakere: S. Veca, E. Lecaldano, F. Baroncelli og R. Bodei. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon. 2008: 118-142.
  • De, Cuzzani Paola Maria. 2003. "Imaginatio" og demokrati hos Spinoza. Agora : Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon. 2-3. 137-149.
  • De, Cuzzani Paola Maria. 2003. Medisin som poiesis. Norsk Filosofisk tidsskrift. 1-2. 5-10.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2002. une anthropologie de l'homme decentre. Philosophique. 29: 7-23.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 1994. "Genetic Technology and Medicine in the light of G. Canguilhem's Concept of the Normal". Philosophy and medicine. 20.
Reports and theses
  • Lillebø, Jonas Gamborg; De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2007. Vitskapleg rasjonalitet mellom sanning og histoire. 115 pages.
Book sections
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2017. Universalismo, transindividualità e genesi dei diritti. kap.3, pages 59-71. In:
    • Mauro, Letterio. 2017. Social cohesion and human rights. Reflections on the Contemporary Society. Edizioni Franco Angeli. 218 pages. ISBN: 978-88-917-4319-0.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2015. Baruch Spinoza: Democracy and Freedom of Speech. -, pages 95-118. In:
    • Fløistad, Guttorm. 2015. Philosophy of Justice. Springer Science+Business Media B.V.. 394 pages. ISBN: 978-94-017-9174-8.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2014. Trust as feeling of expectation. Machiavelli: fede, trust and political construction. Parte I, pages 59-75. In:
    • Pasini, Mirella. 2014. Trust and Risk L'etica in un mondo insiecuro. 200 pages. ISBN: 978-88-97273-23-3.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2013. Baruch Spinoza – demokrati og ytringsfrihet. Kapittel 12, pages 342-372. In:
    • Pedersen, Jørgen. 2013. Politisk filosofi: Fra Platon til Hannah Arendt. Pax Forlag. 742 pages. ISBN: 978-82-530-3602-1.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2013. Fiducia indice di coesione sociale. Part II, pages 115-135. In:
    • Pasini, Mirella. 2013. Fides Publica. 191 pages. ISBN: 9788897273158.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2009. Medicine as poiesis. The relation between clinical and theoretical knowledge. artikkel, pages 51-57. In:
    • Solbakk, Jan Helge; Nortvedt, Per; Nome, Astrid. 2009. Contemporary Issues in Medical Ethics. 299 pages. ISBN: 978-82-994957-1-4.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 2008. Le "profezie" biomediche del positivismo: Auguste Comte e le mucche carnivore. artikkel, pages . In:
    • Pasini, Mirella. 2008. Profeti ed eroi. 169 pages. ISBN: 978-88-903479-0-0.
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 1999. Essence et existence dans la pensée de Spinoza: une question irresolue. 15. In:
    • Quebec, Université Laval. 1999. Actes du XXVII Congrês de l'Association des societés de Philosophie Langue francaise, "La Metaphysique".
  • De Cuzzani, Paola Maria. 1996. Forkjellene og indignasjonen: toleransens mulige veier. 1-12. In:
    • [Mangler etternavn], [Mangler fornavn]. 1996. LOS-senter notat 9620.

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Major project experience


  • 2014 -: Trust/mistrust facing the problem of diversity: Historical deconstruction and reconstruction.
  • 2011 - 2014:     P.I of project “Interculturalism and Diversities: Developing intercultural models and thinking in the Nordic countries” with partner from Denmark and Sweden.
  • 2010 - 2011: P.I of project “Arbeidsmiljøet for innvandrere på flerkulturelle arbeidsplasser” with partner from Denmark and Sweden.
  • 2008 - 2009: P.I. of project “Multiculturalism, Universalism and Diversities: Developing intercultural thinking“, with partner from Norway, Sweden, Italy Denmark and Lithuania.
  • 2006 - 2007: P.I. of project ”Universalism, Diversity and Violence. Understanding European secular and religious values” with partner from Norway, Italy, France, Lithuania, Sweden and Algeria.