Enrico Piergiacomi, Dr.
- Affiliated Researcher
Enrico Piergiacomi received his PhD from the University of Trento in 2016. At present, he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Arts of the Technion | Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel) and Research Fellow at the Center for Religious Studies of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento. In 2019-2020, he was the recipient of the international grant The Reception of Lucretius and Roman Epicureanism from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century. In 2021-2022, he was Francesco De Dombrowsky Fellow at Villa I Tatti | The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (2021-2022), where he worked on a project entitled The Pleasures of Piety. The History of a Neglected Religious Tradition. He also held a research fellowship at Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations at the University of Erfurt, where he investigated the Stoic conception of the city and natural law. He specializes in ancient and modern theological thought and its moral and political implications. He has published two books: Storia delle antiche teologie atomiste (Sapienza Editrice, Roma 2017) and Amicus Lucretius. Gassendi, il “De rerum natura” e l’edonismo cristiano (De Gruyter, Berlin-New York 2022). He collaborates with the The Just City project by studying the Academic-Stoic theories of justice that influenced Cicero’s own conception of virtue, natural law, and self-interest. In particular, his research focuses on the Stoic ideas of divine justice and the cosmic city, which the Roman Stoics such as Panaetius and Posidonius interpreted as “embedded” in the civic constitution of Rome and used as theoretical tools for imagining the perfect/rational community of wise human beings and the gods.