Theories and practices of care

The aim of this area of research is to explore care from different points of view, through theoretical and empirical research and in the field, and bring together contributions from different disciplines: philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, sociology. In this context we investigate what it means to take care, what is the relationship between care and learning and growth processes, what is the relationship between self-care and caring for others, with a focus on the ethics of care. The broad topic of care also allows us to investigate disability in a multidisciplinary way, as well as the forms and ways of personal and social well-being.

This area explores the following lines of research:

  • phenomenology of care;
  • narrative medicine;
  • health and quality of life;
  • personal and social well-being;
  • relationship philosophy;
  • disability;
  • philosophy and psychoanalysis.
Sabrina Berlanda
Teaching Assistant
Lorenzo Bernini
Associate Professor
Rosanna Cima
Assistant Professor
Guido Cusinato
Full Professor
Giorgio Erle
Associate Professor
Maria Gabriella Landuzzi
Assistant Professor
Angelo Lascioli
Full Professor
Federico Leoni
Associate Professor
Cristina Lonardi
Associate Professor
Valentina Moro
Full Professor
Luigina Mortari
Full Professor
Linda Napolitano
Teaching Assistant
Riccardo Panattoni
Full Professor
Gianluca Solla
Associate Professor
Research interests
Topic People Description
Special aspects of education (see  DDC classification)
Narrative approach Rosanna Cima
The narrative approach allows the understanding of the knowledge of experience and the investigation of imaginaries (institutional, family, educational, relational) both at individual and group level. It also makes it possible to recognize educational fragility and to modify interpersonal contexts of intervention with families and professionals.
Special education and inclusive education Angelo Lascioli
Development of intervention models for the prevention and educational management of special educational needs; Analysis of teacher training needs regarding the inclusion of pupils and students with special educational needs; Development of teaching and educational methodologies for the promotion of learning and for the development of autonomy for students and adults with intellectual disabilities; Analysis of learning and work contexts for the development and promotion of the processes of inclusion of people with disabilities.
Theory and practice of education (see  DDC classification)
Philosophy of care Luigina Mortari
Developing a philosophy of care is an answer to the intention to give a theoretical expression to a concept that is fundamental for culture, but scarcely defined: this requests a rigorous theorization. This process is based on the analysis of texts of ancient philosophy and of a part of contemporary philosophy. From a methodological point of view this vision of the philosophy of care prefers the phenomenological method.
Philosophy of existence Luigina Mortari
The elaboration of a theory of the emotional life and of a theory of the ethics of care represents the architecture for a philosophy of existence able to give form to a theory of education faithful to the ontological essence of human life.
Phenomenological Psychopathology Guido Cusinato
Phenomenological psychopathology has gone through the history of the twentieth century in a minority position and on the border between philosophy and psychopathology. In the last few decades it has undergone extensive development by bringing together the interest of numerous psychiatrists and phenomenologists on the relationship between schizophrenia, intercorporeality and the capacity to come into contact with otherness. The studies carried out by Bin Kimura, Wolfgang Blankenburg, Louis Sass and Thomas Fuchs are particularly relevant in this perspective.
APPLIED ETHICS (see  DDC classification)
Philosophy of caring Linda Napolitano
Philosophy of caring, narrative based medicine, dialogue
ETHICS (see  DDC classification)
Ethics of Harmony Giorgio Erle
This research field refers to the reflections that – both in the historical and in the contemporary context – have attempted to define the relational and ethical meaning of Harmony, both in a wide cosmological perspective as “universal Harmony” and, more specifically, in an ethical understanding of musical harmony.
Ethics and Philosophy of Nature Giorgio Erle
This research focuses on the relationship between Ethics and Nature, in terms of both an Ethics of relationship and a contemporary philosophical understanding of responsibility.
Philosophy of the unconscious. Gianluca Solla
The Unconscious and the Subjectivation's Forms between word and image. Critical ethics and psychoanalysis. Philosophy and anthropology.
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis Riccardo Panattoni
It is a research field that deals with the mutual implication between the two disciplines, focusing in particular on the structure of subjectivation processes.
Theory and history of anthropological philosophy. Theory and history of psychoanalysis. Structuralism and post-structuralism. Federico Leoni
Philosophical anthropology inherits a vast tradition and a rich series of theoretical options and suggestions for the construction of theory of contemporary subjectivity. During the last decades philosophical anthropology constantly intertwined its trajectory with natural and human sciences, and among the last ones, particularly with structuralist and post-structuralist anthropology and with freudian and lacanian psychoanalysis.
METAPHYSICS AND ONTOLOGY (see  DDC classification)
Phenomenology of emotions and emotional sharing Guido Cusinato
The phenomenology of emotions is born in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century. It linked the issues of philosophical anthropology, phenomenology of corporeity, intersubjectivity and the ontogenesis of the person. In the last few decades a broad international debate has occurred over these issues. One of its most significant results is the comprehension of the phenomenon of emotional sharing as a basis for collective intentionality.
Caring relationships and phenomenology of otherness Guido Cusinato
The philosophy of care has a very long tradition that dates back to Plato’s Alcibiades. In the last few decades the need has been felt to reread this tradition by overcoming the self-referential perspective of “cura sui” in the direction of a philosophy of otherness. For these reasons it is preferable to replace the term “care” or “cura sui” with that of “care relationships”.
Political philosophy and sexuality Lorenzo Bernini
Political philosophy has always questioned the relationship between politics and sexuality. From 1900 onwards, three theoretical approaches exists that have developped different visions of that relationship, confronting the Freudian concepts of drive, desire, and identification: 1) Freudomarxist theories of sexual liberation, 2) social constructivist theories of sexuality and performative theories of gender, 3) antisocial queer theories.
Michel Foucault Lorenzo Bernini
One of the most influential philosopher of the Twentieth century, Foucault changed our understanding of power by introducing new political cathegories: 'disciplinary power', 'biopolitics', 'apparatus of sexuality'.
Psychology, Experimental (see  DDC classification)
Cognitive training Valentina Moro
devising of programs of cognitive training for people with cognitive deficits
Psychology, Social (see  DDC classification)
Qualitative research Sabrina Berlanda
The qualitative research is used in order to explore the subjective experience in diverse fields such as : health services, social services and educational services.
Sociology (see  DDC classification)
Illness Narratives Cristina Lonardi
Illness narratives refer to the representation of the subjective experience of the disease, the explication of the social meaning of the experience of illness and the illness as the incorporation of social experience. They allow us to investigate the way in which people attribute meaning to the experience of illness that involves them, entrusting the narrative with the interpretative task of (re) constructing these meanings. These tools are suitable for use in medical, clinical and nursing research environments.
Cultural and communicative processes in the family environment Maria Gabriella Landuzzi
The family environment represents a rich and complex space of relationship, characterized by values, specific languages and behaviors, whose knowledge and analysis helps us to understand internal relationships during life cycle and the relationships between families and the broader social context.
Educative processes Maria Gabriella Landuzzi
The analysis of the educational and training processes allows to describe and interpret the relationships between culture, society and education. In the current social and cultural context, characterized by evident and continuous transformations, this analysis helps to interpret some issues that are particularly relevant both from the theoretical point of view and from the point of view of the professional working in the educational and social field. In this sense, the themes of difference, inequality, respect for values, become keys of interpretation through which to face the context by assuming wider points of view.
Socialization and mediation Maria Gabriella Landuzzi
Socialization is generically the process by which individuals become social beings and active members within a social context. Analyzing the processes of socialization means to pay attention to the cultural changes that characterize today's western societies; furthermore, it helps to understand how the individual is placed between past and future, creating a sort of bridge, a mediation between what is transmitted to him (languages, values, roles, norms, expectations and beliefs) from previous generations and what he will internalize and lead to future generations.
Gruppi di ricerca
Name Description URL
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento - EMOZIONI (ARIdip – EMOZIONI) Il Gruppo vede nelle emozioni l’oggetto di studio teorico-empirico nel panorama delle scienze umane, valorizzando il contributo che le aree filosofica, psico-pedagogica e sociologica possono apportare.
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento - ETICA DELLA RICERCA (ARIdip - ETICA DELLA RICERCA) Il gruppo di etica della ricerca si occupa del ruolo dell'etica e della politica nella produzione di conoscenza scientifica.
Azione di Ricerca Interdisciplinare di Dipartimento NUOVE FRAGILITÀ (ARIdip – NUOVE FRAGILITÀ) Il gruppo si occupa delle nuove forme della fragilità umana e sociale, che si stanno diffondendo nei contesti sociali attuali, sia nei contesti reali sia in quelli virtuali.
Gruppo di ricerca sulla Qualità di Vita Gruppo di ricerca multicentrico e multidisciplinare Nazionale per la valutazione della Qualità di Vita in pazienti sottoposti a cistectomia e derivazione urinaria per neoplasia vescicale.
Il patrimonio storico dell'ex manicomio di Verona San Giacomo alla Tomba Il gruppo di ricerca si propone di valorizzare il patrimonio dell’ex manicomio del San Giacomo alla Tomba di Verona, costituito prevalentemente da cartelle cliniche (circa 40.000).
MelArete – virtue ethics Il gruppo di ricerca “MelArete – virtue ethics” si propone di realizzare ricerche sull’educazione etica, ponendosi al servizio delle scuole.
Sociologia dei consumi Il Gruppo si occupa dell'analisi dei comportamenti di consumo e interfaccia le sue riflessioni e le sue indagini anche con le tematiche legate al mutamento sociale e alla sociologia della salute e del benessere.
Sociologia della salute e della medicina Il gruppo di ricerca sviluppa ed approfondisce tematiche legate alla sociologia della salute e della malattia, attraverso ricerca qualitativa e quantitativa in collaborazione con professionisti della cura.
Title Managers Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
PRIN 2022 - Social capital as resource of care practice in Italy: Caregiving and social support in pandemic time (Prot. 2022B58JHF) Luigi Tronca MUR - Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca 10/15/23 24
Collective Responsibility towards Nature and Future Generations Giorgio Erle, Giulia Battistoni 11/1/22 36
Geophilosophy of the Balkans Lorenzo Bernini 12/1/20 36
L'Europa e l'antropocene: prospettive scientifiche, sociali, politiche e filosofiche sul cambiamento climatico Massimiliano Badino 1/23/19 5
Towards a different concept and practice of Corporate Social Responsibility: Relational Corporate Action Riccardo Panattoni Joint Projects - assegnato e gestito dal Dipartimento 3/1/16 24


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