Faculty

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has authored Ragione umanitaria. Una storia morale del presente (DeriveApprodi, 2018), an analysis of the premises, tensions,...

In Por una repolitización del mundo. Las vidas descartables como desafío del siglo xxi (Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 2018), Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science,...

Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, has authored Life: A Critical User’s Manual (Polity Press, 2018), which asks "How can we think of life in its dual expression—...

Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies, has co-edited Empires and Exchanges in Eurasian Late Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which offers an integrated picture...

The hardest science has the softest forms. Mathematics is often seen as a growing body of definitions, axioms, formulas, and theorems, all fitted together with the greatest precision. Each new proof adds extra cross-bars and...

This essay was first presented in Italian in a dialogue with the physicist Tullio Regge, former Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, as the fifth episode in a television series “Dietro lo Specchio,” broadcast...

Harvard University Press has published Age of Conquests: The Greek World from Alexander to Hadrian by Angelos Chaniotis, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, which provides a compelling...

Half a century ago a French historian of rural Languedoc published a history of climate and people: climate changes, is subject to fluctuations, and (since history is about change) climate is the object of history.2 Le Roy...

Yale University Press has published A Foreign Policy for the Left, by Michael Walzer, Professor in the School of Social Science. The book, adapted from essays published in Dissent, a political...

As controversy swirls in the wake of the revelations about the abuses of women by powerful men in the arts, politics, media, academia, restaurants, and elsewhere come to light, it is important to remember that we are dealing not with exceptional...

Monotheism constitutes one of the central doctrines of Islam. The notion is again and again voiced in the Qurʾān, thus for example in sūra 112 (entitled “Sincere Religion”) which, in the translation of Arthur Arberry, reads “Say...

In this Friends Talk held at the Institute on October 13, 2017, Sabine Schmidtke, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, explores the world heritage of Islamic literature and the efforts to salvage the manuscripts of the Zaydi community...