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Raffaele Grandoni

Philosophy, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

A tribunal for science: Reading Georges Canguilhem through his archives

My research has two aims: to contribute to the burgeoning field of Canguilhem studies by emphasising the ethical aspect of his history of science, and to elaborate an original method to problematise the relations between science and politics. 
To achieve them, I will bring together Canguilhem’s vitalism and his history of science (through selective study of his complete works and his neglected manuscripts collected in Paris), and develop from his work a philosophical-historical method to ethically evaluate contemporary political uses of science.

Research Area

  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy


2021 'Per una nuova episteme politica: Canguilhem e la normatività del concetto', in Iride, 2, 2021, 500-502 (review of P. Cesaroni, La vita dei concetti. Hegel, Bachelard, Canguilhem, Macerata, Quodlibet, 2020)

2020 'Per un’epistemologia critica. Il contributo del metodo foucaultiano', Suite française 3, 205-222.


24/06 'History of Science and its ethical role: the legacy of Georges Canguilhem', Hi-Phi International Conference, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
21/05 'Vital dialogues: Georges Canguilhem on the science-politics relation', Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference 2022, University of Texas at Dallas

06/07 'The politics and the living: normativity and negation in Canguilhem's thought', London Conference in Critical Thought, Centre for Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths, University of London

Public Engagement & Impact

Guest lectures at Technical Institute Montani (High school) in Fermo, Italy:

  • Nietzsche and Freud (2020)
  • State of emergency (2020)
  • Nietzsche and Freud (2022)

Teaching experience

Teaching assistant 2021/2022:

  • PH133 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PH382 Democracy and Authority

Academic Engagement

2022-2023 Editor of Pli, The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. 35th issue: Critique of Academic Philosophy.

2021-2022 Co-organiser of the PG Work in Progress Seminar for the Philosophy department at the University of Warwick.

2022 Co-organiser of the Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference: Continental Philosophy and Global Challenges.

2021 Co-organiser of the Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference: Continental Philosophy and its Histories.

Editorial works

2022  Thomas Lemke, 'Governare il milieu. Per una biopolitica più-che-umana', Trans. R. Grandoni, in Almanacco di Filosofia e Politica 4. Sull'evento. Filosofia, storia, biopolitica, Macerata: Quodlibet, 2022, 49-67.

2020 Index of names for Claudio Pogliano, Brain and Race, Leiden: Brill, 2020.