Keywords: Contemporary Italian Philosophy; Twentieth-Century Philosophy; Idealism; Positivism: Neo-Enlightenment.
Piergiorgio Donatelli, Eugenio Lecaldano and Massimo Mori discuss Massimo Ferrari's "Mezzo secolo di filosofia italiana. Dal secondo dopoguerra al nuovo millennio", which covers the history and development of Italian philosophy from the second world war to the present. Donatelli examines aspects of Ferrari's reconstruction, claiming how many of the historical lines depicted in the book are indeed still live theoretically, focusing in particular on Italian analytic philosophy's self-image. Lecaldano surveys Ferrari's periodization of post-war Italian philosophy, critically discussing the intertwinement between academic philosophical discussions and culture-at-large. Mori highlights and comments on Ferrari's account of the opening of Italian philosophy to foreign traditions, assessing in particular the progressive specialization of philosophical work.