Jacopo Volpi

Scientific Knowledge, Legal Forms and Dimensions of Subjectivity in Ugo Spirito

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This contribution attempts to analyze some of the theoretical-legal problems emerging from the thought of the Italian philosopher Ugo Spirito. First, after outlining the configuration, as provided by the author himself, of the relationships of philosophy between science and other forms of knowledge, we investigate the impact of these theoretical elaborations on criminal law. Secondly, we undertake to clarify the effects of Spirito’s theories on the connections between public law and private law, in the attempt to offer a sketch of the concept of subject (and hence of legal subjectivity). We conclude with an examination of unresolved aspects and critical issues, especially with regard to the general concept of law and the problem of the role of the person confronted with political power.


  • Ugo Spirito
  • Legal Philosophy and Actual Idealism
  • Science and Philosophy
  • Criminal Law
  • Theory of Subjectivity


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